The IBA Expert Council

The IBA process is being critically monitored by a council of experts appointed by the German Federal Government, the IBA Expertenrat. Established in 2009, it is made up of renowned stakeholders from research and practice as well as representatives from municipalities and federal states. The IBA Expert Council is responsible for securing, perpetuating and further developing the criteria of the IBA Memorandum. At the same time, it advises current IBA and IBA initiatives.

IBA are an internationally unique instrument of planning, urban, and regional policy. In contrast to World Expos, Biennials and Capitals of Culture, IBA have been created without fixed calendars, rules and standardised quality criteria. There is no binding convention on what constitutes an IBA, what its themes and forms of organisation should be.

Precisely because every IBA has to reinvent itself time and again, continuous quality assurance is necessary, which consolidates the high significance of IBA for building culture and urban and regional development and makes the experience gained from it productive both for planning practice and every new IBA. The IBA Expert Council makes an important contribution to this.

The members of the Expert Council are:

Dr. Sonja Beeck, architect, chezweitz GmbH

Dr. Werner Durth, Professor (em) at the Department of Architecture of the TU Darmstadt, History and Theory of Architecture

Angelika Fitz, Director Architekturzentrum Wien

Karl Jasper, Ministry for Regional Identity, Communities and Local Government, Building and Gender Equality of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia (until 2019)

Dr. Reimar Molitor, Geographer, Managing Director of Region Köln/Bonn e.V.

Dipl.-Ing. Christa Reicher, Head of Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism, RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Walter Siebel, Professor (em) of Sociology with focus on urban and regional research, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jörn Walter, urban planner, former Chief Planning Director of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Der Expertenrat mit Staatssekretärin Anne Katrin Bohle, Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat