Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Sibiu

Paul Helmut Niedermaier, Member of the Romanian Academy

Research fields 
  • History of urbanism, History of towns, Landscape history, Historical demography, History of architecture
Main research interests 
  • History of medieval urbanism in Transylvania, Banat and Crişana
  • Transylvanian medieval landscape
Curriculum Vitae 

Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Sibiu
Bd. Victoriei 40, RO-550024
Phone: 0269-212604; Fax: 0269-216605

Current projects 
  • Medieval urbanism in Transylvania
Completed projects 
  • Transylvanian medieval landscape, Bucharest, 2012
  • Städtebau im Mittelalter. Siebenbürgen, Banat und Kreischgebiet [Urban development in the Midlle Ages. Transylvania, Banat and Crișana]
    • Vol. 1 (-1241), Heidelberg, 1996;
    • Vol. 2 (1242-1347), Köln-Weimar-Wien, 2002;
    • Vol. 3 (1348-1542), Köln-Weimar-Wien, 2004.

Awards and distinctions(în ultimii 10 ani)

  • 2014 - Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany "Cross of Merit"
  • 2007 - Transylvanian Saxon Cultural Prize 2007
  • 2006 - Knight of the Romanian "Faithful Service" Order
  • 2000 - Knight of the Romanian "For Merit" Order
  • 1998 - "Pro civitate Austriae" award, offered by the Austrian working group for Urban History Research at the University of Vienna
  • 1998 - The "Mihail Kogălniceanu" prize of the Romanian Academy

References in dictionaries

  • Romanian Academy / Yearbook 2012, Bucharest 2012, p. 81.
  • Members of the Romanian Academy, 1866-2003, Dictionary, Bucharest 2003, p. 591.
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary, vol. IV, L-N, Bucharest 2001, p. 602.
  • Dictionary of Transylvanian Saxons, Innsbruck: Thaur, 1993, p. 370-371

Paul Niedermaier graduated in 1961 from the "Ion Mincu" Institute of Architecture in Bucharest. He defended his doctoral thesis here in 1975, under the supervision of Prof. Grigore Ionescu. Between 1961 and 1963, he worked as a design architect in Timişoara and between 1963 and 1971 as an architect and head of the restoration section at the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu. In 1971, he became a scientific researcher at the Center of Social Sciences Sibiu (from 1990 the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Sibiu). He was appointed as director of the institute in 1994. In 1999, he started working at the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu as a professor at the Faculty of Letters, History and Journalism (later the Faculty of History and Heritage). In 2003 he became a consulting professor and doctoral supervisor. He is a full member of the Romanian Academy, the honorary president of the Commission for the History of Romanian Towns within the Romanian Academy, the vice-president of the Joint Romanian-Hungarian History Commission, member of the Scientific Board of the Transylvanian Institute at the Ruprecht University of Heidelberg (Siebenbürgen-Institut an der Ruprechts-Universität Heidelberg), member of the Board of the Association for Transylvanian Studies in Heidelberg (Arbeitskreis für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde e.V. Heidelberg), member of the Institute for German Culture and History in Southeastern Europe at the "Ludwig Maximilian" University in Munich (Institut für Deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and member of the Southeastern German Historical Commission (Südostdeutsche Historische Kommission). He has published 8 books and over 200 specialized studies in Romania, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia and Hungary.