Prof. Dr. (Univ. Florenz) Elisabeth Merk

Honorary Professor at TUM since 2020


Planning practice

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Prof. Dr. (University of Florence) Elisabeth Merk, architect, has served as the City of Munich’s Planning Director since 2007 and was reelected in 2018 for the third time. From 1988 to 1994, she worked in architecture and monument protection. From 1995 to 2000, she contributed to urban planning, urban monument conservation, and special projects in Munich and Regensburg. She headed the urban development and urban planning division in Halle/Saale from 2000 to 2006. In addition to her role as an observer in the Construction and Transport Committee of the German Association of Cities and Towns, she is member of the UNESCO Network for the Conservation of Modern Architecture and Integrated Territorial Urban Conservation, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the council of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, the Board for National Urban Development Policy, the Federal Foundation for Building Culture and the German Werkbund.


    • Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Munich (2020)
    • President of the German Academy for Urban Construction and Regional Planning (2015)
    • Deputy chairman of the Construction and Planning Committee of the Bavarian Association of Cities and Towns (2014)
    • Honorary Professor at the HFT Stuttgart (2009)
    • City of Munich’s Planning Director (2007)