A feeling of doing pioneer work
It is precisely this challenge that intrigues Katharina Schätz. “This is the position I dreamed of”, she tells us. “Because here I am able to do what I have always enjoyed most: finding the answers to questions that have not been, or not sufficiently been answered yet. This is what has been motivating me since school.”
Now Katharina Schätz has to come up with a strategy on how the city of Regensburg can best protect itself from the effects of climate change, such as torrential rains or extreme heat. “To me it feels like I could do pioneer work here. There are no readymade templates and it is up to me to move things into the right direction”, the young woman says. The complexity of the task – starting with every city being different, and up to the fact that a multitude of players have to be considered and incorporated – does not daunt her.
Studying at TUM prepared her well
Katharina Schätz is able to extensively draw from her landscaping and architecture degree at TUM in Freising. “The contents of the programme were highly diverse. I am able to draw from many things and have numerous points of reference”, she tells us. Thus, the fact that there was a subject such as hydraulic engineering, today helps her in dealing with the Civil Engineering Office. “I have gained a lot from the broad spectrum of disciplines I got introduced to in my degree programme”, says Schätz. And also her mentor Dr. Herbert Hoffmann remains to be a pillar of support to her. “Exchanging ideas with him helps me a lot. And he has always supported me in finding my way.”
The young woman considers it a stroke of luck that she followed her passion and never stopped looking for answers to previously unanswered questions. For today she knows: “I was brave and this courage has payed off.”
B. Sc. in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning 2012, M. Sc. in Environmental Planning and Ecological Engineering 2013
Katharina Schätz was born in Munich in 1988 and grew up near Rosenheim. Between 2007 and 2012 she studied Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning at TUM. After a short university stay in Copenhagen she started her master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Ecological Engineering, which she finished in 2014.
Positions as climate auditor and in Munich’s urban development planning followed, before she was chosen from a large number of applicants to be Regensburg’s Climate Resilience Manager.
Participating in TUM’s Mentoring Programme for Students by Alumni has helped her at the beginning of her career. Her mentor asked her to set goals and explain her decisions. The interview with Katharina Schätz and Dr. Herbert Hofmann can be read in issue 2015/1 of the KontakTUM magazine.