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).


Tobias Kühn
Institute Management
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Olaf Mumm
Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture
Deputy Head
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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.

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.

Hsiao-Hui Chen
M.Sc. in Urban Planning, M.Phil. in Sociology
Research Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3509
Hsiao-Hui is finishing her PhD thesis in Urban Planning at HafenCity University Hamburg. She holds an MSc in Urban Planning from HafenCity University Hamburg, an MPhil in Sociology from Oxford University and a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from National Taiwan University. She has been working on transdisciplinary projects at several institutes in the UK, Taiwan and Germany. Her project topics have ranged from network and traffic flow simulation to land-use planning for zero-energy building, IoT and sociological survey research. Her research in ISU focuses on applying urban informatics, network analysis and agent-based modelling for exploring the spatial characteristics of street networks and pedestrian flows.

Chantal Karadag
M.Sc. in Architecture
Research Assistant
After absolving her Bachelor in Architecture at the TU Braunschweig, which included a semester abroad at the Tongji University in Shanghai and an internship in Amsterdam, Chantal also completed her master studies at the TU Braunschweig. Her thesis focused on transforming the ever-changing urban tissue of Qingdao’s outskirts and improving its infrastructure and livability. Joining the ISU research team she deals with the analysis and examination of future-oriented sustainability concepts for diverse urban and sub-urban areas.

Dima Meiqari
M.Sc. Media Architecture
Research Assistant
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Dima Meiqari is conducting her PhD at the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU) at the TU Braunschweig as part of the Leibniz Wissenschafts Campus Postdigital Participation. Dima has obtained a master’s degree in Media Architecture from the Bauhaus Universität Weimar as a DAAD Scholar in 2018, and a Diploma of Applied Sciences of Architecture from Damascus University 2010. She is an architect, planner and researcher. Her work focuses on the cultural, social, political, and economic impact of information and communication techniques on urban and architectural space in practice and research. During her interdisciplinary master’s studies, she conducted a media anthropology research on the Circassian architecture and urban heritage. She also took part in organizing conferences and workshops on the topic of post-war cities, and later co-founded the Syrian Lab for virtual urban planning, SYLAVUP.

Majd Murad
M.A. Architect
Research Assistant
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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.

Oskars Redbergs
Dr.-Ing. (Brandenburg TU, Magna Cum Laude), M.A. (Städelschule), M.Sc. Arch.
Member of ICOMOS, CIVVIH, Architect
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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.

Marie Scheer
M.Sc. Architecture / Sustainable Design
Teaching Assistant
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Deepank Verma
Ph.D., MCP, B. Plan
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Deepank Verma holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India. His doctoral research investigated the relationship between individuals’ perception and urban surroundings. He received his undergraduate degree in Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal (SPAB), India, and a postgraduate degree in City Planning from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India. He works on Deep Learning applications specific to computer vision, audio analysis, and remote sensing. His research interests include Data mining, Machine Learning, Remote Sensing, Human perception, and Urban Design. He joined ISU in December 2020.

Ryan Zeringue
M.A. Architect
Research assistant
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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.

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.

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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Sebastian van Berkel

Julia Böhnlein
Victoria Coval
Burcu Daglayan
Simon Ebner
Tarek Elias
Juri Gödel
Chantal Karadag
Pia Melloh

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Marie Bruun Yde
Carolin Brüggebusch
Moritz Caesar Kuehl
Ines Dobosic
Jana Gutge
Melanie Humann
Nico Ilin
Jan Jungclaus
Ki Jun Kim
Julia Köpper
Urs Kumberger
Mathias Madaus
Dirk Neumann
Volker Pietsch
Nina Rickert
Ulrike Schacht
Verena Schmidt
Dagmar Schulze Heuling

Maycon Sedrez
Philip Stapel
Alkistis Thomidou
Jomante Valiulyte

Ivonne Weichold
Yeon Wha Hong

Franziska Wiegand
Marie-Christine Zacharias