The office is the IBA’s face. It issues call for projects, examines the proposals submitted, and supports their implementation. It represents the IBA in public, through networks from local to international level, and spins its own web of experts, supporters and partners.

Prof. Michael Braum | Director

Studied Urban Planning and Design at the Berlin Technical University (TU). He was subsequently a Research Associate in the Urban Design and Urban Development section at the TU in Berlin, a member of the staff and partner of the Freie Planungsgruppe Berlin, a co-founder and partner of conradi, braum & bockhorst, and then set up his own studio (mbup_stadtarchitekturlandschaft). Since 1998 he has been full professor at Leibniz University in Hanover. He is a member of the Association of German Architects (BDA), the German Academy of Urban development and Regional Planning (DASL), and the Professional Association of Urban and Regional Planners (SRL). He has published widely on urban development and building culture. From 2008 to 2013 was the first Chairman of the Federal Foundation of Baukultur.

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Prof. Carl Zillich | Curatorial Director

Currently visiting professor for urban development at University of Kassel. Studied Architecture and Urban Planning in Kassel and at Columbia University in New York. From 2003 to 2008 he was lecturer and researcher for architectural history and theory at Leibniz University in Hanover. He then worked as a research associate at the Bundesstiftung Baukultur until 2013. He practiced as an architect for ten years in Berlin and is an extraordinary member of the the German Association of Architects BDA. In publications and juries, as a visiting critic and speaker in Europa and North America he addresses the interface between theory and practice of the built environment. Befor being appointed as Curatorial Director of IBA Heidelberg he was for five years Senior Researcher at the Federal Foundation of Baukultur.

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Franziska Bettac | Head of Project Qualification

Studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart and at ensam in Montpellier, France, followed by positions with various companies in Stuttgart, Paris and Beijing. She worked as a freelance editor with the architectural publisher AIT/GKT for five years, while also completing the Masters’ program “ecm – educating/curating/managing” at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. She runs the “Ebene 0” art and project space in Stuttgart.

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Moritz Bellers | Project Leader

Studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Leibniz University in Hannover and Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University WUR/Netherlands. From 2000 92,011 he worked for Urbane Gestalt, landscape architects in Cologne. In 2010 to 2016 he was research assistant at the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology at Stuttgart University. From 2011 he was a member of the research group Living Plant Constructions or Baubotanik (IGMA) at Stuttgart University, and from 2013 has been active in STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN. The STUDIO is an interdisciplinary network for work in the perception, design and planning of urban landscapes.

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Felix Wohlfarth | Project leader

Studied architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar. From 2007 to 2010 he worked at SCHWARZARCHITEKTUR Heidelberg specialising on construction in existing contexts. From 2010 to 2017 he worked as Senior Project Manager at LUWOGE consult GmbH on regional, European and international consulting projects about energy efficiency and sustainability as well as on project development and project planning in the Rhein-Neckar region.

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Merle Plachta | Press and Public Relations

Studied German and Cultural Studies at the University of Münster while working for various editorial offices and publishers in Münster, Sydney and New York. She then went on to work for the Goethe Institute in New Delhi, the German Embassy to the Philippines and the Hamburg State Cultural Office. After completing her Masters degree “KMM – Culture and Media Management” at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Hamburg, she worked as cultural programme coordinator at the Goethe Centre in Hyderabad, India.

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Kristina Kallus | Project Associate

Studied Geography at Heidelberg University, with Urban Development and German philology as minor subjects.

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Djamila Rerbal | Administration

Commercial expert, 22 years experience in sales and distribution, C. Josef Lamy GmbH. She most recently worked for Healthcare at Home in the international customer care department. Native speaker French and alongside German also speaks English and Arabic.

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Wolfgang Kaehler | Administration/Finance

Born in Heidelberg. Graduated from the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Kehl with a degree in Public Administration. Has worked for the Heidelberg Department of Administration since 1976.

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Maren Kaiser, M.Sc., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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Carolin Seiberlich, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (former)
Romina Priesner, Dipl.-Ing., TU Wien (former)
Lisa Maria Fromme, HTWK Leipzig (former)
Philipp Hössel, TU Berlin(former)
Johanna Pieritz, TU Wien (former)
Veronica Halama, HafenCity Universität Hamburg/TU Wien (former)
Anton Wohldorf, Universität Kassel (former)