Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Merk,
has been the Head of Munich’s Urban Planning Office since 2007. From 1988 to 1994, she worked free lance in the sector for architecture and historic landmark preservation and completed her state exams and her doctorate in architecture in Florence. From 1995 to 2000, she was responsible for urban design, urban heritage preservation and special projects in Munich and Regensburg. From 2000 to 2006, she was the Head of the Department of Urban Development and Planning.

In addition to her role as a member of the Working Group for Building and Transport in the Association of German Cities, Ms. Merk is President of the German Academy of Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) as well as member of the Working Group for Building and Planning in the Association of German Cities, the UNESCO Network Conservation of Modern Architecture and Integrated Territorial Urban Conservation, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Board for National Urban Development Policy, the Federal Building Culture Foundation and the German Association of Craftsmen. In 2009, she was named an Honorary Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart.
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