Meitinger was born as son of the first municipal architect of Munich Karl Meitinger. He studied at the Technical University Munich architecture, finished his Staatsexamen and got hie doctorate on the building history of the Munich Residenz.
From 1953 to 1963 he was Director of the Residenz Building Offices and in charge of the reconstruction of the Munich Residenz, including the Cuvilliés Theatre, court chappel, treasure chamber and Ornate Rooms (Reichen Zimmer). At that time the reconstruction of the Residenz was considered as example for the reconstruction of war-destroyed historical buildings all over Europe. From 1963 to 1976 he was head of the building department of the Max Planck Society and responsible for over 60 new institute buildings, domestic and abroad.
In 1976 he became Professor for Design and Preservation at the Technical University of Munich. In 1987 he was elected President of the University and stayed in office until his retirement in 1995. "He took the chance of generation change and won first class professors to secure the leading position of the TU in teaching and research."
Meitinger is member of a variety of professional societies and committees, i.e., at the German Academy of town planning (Deutschen Akademie für Städtebau), the Bavarian State Architectural Art Committee (Bayerischen Landesbaukunstausschuss), the State Memorial Committee (Landesdenkmalrat), the selection committees of the Bavarian State Foundation and the Hypo-Art-Foundation (Bayerischen Landesstiftung/Hypo-Kulturstiftung) and the board of trustees of the Philip Morris Foundation (Kuratorium der Philip Morris Stiftung).
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- Recreation of the Residenz, Munich
- Palazzo Zuccari, Rome
- Kaulbach-Villa, Munich
- Rebuilding of Hammerschmidt Villa, Bonn
- Rebuilding of Bellevue Palace, Berlin
- Marstallplatz, Munich
Honours and distinctions
- Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (1991)
- Bavarian Order of Merit
- Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz)
- Medal Bene Merenti in Silver of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1959)
- Commanders Cross of the Etoile noir of the French Legion of Honour
- Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester,
- Golden Honorary Coin of the City of Munich (1995) (Goldene Ehrenmünze der Stadt München).
- Honorary citizen of the city of Munich (2005)
- Founding Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (1990)
- Lehrstuhl für Entwerfen und Denkmalpflege TU München: Otto Meitinger : Architekt - Denkmalpfleger - Hochschullehrer München 1997
- Literature by and about Otto Meitinger in the German National Library catalogue
- "Professor Dr. Otto Meitinger neuer Münchner Ehrenbürger" (in German), Press notice, City of Munich, 2005.
- Professor Dr.-Ing. Otto Meitinger wird 80 (in German), Bayerische Ingenieurekammer-Bau, 2007.
- Otto Meitinger wird 80 (in German), Press Notice. TU Munich. 30 April 2007.
- "Professor Otto Meitinger wird 75". Press Notice (in German). TU München. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "850 Years of Urban Development in Munich". City of Munich. p. 2. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Professor Dr.-Ing. Otto Meitinger wird 80" (in German). Bayerische Ingenieurekammer-Bau. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Otto Meitinger wird 80". Press Notice (in German). TU Munich. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Professor Dr. Otto Meitinger neuer Münchner Ehrenbürger". Press notice (in German). City of Munich. 6 October 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Medaille Bene merenti" (in German). Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Owners of the Honorary Coin" (in German). City of Munich. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Honorary Citizen of Munich" (in German). City of Munich. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "The founding of the Academy". European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 20 August 2011.