Dr.-Ing. Claus-Peter Echter is a conservationist, urban planner and sociologist. Echter is a scientific heritage consultant working in private practice since 2008 and based in Munich, Germany. He has extensive experience working in favour of cultural heritage at European and international level. Claus-Peter Echter was a member of the World Heritage Panel of ICOMOS for the evaluation of World Heritage nominations in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 and has been a member of the ICOMOS Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) since 2015 and of the ICOMOS Task Force on the New European Bauhaus since 2021. He is ICOMOS focal point for the UN Habitat World Urban Campaign (WUC), elected CO-Chair of the WUC Partner Constituent Group Professionals and member of the WUC Steering Committee since 2020.
Claus-Peter Echter has been a member of Europa Nostra and ICOMOS since 2007 and was a Council member of Europa Nostra 2012-2021, and Honorary member of Europa Nostra Germany since 2019. He was Vice-President of Europa Nostra Germany from 2009 to 2019 and again from 2021. He has acted as a local assessor for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards for many years.
Claus-Peter Echter began his studies in sociology, receiving a Diploma from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, he has completed postgraduate studies of urban planning and heritage conservation at the Technical University Munich (Certificates) and defended his Ph.D. in engineering (architecture) at the Technical University Berlin. He wrote a doctoral thesis on “Monument Topography: A Recording Tool and Cultural History Enterprise“ (2005).
He was Senior Researcher at the German Institute of Urban Affairs with the main tasks Heritage conservation and History of Urban Architecture from 1981 to 2007 and has written many books and articles and lectured on Architectural History and (Urban) Monument Preservation.