Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow

Head of ISU since October 2012
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Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow was appointed full professor at the TU Braunschweig in 2012, where she heads the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU). She is a licensed architect and urban planner, and co-founder of COBE in Copenhagen with Dan Stubbergaard (2005) and COBE Berlin (2012 |, a practice focusing on architecture, urban planning, public space design, and research.
Carlow studied architecture at TU Berlin and TU Delft (1995-2002). She holds a MA in Urban Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Copenhagen University, Ca Foscari Venice, Autonomous University Barcelona and Antwerp University (2004), and a PhD from the Center for Urbanism at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2012).
In 2013, Carlow was appointed Member of the German Association of Architects (BDA) and auditor of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Dr. Carlow has lectured and taught at universities worldwide, including Tsinghua University, Tongji University, Riseba Riga, Penn State University and Cornell University.
Carlow’s research explores sustainable land use patterns, urban form and practices, urban-rural relations, and participatory planning. Her professional work has garnered prestigious prizes, including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale (2006, Best National Pavilion), the MIPIM Award Cannes (2012), and the Golden Medal for the best of Copenhagen Buildings (2012).




Anne-Kathrin Clever
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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen:

Grace Abou Jaoude 
M.A. in Urbanism
Assistant Professor
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Grace Abou Jaoude received her Master of Science in Urbanism from the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft where her thesis focused on the spatial implications of automation in Dutch horticulture. She was part of the research team of the Automated Landscapes project at the Research Department at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Grace also holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape design from the American University of Beirut and has previously worked at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

Carolin Brüggebusch
M.A. in Architecture
Assistant Professor
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Carolin Brüggebusch studied Architecture at the TU Braunschweig, graduating in 2016. She worked as intern for the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism on different research projects e.g.: LandAkademie and Metapolis. After finishing her Master’s degree, she started to work in project management, developing skills from organization and strategy planning to implementation at Dan Pearlman, in Berlin. Since 2017 she is back at the ISU for research projects and teaching. Her special interests on urban design are open and public spaces, and productive cities.

Florian Liedtke
M.A. in Urbanism
Assistant Professor
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Florian holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from TU Braunschweig and a Master degree in Urbanism from TU Berlin. His academic work focuses on urban morphology of Tokyo and Seoul as well as on disaster resilience and urban reconstruction in Japan, involving exchanges at Seoul National University (South Korea) and Nagoya University (Japan) and several field trips to areas undergoing reconstruction from earthquake and tsunami damage in Japan’s Tohoku region. Since 2016 Florian is active in organizing multidisciplinary summer schools to Japan on urban tsunami resilience as chairperson of the NGO German-Japanese Synergy Forum.

Olaf Mumm
Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture
Assistant Professor
T: 0531/ 391-3542
Olaf Mumm studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. Olaf has over ten years of experience at the interface between urban planning and design in praxis and research. He has been involved in inter- and transdisciplinary as well as design-based research projects focusing on urban phenomenons, structures and typologies as well as the development of methods and instruments for indicator based urban design and planning. In 2014 Olaf joined the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism at the University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and is working on the collaborative research project METAPOLIS – an inter- and transdisciplinary platform for sustainable development of urban-rural relations in Lower Saxony and Spatial Perception Research.

Majd Murad
M.A. Architect
Assistant Professor
T: 0531/ 391-3549
Majd Murad studied Architecture at the Arab International University in Damascus, and the Technical University in Berlin. He received his Master’s degree in MediaArchitecture from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, his work focused on implementing machine learning and computer vision algorithms in analyzing urban spaces. He has helped to organize a number of conferences addressing the topic of post-war cities, which resulted in creating the Syrian Lab for virtual urban planning SYLAVUP that he currently team leads.

Dirk Neumann
Dipl.-Ing. Architect
Assistant Professor
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Dirk Neumann studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe and Warsaw University of Technology. Dirk has over ten years of experience as an architect and planner in the Netherlands. His work ranges from urban and regional planning to landscape analysis and cartography. He has been involved in transdisciplinary research projects in planning coastal and delta regions. Dirk joined ISU in 2014 to manage the research project on rural regions of Lower Saxony.

Maycon Sedrez
Dr. in Architecture, Technology and City
Assistant Professor
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Maycon Sedrez holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Blumenau (2002), a Master degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Santa Catarina (2009) and a PhD degree in Architecture, Technology and the City from the University of Campinas (2016). He did a PhD exchange at the TU Eindhoven in 2015 funded by Science Without Borders. He worked as architect and planner for the University of Blumenau and as an architect in his own practice (Estúdio M2) until 2012. His research interests are Urban Design and Complexity, computational design and new technologies for the design process.

Alkistis Thomidou
M.A. Architect and Urban Design
Assistant Professor
T: 0531/ 391-3549
Alkistis Thomidou studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds a Master degree in Urban Design from the ETH Zürich. She has completed a number of courses at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) and architecture workshops in Europe and Brazil. In 2013 she was granted a six-month scholarship from the Institute für Raumexperimente, directed by Olafur Elliason. During the last 10 years she has worked in several architectural offices, among them FAT Koehl Architects, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects and Uberbau. Currently she is living and working in Berlin trying to explore different scales of the built environment both by research and design in western and non western contexts, investigating alternative living models.

Ryan Zeringue
M.A. Architect
Assistant Professor
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Ryan Zeringue studied architecure at Louisiana State University. Afterwards he completed a masters degree in Urban Planning from the Bauhaus-University Weimar and Tongji University where his thesis studied the walkability of triangular, square, and hexagonal grid typologies.

Ori Jauch
Ori Jauch studied Photography and Fine Art and is working as an artist in Berlin ( He is part of the producing team of the MOOC Making City.

Dr. Frank Schröter
Sebastian van Berkel

Lynn Dörk
Tarek Elias
Estefania Ferrà
Chantal Karadag
Hannes Müller
Alexandra Osada

Ehemalige Mitarbeiter*innen:
Ines Dobosic
Dagmar Schulze Heuling
Marie Bruun Yde
Jana Gutge
Yeon Wha Hong
Melanie Humann
Jan Jungclaus
Ki Jun Kim
Urs Kumberger
Moritz Caesar Kuehl
Mathias Madaus
Volker Pietsch
Nina Rickert
Ulrike Schacht
Verena Schmidt
Jomante Valiulyte
Ivonne Weichold
Franziska Wiegand
Marie-Christine Zacharias