… myself is not so easy with just a few words.

Grown up in the city of Dresden, I am coming from a family with a history of 200+ years in the construction and building industry. With such a background, I had really no other choice than following my ancestors footsteps. After an apprenticeship as a building worker, I studied civil engineering and quantity surveying at the universities of Cottbus, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dresden. In 1996, I graduated as a civil engineer from TU Dresden University of Technology, Germany, and received 2011 my PhD in engineering at the same institute. I am also holding postgraduate degrees in building law and real estate economics.  

Photo: Contributors to the renovation of the church in the village of Taura near Torgau, Saxony, in 1904. It shows the in the back, second from left, my great-grandfather Reinhold Schöche and in the front, far-right, my great-great-grandfather Friedrich Schöche.

In 1996, I have started my professional career as a project engineer at construction sites in Thailand and India with Philipp Holzmann AG, the leading German construction company of those days. Subsequently, I have led numerous property projects in Asia-Pacific for BASF, the world's leading chemical company. With my return to Germany in 2005, the reach of my responsibility scope became global. Since 2008, I am BASF's globally responsible Director for Group Real Estate & Facility Management. 

It goes back to the year 2003, when I started to support academic institutions as a lecturer. Currently I am working in this role at several leading German institutions such as TU Dresden University of Technology, University of Stuttgart, IREBS Immobilienakademie and EIPOS Dresden. There, I am teaching strategic and corporate real estate management, property development and location strategies. As of September 2019, I am acting at Professor for Real Estate Economics at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany.

Over the years, I have also published a number of articles and peer-reviewed academic papers on a wider range of real estate aspects. Meanwhile three books (in German language) on property development, corporate location strategies and des essentials of corporate real estate management have followed.

Additionally, I am supporting various start-up initiatives in the fields of real estate, collaborative work environment and digitalisation. I also work as Senior Partner and Board Member to Swiss Capital Property AG, Switzerland, and Swiss Capital Bosporus Properties A.S., Turkey, both being associated companies with the focus on financing and developing business and property in Turkey.

Finally, I have served from 2008 until 2017 as Chapter Chair and President to the Central Europe Chapter of CoreNet Global, the international association for corporate real estate managers. Beyond that, I am still supporting CoreNet Global's Central Europe Chapter and other initiatives in various areas.


Photo: Speaking at a conference in Horgen/ Switzerland in 2014