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 founder of COBE (, 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 masters degree in Urban Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Copenhagen University, Ca Foscari Venice, Autonomous University Barcelona and Antwerp University (2003-2004), 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, and Penn State 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 MitarbeiterInnen:

Diana Felber
Dipl.-Ing. Architect
Assistant Professor
T: 0531/ 391-3540

Diana Felber studied architecture at Dresden University of Technology. She has worked in offices throughout Germany in the fields of housing, urban projects, public buildings as well as landscape design, among them are nsp landschaftsarchitekten stadtplaner (Hanover), Stefan Forster Architekten (Frankfurt am Main), ZILA Freie Architekten (Leipzig). Since 2016 she is a licensed architect. She is also a member of the board of KV Verein für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig e.V. (

Jana Gutge (maternity leave)
M.A. in Architecture
Assistant Professor
T: 0531/ 391-3542

Jana Gutge holds a degree in architecture and urban design from the University of Technology Berlin. She enjoys designing and working on strategic approaches to problems, changes, chances and circumstances a city may face. With academic experience and scholarships in Syria, India and China, she has spent most of her professional career in Berlin.

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.

Dirk Neumann
Dipl.-Ing. Architect
Assistant Professor
T: 0531/ 391-3549

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 and Urban Design
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), all in Brazil. 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 Architecture, Urban Desgin and Complexity 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.



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.


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Daniel Geistlinger
Juri Goedel
Fabian Leiwe
Hannes Müller


Marco Mehlin
Carsten Meier
Dr. Frank Schröter


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Ehemalige Mitarbeiter*innen:

Marie Bruun Yde
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