Dr. Waltraud Kofler Engl (born 1959) studied art history and history at the Universities of Innsbruck and Florence. She received her doctorate in 1985. After teaching art history for two years, she worked from 1986 as an inspector of the Monuments Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol, from 1994 as director of the Department for the preservation of Monuments and until 2007 as curator for the Province. During this time, she not only dealt intensively with the restoration, conservation and conversion of architectural and artistic monuments, but also with issues of cultural heritage education and mediation in the form of conferences, lectures, guided tours, radio broadcasts and publications. Since September 2018, she has been director of the newly established Cultural Heritage Cultural Production Platform at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Her publications deal with the history, reception and restoration of buildings and works of art in Tyrol, medieval murals, historical gardens, in particular the gardens of the Prince-Bishop’s Hofburg in Brixen and the uncomfortable heritage of fascist architecture and art in Bolzano. Her current research focuses on architecture and art of the interwar period and fascism, testimonies of the First World War and the militarisation of the landscape (Ortles and Dolomites fronts, bunkers, Vallo Alpino), conflicts and uncomfortable cultural heritage as well as the historical gardens in South Tyrol. She is a member of the Working Group for Theory and Teaching of Monument Conservation in Germany, ICOMOS Germany and Italy.

Participation in conferences and presentations for the Platform

“Das Bild der Stadt im Spiegel der modernen Denkmalpflege: Wie bleibt oder vergeht eine spätmittelalterliche Stadt?”, Symposium “GLURNS zwischen Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit”, 27-28.10.2018

“Archaeology of World War I in the Alpine Region”, Conference A Future for Our Recent Past, Model Projects of Modern Heritage Conservation in Europe. An ICOMOS Contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Leipzig, 7–9.11.2018

“Denkmäler vor Ort im Lichte des Europäischen Kulturerbe-Jahres 2018”, Festlicher Abend, Bildungsausschuss Rasen, Weiterbildung in Südtirol, 02.12.2018

Guided city walk indicating fundamental issues in the city’s cultural heritage, Spring School Cultural Heritage and Social Inclusion, Bozen-Bolzano 24.05.2019

Massen sterben | Masses are dying; 21.–22. NOVEMBER 2019 | SALZBURG