Dipl.-Ing. Franziska Laue

Dipl.-Ing. Franziska Laue

Dipl.-Ing. Franziska Laue

Researcher and Lecturer

Telephone +49 (0)711 685 83369

Since 2013
Research Associate at the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Urban Planning and Design – Department of International Urbanism and IUSD Course Coordinator of the international master’s program ” Msc. Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design – IUSD”

Double Degree MSc. IUSD at University of Stuttgart and Ain Shams University in Cairo, on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in Dry Urban regions – the Case of Greater Cairo, Egypt

Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) at Berlin University of Technology, on understanding the spectrum of urban informality through comparative studies in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh and Syria

CV Summary

Franziska Laue holds a Diploma in Architecture from TU Berlin and a M.Sc. Double Degree in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) from Stuttgart and Cairo. Since 2003 she is engaged as a freelance advisor in projects in Germany, Syria and Burkina Faso and Egypt.

From 2007 until 2011 she worked for the GIZ Urban Development Programme (UDP) in Aleppo. Since 2008 she was involved in local and international conferences, exhibitions and publications on local identity, informal urban development in the MENA region. Recently, Franziska was member of exhibition and publication teams for “Aleppo Archive” (DOC Aleppo) on urban heritage conservation and archiving as well as “Space Time Dignity Rights” (DAZ Berlin) on refugee camp improvement strategies. She has published on a long-term research on informal urban growth in Damascus, Syria. A present academic focus is climate change adaptation in the Global South (MENA region) and Global North. Furthermore, she is involved in the academic and strategic discourse on post-war reconstruction in the MENA region.

Since October 2013 she is research associate at the International Urbanism Institute and is part of the IUSD Course Coordination Team at University of Stuttgart.


Laue, F. (2018): Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation Options in Dry Urban Areas – The Special Case of Cairo’s Informal Settlements. In: Trialog Journal 129, Berlin

GIZ (2017): Guiding Concepts and Climate Change in Germany’s Urban Planning Practice – A review of the recent academic discourse. Commissioned by GIZ CFCC Program, Eschborn (lead author).

Laue, F. (2012): Vertical Versus Horizontal: Constraints of Modern Living Conditions in Informal Settlements and the Reality of Construction. In: Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, p.111.

Co-Editing and Co-Authoring (selected):

2014 Co-editor and author of a publication Trialog-journal, issue on “Camp Cities”, University of Stuttgart/Chair of International Urbanism (Prof. Dr. P. Misselwitz), 2014

2013 “The Aleppo Archive – a place for the memory of urban history”, in collaboration with GIZ and Friends of the Old City of Aleppo Association, Stuttgart, 2013