Prof. Dr. Silke Langenberg


Research Areas

Preservation, Recent Construction History, Rationalisation in Construction, System Buildings, Repair

Curriculum Vitae

Silke Langenberg is Full Professor of Construction Heritage and Preservation at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Her professorship is affiliated with both the Institute for Preservation and Construction History (IDB) and the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA). Previously, she was a full professor of Construction in Existing Contexts, Conservation, and Building Research at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.

Langenberg studied architecture in Dortmund and Venice. Since her engineering dissertation on “Buildings of the Boom Years,” her research has focused on issues related to the development, repair, and long-term preservation of serially, industrially, and digitally produced structures.

At ETH Zurich, she and her team address theoretical and practical challenges of inventorying, appreciating, and preserving monuments as well as recent (including very recent) buildings. With the orientation and naming of the field she represents at ETH, “Construction Heritage and Preservation”, she coined her own research area and concept, which deals with the appreciation and communication of procedural, technical, and constructive innovations in the built environment.




2021Editorial advisory panel of Engineering History and Heritage Journal EHH
2021Wissenschaftlicher Beirat DFG Schwerpunktprogramm Kulturerbe Konstruktion
2021Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Kloster St. Johann in Müstair
2020Beirat Ikea Stiftung Deutschland
2020Denkmalpflegekommission der Stadt Zürich
2019Deutscher Werkbund
2019Gesellschaft für Bautechnikgeschichte
2018International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-​Century Heritage (ISC20C) / ICOMOS International
2016Schweizerischer Ingenieur-​ und Architektenverein SIA (Sektion Zürich)
2015Förderverein Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München
2012Vorstand ICOMOS Suisse
2011International Scientific Committee for Shared Built Heritage / ICOMOS International
2008DOCOMOMO Deutschland
2008ICOMOS Suisse
2008Schweizer Heimatschutz
2007Arbeitskreis Theorie und Lehre der Denkmalpflege e.V.
2003ICOMOS Deutschland