Philipp Scheitenberger M.A. M.A.

Philipp Scheitenberger is working as a Building Archaeologist in Swabian Open Air Museum Illerbeuren since November 2020. You may contact him under the following e-mail address: philipp.scheitenberger(at)

Short biography

Philipp Scheitenberger holds a M.A. in European Ethnology and a M.A. in Heritage Conservation at the University of Bamberg. During his studies he specialized in Architectural History, Historic House Research, Building Archaeology and Historical Geography. From 2014 to 2019, Scheitenberger worked as a freelance cultural scientist and consultant in the fields of Historic House Research, Building Archaeology, Garden Monument Preservation, Urban Monument Preservation, Collection Administration, Exhibition Management and Archaeology.

Curriculum Vitae and list of publications(131.2 KB, 5 pages)

PhD project

Historical space and house construction in the surrounding of the Waldburg-Wolfeggische builders guild 1625 to 1862



In the course of this PhD project I will analyze the interactions between the construction of houses and scenic, administrative, legal, economic, political and anthropogenic conditions of historical and rural constructions in the surrounding of the builders guild from its founding in 1625 to the abolition of the guilds in the Kingdom of Württemberg. In this connection I will focus especially on historical and spatially identifiable transitional phases such as Thirty Years´ War or Mediatisation in southern Germany in the Beginning of the 19th century.

This dissertation is based on two brandes of research. Firstly the historical and geographically oriented research on houses, as represented, for example, by research of Heinz Ellenberg or Benno Furrer. In addition the resulting perspectives on the relationships between resources landscape, the building, territoriality, destruction and reconstruction, cameralism, industrialization and craft will be pursued within the framework of a wide range of historical research. The resulting historical and spatial conditions will be questioned concerning their impact on the construction of houses. The most important factors will be determined on the qualitative level, evaluated in their significance and visualized cartographically.

Secondly these factors mentioned above will also be examined and documented on the basis of architectural findings based on the concept of material culture. In this context the traditional historical and rural architecture in the spatial as well as the personal surrounding of the Waldburg-Wolfeggische builders guild will be also investigated. As a result content will drawn frown the subjects of European Ethnology, Building Archaeology and Architectural History as well as Historic House Research, of thus a complementary cultural, morphological and thus relevant perspective will be revealed on the errection of buildings in the surrounding of the builders guild. For this PhD project relevant spatial perspectives of Historic House Research will be reflected in research by Tilmann Marstaller, Thomas Eißing, Konrad Bedal, Herbert May and Georg Habermehl.

Consequently I will further develope the historical, geographical research perspective on building activities of bygone days. Hence this project will increase the tangibility of the conditions of development of building activities on the historic and rural house in the vicinity of the Waldburg-Wolfeggische builders guild from the 17th to the 19th century. This case study will finaly contribute to the expansion of existing knowledge about the relationship between historical spaces and building activities in southern Germany in the early modern period.