Katharina Rohde is an urban practitioner*. She works internationally and is currently based between Berlin and Brussels, with occasional stopovers to Johannesburg.

In her work she explores spatial, social and economic inequalities and visualises inherent potentials and strategies of urban actors in the production of their (survivalist) habitat.

Through transdisciplinary projects, she choreographs collaborative processes and dialogical formats amongst urban ‘experts’, aiming to enable sustainable and socially just urban environments. By staging spaces playfully, new social structures and a manifestation of a multiplicity of voices in the production of our built environment become possible.

Katharina Rohde holds a PhD titled “How (do) we live together? Everyday Acts of Citizenship and Urban Practice/s in post-migratory Berlin and Johannesburg” from the International Center of Urbanism (ICoU), Department of Architecture at KU Leuven in Belgium. She is associate researcher (Post-Doc) at UdK Berlin for Designing Inclusion LIVE – a partnership of UdK Berlin, KU Leuven, The University of Sheffield, Politecnico di Milano, Refugees Welcome Italy, S27 Berlin & ASF UK.

Since 2005 she holds teaching positions at International Universities amongst others: The University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa (Dep. of Architecture and Urban Planning & School of Arts), The Technical University of Berlin (Habitat Unit & Urban Planning Laboratory), The University of the Arts Berlin, The HafenCity University, Hamburg. She is further actively involved in cultural education, conducting workshops and seminars with children and teenagers.

artist, (feminist) architect, cultural producer, educator, dancer, director, drummer, fundraiser, juror, lecturer, listener, lover (of all kinds), manager and coordinator, networker, (aspired) peacemaker, project developer, social designer, urbanist, urban street-worker and others.

Just Do it! Creative Strategies of Survival
Winner of apexart Franchise Program, New York (2011)

COOP Local Designers and migrants as collaboraters in the Fashion Industry
1. Prize Local Agenda 21 Action Program for Sustainable Urban Development (2007)

1. Prize for Theatre is important! Effects of theatre practice in marginalised communities in South Africa. ASA, Network for Development Policy Learning (2005)

Caracas 23/ 01 (Master thesis)
Archiprix International 2005 (Recognition), Glasgow, Scotland

Caracas 23/ 01 (Master thesis)
3. Internationaler Bauhaus Award 2004 Transit Spaces (Recognition)

Caracas 23/ 01 (Master thesis)
N-Morcos-Assad Award for Excellence in Design 2003/ 04