Prof. Dr. (University of Florence) Elisabeth Merk, architect, has served as the City of Munich’s Planning Director since 2007 and was reelected in 2018 for the third time. From 1988 to 1994, she worked in architecture and monument protection. From 1995 to 2000, she contributed to urban planning, urban monument conservation, and special projects in Munich and Regensburg. She headed the urban development and urban planning division in Halle/Saale from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 Elisabeth Merk had a regulary professorship at the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HfT). In 2009, Elisabeth Merk was appointed honorary professor at the HfT, Faculty of Architecture and Design. In 2020 she received an honorary professorship at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Elisabeth Merk is President of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL). In addition to her role as an observer in the Construction and Transport Committee of the German Association of Cities and Towns, she is member of the Construction and Planning Committee of the Bavarian Association of Cities and Towns; the UNESCO Network for the Conservation of Modern Architecture and Integrated Territorial Urban Conservation; the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); the Board for National Urban Development Policy; and the Federal Foundation for Building Culture and the German Werkbund.