Architecture Matters
15–16 May 2024

Architecture Matters 2024

Crisis vs. Crisis

Recent months have seen a dramatic shift in the financial landscape of the property market. Construction costs have soared, making affordable housing in urban centres increasingly scarce. At the same time, the urgency of climate change is prompting many cities to set ambitious environmental goals.

How do we balance affordability and climate protection? Can the costs of green transformation be distributed fairly? What new construction options align with climate realities? Is it enough to retrofit existing buildings to solve the housing crisis? Does solving one crisis risk creating another?

Architecture Matters 2024 tackles these pressing challenges on a broad scale and in four key areas – capital markets, existing stock, building standards, and radical thinking. Join us for an honest discussion on conflicting goals and the quest for a pragmatic path forward for the building industry.

curated by Nadin Heinich, plan A

House of Communication
Friedenstraße 24
81671 Munich

photo: © Sergey Ponomarev


Architecture Matters 2024

Anupama Kundoo, Anupama Kundoo Architects

Architect, Anupama Kundoo Architects

Anupama Kundoo is an internationally renowned Indian architect and professor. She first gained recognition through her work in Auroville (India), where she designed and realized many economically innovative, energy and water efficient buildings from mid-1990 to 2002. Her “Wall House” was shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. A major exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art was dedicated to the architect’s work in 2020. Kundoo was also part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2023.

Anupama Kundoo has taught architecture and urban planning at various international universities, including TU Berlin and the AA School of Architecture in London.

She has received numerous awards for her architectural work, such as the Auguste Perret Prize 2021 for architectural technology, the global Building Sense Now 2021 award from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), and the Global Award for Sustainable architecture under the auspices of UNESCO in 2022.

Ingrid Simet, Bavarian State Ministry of Construction

Ministerial Director at the Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Building and Transport

Ingrid Simet served as Ministerial Director at the Bavarian State Ministry for Housing, Construction and Transport since 1 May 2022. She previously led the Department of Law, Planning and Construction Technology from 2007, and later, from February 2017, she was Head of the Housing and Urban Development Department.

Ingrid Simet studied law in Munich and Berlin. Since early 1988, her career in the Bavarian civil service has led her to hold positions at various administrative levels, including the Government of Upper Bavaria, the Munich District Office, and the General Internal Administration and Supreme Building Authority in the State Ministry of the Interior, Building and Transport. From 2001 to 2007, she served as the Head of the State Secretary’s Office.

photo © StMB

Michael Bröcker, Table.Media

Editor-in-Chief Table.Media

Michael Bröcker is one of Germany’s most prominent political journalists. Since January 2024, he has been Editor-in-Chief at Table.Media, whose Professional Briefings target decision-makers in business, science, politics, and administration. Previously, the economics graduate was editor-in-chief of ThePioneer from 2019 to 2023 and editor-in-chief of the Rheinische Post from 2014 to 2019.

With his expertise, Bröcker critically examines the work of the federal government and party power dynamics. As a commentator on current political and economic decisions, he is a frequent guest on talk shows such as Markus Lanz, maischberger, and Phoenix Runde.

Michael Bröcker is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Journalism Programme (IJP) and a member of the jury for the Arthur F. Burns Journalism Prize.

photo © ARD

Elisabeth Merk, City of Munich

Planning director, City of Munich

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. 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 has been President of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL) from 2015 to 2022.

photo © Ilona Stelzl


Jens Böhnlein, Commerz Real

Global Head of Asset Management and Sustainability at Commerz Real

Jens Böhnlein is Global Head of Asset Management and Sustainability at Commerz Real. In this role, he oversees the management and development of the global real estate portfolio of Commerzbank’s real estate subsidiary, valued at over 14 billion euros.

He is also responsible for all sustainability activities and is driving digitalization.

Before joining Commerz Real in 2018, the trained engineer and architect was Global Head Office Solutions & Designs at CA Immo AG in Austria starting in 2017 after holding various leadership positions at Cushman & Wakefield in Germany and EMEA.

photo © Commerz Real


Kåre Stokholm Poulsgaard, 3XN/GXN

Head of Innovation, 3XN/GXN

Kåre Stokholm Poulsgaard is Partner and Head of Innovation at 3XN Architect’s independent innovation unit, GXN. As part of GXN’s leadership team, Kåre develops 3XN and GXN’s research activities while working to bring research insights and approaches into architectural consultancy projects.

Taking the approach that multidisciplinary research is key to solving the most pressing challenges that the built environment faces today, GXN seeks to innovate architecture to create buildings that better align the needs of people and planet. Kåre’s work bridges strategic consultancy and research with a specific focus on decarbonization, circular economy, technology, and human wellbeing.

Kåre holds a DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where he researched the impact of digital technologies on human cognition and creativity.

photo © Zuhal Kocan


Peter Haimerl, Haimerl . Architektur

Architect, Peter . Haimerl Architecture

Peter Haimerl’s projects push the boundaries of conventional architecture. Born in the Bavarian Forest, he has been based in Munich since 1991. With initiatives such as HAUS.PATEN, the new concert hall in Blaibach, and the Denkerhaus on the Schedlberg, he has been committed to the cultural development of his home region for many years. To address present demands, Haimerl is now focusing intently on modular construction – with his honeycomb house, a small, complex unit is being developed into a diverse ensemble of cluster flats.

Haimerl has received numerous awards for his projects, including the Grand Nike (Große Nike), the Bavarian State Prize for Architecture, and the Bavarian Cultural Prize. He has taught at Braunschweig University of Art, Kassel University, and Linz University of Design, and is a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.


Thomas Rehn, City of Munich

Director, Local Building Commission, City of Munich

Thomas Rehn has been Director of the Munich Local Building Commission since 2023. The trained architect and urban planner has worked in Munich’s planning department since 1990, holding senior positions in both the Local Building Commission and in urban planning.

Thomas Rehn is a member of the Association of German Architects and the SRL Association for Urban, Regional and State Planning.

photo © Thomas Rehn

Martha Thorne, Senior Advisor, The OBEL Award

Senior Advisor, The OBEL Award

Martha Thorne is a distinguished professor at IE School of Architecture & Design. In 2022 she was appointed as senior advisor to the foundation that grants the Obel Award. Martha Thorne is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the professional association of architects in Madrid. From 2005 to 2021 she served as executive director of the Pritzker Prize.

The main interests of Martha Thorne centre on the contemporary city and how architecture, design, and urbanism can make the highest-quality environments and contribute to sustainability and resilience; and how education can evolve in content and pedagogy to be more relevant for today’s challenges.

photo © Carlos de Lucas

Matthias Alexander, FAZ

Deputy Head of Departement (Feuilleton)

Dr. Matthias Alexander studied history, German studies, and philosophy in Bonn, Bologna, Jena, and Munich. In 1998 he completed his PhD with a dissertation on the Free Conservative party in the German Empire. Alexander joined the editorial team of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in 1999, covering urban planning and architecture and rising to head of the department in 2007. He moved to the FAZ features department in summer 2020, where he has been the deputy head since June 2021.

Architecture Matters 2024



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Coffee & Registration


Welcome & Opening Keynotes

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Lecture & Discussion

Lecture & Discussion


Networking Lunch

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Focus Session 01

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Deep Dive Capital Market

Navigating green finance and affordability.

Focus Session 02

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Deep Dive Building Standards

What can we afford?

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Deep Dive Radical Thinking

New ideas from other places.

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Workshop in cooperation with Doelker&

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Speed Dating

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Deep Dive Capital Market

Navigating green finance and affordability.

Deep Dive Building Standards

What can we afford?

Deep Dive Radical Thinking

New ideas from other places.

Workshop in cooperation with Doelker&

Speed Dating

Grow up your business.


Closing Lecture

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Architecture Matters 2024

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Lead Partners

Bavarian economic policy aims to promote sustainable economic growth in Bavaria, including expanding the cultural and creative industries as a robust, future-oriented economic and growth sector.

Grant Thornton are auditors, tax advisors, and lawyers with a passion – and one of the ten largest auditing firms in Germany. With its international network in 140 countries, Grant Thornton develops innovative solutions for dynamic companies. In Germany, it has more than 1,500 employees at 11 locations. 

The iCampus work-life quarter is an important part of the multi-award-winning Werksviertel urban development in Munich, located on the former industrial site behind Munich’s Ostbahnhof railway station. Today, it is not only an attractive address for companies, but also the local supply center of the entire Werksviertel.

Premium Partners

BMK Böhm Mohr Kleiner & Partner – Rechtsanwälte & Steuerberater is a leading law firm in Munich specializing in public law.

dormakaba is one of the globe’s most successful suppliers of intelligent access and security solutions – with 150 years of experience, 15,0000 employees in over 130 countries, and millions of installed products and solutions worldwide.

Gira is a leading full-range supplier of intelligent system solutions for electrical and networked digital building control. From its founding in 1905 to the present day, the family-owned company has been making our lives and homes more comfortable, safer, and more energy-efficient.

Hines is a global property manager, developer and investor. Founded in 1957 by Gerald D. Hines, the company is now active in 30 countries. Hines currently manages real estate worth almost 94 billion euros.

TECE is a globally active manufacturer of sanitary products and installation systems. For over 30 years, the independent, family-run company has cultivated an open and pioneering spirit in close dialogue with customers and markets.

TRILUX – Simplify Your Light stands for the simplest way to intelligent, individual light. TRILUX has been inspiring its customers with high-quality and individual lighting solutions for over 100 years.

WICONA BY HYDRO is an experienced global player for aluminum systems. As a pioneer in the construction industry, WICONA focuses on sustainable aluminum solutions for windows, doors and facades and is consistently committed to a genuine circular economy.

Focus Partners

As an owner-managed project development company based in Düsseldorf, the bema Group is already in its third generation of developing forward-looking residential and office properties as well as sustainable urban districts with a long lifespan.

Doelker& – the sister company of Schnitzer& – advises and assists companies in digitizing their construction workflows. They support their clients in all phases of digital transformation.

ZAR Real Estate Holding is a fully integrated developer of real estate projects and properties with operations throughout Germany.

Steelcase is a global design and thought leader in the world of work. Along with their expansive community of brands, Steelcase designs and manufactures innovative furnishings and solutions to help people do their best work in the many places where work happens.

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