Michael Bräuer

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Michael Bräuer (born July 9, 1943 in Dresden ) is a German architect and town planner. In 1990 he was State Secretary in the Ministry of Construction . In 1992 he became chairman of the expert group on the protection of urban monuments .


Bräuer is the son of a teacher and the architect Helmuth Bräuer. He attended elementary school in Dresden and from 1957 to 1961 the Kreuzschule . After military service , he studied architecture from 1963 to 1969 at the Weimar University of Architecture and Construction .

From 1969 to 1989 he worked as an urban planner and architect in the Rostock urban planning office , where he became head of department in 1972 and deputy urban architect in 1982. His tasks were u. a. the university development, the city center, urban expansion areas ( Lütten Klein and east of the Warnow ) and the general planning. He succeeded in preventing the harbor storage facilities from being demolished. At the time of the fall of the Wall , he was briefly the city architect of Rostock from November 1989 .

From January 1990 to November 1990 he was then the last State Secretary in the Ministry of Building, Urban Development and Housing of the GDR at the time of Minister Gerhard Baumgärtel (CDU) (January – March) and Axel Viehweger ( LDPD / FDP ) (until October) in the Government Modrow or Government de Maizière appointed until these reigns ended in the context of German reunification .

Since April 1991 he has been a freelance architect and urban planner with an office in Rostock, at times as an architectural community with Ute Baumbach and Professor Peter Baumbach . The office is now also run by his son Jörn Bräuer.

In 1992, Bräuer was appointed by Federal Building Minister Irmgard Schwaetzer (FDP) to the expert group on urban monument protection. Together with Gottfried Kiesow, he was one of the two chairmen of this federal / state committee, which accompanied the funding programs for the protection of urban monuments in the historic city centers of East Germany. The group of experts conservation representatives, architects and urban planners were represented from West and East Germany, as well as conservation authorities and urban development speakers of the new states.

Bräuer is married to the architect Ingrid Bräuer; both have three children.



  • Urban monument protection based on urban planning , the city has a center - uncontrolled external development damages the inner development of the city , the city and its citizens - self-determined and externally determined and the old cities and their new opportunities - visions and realities . In: Old Cities - New Opportunities . Ed .: Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development and German Foundation for Monument Protection, Monumente-Verlag, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-9804890-0-0 .
  • Current problems of urban redevelopment . Ed .: Inst. For Urban Development, Berlin 2003.
  • Wittenberg . In: Akad. Der Künste, Dept. Architecture, 2003
  • Urban redevelopment as a new challenge . Ed .: Inst. For Urban Development, Berlin 2004.


  • Culture Prize of the City of Rostock as a collective
  • Art award of the Rostock district
  • Architecture prize of the GDR in a collective
  • Schinkel medal of the BDA in silver
  • Karl-Friedrich-Schinkel-Ring of the German National Committee for Monument Protection (2014)
  • Since 2014 honorary chairman of the expert group for the protection of urban monuments


  • From 1969 to 1990 he was a member of the Association of German Architects (BDA) of the GDR, where he was on the district executive board and temporarily chairman of the Rostock district group .
  • In 1991 he was a founding member and until 1996 first chairman of the BDA of the state association Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and from 1995 to 2002 a member of the executive committee of the BDA of the Federal Republic.
  • Since 1990 member of the Association for Urban, Regional and State Planning (SRL) and from 1993 to 1999 member of the board.
  • Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) since 1991 and Vice President since 1997
  • Since 1991 member of the architecture section of the Berlin Academy of the Arts
  • 1992 to 2014 chairman of the expert group on the protection of urban monuments at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development
  • 2000 to 2010 member of the Advisory Board of the Hanseatic City of Wismar for the UNESCO World Heritage
  • Akademie der Künste: Deputy Director of the Architecture Section from 2009 to 2012, Director since 2012.
  • 2010 to 2013 member of the Potsdam Design Advisory Board


  • German National Committee for Monument Protection: Brochure on the German Price for Monument Protection 2014 in Aachen

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Individual evidence

  1. Die Welt: Highest honor for Rostock architect Michael Bräuer , 2014
  2. Federal transfer office for the protection of urban monuments: members of the expert group for the protection of urban monuments.