Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design
Building 1, rooms 208/ 209/ 210
Am Weißenhof 1
70191 Stuttgart Germany
Prof. Dipl. Arch. Fabienne Hoelzel (Chair Holder)
Dipl. Ing. Ute Vees (Academic Associate)
Lisa Dautel, MA (Deputy Academic Associate)
Dipl. Ing. Dirk Meiser (Lecturer for Landscape Architecture)
Antonia Dürig, MA (Lecturer for Methods in Urban Research)
Helena Kehl, cand BA (Junior Assistant)
Anna Stadtmüller, cand BA (Junior Assistant)
The chair of urban design, led by Prof. Fabienne Hoelzel investigates contemporary urbanization processes and how (strategic) urban design approaches can respond in meaningful, productive, and future-oriented ways. Case studies through the means of research-by-design and research include the urban regions of Lagos (Nigeria); Addis Abeba, Hawassa, and Zeway (Ethiopia); Mumbai (India); Stuttgart and the region of the Allgäu (Germany), and the region of Northwestern Switzerland, among others.
The staff and the projects of the chair of urban design were awarded several prizes and stipends. The outcomes of the urban design studios “Mumbai. Urban Metabolism” and “Stuttgart 22+” received the 3rd prize at the Global Schindler Award 2019, the first prize (ex aequo) with special appreciation at the Studentenförderpreis 2019 of the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, the 3rd prize at the bautec 2018/ BAKA, Berlin, and were shortlisted for the Bau 2019/ BAKA, Munich, respectively. The urban design studio "Vergesst das Allgäu (nicht)!" received the 3rd prize at the bautec 2020/ BAKA. The urban design studio "Urban Systems: Otumara, Lagos" was awarded the ABK 2020 Academy Prize. The urban design studio "(Post) Covid City Stuttgart" was in September 2022 published on baunetz Campus. One of the chair's long-term teaching and research topics, "The Role of Urban Design in Rapid Urbanization“, received from the Baden-Württemberg Ministery of Sciences, Research and the Arts substantive fundings for 2021/22 as one of five innovative projects within the program „Langfristiger Austausch in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft in Afrika“.
The chair maintains institutionalized academic partnerships with the ECL-EiABC-AAU, Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), and the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Project partners include the Heinrich Böll Foundation Abuja, the DAAD, and the Architekturforum Allgäu, among others. Former partners include the Goethe-Institute Addis Abeba and the Moovel-Lab (subs. Daimler AG). The chair collaborates closely, continuously and in various ongoing projects with the ABK degree programs in communication design and in industrial design.