The Board of Trustees is made up of an inter-disciplinary group of experts from planning, science and business. The panel of experts advises the IBA in its programmatic and communicative orientation. The members also support the IBA’s marketing efforts and help to integrate the IBA Heidelberg into an international network.

Professor Stephen Craig | Artist | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) | Högel

Stephen Craig (born 1960) studied at the College of the Arts in Sydney, at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He was assistant to Olaf Metzel at the University of Fine Arts. He has been Professor of Visual Arts at the KIT in Karlsruhe since 2001. Stephen Craig has made projects in the public space the central theme of his sculptures, installations and constructions, e.g. “Wishing Well” for Munich Riem. He received numerous awards for his work, e.g. the Ludwig Gies Prize from the LETTER foundation in Cologne, the Overbeck Prize in Lübeck, the Adolf Luther Foundation Art Prize in Krefeld or the Trustees Prize from the Art Association Mannheim. His works in the public space received accolades within the framework of the German Urban Development Prize 2006 and the European Urban and Regional Planning Award 2008.

Johan Deburchgrave | Director | Etex Research and Development Centre Redco | Brussels

Johan Deburchgrave (born 1966) initially completed his degree in engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He then went on to study Business Management, later completing his MBA at the same institution. He has been working for the Belgian Etex Group since 1990. Initially he worked for Eternit EV (Belgium), then with Promat International NV (Belgium), where he moved up to become managing director. Previously he completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School and then moved to become managing director of Eternit AG (Germany) in Heidelberg in 2010. He has been director of Etex Research and Development Centre Redco in Brussels since 2014.

Angelika Fitz | Director Architekturzentrum Wien | Vienna

Angelika Fitz is cultural theorist, urban researcher, author and curator; she founded her own company in Vienna in 1998. She develops projects along the interface between architecture, art and urbanism for international museums, communities and cultural institutions. Many of these projects produce platforms for the transfer of knowledge between art, research and society and also between cultures. Between 1998 and 2005, she implemented numerous projects in southern Asia. Between 2003 and 2005, she was curator for the Austrian contribution to the Sao Paolo Architecture Biennale.
Most recently she curated the exhibition ‘Real City’ and ‘City of Generations’, as well as the international platforms ‘We-Traders. Swapping crisis for City’ and ‘World City. Who makes the city?’ She works on international publications, teaches and lectures. She was guest professor at the future.lab at the Technical University in Vienna. She is also director of the Architekturzentrum Wien (Austrian Museum of Architecture) and a board member of the Austrian Society for Architecture.

Annette Friedrich* | Urban Planer I Director of Town Planning | Head of Urban Planning for the City of Heidelberg

Annette Friedrich (born 1957) grew up in Berlin and studied Architecture at the State University for Architecture in St Petersburg. Up until 2003, she worked in the Dresden’s Department of Urban Planning, holding the position of Head of Department for Binding Urban Land Use and Urban Design, as well as being Deputy Head of Office. Since 2004, Annette Friedrich has been Head of the Heidelberg City Planning Dept. and has decisively contributed towards the set up of the IBA in this role. She teaches at the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg. She is a member of the Association of German City Planners DASL, as well as of numerous juries and selection panels, among them the jury of the German Urban Design Award 2008-10. She has published numerous articles on architecture and urban planning.

Professor Undine Giseke | Landscape Architect I Technical University of Berlin

Undine Giseke (born 1956) studied Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. She is co-owner of the landscape planning office bgmr. Her work encompasses projects such as the educational landscape at the Klieversberg in Wolfsburg, the urban space and compensation concept for the Science Park Berlin Johannisthal/Adlershof, as well as the campus of the Technical University of Berlin at the Landwehrkanal, receiving numerous awards. Alongside her practical work, she has been focusing on the contemporary phenomena of landscape development both nationally and internationally since her appointment at the Technical University of Berlin. She plays a decisive role in the conceptualization of contemporary landscape concepts, for example in form of urban gardening. She has headed up the specialist landscape gardening and open space planning unit at the Technical University of Berlin since 2003. She is a member of various advisory boards, such as the preparatory board of the IBA Heidelberg.

Professor Ernst Hubeli | Urban Planner I Technical University of Graz | Zurich

Ernst Hubeli (born 1947) studied Urban Planning and Architecture. He is the owner of Herczog Hubeli GmbH in Zurich, which has been dealing with buildings and project at the interfaces of urbanism, architecture and cultural politics for many years. He was chief editor of the renowned Swiss architecture magazine werk, bauen, wohnen from 1982 to 2000, and was then head of the Institute for Urban Planning at the Technical University of Graz, where he researched future urban scenarios in the “Field of Excellence” within new growth limits. His internationally known projects are, for example, the design plan for the entire Sulzer-Escher-Wyss area in Zurich west, the realization of a conversion, expansion upwards and extension to the multipurpose use of the area with, among others, 140 apartments of differing typology, as well as the concept for converting the Toni area into multipurpose usage including a higher education institution. In addition, Ernst Hubeli is researching the foundations of urban development and in this context is dealing with the phenomenon of the changing European city. Thus he published, among others, the book ‘100% City – Leaving the non-urban area’. He has been examining the architecture of educational buildings in collaboration with the Montag Foundation in Cologne for many years.

Professor Iain W. Mattaj* | Biochemist I Director General EMBL I Heidelberg

Iain W. Mattaj (born 1952) grew up in St Andrews in Scotland, initially studied in Edinburgh and completed his doctorate in Leeds. He then went on to research at the Friedrich Miescher Insitute in Basel, then at the bio centre of the University of Basel. In 1985, he was appointed Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBK) in Heidelberg, coordinator of the Gene Expression Department in 1990 and Scientific Director in 1999 and appointed to Director General in 2005. His own research, among others, in the area of ribonucleic protein, RNA components and interactions, has received international recognition and he was honoured, for example, with the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2001. His other numerous awards include honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, his appointment as Fellow of the Royal Society (London), his membership of Academia Europaea, his honorary membership of the American Academy of Arts and Science and his appointment as a trustee of the Darwin Trust, which supports young researchers from developing countries. Iain Mattaj is a member of numerous international scientific boards, such as former chairman of the EIROforum, the merger of the eight largest European research organisations, and honorary professor of the faculty for biosciences at the University of Heidelberg.

Professor Ulf Matthiesen | Urban Ethnologist I University of Berlin

Ulf Matthiesen (born 1943) is an ethnologist. He studied Sociology, Philosophy and Law in Freiburg, Frankfurt and Paris. He works at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His primary research focus is on interdependencies between knowledge, science and city regions, and secondly, he also examines the inner logic of big-city cultures and social environments in the context of innovative spatial pioneer networks from a comparative perspective. The IBA Heidelberg commissioned him to prepare “modules for a memorandum” together with Professor Ingrid Breckner and Professor Klaus R. Kunzmann. With this basic research in preparation of IBA HEIDELBERG “KNOWLEDGE CITY”, he outlined strategies and perspectives for Heidelberg’s further development as a European knowledge city.

Bernd Müller* | Architect, Construction Director | Office for Property and Construction Baden-Württemberg, Department Mannheim und Heidelberg

After studying Architecture at the University of Karlsruhe, Bernd Müller (born 1954) worked for the University of Heidelberg’s Municipal Building Dept. until 2004. As Executive Director for the State Construction Office Heidelberg, he was then responsible for the former barracks site in Mannheim and Heidelberg, before becoming the Director of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Office for Property and Construction, Mannheim Office. Since the merger with the University of Heidelberg’s construction office in July 2015, he is now director of the new Baden-Wuerttemberg Office for Property and Construction, Mannheim & Heidelberg Office. Since 2007, he has also held the position of deputy expert judge in the realization competition “New build: student residence in the Neuenheimer Feld Heidelberg”, “Urban development reorganization and housing development for Altklinikum Heidelberg” and “New build student residences Klausenpfad, Heidelberg”. He is also active as a writer and speaker, lecturing, for example, in China, Argentina and Chile. He is the initiator and organiser of the “Heidelberger Castle Discussions – Talking about Architecture” in the Heidelberg Castle.

Professor Volker Staab | Architect I Technical University of Braunschweig I Berlin

Volker Staab (born 1957) studied Architecture at the ETH Zurich. He worked for Bangert, Jansen, Scholz and Schultes in Berlin between 1985 and 1990. In 1991, he founded the architectural company of Volker Staab. Following several professorships, among others, in Münster and Berlin, since 2012 he has taught and researched at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He is a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, as well as a board member of the Federal Foundation for Building Culture in Potsdam. The main focus of his work lies on the conversion and new construction of museums (e.g. New Museum Nuremberg and the Albertinum in Dresden) and on educational institutions (e.g. The German International School in Sydney), research and laboratory buildings, for example, for the Universities of Augsburg, Darmstadt, Potsdam, Rostock, Heidelberg, the Humboldt University of Berlin, as well as the Frauenhofer and Max Planck Institutes.

Dr. Karl-Heinz Imhäuser | Chair of the Montag Foundation | Bonn

Dr. Karl-Heinz Imhäuser is Chair of the Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft, an independent non profit foundation embedded in the Montag Stiftungen in Bonn. Driven by an inclusive approach, the foundation’s aim is to create a fair access to society and its common spaces. Karl-Heinz Imhäuser taught at special schools as well as comprehensive and secondary schools for 20 years. Alongside his academic research and lecturing at tertiary institutions and state institutes he also trained as a Feldenkrais instructor and coach in “self-organized learning”. He is co-editor of the “Inklusive Pädagogik” series published by Beltz Verlag and a member of the “Inclusive Education” committee of experts at the Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission e. V. Bonn.

Dr. Silke Steets | Sociologist I University of Leipzig

Silke Steets (born 1973) studied Sociology, Philosophy and Economics in Frankfurt/Main and St. Louis. Following her studies, she participated in the post graduate project “Event City” held by the Foundation Baushaus Dessau and then moved to the Technical University of Darmstadt in 2002, where she completed her doctorate in 2007 and professorship in 2013. In 2012, she spent six months researching as a visiting scholar at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University. From 2013 to 2015 she was acting professor for Urban and Spatial Sociology at the Technical University of Darmstadt. In 2016/17, she coordinated the application of the collaborative research center SFB 1265 Re-Figuration of Spaces at TU Berlin. Currently Silke Steets is Heisenberg Fellow at the Department of Cultural Sciences at Leipzig University. With her current research project »The Structure of Cognitive Minorities. Evangelicals in Leipzig and Unitarians in Dallas« she is also associated with the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies »Multiple Secularities. Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities« at Leipzig University. In the last few years, her research activities have focused on the development of an architectural theory on the sociology of knowledge: the results were published by Surhkamp Verlag as “Der sinnhafte Aufbau der gebauten Welt” in spring of 2015. Her further interests lie with the interface of city, space, pop culture and art in the public space.

Siegfried Zedler* | Principal of the Helmholtz Secondary School in Heidelberg | Managing Director of the Heidelberger Schools

Siegfried Zedler (born 1954) studied Mathematics and Physical Education, and later Astronomy in Heidelberg. Following his studies, he worked at various secondary schools in Lahr, Emmendingen, Calw and Mannheim until he found his ideal school in form of the Helmholtz Secondary School in Heidelberg. The supervision of competition groups in mathematics, physical education, promotion of highly talented students in mathematics and astronomy, the collaboration with various mathematical and astronomical specialist magazines, teacher training in astronomy were his steps towards management roles: initially as Director of Studies (Head of the Astronomy Teaching Centre), then as deputy Head of School, ultimately as Head of School and currently as School Managing Director. His particular focus lies upon school and quality assurance.

*These members don’t have voting rights