Prof. Dr. Antje Stokmann

former course director and founding member IUSD in Stuttgart

Antje Stokman studied landscape architecture at Hanover University and Edinburgh College of Art. After graduation she gained practical experiences as a landscape architect in many international projects and was Associate Professor in Hanover University from 2005-2010. Since 2010 she is director of the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology within Stuttgart University and founding partner of the practice "osp urbanelandschaften" in Hamburg. Making use of the synergies between science, teaching and practice, her work evolves around the aim to develop new areas of involvement and design approaches for the profession of landscape architecture – by defining it as the art of integrating complex ecosystems, infrastructure systems and human lifeworlds. She was awarded the Topos Landscape Award in 2011, the Lower Saxony Science Prize in 2009 and is member of the German national advisory council on spatial planning since 2010. Since the implementation of the MSc IUSD, she is Director of Admissions and teaches in various courses within the IUSD. From 2011 until 2017 she was the Course Director of the MSc IUSD and taught in various courses within the IUSD at University of Stuttgart. Since 2017, Antje is working at Hafen City University Hamburg.

Prof. Dr. Jan Dieterle

former course director IUSD in Stuttgart

was the interim chair of the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology at the University of Stuttgart. He studied landscape architecture at TU Berlin. After graduation he started his professional career in Landscape Architecture in Berlin. Since 2001 he is registered Landscape Architect and working in Karlsruhe. Between 2001 and 2008 he joined Institute of Landscape and Garden for teaching and research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). From 2013 until 2017 Jan Dieterle was Head of Open Space Planning Team at the Urban Planning Department in Wiesbaden. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) he received his doctoral degree for his Thesis “Risky Landscape Upper Rhine”. His research focuses on integrated design strategies for urban landscapes with diverse ecological processes and actors, especially on water-sensitive approaches.

Dipl.-Ing. Prof. Philipp Misselwitz

co-initiator of IUSD

Architect and urban planner, educated at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association London. Doctoral thesis “CampCities–Community-driven Planning for Urbanised Refugee Camps” (2009). He was professor at the institut for International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart (2010–2013) and co-initiated the IUSD program.

MSc. Franziska Laue

former course coordinator and lecturer IUSD in Stuttgart

Franziska Laue holds a Diploma in Architecture from TU Berlin and a M.Sc. in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) Stuttgart/Cairo. Since 2003 she was engaged as a freelance advisor in projects in Germany, Syria and Burkina Faso and Egypt. From 2007 until 2011 she worked for the GIZ Urban Development Programme (UDP) in Aleppo. Since 2008 she was involved in local and international conferences, exhibitions and publications on local identity, informal urban development in the MENA region. Recently, Franziska was member of exhibition and publication teams for “Aleppo Archive” (DOC Aleppo) on urban heritage conservation and archiving as well as “Space Time Dignity Rights” (DAZ Berlin) on refugee camp improvement strategies. She has published on a long-term research on informal urban growth in Damascus, Syria. A present academic focus is climate change adaptation in the MENA region. Since October 2013 she was research associate at the International Urbanism Institute and was part of the IUSD Course Coordination Team at University of Stuttgart until 2019.

MSc. Franziska Schreiber

Franziska Schreiber was a researcher at the Department for International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart, a senior associate at adelphi and also a freelance consultant to bi- and multi-lateral agencies on urban development.

Prior to joining the University of Stuttgart, Franziska Schreiber was head of the urban transformation area at adelphi, where she led research and consultancy projects on urban development and policy for clients such as the Cities Alliance, UNESCO, ministries, associations and foundations. She was the leading researcher of the project “Global Urban Transformation” funded by the BMI/BBSR, which analysed the role and implications of global agendas (e.g. Agenda 2030, New Urban Agenda, Paris Climate Agreement) for urban planning and development in Germany and Europe and developed recommendations for the revision of the National Urban Development Policy and the Leipzig Charter. Her research and writings span the fields of governance, urban policy, SDG localization, sensory approaches in urban planning, city visioning, as well as participation and co-production processes.

Franziska Schreiber also worked at the global city network ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability on projects related to urban resilience and adaption to climate change. Moreover, she was a research assistant at the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, India.

Franziska holds a Masters in Urban Studies from the University College London (UCL), UK. Previously, she studied social science and geography at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

M.Sc. Yassine Moustanjidi

Yassine Moustanjidi is an architect and urban designer. He is a practitioner and researcher on the issues of urban sustainability and mega-urbanization. He was part of the international research project „Future Megacities: Energy and climate-efficient structures in urban growth centres“ sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He has worked intensively on urbanization challenges within the MENA region, China, and Europe, and has actively participated in a variety of prestegious international conferences, competitions, and workshops on the topic. Yassine holds a Master degree in urban design from the Technical University of Berlin, a Master degree in architecture from Tongji University, Shanghai, and a diploma in architecture from Ecole Nationale d'Architecture, Rabat.

Yassine was teaching and researching at the department of International Urbanism, University of Stuttgart, and is a PhD candidate working on the topic of cross-border urban governance in Singapore-Johor-Riau extended urban region. Further he he is working at UN-habitat as urban planning expert at Urban Lab.

Dr. Solène Guenat

Solène Guenat studied Biology and Ethnology (BSc) at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland (2012) and Ecology (MSc) at Lund University in Sweden (2014). She was particularly interested in human-environment relationships, which sparked her interest in nature in urban landscapes. In her PhD at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds in the UK, she investigated the conservation potential of urban green spaces in Sub-Saharan Africa from a social and ecological perspective. Within the research project, she investigated pollinating insects, human preferences for different ecosystem services, and governance structures of urban green spaces. Between October 2019 and November 2020, she participated in the Self-Repairing Cities project at the University of Leeds, where she researched the impact of robotics and automated systems on urban systems and the Sustainable Development Goals. Solène joined ILPÖ in December 2020 as a research associate working on urban biodiversity in Stuttgart, Germany. She teaches "integrated research designs" for the International Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) master's program.


Dipl.-Ing. MSc. Lenka Vojtova

Lenka Vojtova, born in Prague, received a diploma in Landscape Architecture from University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan and holds a master in Urban Design from TU Berlin. Her professional career started in landscape architecture and regional planning. She continued working for GIZ on urban poverty in Bangladesh, safety in public spaces in South Africa, and from 2010-2013 in the project Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv, Ukraine. Since 2013, Lenka is freelancer engaged in interdisziplinary aspects of cities, consults on public spaces and urban green, and co-organizes study tours for international stakeholders in urban development. Passionate to work with groups and communities directly, Lenka particularly enjoys participatory processes. In the light of her experiences, she understood that mediation techniques are essential tools for urban practitioners and decided to get formal training as a mediator. She joined the IUSD program in 2016.

M.SC. Arch. Vladyslav Tyminskyi

M.Sc. Arch. Vladyslav Tyminskyi is an architect, researcher, and consultant on strategic urban design and spatial planning. Since 2018 he is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, focused on the study of urban policy mobilities for understanding the process of transferring strategic spatial planning — an approach which was originated in the global North and has been introduced in the specific context of contemporary Ukrainian cities.

Vladyslav Tyminskyi obtained his Master’s degree in Architecture at Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Kharkiv, Ukraine) in 2012 and completed a postgraduate research program ‘Big Future’ at Strelka Institute for Media, on Architecture and Design (Moscow, Russia) in 2015. As a researcher, he is focused on strategic spatial planning and integrated urban development, urban policy transferring, alternative forms of governance in the context of contemporary urban development in Central Eastern Europe. In 2015-2018 he worked at CANactions School for Urban Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine) as an Education Program Director and a Co-curator of Education. In 2016 the research projects of the School were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale as a part of the Urban-Think Tank (Zurich, Switzerland) pavilion. While working at CANactions School, he was a guest tutor in the framework of academic events in Romania, Serbia, Lithuania, Belarus, Germany, and France. In 2016-2017 he worked for two GIZ projects in Ukraine — ‘Integrated Urban Development’ and ‘National Urban Development Policy (NUDP)’ as a Chief Urban Researcher and External Consultant on Urban Planning and Urban Management. The projects have been aimed at introducing in Ukraine integrated urban development principles on the municipal and national level respectively. In 2013 he was an Executive Editor and author of articles for the almanac ‘Urban Studies: Politics and Practices of Urban Renewal’ supported by Heinrich Boell Foundation in Ukraine.

Dr.-Ing. Josefine Fokdal

Dr. Josefine Fokdal is a senior researcher at the department for International Urbanism, led by Prof. Dr. Ley at the University of Stuttgart. 2015-2016 she was the interim head of the department International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart. She previously worked as a senior researcher at the Habitat Unit (2009 – 2014). Since 2011 Josefine has been part of the research team on networking of urban poor in the housing field. She studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin (DE) and Ball State University (USA). In 2014 she completed her doctoral dissertation, “Embodiment of the Urban: Relational Space in the South Chinese Megacity Guangzhou” at the TU Berlin. Josefine Fokdal was a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University in 2014. Her research and writings span the fields of spatial theory, housing, governance, informality, urbanization in Asia and urban embodiment. Between 2009-2010 she was one of the leading researcher on the DFG project “Peri-Urbanization in the Pearl River Delta” which has been published in 2014 (Beyond Urbanism: Urban(izing) Villages and the Mega Urban Landscape in the Pearl River Delta in China, LIT). Josefine Fokdal teaches in the international master’s program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, in the post-graduate Urban Management course (TU Berlin) and has been teaching master’s courses in Architecture and Urban Design since 2009. Further, she supervises master theses at the IHS (Rotterdam), Urban Management (TU Berlin) and Urban Development (El-Gouna, Egypt). She has a wide range of experiences from working as a consultant to bi- and multi-lateral agencies on urbanization and development policy in the global South as well as in architectural offices. She is a German MC member of the European Network INTREPID (COST Action TD1408) on interdisciplinarity in urban studies and the chair of the International Advisory Board. She is a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde (DGA) and the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA).

Dr. Marwa Abdellatif

Marwa Abdellatif obtained a B.Sc. in Urban Planning and Design (Ain Shams University, Cairo, 2000) and a M.Sc. in ecotourism in the Western Desert of Egypt (ASU, 2006), and received her PhD on the topic of ‘Paradigms for Spatial Planning – Transformations in the Planning System of Egypt’ (ASU, 2013). She currently holds the position of an assistant professor at the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Ain Shams University. She is particularly interested in exploring new pedagogical approaches for education of spatial planning. She participated in a number of workshops in Egypt and Germany on higher education. In 2011, she co-founded ‘Letaarfo’ initiative to deepen the understanding of the interwoven relationships of people and places. She is a programme coordinator of the MSc. IUSD at Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Dr.-Ing. Bernd Eisenberg

Bernd Eisenberg completed a diploma in Landscape and Open Space Planning at TU Hannover and worked in the field of GIS-based planning in Hamburg and Stuttgart. He obtained his PhD on the topic of “Park metrics - quantification methods for spatial potentials of green open spaces with regard to recreational uses” at the University of Stuttgart. Bernd is involved in ongoing research activities of the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology (ILPÖ) related to sustainability and resilience of cities (projects LiWa and TURaS) and international educational cooperations. His research interests include quantification methods of open space qualities in general and in particular the relation between spatial configuration and usability as outlined in the space syntax research field. Since October 2010 Bernd was part of the IUSD Course Coordination Team at University of Stuttgart and is involved in teaching electives within the IUSD at University of Stuttgart.

Jun.-Prof.Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Hanaa Dahy

Hanaa Dahy is an architect, who is leading the (BioMat) research group “Bio-based Materials and Materials Cycles in Architecture” as a Junior Professor in the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart. She studied Architectural Engineering in Ain Shams University in Cairo in 2003 and earned her Master degree in 2006. She gained her first practical experience as an architect in a number offices participating in various architectural projects in Cairo and the Middle East before moving to Germany to complete her doctoral studies in 2009 at the University of Stuttgart. Dahy raised different sustainability aspects and ecological concerns towards building materials and addressed this in different teaching courses, publications and within collaborations with industrial partners in diverse research-industrial projects. She developed, designed and manufactured a number of innovative bio-based and closed-cycle building products that were widely presented in international exhibitions and attracted a lot of industrial interests. Among other research areas, she is particularly interested in biomimetic principles and their impact on architectural practice and applications. She has a pending European and an international patent, earned the best of Materials and Design award (Materialica) in Munich in 2015 and the Material Prize award (MaterialPreis) in 2016 from the Design Center of the state Baden-Württemberg in Germany and is a member of a number of European and international scientific and professional bodies.  Dahy is leading the Sustainable Architecture Core Module (SUSA) of the IUSD program among other various courses at the University of Stuttgart.

Prof. Dr. Youhansen Y. Eid

After receiving her B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering, Youhansen Eid received her M. Arch. (1986), and her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California (1992). Since then, she has worked at the Faculty of Engineering ASU. She held the positions of head of the department of Urban Planning (2007-2009) and Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Engineering (2009-2011). Prof. Eid conducted a private architectural and planning practice and held planning consulting positions in some agencies in Egypt including GAEB and GOPP. Her research interests include the impact of socio-political and technological changes on urban form, strategic planning and sustainability. Currently she is Professor of Urban Planning at Ain Shams University and Visiting Professor at the British University Egypt. She was Head of Admission for the IUSD programme and involved in teaching and supervision of master theses at Ain Shams University.

Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) Nicole M. Meier

Nicole (*1980) studied landscape architecture between 2002 and 2007 at Technical University of Munich as well as Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Previous to her academic studies, she completed a 2-year apprenticeship in landscaping where she gained valuable knowledge in small and large-scale construction projects. After graduating from TUM, she worked as a project manager for the german-french firm Agence Ter in Karlsruhe, followed by a 3-year work experience with Claude Cormier et Associés in Montreal. In 2015, she returned to Munich and worked for Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects before finally establishing her own practice one year later. Simultaneously, she became Teaching and Research Assistant and later Academic Lecturer at Technical University of Munich, Chair for Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscapes, Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher. Currently, Nicole holds a teaching position at the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology.

M.A. Aaron Schirrmann

Aaron studied architecture at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart until 2017 and worked as a trained carpenter from 2006 to 2011. He gained professional experience in offices with different focal points. Since July 2018 he has been teaching at the Institute for Landscape Planning and Ecology at the University of Stuttgart. His projects oscillate between architectural and urban issues, concrete construction tasks, participatory workshop formats, public discourse and production-oriented output. Since the beginning of 2018 he has been running the planning office Studio Malta in Stuttgart together with four other partners.

Dipl.Ing. Moritz Bellers

After completing a Diploma in landscape and open space planning at Leibniz University Hannover in 2008 and landscape architecture (between 2004 and 2005) at Universiteit Wageningen, NL he worked for jbbug – landscape architects in Cologne from 2009 to 2011. Since July 2010 he teaches and researches at the Department of Landscape Planning and Ecology, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at University Stuttgart. His research interests focuses on performative landscape techniques, process driven designs and ecological engineering. Moritz taught in the "Urban Ecology and Ecosystem Design" Core Module and the "Integrated Research and Design Project" Module within the IUSD at University of Stuttgart. Since 2016, Moritz was involved in teh IBA Heidelberg process.

Dr. Nina Gribat

After completing a Diploma in Architecture and Urban Design (TU Berlin), the Bauhauskolleg Transitspaces (Bauhaus Dessau) and a MA in Planning Research and Theory (The University of Sheffield) Nina Gribat obtained her PhD on the topic of “Governing the Future of a Shrinking City: Hoyerswerda, East Germany” at the Department of Architecture and Planning at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research interests include governing processes of urban shrinkage and informal urban developments. Nina often works with Foucault's writings on governmentality and their potential contributions to reconceptualising critical planning and urban theory. Since April 2011 Nina was part of the IUSD Course Coordinatino Team and teaching in the "Urban Policy, Planning and Sustainable Urban Management" Core Module. Between 2013 and 2014 she was interim director of the International Urbanism Institute at University of Stuttgart.

M.Arch. Marisol Rivas-Velázquez

Studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Mexico (B.S. 1998) and received the Master of Excellence in Architecture at the Berlage Institute, Postgraduate Laboratory of Architecture (2002). Marisol Rivas Velázquez collaborated with several offices in Mexico and Belgium, among them the renowned offices of Teodoro González de León/ Mexico City, Ricardo Legorreta/ Mexico City and Stéphane Beel/ Ghent. She is a founding partner of the Ulm based practice "Architecture, Urbanism + Research Agency" ( Marisol Rivas Velazquez has been Visiting Professor at the ITESM Monterrey (2003 and 2004), Lecturer at the University of Technology, Munich (2005) and research assistant at the Institute of Design.Studio1 of Leopold-Franzens-University in Innsbruck (2005-2010). Since 2010 Marisol is research assistant at the Department of International Urbanism were she has been teaching and coordinating studies and research projects. In both her professional and academic practice Marisol's research interest evolve on the topics of culture conflicts, tourism and informal urban development with special focus on African and Latin American cities. She has taught in the "Integrated Research and Design Project" Module within the IUSD at University of Stuttgart. Marisol is now working as a freelance architect and consultant in Ulm.

Dipl.-Ing. Raoul Humpert

Raoul Cyril Humpert studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d´Architecture de Montpellier, France and the University of Stuttgart, Germany where he received his diploma of Architecture and Urbanism in 2012. During his education, he developed a strong interest in the multidisciplinarity of architecture and gained extensive practical and international experiences while working for landscape architects Pfrommer + Roeder, architecture photographer Roland Halbe and Shanghai-based French interior design office LIME388. He also participated in different workshops for mudbrick constructions in Lyon, for walkable cities in Hefei, for public schoolyards in Cairo and for water sensitive urban design in Lima. Additionally Raoul worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Art and Design and the Institute for International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart. He hold a teaching position at the University of Innsbruck and since November 2012 Raoul is research assistant at the International Urbanism Institute and is part of the IUSD Course Coordination Team at University of Stuttgart. 2014 he participated in the cultural exchange program CCP by the IFA in the „Association pour la Sauvegard de la Médina“ in Tunis as well as he started his PhD research on the „Influence of traditional architecture on inhabitant’s satisfaction“ at the Institute of Housing and Design.

Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Vellguth

Carsten Vellguth studied Architecture at the Technische Universität München and the Architectural Association London with Archigram, Future Systems, Nato. He has been working for various architectural practices in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Singapore. He contributed to many projects ranging from Social Housing, Office Buildings to industrial projects like Coal Fired Power stations and their infrastructure. As practicing Architect and Facility Manager he completed a number of projects in Germany, China, and Russia. He supported the Charity 'Menschen für Menschen' with projects in Ethiopia for many years. Carsten Vellguth has been teaching in Schools of Architecture in the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Egypt for more than 20 years. He is interested in all aspects of the built environment, its urban, and historic contexts. His main focus is currently on materials, and methods of constructions, modes of delivery and their social, and environmental consequences. Carsten Vellguth is joining the IUSD team at the Ain Shams University, Cairo as the DAAD Professor of Integrated Urban Planning and Design.

Dipl.-Ing. Ines Wulfert

Ines Wulfert studied at the University of Stuttgart, where she received her diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2014. During her studies she developped a strong interest in projects with a social and ecological approach, which at the same time were not only planned, but also practically implemented in different cultural and spatial contexts. For that purpose she joined several international summerschools, in Southafrica, Egypt and Peru. During an internship of three months in a well established grassroots organisation in Rwanda, she gained deep insights in the fields of architecture and infrastructure planning as tool for sustainable development aid. Since September 2014 Ines started to work as a research assistant at the Institute for International Urbanism and was part of the IUSD Course Coordination Team at the University of Stuttgart, where she represented Raoul Humpert during his PhD research trip to Tunisia.

Prof. Dr. Ayman Ashour

Mohamed Ayman Ashour holds the chair of a Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and the position of the Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. Combining educational and technical experience between academic and professional work enriched Prof. Ashour with a sense of specialized consulting experience and made his theoretical guidance settled and valuable with a future aspiration for a generation that carries the heritage and legacy of the past to the rapid developing world of the future. His work focuses on projects of technical engineering, comprehensive planning providing integrated consultancy services in Master Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Architecture and Interior Design as well as Project Management and Construction Supervision. He is the Director of Admission of the MSc IUSD and supervises various master theses within the IUSD at Ain Shams University.

MSc. Julia Hartmann

Since obtaining her BSc(Hons) in Architecture at the University of East London in 2002, Julia’s work experience with award-winning practices such as WWMArchitects (London) and ‘die Baupiloten’ (Berlin) has ranged from public space design to the scale of strategic urban framework plans and has included clients such as the London Development Agency (LDA), Hackney Council (London), Nature Park Vitosha (Bulgaria), and Amnesty International. Julia has also been teaching design-build workshop formats at several Universities in Britain and Bulgaria and worked with NGOs Shoreditch Trust (UK), THF (TAR, China) and Ziva Zemia (Bulgaria) on issues of resident-led urban regeneration and local construction skills transfer. In 2013, she completed the MSc IUSD at the University of Stuttgart with a thesis on neighbourhood-based urban upgrading and mobilization processes in Cairo’s informal settlements. Her current research interests evolve around marginalized urban spaces, their inhabitants, and the potential they harbour for the construction, sustenance and defence of the urban commons. A member of several exhibition and publication teams, Julia has recently made editorial contributions to the exhibitions “Beyond Tourism-Zanzibar” (with Weissenhof-Galerie Stuttgart 2013); “Space Time Dignity Rights-Improving Palestinian Refugee Camps” (with UNRWA and GIZ 2012) and to the 2014/2 issue of “Trialog - Journal for Planning and Building in the Third World”.


IUSD Office
University of Stuttgart

Keplerstr. 11, 70174 Stuttgart, University of Stuttgart
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design


IUSD Office
Ain Shams University Cairo

1 El-Sarayat Street, 11517 Abbasiya, Cairo, Ain Shams University
Faculty of Engineering

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