Professors

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cornelia Redeker

Architecture and Urban Design

Dr. Cornelia Redeker is Associate Professor for Architecture and Urban Design and Vice Dean for academic affairs at the GUC. Cornelia Redeker studied Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany and the Berlage-Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands.read more

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She was assistant professor at the Chair for Urban Design and Regional Planning at TU Munich while developing her PhD research on the topic of Urban Flood Integration along the Rhine at the TU Delft Water Research Centre. With her office CO/R Cities on Rivers Research+Development she has worked as a consultant for urban development and upgrading projects in the flood plain of the Rhine and the Nile.

Since being appointed in 2012 as an Associate Professor for Architecture and Urban Design at the German University in Cairo she has been focusing on landscape-based urban design strategies framed by the urgencies of water and land scarcity in Egypt. In 2013, she co-founded the Nile Islands Initiative (Nil), an interdisciplinary platform to map, protect and activate the spatial qualities of the Nile islands in the context of increasing urbanization. Dahab Island in Cairo is serving as the main case study for action-based research formats. She is currently co-curating and authoring “Landscaping Egypt – From the Aesthetic to the Productive” a series of lectures, workshops, a conference and a forthcoming educational publication to define new productive landscape design models within the Egyptian context.

Selected Publications:

 

  • Redeker, C., Juettner, M. ed. (forthcoming). Landscaping Egypt – From the Aesthetic to the Productive
  • Redeker, C. (2018). A New Water Metabolism – Porosity and Decentralization. In: Porous City – From Metaphor to Urban Agenda. Birkhaeuser
  • Redeker, C. (2018). Rhine Cities - Urban Flood Integration (UFI) - German and Dutch Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies. AB+E Publishers, TU Delft
  • Juettner, M. Redeker, C. (2017). Case Study New Cairo, Egypt: Productive Landscapes: A Valid Lifestyle Model For Upscale Real Estate Development and a Livelihood. International Conference II - Reclaiming Public Space Within Metropolitan Areas. Amman, Jordan Nov 22-24, 2017
  • Redeker, C., Nazer, H. (2016). Designing Cycles – Solid Waste Management Case Study Geziret El Dahab, SBE16 Cairo int. conference
  • Redeker, C., Kantoush, S. (2014). The Nile Delta: Urbanizing on Diminishing Resources. In: Built Environment, Alexandrine Press

 

 

Prof. Dipl. -Ing. Dunja Karcher

Architecture and Urban Design

Dunja Karcher holds the position of Professor in Architecture and Urban Design. Her work centers resilient design and applied research. As an architect and educator she emphasizes the holistic view, which may range from urban planning scale to building detail; from genius loci to social and economic boundary conditions.
She lays importance on mediation of judgmental capacity in the aesthetic perception. She endeavors to provide students with a sense of appropriateness in their actions, and to consider human scale as the main focus of their work. read more

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Prof Dunja Karcher, in 1993, graduated in Architectural studies from the Technical University Munich (TUM). Since 1997 she acted as leading architect for the planning team Karcher I Jammernegg I Kohman Architects GbR. in Munich, in the Office for Architecture and Interior Design, Landscape and Urban Planning: Housing, Schools, Healthcare and Industry Projects.
She holds a Ph.D equivalent in Green Building Design from the Technical University Munich (TUM), under the supervision of Professor Hermann Schroeder.
From 2011 to 2016 Prof Dunja Karcher held both a professorship in Architectural Design and Mentoring, as well as a professorship in Architectural Design and Building Construction (from 2009 to 2010) - these at the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany. From 2004 to 2008 she performed in numerous lecturing, visiting professorship and cooperative positions, these in several German and international universities; among others MUAS, Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg (Nuremberg, Germany), Helwan University (Cairo, Egypt), An-Najah National University (Nablus, Palestine), Al Ain University of Science and Technology (Al Ain, UAE), Damascus University (Damascus, Syria), . etc.

Her main interest lies in promoting academic education amongst young Arabic students, whilst also fostering cooperation with universities, institutions and companies; on national, European and international level. She is the founder of Make-Contact, an institute for the promotion of academic collaboration between Germany and the Arab world. Her research interests and fields of specialization comprises:
School Transformation: investigation, planning and consultation for the Montessori association
The First Women Cancer Center in Palestine: promotion of health care development for underserved regions                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Schools for Myanmar: investigation, planning and consultation for schools in underserved regions
Quality Pact for Teaching: leading a 3-year research program to improve design education programs and didactic methods for German Universities under the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany
Participatory Design - Building with Earth - Vernacular Typologies: teaching and researching for Dachverband Lehm e.V. in Germany, the German Association for Building with Earth, etc.
ADOBE the Mud Brick - Traditional Materials and Construction Technologies: teaching and applied research for among others the CEPT University (Ahmedabad, India), Chandigarh College of Architecture (Chandigarh, India), and the German University in Cairo (GUC) (Cairo, Egypt)
The Spontaneous - Learning from Informal Settlements: teaching and applied research for Chandigarh College of Architecture (Chandigarh, India), Munich University of Applied Sciences MUAS (Munich, Germany) and Helwan University (Cairo, Egypt)

Selected Publications:

  • Karcher, D. 2017.“Motivation und Erfolg im Studium sichern, Bessere Studienbedingungen gestalten” Fachbezug von Anfang an – Mentoring-Programm in Studiengang Architektur, wbv,Munich University of Applied Sciences, (BMBF) Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 63-75.
  • Karcher, D. 2016. Eine Buehne fuer Parec: space, stage and architecture. Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Munich, Germany
  • Karcher, D. 2015.Objekte zum Verweilen: object, space and architecture. Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Munich, Germany.
  • Karcher, D. and Edler-Golla, M. 2014. Notfall – Kreativitaet als Ueberlebensstrategie. Wordpress. Munich University of Applied Sciences and SEBSON. Dortmund, Germany.
  • Karcher, D. and Edler-Golla, M. 2014. Notfall – Kreativitaet als Ueberlebensstrategie. Exhibition. Munich University of Applied Sciences and SEBSON. Dortmund, Germany.
  • Karcher, D. 2011. Rehab: Rehabilitation Center for Ramallah, Design and Feasibility Studies - Project REHAB. LBB Landesverband Bayerischer Bauinnungen, Germany / Medipalestine. Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Karcher, D. 2008. Al Shams Oasis: Sustainable Construction and Social Housing in the UAE.
    Part II: Implementation Planning. Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) GmbH, Munich, Germany and SCHOTT AG, Mainz and SCHOTT Solar AG. Alzenau, Germany.
  • Karcher, D. 2007. Solar Oasis: Sustainable Construction in the UAE, Part I: Implementation Planning. Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) GmbH. Munich, Germany and SCHOTT AG, Mainz and SCHOTT Solar AG. Alzenau, Germany.
 

Assoc. Prof. Holger Gladys

Architecture and Urban Design

Holger Gladys is an architect and urbanist, and has been teaching since 2016 urban design and theory at the German University in Cairo.His activities are mainly dedicated to the 5th year Major Urban Design Studies, a pre-master program composed of intense design instruction and extensive applied research on the urban environment. Gladys is also a member of the faculty’s accreditation and curriculum committee read more

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He graduated from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and from the research-based Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. In addition to having been a practicing architect in the Netherlands, between 2003 and 2016 he has been Associate Lecturer at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and parallel between 2010 and 2016 Research Associate at the Weimar Bauhaus University. He has been a member of the Weimar Institute for European Urban Studies and in 2013 Guest Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. During the course of 15 years, he has been a Master Thesis Committee Member in Amsterdam, Weimar and Leuven; Guest Critic at design studios in Delft, Stuttgart, Innsbruck, Washington DC; and Visiting Teacher during international summer schools in Amsterdam, Istanbul and Porto.

The research cluster values Ananya Roy’s call for ‘New Geographies of Theory’ that attempts to recalibrate the discourse on the formation of metropolitan urban-regional-rural-agglomerations away from an EuroAmerican dominated narrative toward the need of moving the cities of the global South in the center of theory-making. The program is an invitation to break open black and white thinking, to consider and re-consider an outdated hegemony, and to carefully position and re-position the global South at eyelevel on the agenda of critical reflection and space-making. The ambition is to create fresh and unbiased insights on the repertoire of metropolitan conditions, particularly reflecting the vocabulary of the Greater Cairo Region as source and inspiration.

Selected Publications:
Holger Gladys; Don't Trust the Idyll, Meritorious Objectives and Arguable Substance in Dutch Suburbia – in Barbara Schönig (ed.) Variations of Suburbanism, Approaching a Global Phenomenon. ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart (2015) and Columbia University Press, New York (2017).
 

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hussam Salama

Architecture and Urban Design

Dr. Hussam Salama is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Hussam Salama is also a member of the faculty’s accreditation and curriculum committee read more

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He holds a Master of architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He then pursued his postdoctoral studies as a Dubai Initiative Research Fellow at Harvard University. He held several teaching and research positions at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Qatar Foundation and Qatar University.

His research focuses on urban transformation in the Middle East during the era of Globalization with emphasis on new trends of development. He also investigates the nature of public spaces in cities across the region and their role in promoting socio-political discourse. Dr. Salama supervises doctoral and master theses that focus on the process of construction and development, the quality of urban life, the notion of public spaces, and contemporary trends of urban transformation.

Selected Publications:

 

  • Salama, Hussam and Shafik, Rania (2016). “Spectacles, Themed Architecture and Urban Replicas Places Shaped for Globalization.” International Journal of Applied Engineering Research. Volume 11, Number 9 (2016) pp 6264-6270.
  • Salama, Hussam (2015). “Dubai: An Urbanism Shaped for Global Tourism.” Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology. 4:154. doi:10.4172/2168-9717.1000154.
  • Salama, Hussam (2015). “Formation and Transformation of Tahrir Square.” In Saliba, Robert. Conceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, Ashgate.
  • Salama, Hussam (2014). Places of Flows in Globalizing Middle Eastern Cities. Architecture and Art. Issue 25 & 26, Autumn 2013 & Winter 2014.
  • Salama, Hussam. “Dubai in a World of Flows.” International Journal of Architectural Research. Volume 7, Issue 2, July 2013.
  • Salama, Hussam (2013). “Tahrir Square: A Narrative of Public Space.” International Journal of Architectural Research. Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2013.

 

 

Assoc. Prof. José Madrigal

Architecture and Urban Design
 

Prof. Michael Eichner

Architecture and Building Technology

Professor for sustainable design, developing theoretical and methodical knowledge at the intersection of architecture, innovation, environment and sustainable studies. Expert for housing, sustainable certification and urban reconstruction, accredited by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).read more

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Founder of the Center for Sustainable Building and Urban Design (CEP) at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU). Leading architect of various realized and awarded buildings and urban districts with focus on social-cultural and environmental quality. Has 12 years teaching experience as professor in European, Russian and Asian universities and more than 17 years of international experience as architect and planning expert in the position as team leader and general project leader on medium and large scale architectural and urban reconstruction projects.

Researching on the complexity of sustainable design strategies, social and ecologic quality requirements for buildings and urban districts, technology innovation and energy-efficiency for environmental and climate friendly living environments. As certified “DGNB consultant” of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) regularly organizing official qualification courses of the DGNB system for graduate students and specialists at the German University in Cairo, to establish sustainable certification for planners and other stakeholders in construction, urban development and urban policy making.

Selected Publications:

 

  • M. Eichner, Z. Ivanova, Socioecological Aspects of High-rise Construction, E3S Web of Conferences 33, 03065 (2018).
  • M.J. Eichner; Z.I. Ivanova: Economical accommodation for migrants and refugees: eco-sustainable architectural design; Journal of Economy and entrepreneurship, number 9 (Volume 3) 2017 pp 783-787.
  • M.J. Eichner: Sustainable optimization of laboratory and housing buildings during architectural concept design // Almaty, “International conference - New construction trends in the 21st century", 2017.
  • M.J. Eichner; Z.I. Ivanova: Sustainable Architecture and Reconstruction Technology of Housing Buildings of the 60-70-ies of 20th Century in Russia // International Journal of Applied Engineering Research ISSN 0973-4562 Volume 11, Number 3 (2016) pp 1653-1659.

 

 

Prof. Dr.Rita Pinto de Freitas

Architecture and Urban Design
 

Assoc. Prof. Ruairí O'Brien

Architecture and Visual Design

Ruairi O’Brien is an associate professor in the architecture and visual design department. He currently teaches design studios, theory of architecture and lighting design. O’Brien is also a member of the faculty’s accreditation and curriculum committee.read more

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With his architectural practice, Ruairi O’Brien. Architektur. Licht. Raumkunst. and his lighting design studio, Ruairi O’Brien Lighting Design, O’Brien has executed a large and diverse portfolio of projects which includes urban design projects, market squares, innovative and custom-built street lighting, public and private buildings, hospitals, schools, residential buildings, museums, memorials, exhibitions and interiors. O’Brien recently completed an “architectural design guide” and lighting masterplan for the city area of Lichtenrade in Berlin and is currently working on the new lighting concept for the airport of Dresden in Germany. O’Brien’s teaching contracts gained him international teaching experience at universities in Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and Syria. During his time as a visiting professor at the University of Wismar in Germany (2001-2005) O’Brien helped initiate the international master’s course in Architectural Lighting Design and was responsible for the programs design studios. O’Brien has given lectures, supervised workshops and organized exhibitions on architecture and lighting design in Japan, the Netherlands, Greece, England, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Italy, Latvia and in the USA. He has also worked on theatre and dance projects, created a series of sculptures, installations and performances with light and exhibited his drawings, light sculptures and paintings in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Dresden. O’Brien studied architecture in London at the University of Greenwich and at the University of Edinburgh. During his time at Edinburgh he received a “Visiting Scholarship” to Columbia University in New York.

O’Brien’s research interests are an extension of the topics he has developed as a practicing architect with an interdisciplinary approach to art, design and building: Lighting and the built environment, the development of old and new towns, the architecture of museums, memory and heritage, drawing as architectural theory and communication, the art of making architecture, the effect of digitalization on architecture and society.

Selected Publications:

 

  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2018). Lichtkonzept Bahnhofstraße Lichtenrade Berlin, Berlin, Bezirksamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg von Berlin.
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2018). Sprechen wir über gute Straßenbeleuchtung! in: F. Bodenhaupt, F. Lindemuth (Ed.). Technisches Handbuch Straßen- und Außenbeleuchtung, Berlin, EW Medien und Kongresse GmbH
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2017). Gestaltfibel Bahnhofstraße Lichtenrade Berlin, Berlin, Bezirksamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg von Berlin
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2016). The building of schools, Conference publication – Saxony chamber of architects, Germany
  • O'Brien, Ruairí (2016). High Quality Lighting Designs with SSL- Practical examples and the new role of lighting designers, Conference publication LED Lighting Technologies – Smart Technologies for Lighting Innovations, 94-105, Dornbirn, Luger Research e.U. Institute for Innovation and Technology
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2014). Erzählen und Gestalten mit Licht, Hanselicht Konferenz und Fachausstellung, Tagungspublikation, Verlag BVSMI e.V. (Hrsg.) Hamburg 2014
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2016). The Good the Bad and the Ugly, LED-Professional Review, Issue 57, 5, Dornbirn, Luger Research e.U. Institute for Innovation and Technology
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2014). Japan's radiant architecture, in: The OECD Observer, 36, Paris, OECD
  • S. Eckersley, G. Corsane (2014). Memorialization in Eastern Germany: Displacement, (Re) placement and Integration of Macro- and Micro-Heritage, in: I. Convery, G. Corsane, P. Davis (Ed.) (2014). Displaced Heritage: Responses to Disaster, Trauma, and Loss, 47-59, Boydell and Brewer Ltd.
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2009). „Holistische“ Botschaft - Die Hologrammfassade des Stadtspeichers Jena, in: Neues Museum, 08/4-Feb2009, Museumsbund Österreich (Ed.)
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2008). Intercultural Interpretations: Not Wasting Wasteland, in: Ricca Edmondson, Henrike Rau, Peter Lang (2008), Environmental Argument and Cultural Difference, 261-286, Bern, Peter Lang AG Locations, Fractures and Deliberations
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2007). Das Museum im 21. Jahrhundert, in: Dresden, TUDpress – Verlag der Wissenschaften GmbH
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2007). Ein interdisziplinäres Fachkolloquium zur Rolle des Museums im 21. Jahrhundert-das Museum unter der Zeitlupe, in: O’Brien, R. (2007) (Ed.), Das Museum im 21. Jahrhundert, 2-6, Dresden, TUDpress – Verlag der Wissenschaften GmbH
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2007). Form follows Content – Communication Architecture, in: O’Brien, R. (2007) (Ed.), Das Museum im 21. Jahrhundert, 124-175, Dresden, TUDpress – Verlag der Wissenschaften GmbH
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2005), microarchitecture, in: Art and Architecture Journal, No.61, Feb 2005, 42-45, London, Art and Architecture Journal
  • O'Brien, Ruairí (2005). Erich Kästner Museum Dresden – The mobile interactive micromuseum, in: Detail, Architecture + Detail, 15-19, Dalian (PRC) / München (GER), Institut für internationale Architekur-Dokumentation GmbH
  • Mead, Andrew (2003). Memory matters, The Architects' Journal 218 (3), 26-37, London, the architects‘ journal
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2003). micromuseums, Dresden, Erich Kästner Museum
  • O'Brien, Ruairí (2003). Micro global times - Erich Kästner Museum Dresden
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2003). Neue Argumente für die Institution Museum, neues museum
  • O’Brien, Ruairí (2003). Interdisciplinary teaching concept for Lighting Design, Professional Lighting Design, PLD Gütersloh
  • Mazzoni, Ira (2002). Kleine Welten, in: Deutsche Bauzeitung, 11/2002, Stuttgart, Deutsche Verlagsanstalt

 

 

Assoc. Prof.Thomas Loeffler

Architecture and Building Technology
 

Assoc. Prof. Urs Walter

Architecture and Building Technology

Urs Walter is an Associate Professor for Architecture and Building Technology. His main focus in teaching is school design and learning landscapes as catalysts for neighbourhood development (premaster program). He is also introducing experimental approaches in the teaching of building construction and physics (first year). read more

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Before joining the GUC Urs Walter was an assistant professor at the Berlin Institut of Technology (TU Berlin) with a particular focus on developing methods of user participation in planning processes. There he worked on building for education and future forms of urban low cost co-living. A special interest in teaching are experimental approaches in design and construction. Within the master programme he introduced audible models in architectural design. Further on he co-organised SIGNALSTADT (City of signals / 2015) conference on audible concepts in architecture and cultural science together with Humboldt University Berlin and Copenhagen University. As a freelance architect Urs Walter has worked on various private and public projects. Amongst them are the German Embassy in Warsaw with Holger Kleine and a wood manufactory in the Uckermark with Thomas Kröger. This project was rewarded „Haus des Jahres 2014“ (House of the year 2014).

Urs Walter is currently focusing on three main areas of research A) Productive Homes - How can housing design support local business models and family routines in dense urban and peri-urban areas? B) Learning Landscapes - How can design for educational building trigger child oriented ways of learning and become an anchor for sustainable urban development? And C) Cairo Sun Breakers - low tech climate control: Learning from local modern architectural heritage - in cooperation with Martin Sählhof.

Selected Publications:

 

  • Benze, A., Jimenez Mattsson, C. & Walter, U. (Forthcoming 2018). Games as Urban Agora. In Groat, L. & Brkovic, M. (Eds.), Architecture? Game on! The use of games in architecture and urban planning arena
  • Jimenez Mattsson, C. & Walter, U. (2018). Kairo - Bilder, Mythen und Visionen - Was erzählen Werbekampagnen über das Zukunftsbild der Stadt? In Bering, K. & Niehoff, R., Problemfelder der Kunstpädagogik
  • Benze, A., Jimenez Mattsson, C. & Walter, U. (2017). Der Städtebau. In Bering, K. (Ed.), Lexikon der Kunstpädagogik
  • Benze, A. & Walter, U. (2016). The neighbourhood as a space of learning for young people. In Coelen, T., Heinrich, J. & Uttke, A. (Eds.), Education, Space and Urban Planning
  • Schäfer, O. & Walter, U. (2012). Audible architectural models. In on site review, Nr. 28,

 

 

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