Staffof the curriculum reform project
Dr.-Ing. Paola Alfaro d'Alençon
Paola Alfaro d´Alençon founded the U-Lab (Urban Research and Design Laboratory) in 2010 together with Daniela Konrad. She studied architecture in Vienna (Meisterklasse W. Prix) and also urban design in Berlin (TU-Berlin) where she received her title with honours and further recognitions of the Architekturpreis of the Technische Universität Berlin in 2001. Since 2004 she works at the Habitat Unit, chaired by Prof. Dr. P. Herrle at the Architecture Institute, Faculty VI of the TU Berlin currently in the position of senior researcher for architecture and urban design. She works on international cooperation projects with partners from the global south on sustainable urban development and housing issues. P. Alfaro d'Alençon combines teaching with professional architecture and urban design practices from Berlin, New York and Santiago de Chile and has realized several architecture and urban design projects. In 2005 she was invited to teach at the Catolic University in Chile at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and was in 2006 guest lecturer at the Cornell University in NY/USA. In 2006 she was a research fellow at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam in the context of urban design and investigated on Internationalization in working structures and urban development with the increased mobility of employees and working flows in the case of New York City. Currently she has finished her dissertation, a Co-tutelle thesis project (TU-Berlin / PUC) with international scholarship (Alfa / MESESUP) on the development of urban transportation space from a social-spatial research perspective: “The production of urban space through mobility – The case of the Stadtbahn in Berlin”. She has published several articles and publications on subjects relating to urban development and design, with the focus of transport infrastructure development and participation. She has also focused on sustainable architecture design and building materials.
Dr.-Ing. Daniela Konrad
Daniela Konrad founded the U-Lab (Urban Research and Design Laboratory) in 2010 together with Paola Alfaro d’Alençon. She holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Technische Universität Karlsruhe and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the Technische Universität Berlin she received a doctorate degree with her dissertation on site-specific architecture.
Since 2004 she is working as Assistant Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at TU Berlin. Before founding the Urban Research and Design Laboratory she has worked at the chair for Architecture Design and Innovation, a periodically transforming platform, run by guest professors. During that time she has collaborated with guest professor Francis Soler, guest professor Jean-Philippe Vassal and guest professor Mark Lee. In 2009 she took a position as Visiting Lecturer in Architecture at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. Her expertise comprises the spectrum of urban and architectural design with focus on the incorporation of field research techniques in design strategies. Furthermore, she brings knowledge on the integration of web 2.0 tools in education. Since 2000 she has worked for various international architecture practices, and co-founded her own practice, Büro KL, in 2008.
Dipl.-Ing. Bettina Bauerfeind
Bettina Bauerfeind holds a diploma in architecture (with honours) with a focus on urban design from the TU Berlin in 2010 and gained professional and academic experiences amongst others n France iand Chile. In the years 2010 to 2011 she coordinated the Urban Design Master Program at the TU Berlin followed by a position as an associate researcher at the Habitat Unit, Department for Design and international Urbanism, Prof. Dr. Peter Herrle. Besides teaching, she coordinated the Dual Master Program with the Tongji University in Shanghai. Currently she coordinates the the Master reform of the Urban Design Program which involves the development and assessment of new inter- and transdisciplinary didactic teaching formats. Furthermore she teaches and researches at the „Urban Design and Research Laboratory“ (U-Lab TU Berlin) in a training research project funded by the Wüstenrotstiftung on the topic of „ephemeral structures in urban development.