Symposium Urban studies in education and research

15./16. November 2018 at the TU Dresden



Kees Christiaanse | KCAP Architects & Planners

Kees Christiaanse studied architecture and urban planning at TU Delft. In 1980 he joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and was appointed partner in 1983. In 1989 he founded his own company, now KCAP Architects&Planners, in Rotterdam. In 1990 he co-founded ASTOC Architects and Planners in Cologne and was partner until 2002.

Kees focuses in his work on urban assignments in complex situations and on guiding of urban processes. He is an expert in the development of university campuses and in the revitalisation of former industrial, railway and harbour areas and is a supervisor of several international urban developments.

Throughout his career Kees has always combined teaching and research with his professional work within KCAP, which has generated fruitful cross-fertilisations. From 1996 until 2003 he held a professorship for architecture and urban planning at the Technical University of Berlin. From 2003-2018, he has been chair of the Urban Planning Institute of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, since 2010 he has been involved in the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore. In 2013, he was appointed Chairperson of the External Advisory Board of the Architecture and Design Department of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

In 2009, Kees was curator of the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) with the title "Open City. Designing Coexistence". He is author of a multitude of books and essays about architecture and urban planning. Kees has received numerous honours among others the lifetime award '2016 RIBA International Fellowship’ for his particular contribution to architecture and the 'ARC17 Oeuvre Award' for his lasting and innovative contribution to the improvement of the built environment.



Inge Bobbink • Manuel Bäumler • Irena Fialová • Melanie Humann • Jan Jehlík • Marco Lub • Angela Mensing-de Jong • Elzbieta Przesmycka • Wolfgang Wende • Jana Zdráhalová

International Scientific Advisory Committee

Inge Bobbink

Since 2007, Inge Bobbink is associate professor at the Chair of Landscape Architecture, at TU Delft at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in the Netherlands. She studied Architecture at different Universities and holds a post master degree from the Berlage Institute. At Delft she set-up, developed and still coordinates the educational program for the master track of Landscape Architecture, starting in 2010. She teaches and supervises master and PhD students, lectures internationally and takes part in different advisory boards. She received her PhD from TU Delft. Her current research focuses on the identification of landscape architectonic and sustainable values in traditional water systems worldwide. The goal is to use the acquired knowledge to transform today’s water systems in circular economies in such a way that they express site-specificity.

Various book publications and articles bear witness to this research agenda: Land inSight (2005, 2009), The Polder Atlas of the Netherlands (2009), Delta Urbanism (2010), Water inSight (2012), Blue Bliss (2016) and Waterworks (2017).

Nikolai Bobylev

Associate Professor, Head of Chair Environmental Safety and Sustainable Development of Regions, Head of Master programme in Environmental Management;
Institute of Earth Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia;

Dr. Nikolai Bobylev is an environmental scientist working on urban underground space development and urban infrastructure, environmental assessment, and multiple criteria decision analysis. Dr. Bobylev has published more than 40 research papers on environmental and urban development issues. Dr. Bobylev has received several prestigious research awards, including fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Marie Curie of the European Community. Dr. Bobylev has been a consultant to United Nations Agencies (UNECE, UNHabitat, UNEP). Dr. Bobylev is an Associated Editor of the Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology academic journal (Elsevier).

Irena Fialová

Associate professor, Urban Design
Vice-Dean for International Relations

Irena Fialová studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague and Ecole d’Architecture Université de Genéve, graduating in Prague with a specialization in urban design and urban planning. She started her career as an urban designer, moving into architecture design, teaching and publishing after 1989. She is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects, a co-founder of the architectural journal and publishing house Zlatý řez – Golden section, she was a member of the Scientific Board of the XIX. UIA Congress in Barcelona, worked many years as the Czech expert for the European Union Prize for contemporary architecture and was one of the jury members of the 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award. Since 2007 she lectures on urban design theory and trends at the Faculty of Architecture CTU in Prague and researches contemporary models of urbanization, the impact of globalization on the city, the impact of transport engineering on public space and Czech alternative urbanism of the 1980s. She is the author or co-author of several publications and books.

Niels-Christian Fritsche

Niels-Christian Fritsche - German architect, artist, curator and publicist - is full-time Professor of Architectural Delineation (Presentation Methods) at Technische Universität Dresden where he researches applied representation at the transfer point between intent, knowledge and visuality. Recent publications discuss the ambiguity of architecture and beauty as a moving target.

Read more about Niels-Christian Fritsche.

Melanie Humann

Melanie Humann is an urban designer and architect. After graduating from the Technical University (TU) Berlin, she worked within the framework of the EU research project Urban Catalyst (2001-2003) as well as in various planning offices on the potentials and strategies of user-based urban development and co-productive urban planning. From 2008-2013 she was a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Sustainable Urbanism of the TU Braunschweig with a focus on Spatial Justice. Together with eight partners she runs the Urban Catalyst Studio in Berlin. In 2013 she was appointed Professor for Sustainable Urbanism at Dresden University of Applied Sciences. From September 2018 Melanie Humann is Professor for Urbanism and Design at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of the TU Dresden.


Professor, Urban Design
Head of Department of Urban Design

Jan Jehlik studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague, graduating with a specialization in architecture. He started his career in the state project organisation Stavoprojekt v Ústí nad Labem (Northern Bohemia) as a junior architect. From 1991 he worked for five years as the City Architect of Ústí nad Labem and then for ten years as a Senior Architect Partner in his own Jan Jehlik Architectural Office. From 2007 he works as a Head of Department of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture CTU in Prague. He is member of the Czech Chamber of Architects, member of the Advisory Board of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, member of the Brno City Chief Architect´s Office, member of the Scientific Board of Faculty of Achitecture of CTU. He was a member of  the Certification Council of Czech Chamber of Architects and other professional commities and juries. He is a founder and coordinator of the large annual conference Inventory of Urbanism, and leader of two NAKI research projects – „Methodology for Land Use Plans Commissioning“ and „Origin And Attributes Of Heritage Values Of Historical Towns In The Czech Republic“. He is also the author of two books and many professional texts. 

Marco Lub

Architect and urban designer Marco Lub MSc (1970) is lecturer, researcher and coordinator at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).

A decade ago, he - and his team- at Saxion Universities of Applied Science (Deventer, the Netherlands) founded the first full time bachelor school of Urban Design in the Netherlands, leading the process and direction from curriculum construction towards accreditation and execution of the 4-years program.

At TUD he continued developing academic education and he is a teacher on all levels of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, specialising on urban design.

Recently, Marco started the (PhD) research on the optimisation of urban design education in a globalised context, with the question: "How to optimise Sino-Western Urban Design didactics at the TUD?". Dr. Steffen Nijhuis is his co-Promotor. In the course of this research about international education, he is especially focussed on China and the Chinese student target group.

Angela Mensing-de Jong

In 2000, Angela Mensing-de Jong became professor for Design and Urban Design at the HTW Dresden. In September 2018 she will change to the TU Dresden as Chair of Urban Design. She studied architecture at the TU Darmstadt, worked for firms in New York, Frankfurt and Berlin before she started teaching as associate professor at the TU Berlin (1993-1998) at the Chair of Prof. Kees Christiaanse. Angela Mensing-de Jong is member of the Association of German Architects (BDA), the German Academy of Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) and the Saxonian Academy of Arts. She lectures internationally, takes part in advisory boards and often serves as a jury member in competitions. Her research focuses on sustainable urban development, influence of demographic change and migration on cities and the interaction of city and campus.

Steffen Nijhuis

Dr Steffen Nijhuis is Head of Landscape Architecture Research, Director European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU) and Associate Professor Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). He has expertise in landscape-based regional design strategies for sustainable urban development, research-by-design approaches, delta urbanism, green-blue infrastructures, designed landscapes and gardens, mapping, GIS-applications in landscape planning and design, polder landscapes and visual landscape assessment. Next to being board member of the Department of Urbanism and Dutch School of Landscape Architecture (DSL), he is member of scientific committees and review boards. He is Editor in Chief of the Research in Urbanism Series (RiUS), Editor of Bulletin KNOB (Royal Netherlands Archaeological Society) and Advisor to NGO’s, governmental and regional authorities. He coordinates methodology courses and is supervisor of MSc, post-MSc and PhD graduation projects. Furthermore he is guest lecturer/professor at Universities in Europe, Asia and North-America.

He edited and (co)authored several academic books such as: Composing landscapes (Munchen: Birkhauser, 2008), The Polder Atlas of the Netherlands (Bussum: Thoth, 2009), Delta Urbanism: The Netherlands (Chicago: American Planning Association, 2010), Exploring the visual landscape (Amsterdam: IOS press, 2011), Urbanized deltas in transition (Amsterdam: Techne Press, 2014), Flowscapes. Designing landscape as infrastructure (Delft: TU Delft publishers, 2015). And published various peer-reviewed and indexed journal articles and book chapters.

Wolfgang Wende

Wolfgang Wende is a landscape planner who has worked for the TU Berlin and the Federal Environment Agency Germany. Since 2010 he has been a professor for urban development at the TU Dresden and head of the landscape research area at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER). He has broad international experience, e.g. being a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore. Wolfgang promotes sustainable urban development, biodiversity offsets, environmental impact assessment as well as landscape planning.

Wolfgang's latest book published with Springer in 2018 is about "Biodiversity Offsets - European Perspectives on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services".


Assistant Professor
Department of Urban Design

Jana graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague in 2003. In 2008 she received her PhD. in the Urbanism and Urban Planning programme from the FA, CTU. The topic of her thesis was the "Urban Analysis of Settlements and Neighbourhoods – Cognitive, Behavioral and Geographical Spaces within the City". In 2008 she joined the Department of Urban Design at the FA, CTU, where she is an assistant professor. Jana leads the seminars for the courses Urbanism Typology and Urbanism Design. She is an assistant at the Jiri Klokocka urban design studio at FA. In 2001 Jana received a three-year research grant entitled "Semantic Analysis of Urban Environment". Since 2016 she is a member of the research team working on the project entitled "Origin and Attributes of Heritage Values of Historical Towns in the Czech Republic". Jana is a member of European Network for Housing Research, ENHR and is the co-coordinator of the Residential Buildings and Architectural Design workshop at ENHR. Since 2015 she is a coordinator of the doctoral study programme at the FA, CTU.

Jana's research interests include urban morphology, peoples' use of the city, the transformation of the urban design and architecture in the post-socialist period and movement patterns of people within the urban tissue.