Mag. Dr. techn. Birgit Knauer

Research Associate, KDWT

DFG Project "Recording War Damage"

Am Zwinger 6, Room 01.06
96047 Bamberg


E-Mail:  birgit1.knauer(at)uni-bamberg.de

Birgit Knauer has been a research associate on the DFG-funded project "War Damage Recording in the Second World War as a Heritage-Making Moment" at the Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies (KDWT) at Bamberg University since March 2020.

She studied art history and Romance languages and literature at the University of Vienna from 2003-2009 and completed her doctorate at the Vienna University of Technology in 2018. In her dissertation she dealt with the topic "The Refurbishment of the City of Vienna (1934-38). Regulatory measures between urban design and monument protection" (supervisor: Prof. Nott Caviezel). From 2013-2019 she was a university assistant and subsequently project assistant with the department of Monument Preservation and Construction in Existing Contexts at the Vienna University of Technology.


Curriculum vitae

since 03/2020:  research associate with the KDWT (DFG research project "War Damage Recording in the Second World War as a Heritage-Making Moment")                                               

10/2018 – 03/2019:  project assistant, department of Monument Preservation and Construction in Existing Contexts at the Vienna University of Technology

04/2013 – 03/2018:  university assistant, department of Monument Preservation and Construction in Existing Contexts at the Vienna University of Technology

2011/2012/2013:  research associate (freelance), National Heritage Conservation Office, departments for Vienna and Lower Austria

2012-2018:  doctoral program at the Technical University of Vienna (supervisor: Prof. Dr. phil. lic. phil. Nott Caviezel), department of Monument Preservation and Construction in Existing Contexts; doctorate awarded on 7 Nov. 2018 with an evaluation of summa cum laude

10/2009-12/2012:  degree program in Heritage Conservation and Building Archaeology, Vienna University of Technology and University of Vienna

10/2003-03/2009:  studies in Art History

10/2003-11/2011:  studies in Romance Languages and Culture - Italian (minor in French)

Focus areas

History and theory of heritage conservation 

Urban conservation

Heritage conservation and urban planning in the 20th century (particularly during and after the Second World War)

Modern heritage - conservation of post-war architecture


Research projects

"War Damage Recording in the Second World War as a Heritage-Making Moment" at the Centre for Heritage Studies and Technologies (KDWT) at Bamberg University

Oswald Haerdtl. Ein „deutscher“ Designer mit Wiener Note, in: Architekturzentrum Wien, Ingrid Holzschuh [ed.], Wien. Die Perle des Reiches. Planen für Hitler, exh. cat. (Architekturzentrum Wien), Zürich 2015, pp. 86–102.

Die Assanierung der Stadt Wien im Ständestaat (1934–38) – Zwischen Stadtgestaltung und „schöpferischer Denkmalpflege“, in: Faculty of Architecture and Spatal Planning [ed.], Querschnitt. Proceedings of the 2016/17 research meeting at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatal Planning, Vienna 2017, pp.190–191.

Die Assanierung der Stadt Wien (1934-38). Regulierungsmaßnahmen zwischen Stadtgestaltung und Denkmalschutz, doctoral dissertation at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna 2018. [forthcoming]

Wege der Erhaltung des historischen Stadtzentrums von Wien. Akteure, Interessen, Konflikte. [forthcoming, in: Veröffentlichung des Arbeitskreises Theorie und Lehre der Denkmalpflege e.V., vol. 29, Holzminden 2020]