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Habitat Unit

The Habitat Unit is a teaching and research unit at the School for Planning Building and Environment of the Berlin University of Technology. Our activities focus on development-related and socio-cultural issues of architecture and urbanization. To stimulate the exchange of experience the Habitat Unit is a member of international networks and collaborates with individuals and institutions in Latin America, Asia and Africa as well as with national and international development agencies. Seminars, studios, lectures and study trips are offered for students from the following degree programs:

  • Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Dual Urban Design (Sino-German)
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Management (Postgraduate)

Prof. Dr. Peter Herrle


Chairman of the Habitat unit and intiator of the Urban management master Course. Recognized expert in the area of town development and housing supply in the developing countries. Since 2002 consulting professor of Tongji University Shanghai.

Dr- Ing. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon


Dr- Ing. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, is a lecturer at the Habitat Unit, chaired by Prof. Dr. P. Herrle at the Architecture Institute, Faculty VI of the TU Berlin. She works on international cooperation projects with partners from the global south on sustainable urban development and housing issues. P. Alfaro Alençon combines teaching with professional architecture and urban design practices from Europe and South America. She is also co-founder of the Urban Research and Design Laboratory of the TU Berlin, which is an academic-professional association. This initiative puts special emphasis on teaching and research in collaboration with stakeholders, government offices, the private sector and experts for improving methods in urban design education and enabling sustainable urban design practices. Additional research fields include the development of urban transport infrastructure spaces, which she investigated in her PhD-work in case studies from Berlin, Zürich and New York City. She has published several articles and publications on subjects relating to urban development and design, as well as sustainable architecture.

Arq. Renato D’Alençon Castrillón


Renato D’Alençon Castrillón, is an Architect, graduated from the School of Architecture of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Master of Architecture in Cornell University. He is currently a Wissenschaflicher Mitarbeiter in the Technische Universität Berlin working with a focus on energy and buildings design and building technology. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant from 2002 to 2004 to pursue his Master Degree and a Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst Grant to pursue a PhD Degree in Technische Universität Berlin, starting 2008. He practiced Architecture since 1998 in the firm D'Alençon - Plaza - Rosso Architects. He has been a Professor at the Pontificia Universidad católica de Chile and guest Faculty at the University of Chile and the Technical University of Berlin.



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