Chair of / Cátedra de /
Lehrstuhl für


Prof. Hubert Klumpner


Chair of Architecture and
Urban Design /  
Institute of Landscape- and
Urban Studies / LUS
Member of Network City and Landscape / NSL
Co-Director of ETH Wohnforum,
Centre for Architecture
Society and Environment / ETH Wohnforum / ETH CASE
Co-Founder and Members
of Institute of Science
Technology and Policy / ISTP
Member of the ETH Sustainability
Steering Committee
Informal Urbanism Regional
Hub of UN-Habitat Universities



Melanie Fessel

Before moving to the ETH, Melanie was Director of Design at Terreform ONE, Head of Design Development at Alice Aycock Ltd., Managing Editor at Ecogram and Ecogram Papers, and Associate with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. With a focus on municipal buildings and masterplanning, Melanie’s training includes a M.Arch from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Dipl.- Ing. from Technical University of Berlin, Germany and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. She won national and international awards including; LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America, AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, and the Victor Papanek Social Design Award. She is co-author and editor of “Ecotarium: Unlimited Lifecycle Design” (Moncaster Press, 2015). Her work has been published in magazines and books; Detail, Topos, “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned” (Prestel, 2014) and “XXL-XS New Directions in Ecological Design” (ACTAR 2016). Additionally, her work has been exhibited at White Box Gallery in New York, DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, MASS MoCA in North Adams, The Building Centre in London, DAZ in Berlin, OCAD in Toronto, NAI in Rotterdam, and the Venice Biennale.