Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow

Head of ISU since October 2012
T: +49 (0)531/ 391-3537

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).


Alexander Czeh
M.Sc. in Sustainable Transport, Transport Politics and Planning of Transport, MBA Sustainable Mobility Management
PhD Candidate
Alexander is doing his doctorate at ISU about the potentials of the traffic transformation for the re-design of urban space. In his dissertation he investigates for example, whether more living space can be gained through the traffic transformation towards sustainable mobility by deconstruction of the car infrastructure in cities( Alexander studied at the Technical Universities of Dresden, Delft and Berlin, holds an MBA in Sustainable Mobility Management and an M.Sc. in Transport Economics. He works as a research assistant at the Institute of Transport Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). As an expert for sustainable mobility with a focus on active mobility, cargo bike transport, paratransit and land use planning, Alexander worked in various projects in Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Laos, Liberia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Aleksandra Shekutkovska Dokoska
MAS in Urban Design
Teaching Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3542
Aleksandra Shekutkovska Dokoska graduated as an architect at the Faculty of Architecture, North Macedonia and completed the Master of Advanced studies in Urban Design at ETH Zürich. She has been working across disciplines and on different scale of projects ranging from Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Research, Publication and Academia over tenure of 10 years, with different organizations and institutes in Macedonia, Brazil, Switzerland, Thailand and Germany. In 2019 Aleksandra joined ISU’s teaching team.

Carolin Brüggebusch
M.A. in Architecture
Teaching and Research Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3540
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
Teaching Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3540
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.

Grace Abou Jaoude 
M.A. in Urbanism
Research Assistant
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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.

Kristin Schöning
M.Sc. in Architecture
Teaching and Research Assistant
Kristin studied Architecture at the RWTH Aachen, the Technical University of Budapest and the TU Braunschweig. She received her master’s degree in architecture from the TU Braunschweig, her diploma thesis dealt with sustainable alternatives for the Westland horticultural region in the Netherlands and examined the tension between a productive and a livable region. Her special interest on urban design are urban-rural linkages, participatory design methods and the impact of co-housing projects on the city. In 2020, she joined ISU’s team for research projects and teaching.

Marie Scheer
M.Sc. Architecture / Sustainable Design
Teaching Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3549
Marie studied Architecture in Lübeck, Oldenburg and Braunschweig. She received her master’s degree in 2019 and after a short slip into an architecture office she quickly came back the TU Braunschweig – joined the ISU team for mainly teaching, but also research projects.  Her interests deal with futuristic living concepts, participation and conversion.

Majd Murad
M.A. Architect
Research Assistant
T: +49 531/ 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.

Nico Ilin
M.A.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning
Research Assistant and PhD Candidate
Nico Ilin received his Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Kassel in 2019. In his master’s thesis, he investigated the possibilities of virtual realities as possible means of communication between administration and population in cooperation with the Zurich Office of Urban Development. At the same time, he completed an internship at the GIS Competence Center Zurich, where he was able to expand and deepen his technical knowledge in the areas of ArcGIS Desktop and Enterprise, among others. Based on the experiences and insights he gained, Nico is focusing in his work ISU’s research at the Leibniz Science Campus Postdigital Participation.

Olaf Mumm
Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture
Deputy Head
T: +49 531/ 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.

Oskars Redbergs
Dr.-Ing. (Brandenburg TU, Magna Cum Laude), M.A. (Städelschule), M.Sc. Arch.
Member of ICOMOS, CIVVIH, Architect
Scientific Coordinator
T:+49 531/ 391-3540
Oskars Redbergs completed the dissertation: „Transformation Projects of Historic Urban Structure and Architecture in the Historic Centre of Riga (HCR) –Territory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, since 1997“. The thesis is a continuation of an ongoing research on city, which gained a new dimension in 2012 with his appointment as curator for the European Cultural Days of the European Central Bank (ECB). In his research, he operates where architecture, urban planning, history and the law meet, in order to reconstruct the scenes and conditions of its formation, as recorded in architecture and in the built environment. His interdisciplinary research approach provides a new instrumental knowledge that guides communities towards desired impacts either on the social, economic or urban dimension of politics.

He has produced a significant overview indicating problems in the field, but also summarizing more than 20 recommendations for the policy makers, government and public management institutions at large as to how to deliver a more effective regulatory system.

Ryan Zeringue
M.A. Architect
Research assistant
T: 0531/ 391-3549
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.

Sebastian Schmidt
Dipl. Ing. Architect
Teaching Assistant
After completing his studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar in 2008, Sebastian gained twelve years of professional experience in the Asian and European context in a variety of projects in the areas of residential-, office- and sports buildings and urban development. In 2009 Sebastian moved to Shanghai and started working for the office of Gerkan, Marg and Partner. Five years of living and working in the rapidly changing China, shaped his interest and understanding of complex urban structures and the solution of various architectural tasks within the design process. Since his return to Germany, Sebastian has been working as a freelance and self employed architect with a strong focus on design work in various fields and scales.

Tobias Kühn
Institute Management
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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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Juri Gödel
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Dirk Neumann
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
Maycon Sedrez
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Franziska Wiegand
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