Throughout his career, Niels Auner contributed to the restoration of over 100 wooden churches, classified as historic monuments. Most of the wooden churches he worked on are located in Sălaj and Maramureş counties. In 2012, architect Niels Auner published the book 100 de biserici de lemn restaurate, 1972-2012, and in 2016 he published a series of written materials, including drawings and photography, under the title Proiecte şi realizări. Restaurări de monumente istorice şi construcţii noi cu structuri din lemn, 1972-2015. He carried out his restoration projects together with craftsmen in Maramureş, painting restorers, and architectural conservationists. Currently, he publishes articles in the journal of the National Union of Restorers of Historic Monuments.
(Gabriela Petrescu, 2017)
1970 – He graduated ’’Ion Mincu” Architecture Institute, Bucharest.
Public/professional activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees)
Expert in historic monument restoration.
Member of the National Union of Restorers of Historic Monuments.
Member of the European Association of Architectural Heritage Restoration Companies.
? - Urban and rural systematization works;
? - Housing and socio-cultural work on a national level;
? - Schools;
? - Shopping centres abroad (Libia);
? - Industrial architecture works;
? - Technological supervising works in the field of industry;
? - Works on places of worship;
? - Over 20 wooden churches in various areas of the country;
? - Open-air museums in Sighetu Marmaţiei, Oaş, Vâlcea, Bucharest;
? - Restoration works on various historic monuments: the ensemble of Văcăreşti Monastery, Bucharest, the Church of Mogoşoaia Palace, the Church of Snagov Monastery, Doamnei Church in Bucharest;
? - Systematization works and relocation of monuments in outdoor ethnographic ensembles;
? - Restoration work on over 100 wooden churches in most ethnographic areas, including Sălaj, Maramureş, Bistriţa-Năsăud, Cluj, Suceava, Dâmboviţa, Vrancea, Hunedoara, Alba, Harghita, Mureş counties.
Competitions. Awards and distinctions
? - The award of the National Union of Restorers of Historic Monuments.
? - The award of the Union of Romanian Architects.
? - Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture.
? - Prize awarded by the Ministry of Public Works.
? - Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit
2016 - ’’Opera Omnia” Prize of the Union of Romanian Architects, at the festive gathering occasioned by the award ceremony of the ’’Bucharest Architecture Biennial’’ (12 October 2016).
Reference works in the field of monument restoration:
AUNER, Niels, Manual privind tehnologia restaurării monumentelor din lemn
AUNER, Niels, Ghid privind costurile şi consumurile de resurse în activitatea de restaurare a monumentelor din lemn
AUNER, Niels, 100 de biserici de lemn restaurate, 1972-2012, Editura Caiete Silvane și Editura Ethnologică, Zalău, Baia Mare, 2013
AUNER, Niels, Proiecte şi realizări. Restaurări de monumente istorice şi construcţii noi cu structuri din lemn, 1972-2015
AUNER, Niels, Proiecte şi realizări 1972-2015, Editura HACO Internaţional, 2016.
TEODORESCU, Sidonia, NICULAE, Raluca, ŢELEA, Vasile, BÎRSAN, Andrei, Dicţionar al arhitecturii româneşti moderne (sec. XIX, XX, XXI). Literele A-C - ediţie online (https://issuu.com/dictionaruar), Bucharest, 2014, ISBN: 978-973-0-18270-5.