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The KIT-team in the beginning of 2020: Philipp Jager, Sandra Böhm, Felix Heisel, Manuel Rausch, Elke Siedentopp, Daniel Lenz, Lars de Vries, Dirk E. Hebel, Katharina Blümke

Foto: Marta H. Wisniewska

 
 

Prof. Dirk E. Hebel

Master of Architecture, ETH Zurich, 1998
Master of Architecture, Princeton University, 2000
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: dirk.hebel@kit.edu

Professor of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2017-present / Dean of the Faculty of Architecture KIT 2019-present / Principal Investigator at the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore 2012-present / Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich 2012-2017 / Founding Scientific Director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development EiABC 2009-2012 / Visiting Critic Cornell University 2017 / Guest Lecturer Princeton University, USA, 2008 / Guest Professor Syracuse University, USA, 2008 / Visiting Lecturer, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2005 and 2006

Dirk E. Hebel is professor of Sustainable Construction and the Dean of the Department of Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT, Germany. He is also a Principal Investigator at the Future Cities Laboratory SEC Singapore. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of Architecture and Construction at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He was also the founding scientific director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was as well guest professor at Syracuse University, guest lecturer at Princeton University, and Hans and Roger Strauch visiting critic at Cornell University.

He is the author of numerous book publications, lately Addis Ababa: A Manifesto on African Progress (2018, Ruby Press, with Felix Heisel, Marta Wisniewska and Sophie Nash), Cultivated Building Materials (2017, Birkhäuser, with Felix Heisel), a five-book series on Design Research Studios at ETH Zürich between 2014 and 2016 (2017, ETHZ, with Felix Heisel, Patrick Chladek, Marta H. Wisniewska, Sophie Nash, et. al.), SUDU – The Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit (2015, Ruby Press, with Melakeselam Moges and Zara Gray), Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser, with Marta H. Wisniewska and Felix Heisel), and Cities of Change: Addis Ababa (2009/2016 (2nd revised edition), Birkhäuser, with Marc Angélil). In 2008, he published the book Deviations (2008, Birkhäuser, with Marc Angélil), an experiment in architectural design pedagogy and in 2005 Bathroom Unplugged (2005, Birkhäuser, with Jörg Stollmann).

Currently, Dirk E. Hebel is co-founder and partner of 2hs Architekten und Ingenieur PartGmbB Hebel Heisel Schlesier, practicing architecture with a focus on resource-respectful construction methods and materials. He was also one of the founding partners of INSTANT Architects (2002-2008). Latest building projects include the Mehr.Wert Pavillion for the BUGA Heilbronn (2019 2hs, Simon Sommer, Lisa Krämer, Philipp Staab, Sophie Welter und Katna Wiese); the UMAR (Urban Mining and Recycling) project in Zürich for EMPA Dübendorf (2018 together with Werner Sobek and Felix Heisel); MycoTree, a project for the Seoul Architecture Biennale (2017 with Felix Heisel, Karsten Schlesier, Nazanin Saeidi and Alireza Javadian in cooperation with the Block Research Group Zürich, Philippe Block, Matthias Rippmann and Juney Lee); a school house complex for 1200 students in Cambodia for the NGO Smiling Gecko (2016-2018 together with Lisa Devenoge, Lorine Grossenbacher, Franziska Matt, Elizabeth Müller, Alina Wyder, and Marcel Aubert), the New York Waste Vault for IDEAS CITIES (2015 with Felix Heisel, Samuel P. Smith, Nicholas Ashby, Ruben Bernegger in cooperation with the Block Research Group Zürich, Philippe Block, Tomas Mendez Echenagucia); DISCOVERIES, an exhibition for the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners with Tobias Klauser; ON_AIR, an installation for KunstWerke Berlin; the award-winning project UNITED_BOTTLE; and HausBlick Düsseldorf, all with Jörg Stollmann, INSANT Architects, 2002-2008.

His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, lately in the FUTURIUM Berlin (2019), the Beazly-Design of the Year Exhibition (2018), The Design Museum London (2018), Fibre Fixed: Composites in Design Exhibition, Design Museum Gent (2018), ORGATEC Köln (2018), Super Materials London (2017), the Design Fair Cologne (2017), the Seoul Architecture Biennale (2017), or the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018/2016). He received the German Material Award 2019, two Innovation Awards “Bauhaus 100 – Prototyping the Future” organized by the Federal German Government and German Industry in 2019, the New York Van Alen Institute Fellowship Award, the Red Dot Design Award for Best Conceptual Design, the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore, the JEC Asia Innovation Award, a ZUMTOBEL GROUP Award, the Suzanne Underwood Award for Best Design, and the LANXESS Award Singapore. He was also awarded the KIT Best Teaching Award, Department of Architecture, 2019.

 
 

Sandra Böhm

Dipl. Designer, Product Design, University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, 2014
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: sandra.boehm@kit.edu

Lecturer and Researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2017 – present / Freelance Work as Designer 2015 – present / Designer at Fachwerk Marketing GmbH 2016-2017 / founding Sandra Böhm Produktdesign 2015 / Assistant at Jerszy Seymour Designworkshop Berlin 2013 / Assistant at Studio Judith Seng und Alex Valder Berlin 2013

Sandra Böhm currently works as a lecturer and researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe. Momentarily, she is responsible for the re-conceptualization and re-organization of the material library of the faculty of architecture at KIT as well as the introduction lecture series of material science in the architecture bachelor studies program. Before taking this position, she developed her own projects dealing with furniture design and experimental work on materials and material development. During her studies at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe she also worked as an assistant at Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop Berlin and at Studio Judith Seng und Alex Valder in Berlin.

Sandra Böhm has already presented her projects in numerous exhibitions. Especially her furniture series Prei, which is made of recycled paper, has already been attracted by a number of exhibitions, such as in Circular Thinking “Innovation of Interior” – From Upcycling to Biofabrication, interzum, KölnMesse (2017), Es war einmal…, Passagen – Interior Design Week Köln, Galerie Kunst&So; Prei (2017), Have a seat, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus Saarbrücken; Prei (2016), Eunique, Messe Karlsruhe; Prei, KOMPOSITA, 18/12 (2015), Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, „Prei“ by kkaarrlls (2014),  Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, „Prei“ by kkaarrlls (2013) or Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan (2012).

 
 

Manuel Rausch

M.A. Arch Architect, ABK Stuttgart 2012
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: manuel.rausch@kit.edu

Teaching Assistant and Researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2017 – present / Founder of STUDIO-MRA, Ostfildern 2018 – present/ Leading Architect – Head of Design, Steimle Architekten BDA, Stuttgart 2012 – 2018 / M.A. Architecture, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart 2006-2012 / Design and architecture Model Carpenter and Prototype Constructor  2001-2005

Manuel Rausch currently works as a teaching assistant and researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe. Simultaneously he is founder of the office MRA Ostfildern, practicing architecture. Before that he worked as a Model Carpenter and Prototype Constructor with the focus on design and architecture Models.

He is recently Author of the following competition in the office STUDIO MRA [3rd Prize] Neubau der Sekundarschule in Bielefeld – DE, 05/2018, [1st Prize] Neubau Rathaus Delbrück -DE, 11/2017 (with Alhäuser Architekten)

He also participated in numerous successful competitions: 06/2018, [2nd Prize] Neubau Feuerwache Bad Soden am Taunus -DE, 02/2018 [1st Prize] Besucherzentrum Bauhaus Denkmal (UNESCO Weltkulturerbe) Bernau bei Berlin – DE, 11/2017 [1st Prize] Wohn- und Geschäftshaus, Berlin -DE, 07/2017 [2nd Prize] Raiffeisenlagerhausgelände, Feldkirchen -DE, 02/2017 [1st Prize] Half-Long Charles, Ludwigsburg -DE, 11/2016 [1st Prize] Rettungs-Leitstelle der Feuerwehr, Fulda – DE, 04/2016 [Recognition] Erweiterungsbau Landratsamt am Neuen Schloss, Neustadt an der Waldnaab – DE, 04/2016 [One 1st Prize Awarding of contract] Neubau Feuerwehrhaus, Germersheim – DE, 09/2015 [1st Prize] Landratsamt-Erweiterung, Bad Kissingen, Bayern – DE, 07/2015 [3rd Prize Awarding of contract] Umbau Gebäude H11 mit öffentlicher Folgenutzung, Kressbronn am Bodensee -DE, 04/2015 [1st Prize] Neubau Rathaus / Neugestaltung San-Biagio-Platani-Platz, Remchingen – DE, 04/2015 [1st Prize] Wohnen am Nordwall, Stadthagen – DE, 03/2015 [1st Prize Awarding of contract] Erweiterung Berufskolleg Kreis Olpe, Standort Attendorn – DE, 07/2014 [4th Prize] Wohnbebauung “Rote Wand Killesberg“, Stuttgart-Nord – DE, 02/2014 [One 1st Prize Awarding of contract] Erweiterungsbau Stadtwerke, Tübingen – DE, 02/2014 [1st Prize] Wohnen am Klaustor, Waltershausen – DE.

Recent built projects include: 2016 E20 house, DE-72124 Pliezhausen in collaboration with Steimle Architekten, 2014 S3 city villa, DE-72074 Tübingen in collaboration with Steimle Architekten

The team was awarded the 10/2017 Hugo Häring Auszeichnung, BDA 2017, E20 house, Pliezhausen – DE, 10/2017 Hugo Häring Auszeichnung, BDA 2017, S3 city villa, Tübingen – DE, 09/2017 Architekturpreis Beton, E20 house, Pliezhausen – DE, 09/2017 Buchpublikation Häuser des Jahres, E20 house, Pliezhausen – DE, 09/2017 Special Mention „das Goldene Haus“, E20 house, Pliezhausen – DE, 07/2017 best architects 18 Gold, E20 house, Pliezhausen – DE, 07/2017 Award “Beispielhaftes Bauen”, S3 city villa, Tübingen – DE

 
 

Daniel Lenz

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt AKBW, TU Darmstadt, 2006
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: daniel.lenz@kit.edu

Teaching Assistant and Researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2018 – present / Leading Architect, Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten, Freiburg 2013 – present / Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten, Freiburg 2006 – 2010 / Diploma, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 1999-2006

Daniel Lenz currently works as teaching assistant and researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe. Simultaneously he is Leading Architect at Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten, Freiburg. He holds a diploma degree in Architecture from Technical University Darmstadt (TU), and studied at Technical University Darmstadt and Politecnico di Milano.

In 2004 he was awarded with the Special Prize of the “Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI” for the student project „osthafen_remixed“.
During his studies he worked in several architectural practices in Germany, such as Dinse Feest Zurl in Hamburg and Motorlab in Mannheim. After Graduation he gained experience as a Junior Architect and Leading Architect for Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten in Freiburg from 2006-2012. He also worked as a freelance model carpenter for TU Darmstadt for the exhibition “High Society” in the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt and participated in small projects and competititons.

He participated in several successful competitions (1st Prize ökologischer Baumarkt Hamburg-Stellingen, Dinse Feest Zurl Architekten, 1st Prize Grundschule Tarforst Trier, Motorlab Architekten, 2nd Prize envi:hab Cologne, Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten, 1st Prize Suffizientes Bauen im Bestand, Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten). He was the Leading Architect for several built projects including the Central Art Depository Freiburg (Pfeifer Kuhn architekten), Kinderhaus Franziskus in Stuttgart as well as Marschallhof Housing in Stasbourg, France and the refurbishment of an auditorium for University Freiburg (Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten). His main interest focuses on design solutions in the context of sustainable and low-cost building.

 
 

Katharina Blümke

M.Sc of Architecture, KIT, Karlsruhe, 2019
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: katharina.bluemke@kit.edu

Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2019 – present / M.S. Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe 2017-2019 / Milla Architekten, Karlsruhe 2017-2018 / Exchange, Escola da Cidade, São Paulo 2015 / KSV Architekten, Berlin 2014 / B.A. Architecture, Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung, Konstanz 2012-2017

Katharina Blümke is currently working as a teaching assistant at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture from the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), and studied alongside the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, at Escola da Cidade in São Paulo and at the HTWG Konstanz. While studying in Konstanz, she proactively designed and built the student cafe „Bohnenschrank“ together with two fellow students.

During her studies she worked in various architectural practices in Germany, including Krüger Schuberth Vandreike in Berlin and Milla Architekten in Karlsruhe. Katharina Blümke has been dealing with the topic of urban mining since her participation in the Urban Mining Student Award 2018/19, where she won recognition. For her master thesis „Roter Ochse – the rehabilitation of a architecture“ she was awarded the Weinbrenner Prize, exploring the reuse of reconstructed materials on site.

 
 

Philipp Jager

M.Sc of Architecture, KIT, Karlsruhe, 2018
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: philipp.jager@kit.edu

Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2019 – present / Design Architect at TAFKAL, Karlsruhe 2019 – present / M.Sc. Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe 2015-2018 / Student Assistant Digital Workshop, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie 2018 / Student Assistant Building Lifecycle Management, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie 2016-2018 / B.Sc. Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie 2010-2015

Philipp Jager is currently working as a teaching assistant at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe (KIT). His focus is on rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing. At the same time he works as a design architect for TAFKAL, a young architecture firm in Karlsruhe and Munich. Philipp Jager completed his master’s and bachelor’s degree at the KIT Karlsruhe, while working for several architecture firms as a student.

For his Master’s degree he analysed what residential typologies in the future could look like. In his design “Schlachthaus 2050” he created a closed architectural ecosystem that can respond to all future requirements: climate change, scarcity of resources and the growth of cities. The Design aws a extreme combination of ecology and technology and won the “Architektenpreis” of Baunetz Campus Masters in early 2019.

 
 

Lars-Erik de Vries

M.Sc. Architect, Bauhaus-University Weimar 2014
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: lars-erik.vries@kit.edu

Teaching Assistant and Researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2019 – present / Leading Architect, SFP Architekten GmbH, Stuttgart 2016 – present / Research and Development, DGNB e.V, Stuttgart 2015-2016 / Lecturer and Researcher at the chair of Planning Systems Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar 2014-2016 / Architect, Reich Architekten BDA, Weimar, 2015 / M.A. Architecture, Bauhaus University Weimar , Weimar 2007-2014

Lars-Erik de Vries is currently working as a teaching assistant and researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at the KIT Karlsruhe, as well as leading architect at SFP Architekten GmbH in Stuttgart. He completed his master’s degree and his bachelor’s degree at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

With the experimental reconstruction project “Zeitkapsel” (published in : XIA 06-2018, Baunetz 2017, DB 2017, DETAIL inside 1/2018, Baunetz 2017), he realized his first project for SFP Architekten in Stuttgart. A project that focuses on the value and reusability of material to initiate a rethinking in today’s construction industry. Further projects in the area of modernization of existing buildings followed, like the modernization of the RMK Schorndorf and the headquarters of the office Turbine Kreuzberg in Stuttgart. Another focus of his work at SFP Architekten is the participation of clients, which is why he held several mediation-analog workshops (Bosch GmbH / Porsche AG).

During his time as Teaching Assistant at the Bauhaus University Weimar, he was in charge of the MACU project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a project as showcase of technology exchange and capacity building by demonstrating the potential of a combination of modern planning methods, pre-processed materials out of local resources (plywood) and up to date machinery.

In the master design studio “adaptable structures in emerging countries”, which he co-directed, student contributions were successful at the WA Award and the design studio “Awash500”, a cooperation of students and faculty members to design compounds for fieldworkers in Ethiopia, was successfully implemented.

 
 

Daniela Schneider

M. Sc. of Architecture and Environment, University of Applied Sciences Wismar, 2012

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Architecture, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, 2008

Location: Karlsruhe

Contact: daniela.schneider@partner.kit.edu

Researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2020 – present/ Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, 2017-2020/ Team Lead at EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer, Stuttgart, 2019 – present/ Project Partner at Drees & Sommer ABT, Stuttgart, 2016-2019/ Project Engineer, Technology Center Sustainable Construction at Ed. Züblin AG, Stuttgart, 2012-2016/ Site Manager and Project Manager at BAM Deutschland AG, Stuttgart, 2008-2012

Daniela Schneider is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe. Her research activities are focused on non-standardized, alternative materials and circular constructions. Between 2017 and 2020 she was a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart. Before that, she was a Guest Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz and at the University of Stuttgart.

Currently she is a Team Leader of the Cradle to Cradle Real Estate Team at EPEA GmbH in Stuttgart. She develops material and recycling concepts for circularity buildings. Her focus is on the creation of healthy and waste-free building structures. She practices architecture with a focus on minimalist, resource-friendly and separable construction methods and materials.

She is a member of the Expert Group „Dissassembling and Recyclability“ of the German Sustainable Building Council. As Auditor of the German Sustainable Building Council she accompanies building certifications. At Ed. Züblin AG she examined the recycling potential of timber constructions. As Co-Author, she published several articles on circular building projects – especially about the firestation in Straubenhardt.

 
 

Felix Heisel

Dipl.-Ing. Architecture, UdK Berlin, 2010
Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Contact: felix.heisel@kit.edu

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Circular Construction, Cornell University 2020-present / Head of Research Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe and FCL Singapore 2017-2019 / Harvard GSD Guest Lecturer 2018 / Hans and Roger Strauch Visiting Critic at Cornell University 2017 / Researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich and FCL Singapore 2012-2017 / Lecturer and Coordinator of the 3rd Year Architecture Program at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development 2011-2012 / Academic Assistant at Studio Arets, University of the Arts, Berlin 2010-2011 / Master Class Teaching Assistant at Berlage Institute Rotterdam 2010

Felix Heisel is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture and Circular Construction at Cornell University, USA as well as a Ph.D. candidate at the  Professorship of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe, Germany, where he acted as Head of Research between 2017 and 2019. In 2018, he was a Harvard GSD Guest Lecturer; in 2017, he was the Hans and Roger Strauch Visiting Critic at Cornell University, USA. Before that he acted as head of research at the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Preceding this position, he was the coordinator for the 3rd year architecture program at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For his involvement as a lecturer there, he received the ‘Best Teaching’ award in 2011.

He recently published Addis Ababa: A Manifesto on African Progress (2018, Ruby Press, with Dirk Hebel, Marta H. Wisniewska and Sophie Nash), Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Resources for Architecture and Construction (2017, Birkhäuser, with Dirk E. Hebel), Lessons of Informality (2016, Birkhäuser, with Bisrat Kifle) as well as Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser, with Dirk E. Hebel and Marta H. Wisniewska), and contributed articles to magazines and books such as The Material Book (2020, Ruby Press), IMMINENT COMMONS: Urban Questions for the Near Future (2017, eds. Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, and urbanNext),  a+u issues 448, 449, and 450 (2016), Cities of Change Addis Ababa, 2nd and Revised Edition (2016, eds. Marc Angelil and Dirk E. Hebel), or The Economy of Sustainable Construction (2013, Ruby Press). His interest in Ethiopia’s urban growth resulted in the making of the movie series _Spaces, a collection of six documentaries on space appropriation in Addis Ababa, started together with Bisrat Kifle in 2011.

Felix Heisel has won several awards and grants within the last years, such as two beyond bauhaus: prototyping the future awards (2019), a MaterialPREIS (2019), a JEC Asia Innovation Award (2016), a Ministry of Education (MOE) Innovation Grant Singapore (2014), a ZUMTOBEL GROUP Award (2014), a Swiss KTI project fund (2014), the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore (2013) or the Bauhaus.SOLAR Award (2012). He also contributed to several architectural competition entries, such as the 1st prize Sulzer Werk 1 Winterthur, Switzerland (2009, with Gigon/Guyer Architects); the 1st prize Bole Road Hotel Competition Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009, with Zegeye Cherenet Architects & Associates) and the 3rd prize Städel Museum Frankfurt, Germany (2008, with Gigon/Guyer Architects). Felix Heisel is co-founder and partner of 2hs Architekten und Ingenieur PartGmbB Hebel Heisel Schlesier and a registered member of the German Architectural Association AKBW, practicing architecture with a focus on resource-respectful construction and circular materials – resulting in projects such as the UMAR Urban Mining and Recycling Unit (2018) and the Mehr.WERT.Pavillon (2019).

 
 

Karsten Schlesier

Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineering, TH Karlsruhe, 1999
Location: Karlsruhe

Professor of Structural Design, HCU Hamburg, 2019-present / PhD candidate at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe, 2017-present / Researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe and FCL Singapore 2017-2019 / Assoc. Professor at GUtech Oman 2014-2017 / Consultant to FCL Singapore 2012-2015 / Structural Engineer at M+W Ingenieurbüro 2012-2014 / Chair Holder of Structural Design EiABC 2009-2011 / Visiting Professor Addis Ababa University 2008-2011 / Research Associate KIT Karlsruhe 2003-2007 / Structural Engineer at Bollinger + Grohmann 2002-2003 / Structural Engineer at formTL 2000-2001

Karsten Schlesier currently holds the position of Guest Professor at the Hafen City University HCU, Hamburg, Germany. He is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe. Before that, he worked as a researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe and the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore and as a Visiting Professor for Structural Design at the GUtech Oman. He graduated in Civil Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (previously TH Karlsruhe) in 1999. Working for different renowned engineering offices, he specialized in the fields of lightweight, membrane and glass structures. His portfolio comprises various projects, among others the membrane and steel roof construction of Parkstad-Limburg-Stadium, the inflated and dynamic pavilion structure Nouvelle DestiNation for the Expo 02 in Switzerland, the suspended “take-off” object for BMW at Munich Airport and the hanging façade structure of the Audi Lounge building in Neckarsulm.

In 2003 Karsten Schlesier joined KIT Karlsruhe, working as a Research Associate at the Institute for Structural Design (Institut für Tragkonstruktionen). He played a key role in the implementation of several student design projects, realized as temporary pavilions on festival sites. Between 2008 and 2011 Karsten Schlesier joined Addis Ababa University as a Visiting Professor, holding the Chair of Structural Design together with his Ethiopian counterpart Wondimu Kassa at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development as of 2009. There, he initiated tests and experimental designs for a new bamboo composite material used as an alternative high-strength building material. His research resulted in the commission for the official Southern Nations pavilion at the 2010 Ethiopian Cities Day in Awassa, which was realized as a design-to-build project with students of the EiABC and local craftsmen. Between 2014 and 2017 he worked as an Associate Professor for structural design and building construction at the German University of Technology in Oman. Together with Prof. Nikolaus Knebel he implemented the “building yard” on GUtech campus as a 1:1 experimental construction lab for research and education. Several student design projects made from local waste products and earth were built under his guidance.

His research activities are focused on non-standardized and alternative construction materials. During his academic career, he realized various prototypical structures from waste products and cultivated building materials, lately MycoTree, an experimental structure from mycelium for the Seoul Architecture Biennale 2017. In 2014, Karsten Schlesier received together with the bamboo research team in Singapore and Zürich an ZUMTOBEL GROUP Award.

 
 

Elke Siedentopp


Bank Business Management Assistant, 1979
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact: elke.siedentopp@kit.edu

Secretary at the Chair of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2017-present / Secretary at the Institute for Building Design and Technology KIT Karlsruhe 1998 – 2017

Elke Siedentopp currently works as the secretary of the Professorship of Sustainable Construction at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Previously, she has been employed by the Institute for Building Design and Technology at KIT and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe since 1998.

 
 

       
 
 
 
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Recent Publications:  
 

    From the circulating, sowing and harvesting of future building materials

    August 26, 2020

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2020). Vom Zirkulieren, Säen und Ernten zukünftiger Baumaterialien, in: Bauen im Wandel. Zukunft Bau Kongress 2019, BBSR. p. 74-79. Bonn, Germany

     
     

    Tremendous possibilities

    August 26, 2020

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2020). Ungeheure Möglichkeiten, in: der architekt. material der stadt. 4/2020 (Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA), Berlin, Germany

     
     

    Constructed from mycelium

    July 21, 2020

    Klaaßen, Lars (2020). Aus Pilz gebaut, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung. 18.07.2020, München, Germany

     
     

    The opportunities of the urban mine

    July 7, 2020

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2020). Die Chancen der urbanen Mine. Wie ein kreislaufgerechtes Bauen die Ressourcenfrage der Zukunft decken kann, in: PLANERIN. Mitgliederfachzeitschrift für Stadt-, Regional- und Landesplanung, p. 21-24. 3_20, Berlin, Germany

     
     

    Strark wie Stahl

    July 2, 2020

    Beck, Gabriela (2020). Stark wie Stahl, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung s.41, Nr.90, Bauen und Wohnen, 18./19.04.2020. München , Germany

     
     

    Changing Paradigms!

    March 19, 2020

    Hebel, Dirk E., Werner Sobek (2020). Changing Paradigms: Materials for a World Not Yet Built, in: The Materials Book, 139-141. Berlin, Germany: Ruby Press

    Hebel, Dirk E., Felix Heisel (2020). Culitvated Building Materials: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?, in: The Materials Book, 145-149. Berlin, Germany: Ruby Press

    Heisel, Felix (2020). Reuse and Recycling: Materializing a Circular Construction, in: The Materials Book, 156-160. Berlin, Germany: Ruby Press

     
     

    Pavilion made of recycled materials

    March 19, 2020

    KIT Karlsruhe (2020). Pavillon aus Recycling-Materilaien, in: Neuland, Innovation am KIT 2019, 2020. 40

     
     

    House building for the heirs

    March 19, 2020

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2020). Hausbau für die Erben, in: Südzeit, March 2020: no. 84, 8-9

     
     

    Showering as a school subject

    March 19, 2020

    Wüthrich, Christa (2020). Duschen als Schulfach, in: Bildung Schweiz, March 2020: no. 2, 29-32

     
     

    We’re running out of sand!

    March 19, 2020

    Prof. Dirk E. Hebel talks about the shortage of sand.

    Sakowitz, Sven (2020). Uns geht der Sand aus, in: HÖRZU Wissen, 19 th March 2020, No.2, 64-69.

     
     

    Build Sustainably and Act Future-Oriented

    February 25, 2020

    Interview with Prof. Dirk E. Hebel (2020). Build Sustainably and Act Future-Oriented. (Interview about his research as the head of the Department of Sustainable Building at KIT, specific challenges facing the construction industry concerning the reuse of materials and their sustainability and about the KIT being part of the SBM Summit taking place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre on 18 and 19 June 2020.), in: stories, 01/2020: 22-24

     
     

    Die Stadt wird zum riesigen Rohstofflager

    February 19, 2020

    Ulrich Coenen (2020). Die Stadt wird zum riesigen Rohstofflager. (Second part of an interview with Prof. Dirk E. Hebel about the practice of urban mining, the energetic redevelopment of existing buildings and the establishment of new building materials and future energy efficient technologies.), in: Badische Neueste Nachrichten, 18th February 2020: no. 40, 17

     
     

    Diskrepanz zwischen Anspruch und Realität ist groß

    February 12, 2020

    Ulrich Coenen (2020). Diskrepanz zwischen Anspruch und Realität ist groß. (First part of an interview with Prof. Dirk E. Hebel about Sustainable Thinking, Acting and Building, technical and biological circulations, unmixed and pure construction methods and the application of urban mining.), in: Badische Neueste Nachrichten, 11th February 2020: no. 34, 17

     
     

    Kreislaufgerechtes Bauen – Kultivierte Baumaterialien: UMAR & MycoTree

    February 5, 2020

    Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel (2020). Kreislaufgerechtes Bauen – Kultivierte Baumaterialien, in: H2O – Das Kundenmagazin von Keramik Laufen und Similor, January 2020: 22-23

     
     

    Second-hand is on Trend: Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR)

    February 5, 2020

    Sabina Strambu (2020). Second-hand is on Trend, in: DETAIL selectionSpecial Publication Products 2020. Recycling – Materials, Systems, Concepts: 4-6

     
     

    Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR) and Research Seminar ‘Bau auf!’

    January 22, 2020

    Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel (2020). Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR), and Dirk E. Hebel, Sandra Böhm (2020). Bau auf! Kreislaufgerechte Architektur in der Lehre, in: BAUART – Architektur und Kultur, inspiriert durch Heimat, Ausgabe 03/2020

     
     

    MICMAC – Micro Macro Michael Hosch, Competition for Modern Expansion and Lightweight Construction

    December 20, 2019

    Hochschulinitiative “Moderner Aus- und Leichtbau” (2019). MICMAC – Micro Macro, in: Wettbewerb 2018/2019 Moderner Aus- und Leichtbau

     
     

    Sustainable construction should not be an option!

    December 20, 2019

    Krämer, Lisa, Simon Sommer, Katna Wiese, Sophie Welter, Philipp Staab (2019). Nachhaltig bauen, sollte keine Option sein, in: DBZ Der Entwurf , November 2019

     
     

    Ein Gespräch über das Wieder- und Weiterverwenden von Baustoffen

    October 15, 2019

    Isopp, Anne and Felix Heisel (2019). Ein Gespräch über das Wieder- und Weiterverwenden von Baustoffen, in: zuschnitt 19(75): 16–19.

     
     

    Zukunft braucht Kreislauf! Mehr.WERT Pavillon, UMAR & MycoTree in db Deutsche Bauzeitung

    October 11, 2019

    Scharf, Armin (2019). Zukunft braucht Kreislauf. db deutsche bauzeitung, 152. Jahrgang, Ausgabe 09.2019, S.68-70

     
     

    Besser – Anders – Weniger!

    October 10, 2019

    Fachgebiet Nachhaltiges Bauen, Professur Dirk E. Hebel (2019). Besser – Anders – Weniger!, Strategien für suffizienten Wohnungsbau im Bestand. KIT Karlsruhe

     
     

    Was die Natur so bietet

    October 10, 2019

    Hans-Christoph Neidlein (2019). Was die Natur so bietet. (Pilzmyzelium und Bambus, Forschung nach alternativen Baustoffen am Fachgebiet Nachhaltiges Bauen). Süddeutsche Zeitung, Nr. 206, 6. September 2019, 23

     
     

    Calculation and Evaluation of Circularity Indicators for the Built Environment Using the Case Studies of UMAR and Madaster

    October 9, 2019

    Heisel, Felix and Sabine Rau-Oberhuber (2019). Calculation and Evaluation of Circularity Indicators for the Built Environment Using the Case Studies of UMAR and Madaster, in Journal of Cleaner Production 243 (SI Urban Mining): 118482. DOI:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118482

     
     

    Materials In Progress

    September 11, 2019

    Peters, Sascha, Diana Drewes, Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel (2019). Waste Vault Pavillon & MycoTree. In Materials in Progress – Innovationen für Designer und Architekten, 62 & 102. Basel, Schweiz: Birkhäuser Verlag

     
     

    Pioneering Construction Materials through Prototypological Research

    August 22, 2019

    Heisel, Felix and Dirk E. Hebel (2019). Pioneering Construction Materials through Prototypological ResearchBiomimetics4(3): 56.

     
     

    Strukturelle Bauteile, gewachsen aus Pilz

    July 1, 2019

    Schütz, Robert (2019). Struktuerelle Bauteile, gewachsen aus Pilz. Recycling MAGAZIN, 74. Jahrgang, Ausgabe 06, S.36-37

     
     

    Bild des Monats

    June 6, 2019

    Braun, Zooey (2019). Bild des MonatsBadische Neueste Nachrichten: 16, 04.06.2019

     
     

    Mit Weniger Mehr Bauen

    June 6, 2019

    Eberhard, Simon (2019). Mit Weniger Mehr BauenHaustech 32 (Mit weniger mehr bauen): 8–13.

     
     

    Verständnis für globale Dimensionen und lokale Auswirkungen

    June 4, 2019

    Hans Fuchs (2019). ‚Begrijp de mondiale dimensies én de lokale effecten‘. In stedebouw & architectuur, 04 2019, 32-35. HB Zwolle, Niederlande: Acquire Publishing bv.

     
     

    Das Raumlabor – UMAR

    April 29, 2019

    Melanie Schlegel (2019) Das Raumlabor. In Garten und Landschaft, 04 2019, 46-49. Münschen, Deutschland: Georg D.W. Callwey GmbH & Co. KG.