5.30pm – 7.00pm, followed by a wine and nibbles reception.

This Masterclass takes place in Elliot Room, Minto House, 20 Chambers Street (see map here)


Heritage Conservation and Inventory in Luxembourg

Luxemburg has a rather short history in heritage conservation. While the first law on this topic dates already from 1936, nothing much developed in this filed until about 40 years ago. With a great economic boost and its consequences during the last 30 years, many changes have occurred throughout the country, including the built environment. Today, we face too little heritage protection and a loss of important built testimonies. But hope seems near: a new law on heritage protection is in the making, which will provide a legal base for heritage inventory and conservation areas for the first time.

But what kind of heritage is to be found in that small country in the middle of Europe? How has the turbulent history of Luxemburg left its imprint on built heritage? And how can we make sure that our heritage will last, so that coming generations will be able to benefit from it?

Christina Mayer, Dr. Dipl.-Ing. (born 1978), is in charge of the inventory service (Service de l’inventaire) since 2019. Before, she has been responsible for the fields of inventorisation and urbanism since 2006 as an architect in the Luxembourg National Monuments Authority (Service des sites et monuments nationaux, SSMN), but also worked in the field of monument preservation. She is holding several lectureships, among others at the Institut national d’administration publique Luxembourg and at the Technical University in Karlsruhe. In 2009, she did a PHD at the University of Bamberg (D) in the field of heritage conservation at the institute of professor Achim Hubel. In 2010, she published her dissertation: “Topographie der Baukultur des Großherzogtums Luxemburg. Band 1. Kanton Echternach “. From 2004 to 2006 she worked as a freelance architect. Before that, she studied architecture with the main focus on “Planning, building and heritage conservation” at the Technical University Aachen (RWTH) in Germany.