Friedrich Tamms studied first in Munich from 1924 and than with Albert Speer in Berlin in 1929. After graduating in the same year he started to work in Berlin's municipal department for bridges. In the time of Nazi-Germany he worked in Albert Speer's department for planning massive architecture for Adolf Hitler's regime and Germany's new capital Germania. Tamms became important for planning the new German motorways as one of the big projects in the 1930s. He designed service stations, bridges and later Flak towers in large cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. At the same time he worked as a professor at the Berlin Technical University. He was protected by Adolf Hitler.
He did not face any personal restrictions after World War II, even if he was one of the most prominent, let's call it, Nazi architects. On the other hand he was never a member of the party NSDAP. He became in 1948 the director of the Düsseldorf city planning council. But young architects protested against the older architects in Düsseldorf, because many of them had a difficult past connected with the rule of Nazis in Germany. Even though, Tamms stayed in high positions and planned Düsseldorf's urbanism to make the city a example of Germany's new automotive cities. Furthermore he designed many buildings for Düsseldorf, such as bridges, the stadium Rheinstadion or the housing estate Düsseldorf-Garath.