Nadine Kuhla von Bergmann graduated in 2002 as an architect at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee specialising in trans-scale strategies. She freelanced in various architecture and urban design offices in Berlin and Cape Town – restlessly looking for cross-cultural and challenging design tasks. In 2011 she joined the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as guest researcher, which turned out to be one of her most inspiring trans-disciplinary professional experiences.
From 2012 -2013 she worked for the nationally funded megacities research project “Young Cities” at ISR, TU Berlin with Prof. Pahl-Weber and became deeply involved in global urban design challenges related to energy- and resource efficiency.
Currently, she lectures at the CHORA City & Energy Institute, TU Berlin with Prof. Bunschoten and enjoys the international air at the 8th floor of the Institute for Architecture. Besides teaching she is currently working on her phd focusing on Berlin and Cape Town as prototypes for “Creative Climate Cities”.
Nadine actively promotes “Klima Kieze” as the drivers for social innovation based future cities and bottom-up smart cities with the support of the Bildungswerk Berlin der Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
Gian Marco Morigi studied Architecture and Urban Design at Politecnico di Milano and Technische Universität Berlin. He graduated in Milan in 2017, with a Master Thesis on cultural identity and urban impact of community gardens in Cape Town, addressing the role of places for food production as potential public spaces.
From 2015 to 2017 he worked as Teaching Assistant for Prof. Bunschoten at CHORA Conscious City, TU Berlin, where he had the opportunity to explore contemporary approaches to sustainable urban planning.
Gian Marco has always been interested in the interactions between Architecture and other disciplines, such as the Arts and the Social Sciences, exploring the relationships between the built environment and human behaviour. He believes that a conscious conceptualisation and enhancement of multiscale processes must rely on these crossing borders, which provide the fertile environment for mutation and evolution of contemporary practices.
Roberta Zuchetti studied Interior design in Milan and Architecture in Berlin. Her final Bachelor thesis in architecture, focusing on a public archive building for the art exhibition “Documenta”, won a prize in an annual architecture competition. She is now completing her Master degree at the TU Berlin.
Roberta is passionately engaged in a wide variety of projects: she is co-founder of an architecture and urban research collective, attending different university master projects and collaborating as a freelancer for different architecture and interior design offices.
She loves jumping freely from the smallest size to the widest urban scale, investigating the meaning of public and private space in the city. Ranging from design details, to building design, to urban strategy planning and social development, these intersections are her main interests.
Martina Trapani completed her Bachelor studies in Urban Planning in Genoa, Italy. In her Bachelor thesis she focused on the issues of social housing in its international, national and local scales. Her thesis was the starting point to further studies and she is currently enrolled in the Master degree of Urban Design at the TU Berlin.
Martina is particularly interested in stakeholder participation in projects. She is involved in the research of projects in which the various stakeholders are involved as decision makers throughout the project’s life span.
Ilkin Evin Akpinar completed her Bachelor and Master Studies in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. Ilkin has a scope of interests including sustainable and socially equitable urban planning and architecture, among construction sciences and sociocultural anthropology.
Her final thesis ‚Real Istanbul’ thematised architectonical, social and urban qualities and weaknesses of diverse housing types in Istanbul Kücükcekmece. Ilkin had the opportunity to work at different various Berlin offices and at two chairs at the faculty for Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin.