Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz (*Jena, 1974) is an architect and urban planner based in Berlin. He was educated at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association London and received his PhD from Stuttgart University for research on socio-spatial development within urbanised refugee camps. In 2008, he initiated the EU funded research project which led to the development and testing of a community-driven planning methodologies (CIP) conducted in Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East. He worked for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and as a consultant for United Nations Relief and Works Agency before becoming the Chair of International Urbanism at University of Stuttgart (2010-2013).
In 2013, he was appointed Chair of Habitat Unit at the Institute for Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin - a globally networked research and teaching centre focused on the study of urbanisation processes in the Global South. His current research focuses on user-driven urban development processes and co-production in housing in Europe and the Global South, rural urbanisation processes, translocal spatial production as well as transdisciplinary teaching methodologies in the urban design field.
He is a network partner at Urban Catalyst studio, a planning design consultancy group based in Berlin and curated exhibition projects such as 'Grenzgeografien' (Berlin, Zurich, Istanbul, 2007), 'Refuge' (Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, 2009), 'Open City' (Istanbul, 2010), 'Space, Time, Dignity, Rights' (World Urban Forum, 2012) and 'Folly' (Gwangju, 2013).