Our team

Ute M. Meyer

Scientific Lead

Ute is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Climate-Engineering and Professor of Urban Design at the University of Applied Sciences Biberach. With over fifteen years of professional experience she has directed many projects on urban issues for a variety of public clients and led interdisciplinary research projects on sustainable development. Ute holds an Executive Master in Cities Degree from the London School of Economics and Graduate Degrees from Stuttgart and Columbia University.

As a member of the University’s strategic board she advocates for planning the schools interdisciplinary program of resilience studies and conceiving an institutional network of trans-disciplinary science. Before taking the position of Dean she was Director of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Development at the University and initiated projects about the potential of resilient urban development in non-metropolitan areas. She has been a founder of the urban design and consultancy practice bueroschneidermeyer in Stuttgart and Cologne and consulted numerous municipalities in strategic planning in that role. Ute has conducted research for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Institute for Building Research, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development and the Wüstenrot Foundation. She is a member of the LSE Urban Age Network, German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) and the Association of German Architects (BDA).

Martin Spalek

Programme Coordinator & Research Associate

Martin gained professional work experience as project manager and lead in several big infrastructure, construction and financing projects, f.e. for the Berlin Airports and DB Netz AG. He holds a bachelors of science in industrial engineering from HTW Berlin and bachelor of arts in architecture from Hochschule Biberach. Martin is part of the Officina Collective – a coworking-, art- and research collaboration in Berlin-Britz. Aside urbanes.land he conducts research for Habitat Unit of TU Berlin.

Related projects: Urban Land Conference, Stadt Land Oberschwaben, Along the Line, Terrain Vague, Transforming Peripheries, Crossborder, Stadtklima, Atlas Urbanes Land

Nicole Ottmann

Research Associate

Nicole studied aarchitecture at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences and at the University of Stuttgart. She successfully completed her master’s degree in architecture and urban planning in 2019. Nicole gained experience as a research assistant at the Urban Development Institute of the University of Stuttgart (Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley). She is a founding member of the Initiative Adapter e.V. – Living in temporary vacancies. Parallel to her work at urbanes.land, she works at Studio Stadt Region in Munich. At urbanes.land, Nicole works primarily for “Stadt und Land gemeinsam denken” – a cooperation with the Wüstenrot Foundation.

Julia Bauer

Student Assistant

Marie-Lise Hofstetter

Research Assistant

Marie-Lise holds a Bachelor Degree in architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Biberach. Since 2018, she has worked for urbanes.land as a student assistant and later as a research assistant. Beside working on different research projects, she was responsible for the establishment of external communication elements for urbanes.land.
Now she is independently curating the instagram photo series about regions of intermediate density.

Franka Höger

Research Assistant

Verena Krappitz

Research Assistant

Thank you to our former colleagues

Lukas Bodelschwingh, Rebecca Diehl, Sarah Frey, Lena Heisel, Robin Schmid, Hannah Tesch