Mag. phil. Christoph Breser

The value of a monument is not only conveyed in its material presence, but also by means of contextualization with those technical and social processes that are no longer directly visible today. Different ideological contexts often lead to controversial negotiations (dissonant heritage). The description of underlying norms and institutions (planning ethics) reveals the normative mechanisms that guide our evaluations today.

Work experience

  • 2019-ongoing: Dissertation project at the University of Innsbruck: Regulatory mechanisms in modern construction [working title].
  • 2018-2022: PProject assistant at the Institute of Architectural Theory and History/AB Building History and Conservation at the University of Innsbruck in the research project: The Appropriation Strategies of Italy in South Tyrol and Trentino after the First World War.
  • 2014-2016: Project assistant at the Institute for Art History at the University of Graz: Renaissance Architecture – A Digital Anthology of Heinrich von Geymüller.
  • 2012-2018: University assistant at the Institute for Urban and Building History and the Institute for Structural Design at the Graz University of Technology.
  • 2012-2013: Subproject in the research project  Discourses on Architecture in post-war Styria of the Ludwig-Bolzmann-Institute Graz: Zwischen Restauration und Aufbruch: Knittelfeld 1945–55.
  • 2011-2014: Collaboration on expert opinions for the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments (Department for Styria), as well as on the new edition of the Dehio Styria (Department for Inventory and Monument Research in Vienna/2013 temporarily discontinued).
  • 2008-2012: Studies of Romance Studies/Italian at the University of Graz.
  • 2005/2007-2008: Building research for the office Zechner Denkmal Consulting GmbH.
  • 2005-2006: Studies of architectural archaeology, history of architecture and art at the Università degli Studi di Siena, and Italian at the Università per Stranieri di Siena.
  • 2003-2012: Studies of architectural/art history and social history (until 2009) at the University of Graz.

Essays, Contributions, Publications

  • 2021: Monumentality in modern construction processes. An ideological exposure of totalitarian strategies (author). In: Mascarenhas-Mateus, J. (u.a.): History of Construction Cultures (Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH), Vol. II.), Lisbon: 2021, pp. 530–536.
  • 2019: Die Neue Universität am Innrain. Schnittstelle gesellschaftlicher, wissenschaftlicher und architektonischer Modernisierungen (author). In: Tragbar, K.: Die Topographie des Wissens. Eine kleine Stadtbaugeschichte der Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck: innsbruck university press 2019 (IUP), pp. 113–141.

  • 2019: Hybrides Bauerbe. Ein Plädoyer für transnationale Wechselperspektiven (author): In: Herold, S. et. al.: Renationalisierung oder Sharing Heritage. Wo steht die Denkmalpflege im Europäischen Kulturerbejahr 2018? (Veröffentlichungen des Arbeitskreises Theorie und Lehre der Denkmalpflege e.V., Band 28), Holzminden: Verlag Jörg Mitzkat 2019, p. 132–137.
  • 2019: Heterotopic landscapes. From GreenParks to Hybrid Territories (co-author). In: Smaniotto Costa, C. et. al.: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology. New Approaches and Perspectives (Cham: Springer International Publishing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 11380), Heidelberg: Springer 2019, pp. 14–24.
  • 2017: The Principle of Geotagging – Cross-linking archival sources with people and the city through digital urban places (author). In: Zammit, A. & Kenna, T.: Enhancing Places through Technology (Centro de Estudos Interdisciplinares em Educação e Desenvolvimento CeiED/Universidade Lusófona), Lisboa: 2017, pp. 205–221.
  • 2014: Roombook 2.0 – Bring back the information to its place (co-author). In: Lazarevic, E. Places and Technologies 2014 (Proceedings of first international academic conference on places and technologies) Belgrad: 2014, pp. 926-935.

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Mag. phil. Christoph Breser

Tel: +43 512 507.64.012

Institut für Architekturtheorie und Baugeschichte
Arbeitsbereich Baugeschichte und Denkmalpflege
Technikerstraße 21
6020 Innsbruck

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