Ivo Rauch studied theology and pedagogy at the University of Trier, before completing an apprenticeship as a glazier and conservator. From 1985 to 1990 he studied art history and German language and literature at the Universities of Trier, Basel and Freiburg in Breisgau. His Master's degree dissertation focused on the translocated late gothic stained glass from Trier Cathedral now in St Mary’s church in Shrewsbury. His 1995 PhD concerned the founders of the stained glass of St. Catherine's Church in Oppenheim.
Between 1990 and 1994 he was a researcher at the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi, Germany, involved in a variety of Franco-German collaborative research programmes for the preservation of historical monuments and consultation on various conservation projects in the field of historical stained glass.
From 1995 until 1999, he was director of the conservation studio of Glasmalerei Dr. H. Oidtmann, Linnich. In 2000 he was curator at the Museum Schnütgen in Cologne as well as lecturer in art history at the Universities of Trier and Düsseldorf. Between 2006 and 2008 he was closely involved in the planning and development of the MA Course for Stained Glass Conservation on behalf of the University of York and since the launch of the course in 2008 he has been visiting lecturer in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management.
In 1999 Dr Rauch launched he own independent heritage consultancy, with projects throughout Europe and North America. He is also currently President of the National Committee of the CVMA in Germany and President of the International Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Stained Glass of ICOMOS/CVMA. He still finds time to publish and lecture on iconographic and conservation topics, in particular on medieval and modern stained glass, iconography and church furnishings.
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