Chair Profile

The Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization is focused on socially just and climate conscious urban design for people, plants, animals, fungi and crystals. CUD research and design projects explore the complex history, actual use, ecology and economy of the urban and contemporary modes of urban governance. Cooperative and community-based design processes are investigated, developed and tested in teaching, research and practice.

Urbanization is a global phenomenon confronting societies with unprecedented local challenges and opportunities. Rapid urban growth, finite resources and resulting socio-political distribution conflicts demand new governance strategies and planning and design tools. CUD strongly believes that the urban professional has to reinforce his and her expertise in order for urban design to become the platform on which sustainable development is negotiated between different disciplines and stakeholder groups.

CUD focuses on the coordination of top-down and bottom-up planning modes, advocating the integration of civil society based urban development into urban planning and development processes. The chair is organized as a laboratory for urban design theory and practice, cooperating with universities, practitioners, developers, municipalities and – most importantly, the people as co-producers of a better urban future.

(fig: Büro, Thomas Demand, 1995)

Chair staff

  • Jörg Stollmann


    Jörg Stollmann is an architect and urban researcher based in Zurich and Berlin. He is co-founder of urbaninform. Jörg Stollmann graduated form the University of the Arts Berlin and Princeton University. He works in various collaborations, for example with the artist Ines Schaber, and was principal of INSTANT Architects with Dirk Hebel. He taught at the University of the Arts Berlin, the Technical University Berlin and ETH Zurich. At ETH, he taught the MAS Program in Landscape Architecture and was Director of Studies of the MAS Program in Urban Design. He was part of the curatorial team of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2009 for the section Squat. The Informal City under Construction.

    Jörg Stollmann ist Architekt und Stadtforscher in Zürich und Berlin. Er ist Mitbegründer von urbaninform. Jörg Stollmann studierte an der Universität der Künste Berlin und Princeton University Er arbeitet in verschiedenen Kollaborationen, z. Bsp. mit der Künstlerin Ines Schaber, und war Inhaber von INSTANT Architekten mit Dirk Hebel. Er lehrte an der Universität der Künste Berlin, der TU Berlin und der ETH Zürich. An der ETH unterrichtete er das MAS Programm in Landschaftsarchitektur und war Studiendirektor des MAS Programm Urban Design. Er war Teil des kuratorischen Teams der Internationalen Architektur Biennale Rotterdam 2009 für die Sektion Squat. The Informal City under Construction.

    (fig: TU Berlin/PR/Ulrich Dahl)

  • David Levain

    Research Associate

    David Levain is a French/Berlin-based architect and urbanist. His work ranges from the small to the very large scale, little gardens to urban studies, with the ambition to investigate the many territories behind our fragmented contemporary conditions. His method can be described as collaborative and research-based. Regular project “allies” including FAKT (Berlin) and UHO (Paris). Before founding his own practice in 2013, David Levain developed as a project leader at LIN Architects Urbanists. There, from 2009 to 2013, he led key projects such as Grand Paris (implementation phase), Angers Berges de Maine and the award-winning project Strasbourg-Kehl, Cour des Douanes Zollhofareal. He took part in numerous lectures, exhibitions and publications in France and Germany, and delivered several contributions within the so-called Atelier International du Grand Paris. David Levain taught architecture and urbanism at Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville (ENSAPB), The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and TU Berlin. He is a research associate at CUD since 2015. Investigation topics — past and present: Koolhaas & Berlin, trends in contemporary urbanism, new urban natures, modern planning and its heritage…


    David Levain ist französisch-Berliner Architekt und Urbanist. Seine Projekte reichen vom kleinen bis zum ganz großen Maßstab, vom kleinen Garten bis hin zur städtebaulichen Studie, mit dem Ziel die vielfätigen Räume hinter unserer fragmentierten Umwelt zu erforschen. Seine methodischer Ansatz kann als kolloborativ und forschungsorientiert beschrieben werden. Regelmäßige Kooperationen verbinden ihn mit FAKT (Berlin) und UHO (Paris). 2013 hat David Levain sich als Architekt selbstständig gemacht. Zuvor war er von 2009 bis 2013 bei LIN Architects Urbanists tätig. Als Projektleiter verantwortete er Projekte wie Grand Paris (Phase 2 – Umsetzung), Angers Berges de Maine und das mit einem ersten Preis ausgezeichnete Projekt Strasbourg-Kehl, Cour des Douanes Zollhofareal. Er war an zahlreichen Veranstaltungen, Ausstellungen und Publikationen in Frankreich und Deutschland beteiligt, u.a. leistete er regelmäßig Beiträge im Rahmen des Atelier International du Grand Paris. David Levain unterrichtete Architektur und Städtebau an der Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville (ENSAPB), der Königlich Dänischen Kunstakademie und der TU Berlin. Seit 2015 ist er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Chair of Urban Design. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Koolhaas & Berlin, Strömungen des zeitgenössischen Städtebaus, Stadtnatur, Städtebauliche Moderne und ihr Erbe…


  • Anna Heilgemeir

    Research Associate

    Anna Heilgemeir works as a planner and architect as part of an architect cooperative since 2015. She develops, plans and builds mainly non-commercial and community oriented spaces from small to large scale often in cooperation with the housing cooperative, Mietshäuser Syndikat. Between 2011 and 2015, she worked for and in collaboration with Bernhard Hummel and Clemens Krug architekten and for LIN Architects & Urbanists (Cité du Design, Competition Team Bremer Punkt). Heilgemeir teaches and researches on the topic of spatial commons, co-produced city and methods of civil learning. Her focus lies on built space as commons, collective living and housing models, possible “operational systems” between self-organization and local government as well as the transitions from activism to planning practice. Beside her work as a planner, she is active in several city activist initiatives (such as Stadt von Unten / City from Below). She is also co-founder of the interventionist performance collective L.A.Müller and member of the curatorial team of the Nachbarschaftsakademie / Neighborhood Academy in Prinzessinnengarten and the non-profit association Common Grounds e.V.


    Anna Heilgemeir arbeitet als PlanerIn und Architektin in Berlin seit 2015 in einer Kooperative von politischer Architekt_innen an der Entwicklung, Planung und Umsetzung von Gemeinschaftsprojekten und Quartieren ohne Eigentumsbildung, vorwiegend im Modell des Mietshäuser Syndikats. Von 2011 bis 2015 war sie an der Planung und Umsetzung verschiedener öffentlicher und selbstverwalteter Projekte bei Bernhard Hummel und clemens krug architekten und bei LIN Architects & Urbanists (Cité de Design, Wettbewerbsteam Bremer Punkt) tätig. Seit 2014 lehrt und forscht sie zu den Themen Spatial Commons, co-produzierte Stadt und Methoden des Civil Learning. Ihr Fokus liegt dabei auf dem gebauten Raum als Gemeingut, kooperativen und kollektiven Modelle für Wohn-und Lebensformen und deren Produktion, Reproduktion und die Gefahr der externen Abschöpfung, Ihr Fokus liegt auf dem gebauten Raum als Gemeingut, Enstehung kollektive Modelle für Wohn- und Lebensformen, “Betriebssystemen” zwischen Selbstverwaltung und kommunaler Verantwortung und die Übergänge zwischen Aktivismus und planerischer Praxis. Neben ihrer Arbeit als Planerin ist sie aktive Mitstreiterin der Berliner stadtpolitischen Bewegung (u.a. bei Stadt von Unten), Gründungsmitglied des interventionistischen Performance Kollektivs L.A. Müller und Teil des kuratorischen Teams der Nachbarschaftsakademie in den Prinzessinnengärten sowie des gemeinnützigen Vereins Common Grounds e.V..


  • Veljko Marković

    Research Associate

    Veljko Marković is a Serbian architect based in Berlin. He obtained a Master of Architecture from the University in Belgrade/Faculty of Architecture, after which he continued his studies in Germany. In 2016 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg obtaining a Master of Arts, where he studied at the Chair for Architecture and Urban Studies – a research based Master program. His research focus is on the characteristics of intermediate spaces emerging from ideological or interest conflicts. He is interested in the idea of the border between inclusivity and exclusivity, specifically within a participatory processes. His work mainly focuses on Berlin’s city development while drawing parallels to post-socialist Yugoslavian heritage. After gaining experience in several Berlin based architecture offices working on projects of different scale, his main practical work has been working as a team member with Deadline Architects on the co-ownership project Fritzz23, a commercial Baugruppe for cultural industries. He has also collaborated with several artists, mainly on public sculpture projects, as well as with different housing collectives and constellations in the frame of Mietshäuser Syndikat.

    Veljko Marković ist ein serbisch-Berliner Architekt. Veljko Marković, geboren in Serbien, arbeitet als Architekt in Berlin. Nach seinem Masterabschluss in Architektur an der Universität Belgrad führte er sein Studium in Deutschland fort. Ab 2016 absolvierte er einen forschungsbasierten Master der Kunst an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg, insbesondere am Lehrstuhl für Architektur und Stadtforschung. Der Fokus seiner Recherchen liegt auf den Charakteristiken von „intermediate spaces“, welche durch Ideologie- oder Interessenkonflikte hervortreten. Sein Interesse gilt der Grenze zwischen Exklusivität und Inklusivität, insbesondere innerhalb partizipativer Prozesse. In seiner Arbeit beschäftigt er sich vor allem mit Berlins Stadtentwicklung und zieht dabei Parallelen zu post-jugoslawischen Städten. Nachdem er durch die Mitarbeit an Projekten unterschiedlichen Maßstabs in mehreren Berliner Architekturbüros praktische Erfahrungen sammeln konnte, arbeitete er zuletzt als Teammitglied bei Deadline Architects. Hier betreute er unter anderem das kommerzielle und von unterschiedlichen kulturellen Trägern initiierte Baugruppen-Projekt „Frizz23“. Außerdem sucht er immer wieder die Zusammenarbeit mit unterschiedlichen Künstlern, meist im Rahmen von Projekten wie Kunst am Bau oder in Kooperation mit Wohnkollektiven und dem Mietshäuser Syndikat.

  • Dagmar Pelger

    Research Associate

    Dagmar Pelger is an architect and since 2013 coordinator of the design research project Neighbours Gardens with Anita Kaspar. She gained expertise in cooperative planning processes and landscape as experiential system as a research assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology from 2002-2003 and at Gent University from 2009-2012. As teaching assistant at the Institute of Architecture, Arts and Theory, KIT, she focusses on cartography as a design method. After working as an architect with Barkow Leibinger, Xaveer de Geyter and Christian Kerez Architects, she founded Studio Staartster in 2009 with Ester Goris in Brussels and platfond a.i.r. in 2013 with Angelika Jäkel in Karlsruhe and Berlin. In 2011 Studio Staartster collaborated with Charlotte Geldof on the project The Future Commons 2070, a design research in the field of marien spatial planning.

    Dagmar Pelger ist Architektin und seit 2013 gemeinsam mit Anita Kaspar Koordinatorin des Entwurfs- und Forschungsprojektes Nachbars Gärten im Rahmen der Akademie einer neuen Gropiusstadt. Ihre Forschungsassistenzen am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) zu stadtregionalen Zukunftsszenarien 2002-2003, an der Universität Gent/Labo S(tedenbouw) zum Thema Landschaft als Wahrnehmungsraum 2009-2013 und seit 2013 die wissenschaftliche Mitarbeit am Institut Entwerfen, Kunst und Theorie des KIT tragen zur Schwerpunktbildung spekulativer Kartografie als Entwurfsmethode bei. Der Mitarbeit als Architektin bei Barkow Leibinger, Xaveer De Geyter und Christian Kerez Architekten folgten 2009 die Arbeitsgemeinschaften Studio Staartster mit Ester Goris in Brüssel und 2013 platfond a.i.r. mit Angelika Jäkel in Karlsruhe und Berlin. In Zusammenarbeit mit Charlotte Geldof und Ester Goris entstand 2011 The Future Commons 2070, eine Seekarte als mariene Raumplanungsvision für die südliche Nordsee.

  • Seonju Kim

    Research Associate

    Seonju Kim is an architect and researcher currently working as a research assistant at the Collaborative Research Center ‘Re-Figuration of Spaces’ in Berlin in the project ‘Smart Cities: Everyday Life in Digitalized Spaces.’ She graduated in Architecture at ETH Zurich and Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. In the frame of CRC, her research is focused on middle-class residences in digitalized environment in South Korea.

  • Mennatullah Hendawy

    Research Associate

    PhD Candidate – Mennatullah is an urban planner and researcher who aims to inspire sustainable urban development by connecting research with reality. She is currently a research associate and PhD student at the Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization CUD TU Berlin.
    She is interested in how to enable vulnerable groups in the society and how to develop communities in an integrated manner. She certainly practices urban planning, design and education as approaches to empowerment with an aim to cover the gap in theory building in contested urban contexts. As a multipotentialite interested in intersections, she deals with urban planning as a developmental multidisciplinary field.
    She believes in the role of research in driving local development and national policies as well as the importance of transferring knowledge and systems between global north and south through win-win means. As she views learning and research as two-way cyclic processes, the impact she strives for is the growth of all the humans she meets along her journey. In particular, she is interested in experimental methodologies, and participatory action research through which she aspires to take values into action by connecting spatial justice with urban planning.
    She intends to live a fruitful, simple, and happy everyday life and hopes to bring it to whoever joins her life.

  • Yamil Hasbun Chavarria

    PhD Candidate

    PhD Candidate – Yamil Hasbun is a tenured assistant professor in Environmental Design at the School of Arts and Visual Communications at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) where he coordinated the Environmental Design program from 2009 to 2013. He also headed the License Degree graduation seminar for the School of Arts and Visual Communications.
    He graduated in Urban Design from Aalborg University, Denmark; and in Environmental Design from UNA, Costa Rica. His current research focuses on the critical use of Actor-Network Theory, Material Semiotics and Governmentality Theory in analyzing the processes of construction, contestation and stabilization of ‘nature’ based on politically charged techno-scientific calculations and ‘green’ discourses.

  • Jamie-Scott Baxter

    PhD Candidate

    PhD Candidate – Jamie joined the Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Socialforschung (IRS) in October 2017 as a doctoral candidate in the department of “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” and at the Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization CUD TU Berlin. Jamie is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and part of the RurAction: Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions – Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action project.
    Jamie is a registered architect in the U.K and as a practitioner his work – which has led to a number of regional and national awards – has focused on urban, and more recently, rural spatial development projects in structurally weak regions in England. Alongside practice, Jamie has taught as a senior lecturer in London architecture schools where he developed a teachinglearning program integrating practice, research and co-design with communities and Masters students addressing specific socio-spatial challenges and opportunities.
    His research interests include, new materialism, co-production in spatial transformation, social innovation in rural regions, and experimental mapping methodologies. Enrolled at the Technische Universität Berlin, Jamie’s PhD thesis considers spatial transformation as a product of social innovation within 3 case study regions in Europe, including: Uckermark (Germany); Mühlviertel (Austria); and Alentejo (Portugal), and asks, how social-innovation-assemblages emerge, accelerate and spatially reconfigure within and beyond these regions, and internationally.
    Jamie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, Macintosh School of Architecture with a Bachelors degree in Architecture (RIBA part I), and went on to receive a Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA II) under Professors Florian Beigel and Philip Christou, and Professional Practice in Architecture (Part III) from London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. Jamie co-founded and sat on the board of a local civil society organisation which went on to become a registered charity and shortlisted for the Small Charity of the Year Award. More recently, Jamie has participated in academic conferences in Hannover and Oxford with contributions on spatial transformation in rural regions, entitled: “We’re all in it together”, and innovation in higher education and research methodologies in the city, “(Audio-Visually) Mapping Redbridge”. He has lectured and curated various exhibitions in London and the U.K., and his work in collaboration with others has been published in national architectural and urban design journals.

  • Theresa Jung

    Student Assistant

    Theresa Jung is a trained tailor. Currently studying in the Bachelor program at the Technische Universität Berlin she started to assist at the Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization in 2019.

    Theresa Jung ist gelernte Schneiderin und studiert an der Technischen Universität Berlin im Bachelor. Seit 2019 ist sie Tutorin am Fachgebiet für Städtebau und Urbanisierung.

  • Sarah Schmidt

    Student Assistant

    Sarah Schmidt studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Carinthia, Austria. Currently enrolled in the Masters Program at the Technische Universität Berlin she started to assist at the Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization in 2019.

    Sarah Schmidt studierte an der Fachhochschule Kärnten in Österreich. Derzeit im Master Studiengang an der  Technischen Universität Berlin eingeschrieben, arbeitet sie seit 2019 am Fachgebiet für Städtebau und Urbanisierung.

  • Former Staff Members

    Katharina Hagg, Research Associate

    Mathias Heyden, Research Associate

    Sandra Bartoli, Research Associate

    Anita Kaspar, Research Associate

    Fee Kyriakopoulos, Research Associate

    Joachim Schultz, Research Associate

    Jakob Tigges, Research Associate

    Anne Fenk, Lecturer

    Karin Bradley, Post-Doc

    Daniel Bruns, Student Assistant

    Alexander Grams, Student Assistant

    Hugo Guiomar, Student Assistant

    Dorothee Hahn, Student Assistant

    Malte Kloes, Student Assistant

    Ivan Leroy, Student Assistant

    Johanna Maierski, Student Assistant

    Daniela Mehlich, Student Assistant

    Florian Müller, Student Assistant

    Kathrin Schömer, Student Assistant

    Frederik Springer, Student Assistant

    Andreas Wende, Student Assistant