Franziska Messer

Franziska Messer

Hofstetten, CH



As certified architect I earned my degree at the renowned University of Applied Sciences Anhalt in Bauhausstadt Dessau. My major subject was Heritage Conservation. I am a big fan of all Bauhaus buildings in Dessau, Weimar and Berlin, especially the settlement of Bauhausbuildings in Dessau-Törten or the former Dessau Job Centre designed by Walter Gropius have inspired me to take on the major subject of Heritage Conservation.
My major subject thesis was designated to the Rosslau Town Bath, which was built in 1929-30, designed by Erich Kurt Elster. It includes a complete documentation of the building (finishing schedule), research about work and life of local architect Erich Kurt Elster and plan for restoration and conversion of the building. It also contains a proposal for an improved urban development of the surrounding area.
Since October 2007, I have been working for Ruch Architekten AG in Meiringen, Switzerland. I am responsible preliminary design studies, planning applications, implementation plans and assistant construction management. My working experience includes a couple heritage conservation projects but the majority of projects I have been involved in are dedicated to high comfort energy saving building projects.


Ruch Architekten AG, Switzerland, 3860 Meiringen, junior architect

• Planning and execution of construction projects
• Preparing of building permit applications
-Including consultation with developers and planning authorities
-compose all official forms
-filled in all official forms
• AutoCAD drafting for permit applications
-Drafting all floor plans, sections and views in scale 1:10
• Execution planning
-drafting all details in scales 1:50, 1:20, 1:10, 1:5
-close consultations with the specialist planers
• clarifying details with developers
• managing arrangements with contractors
• overseeing and supervision of construction sites

Oct 2007 - current

City of Dessau: Urban Planning Lower Conservation, Germany, 06813 Dessau, Trainee

• Creation of a Finishing Schedule for the former “AOK” building in Dessau-Wallstrasse (a building designed and built in the 1920’s – “Style Moderne”) including:
-Creating an extensive photo documentation and lists of all doors, windows and materials
-Participating in project presentation and planning consultations
• Design of a kitchen garden for the “Doppelreihe 35” (part of the Bauhaus buildings settlement in Dessau-Toerten), including:
-History research of kitchen gardens of the 1920s
-Preparing drafts using AutoCad and M color
-Preparing the application for subsidy of funds for the monument preservation of the financial year 2006
• Preparing and organizing a “craftsmen plastics” exhibition held in Dessau’s central market place, including:
-Investigation of all historical wells at the market place
-Consultations with the council’s planning department and craftsmen association
-designing promotional posters
• Preparing the day of the open monuments 09/20/2006, including:
-Designing promotional flyers and posters (including quality control)
-Drafting of opening speech (spoken by the head of the Urban planning authority)
-History research
• Photographing local heritage buildings and registering into a photo database
• Revision of the preservation and design constitution of the Törten estate - Walter Gropius (Bauhaus buildings settlement in Dessau Törten

Apr 2006 - Aug 2006

Akzente architecture & landscaping planning GbR, Germany, 04275 Leipzig, Trainee

• Involvement in project “Kochstrasse 28, Leipzig”, including:
-Drafting an office floor quantity survey
-Creating of layout for office presentation
• Drafting the urban green space plan for the B-Plan Nb. 750 in Leipzig, including:
-Calculating of surface area with AutoCad
-Creating a tabular overview
• Drafting the B-Plan „Bornaische Strasse“ in Leipzig, including:
-creating of photo documentation
-developing a tree registry
-modifying the site plan with AutoCad,
-consultation with government planning authorities

Feb 2001 - Jun 2001


University of Applied Sciences Anhalt, Dessau, DE, Masters, studied architecture

Oct 2001 - Oct 2007

University of Leipzig, Germany, 04275 Leipzig, teachers trainîng - English

Apr 1999 - Sep 2001

Europa Gymnasium (year 12 equivalent university), Germany, 06844 Dessau, High School, University Entrance Qualifications

Jan 1996 - Jan 1998

Clovis High School, Clovis, California, High School, High School Year with EF Education First

Jan 1995 - Jan 1996

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