Meike Schalk

Associate Professor, KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Eirini Kasioumi

Doc. sc. ETH Zurich, TUM University Foundation Fellow, 2021-2023

Postdoktorantin, Professur für Urban Design, TUM School of Engineering and Design

Karen Lee Bar-Sinai

PhD Candidate, Visiting Lecturer at TUM, 2021-2022

Postdoctoral Researcher, Professorship of Urban Design, TUM School of Engineering and Design

Tom Shaked

PhD, Visiting Lecturer at TUM, 2021-2022

Postdoctoral Researcher, Professorship of Urban Design, TUM School of Engineering and Design

Academic Guests

The professorship is welcoming applications to act as a host for fellowship programs, for example Humboldt Research Fellowships (link:, DAAD Fellowships (link: or TUM Global Postdoc Fellowships (link: Applicants should see considerable synergies between their work and the work of the professorship of Urban Design and have outstanding credentials to be able to compete in these programs. To start the conversation with us, please send a 1-page CV and a 1-page description of your research aim to We will get in contact with you if we see potential in developing a proposal together.


Prof.Dr., Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning

Bahar Gedikli is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. She received her undergraduate degree from the Department of City and Regional Planning in 1995, Master’s Degree from the Graduate Program of Urban Policy Planning in 1998, and PhD degree from the Graduate Program of City and Regional Planning in 2004 at METU. She went to Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Planning between 2001-2002 as a visiting student. Her research interests are sustainable urban planning/design, urban planning for climate change mitigation/adaptation, and contemporary planning approaches. She speaks English and Italian.

Dr. Ing., Architektin Charlotte Lao Schmidt

Charlotte Lao Schmidt (°1982) is a spatial designer currently based on Bohol, the Philippines. She graduated, with distinction, as a Diploma Eng. Architect with speci- alisation in urban design, from Technical University Braunschweig, Germany (2010).

As an Architect and Urban Designer, she has been, amongst others, a collaborator with 51N4E in Brussels (2011-2019), working on a diverse set of projects on mul- tiple scales across Europe.

Since moving to the Philippines she has formed SOFT SPOT (2019), a collabo- rative space and practice on the fringe, hosting and building a cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary creative community through research, projects and experiences.

As a Scenographer she has contributed to the design of exhibitions on cultural and spatial themes, such as for IABR 2016 ‚The Next Economy’ in Rotterdam, ‘A good City has Industry’ at Bozar in Brussels, IABR 2018 ‚You are here’ at WTC in Brussels, ‚Urban Factory Today’ at Bozar in Brussels, and MOOI Festival 2018 at De Studio in Antwerp.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Matevž Juvančič

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Matevž Juvančič is an architect, a teacher and a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. His research work was initially focused on architectural education of general public and public participation. In later years, he has become fascinated by anonymous, generic elements in urban environments as well as more distinct ones, studying their significance in space orientation, space use and spatial character. His main research focus has recently shifted towards spatial semantics, spatial character in connection with identity issues, and fundamental questions related to what makes places recognizable and identifiable.  At the Faculty of Architecture, he is teaching at bachelor, master and doctoral level. Large proportion of his daily activities consist of Erasmus and other international exchange programmes management. He has been practicing architecture since 2002 and is a licensed architect.


Born in Asola in 1985, Federico Marcolini studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano, IUAV in Venice and Technische Universität in Munich. After some years abroad as an architect, he started a PhD at Politecnico di Milano, ABC Department, in 2016. His research focuses on architecture and its role in the enhancement of decommissioned railways and their territories. Since 2016 he collaborates as teaching assistant in various design courses at Polo Territoriale di Mantova – Politecnico di Milano focused on the relationship between the ancient and the new in historical contexts such as Sabbioneta, Manova, Porto and Lisbon. In 2018, with the team of Polo Territoriale di Mantova held by Prof. Federico Bucci, Prof. Eduardo Souto de Moura, Prof. Angelo Lorenzi and Prof. Barbara Bogoni, he participated in the Piranesi Gran Prix de Rome Competition, winning the first prize.