Astrid Ley studied architecture and urban design at RWTH Aachen and the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy. She holds a degree as graduate engineer in architecture and urban design from RWTH Aachen and a P.hD from TU Berlin. Her professional life started as a project coordinator at the “Bundesweite Servicestelle Lokale Agenda 21”, Agenda-Transfer, in Bonn before joining Habitat Unit, TU Berlin, between 2003 and 2013 as a teaching and research staff member. In 2010 she had a DAAD lectureship position at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Recently she held a position as urban development research analyst at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and as a Post Doc researcher in a DFG funded research project on “Housing for the Urban Poor: From Local Action to Global Networks” at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin. Since October 2014 she is chair for international urbanism at the Institute for Urban Planning and Design, University of Stuttgart, and will take over the position as course director of the MSc. IUSD program. In her understanding it needs the development of a changed role of built environment practitioners as process designers in order to be able to include a network of actors. This will be central to develop solutions in complex problem constellations such as apparent in the international urban development context.
Antje Stokman studied landscape architecture at Hanover University and Edinburgh College of Art. After graduation she gained practical experiences as a landscape architect in many international projects and was Associate Professor in Hanover University from 2005-2010. Since 2010 she is director of the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology within Stuttgart University and founding partner of the practice "osp urbanelandschaften" in Hamburg. Making use of the synergies between science, teaching and practice, her work evolves around the aim to develop new areas of involvement and design approaches for the profession of landscape architecture – by defining it as the art of integrating complex ecosystems, infrastructure systems and human lifeworlds. She was awarded the Topos Landscape Award in 2011, the Lower Saxony Science Prize in 2009 and is member of the German national advisory council on spatial planning since 2010. Since the implementation of the MSc IUSD, she is Director of Admissions and teaches in various courses within the IUSD. She is the Course Director of the MSc IUSD and teaches in various courses within the IUSD at University of Stuttgart.
Yehya Serag received a Bachelor degree in Architecture with a major in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Cairo. He, then, obtained his MA in human settlements (PGCHS – Catholic University of Leuven) as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in spatial and regional planning after completing the European Module for spatial development and planning (New Castle University). He graduated with a PhD on the topic “Networking and networks as tools for regional development and planning: Human settlements’ development potentialities in the Western part of Egypt” from the department of Architecture, spatial planning and landscape (Catholic University of Leuven). Since April 2014, Serag holds the position of an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Ain Shams University. Starting from December 2010, he coordinates the MSc IUSD. He is currently interested in the impact of politics on urbanism as a new line of research, as well as , urban and regional strategic planning and development.
Marwa Abdellatif obtained a B.Sc. in Urban Planning and Design (Ain Shams University, Cairo, 2000) and a M.Sc. in ecotourism in the Western Desert of Egypt (ASU, 2006), and received her PhD on the topic of ‘Paradigms for Spatial Planning – Transformations in the Planning System of Egypt’ (ASU, 2013). She currently holds the position of an assistant professor at the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Ain Shams University. She is particularly interested in exploring new pedagogical approaches for education of spatial planning. She participated in a number of workshops in Egypt and Germany on higher education. In 2011, she co-founded ‘Letaarfo’ initiative to deepen the understanding of the interwoven relationships of people and places. She is a programme coordinator of the MSc. IUSD at Ain Shams University, Cairo.
Urban Planner, Designer and Educator
Ayat’s work focuses on planning and design theories; urban change, global cities, new urbanism, and landscape architecture, generally speaking she is fascinated by anything that affects the city.
She obtained her Ph.D degree from Cosmopolis (Centre for Urban Research), in the Vrije Univesieit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Ain Shams University (ASU), Egypt and eventually earned her spot as a Researcher and Assistant professor in the same Department. In addition to her teaching at ASU and research contributions at the VUB, Ayat, has also been involved on a more practical level with several planning and design firms.
or visit her Academia profile https://shams.academia.edu/AyatIsmail
Franziska Laue holds a Diploma in Architecture from TU Berlin and a M.Sc. in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) Stuttgart/Cairo. Since 2003 she was engaged as a freelance advisor in projects in Germany, Syria and Burkina Faso and Egypt. From 2007 until 2011 she worked for the GIZ Urban Development Programme (UDP) in Aleppo. Since 2008 she was involved in local and international conferences, exhibitions and publications on local identity, informal urban development in the MENA region. Recently, Franziska was member of exhibition and publication teams for “Aleppo Archive” (DOC Aleppo) on urban heritage conservation and archiving as well as “Space Time Dignity Rights” (DAZ Berlin) on refugee camp improvement strategies. She has published on a long-term research on informal urban growth in Damascus, Syria. A present academic focus is climate change adaptation in the MENA region. Since October 2013 she is research assistant at the International Urbanism Institute and is part of the IUSD Course Coordination Team at University of Stuttgart.
After completing her diploma in architecture and international urbanism from TU Berlin (DE), a Masters from Ball State University (USA), Josefine (*1980) obtained her PhD in 2014 from TU Berlin on the topic: Embodiment of the Urban-Relational Space in the Mega City of Guangzhou. Between 2009 and 2014 she has been teaching and researching at the Habitat Unit, department of International Urbanism at TU Berlin. Her research and writings span the fields of spatial theory, housing, governance and rapid urbanization with a geographical focus on Asia. Some of her recent publications include a co-authored monograph on urban villages in south China Beyond Urbanism (LIT 2014), a co-edited volume From Local Action to Global Networking: Housing the Urban Poor (Ashgate 2015), and reflections on the urban informality discourse(Geographische Zeitschrift 2011 (9)).
Studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Mexico (B.S. 1998) and received the Master of Excellence in Architecture at the Berlage Institute, Postgraduate Laboratory of Architecture (2002). Marisol Rivas Velázquez collaborated with several offices in Mexico and Belgium, among them the renowned offices of Teodoro González de León/ Mexico City, Ricardo Legorreta/ Mexico City and Stéphane Beel/ Ghent. She is a founding partner of the Ulm based practice "Architecture, Urbanism + Research Agency" (www.a-u-r-a.eu). Marisol Rivas Velazquez has been Visiting Professor at the ITESM Monterrey (2003 and 2004), Lecturer at the University of Technology, Munich (2005) and research assistant at the Institute of Design.Studio1 of Leopold-Franzens-University in Innsbruck (2005-2010). Since 2010 Marisol is research assistant at the Department of International Urbanism were she has been teaching and coordinating studies and research projects. In both her professional and academic practice Marisol's research interest evolve on the topics of culture conflicts, tourism and informal urban development with special focus on African and Latin American cities. She is teaching in the "Integrated Research and Design Project" Module within the IUSD at University of Stuttgart.