Born to Julius and Charlotte (Weis) Buemming, who had emigrated from Germany in 1868, Herman W. Buemming was born in Toledo, OH, and moved with his family to Milwaukee, WI, in 1884, later graduating from the Milwaukee Public Schools in 1888. He apprenticed for a year with Charles A. Gombert
before becoming head draftsman at the Pabst Brewing Company. In 1893 he undertook a special course in architecture at Columbia University (1893) and then became a representative for George B. Post
in Pittsburgh, PA, (1894-1896).
In 1896 he moved back to Milwaukee and established the first in a series of partnerships, this first one with Gustave A. Dick from 1896 to 1907. After a period of individual practice, during which he visited Europe (1913), in 1915 he formed another partnership, this time with Alexander C. Guth (1915-1923). In 1927 he established yet another partnership, at this time with his son John Durr Buemming. After his son's suicide in 1933, Buemming returned to private practice before forming Buemming & Jahn with Clarence W. Jahn.
Buemming retired from practice in 1943.