The Wüstenrot Foundation is an operational foundation initiating, designing and conducting own projects for the purpose of its mission. Throughout a year the foundation works on approximately 40 of these projects. One of the foundations crucial concerns is about preserving and cultivating our societies´ cultural heritages by focussing on cultural values, which without the foundations commitment would be endangered, such as outstanding historical, creative and thereby identity creating credentials of our built environment. Today, one focal point of the foundations work on building culture is concerned with the exposure to historical monuments between 1945 and 1980, with all its distinctiveness in aesthetics, form, function, construction, materiality and energetic qualities. The Wüstenrot Foundation works on an interdisciplinary level, its aim is to give practice oriented impulses and create models, state examples and give inspiration, advance common welfare and effect positive changes in today’s living conditions. Besides the preservation program, also a science and research program, teaching and education program, art and cultural program, endowded professorships exist as well as competitions, awards and scholarships. The Wüstenrot foundation exclusively is a non-profit organization. Being part of the Wüstenrot Holding it holds 66% of the Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG, these assets makes it one of the largest non-profit foundations in Germany.
Director of the Wüstenrot Foundation. Dipl-Ing. Architect. Lecturer at the University of Stuttgart and within the Masters Program for Building Restoration at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He studied at the Universities of Braunschweig and Stuttgart and at the European Business School. Before his employment at the Wüstenrot Foundation, Kurz worked for different international consulting firms. Besides his managerial functions he is also head of the historical monument program of the Wüstenrot Foundation.