Dr. Silke Haps

I mediate at the interface of universities, research institutions and actors from different backgrounds.

Silke Haps. Wider Sense TraFo gGmbH

Dr Silke Haps is an architectural historian and building archaeologist who deals with matters relating to the use and preservation of building stock as well as new approaches to monument evaluation. Silke joined Wider Sense TraFo gGmbH in March 2021, where she supports the Soforthilfeprogramm “Kirchturmdenken. Sakralbauten in ländlichen Räumen: Ankerpunkte lokaler Entwicklung und Knotenpunkte überregionaler Vernetzung” (“church-tower-thinking. Sacred buildings in rural spaces: anchor points for local development and nodes of supraregional networking”) as an operational project manager. She accompanies, advises and networks stakeholders within the programme and is involved in the conception and implementation of workshops with overarching themes.

With her many years of experience in interdisciplinary and international project work at universities and non-university research institutions in Germany, Italy (Rome), Switzerland and Turkey, Silke Haps contributes expertise from research and mediation activities.

Silke Haps studied architecture at the former University of Dortmund, where she also completed her doctorate. For three years she was employed at the Swiss Federal Institute, Zurich, she was a research assistant at the Technical University of Dortmund, and worked as a building archaeologist in projects of the German Archaeological Institute, Rome Department, and the Asia Minor Research Unit in the Department of Ancient History/Institute of Epigraphy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster. Since 2021, she has also been working on a research project at the Montanhistorisches Dokumentationszentrum, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, which is embedded in the DFG Priority Programme 2255 “Construction as cultural heritage – Principles for engineering-based and interlinked conservation strategies for the built heritage of the high modern era”. Her focus lies on the analysis of practical influences on the building process, questions of the history of disciplines, the history of knowledge and science in the building industry, value concepts in conservation issues and their communication.

Why did you choose working for Wider Sense?

Here I have the opportunity to combine work on content and mutual impulses from the exchange with the people involved.

What is a random fact about you?

I enjoy reading, traveling and being active, and I love to think across disciplinary boundaries.