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

Melanie Fessel is an architect and urban designer. She is a Lecturer, Academic Coordinator, and Doctoral Researcher at the ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture. Melanie is Principal of Terreform X and Director of Design at Terreform ONE, Non-Profit Architecture and Urban Design Research Group. Her academic teaching experience in architecture and urban design includes; ETH Zurich, New York University, Lawrence Tech University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University. Previously, she was Head of Design Development for Alice Aycock Ltd., Founding Member at ONE LAB, and Managing Editor of Ecogram. Melanie is a former Associate Fellow with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Melanie co-curated the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 at the MAK Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna (May-Oct. 2021). 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 of “Ecotarium: Unlimited Lifecycle Design” (Moncaster Press, 2015). Her work has been published in; “Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities” (ACTAR, 2019), “XXL-XS New Directions in Ecological Design” (ACTAR 2017), and “Architecture of Nature: Nature of Architecture” (Applied Research & Design, 2019). 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. Melanie received: M.Arch The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Dipl.- Ing. Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.