Prof. Dr. Benedikt Boucsein


Urban Design



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Boucsein (b. 1979) conducts research into the conversion of everyday post-war city districts, negotiation processes surrounding large urban infrastructures (especially airports), projects pioneering radical change towards sustainable urban living (particularly cooperatives), and the production conditions of architecture and urban development. The main focus of his work is on the European Megalopolis.

Professor Boucsein studied architecture at RWTH Aachen University and ETH Zurich from 1999 to 2005. In 2008, he completed his PhD at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Professor Dr. Andreas Tönnesmann. From 2007 to 2017, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at ETH Zurich, where his final position was at the Institute for Urban Design under Professor Kees Christiaanse. Since 2007 he has also been a partner at the architectural practice BHSF Architekten, and from 2005 to 2018 he was founder and co-editor of the journal Camenzind. In 2018, Professor Boucsein was appointed to the Chair of Urban Design at TUM.

    Boucsein B: "Die nördliche Innenstadt um die Limbecker Straße in Essen. Die Alltagsarchitektur der Einkaufsstadt.". In: Städtebau der Normalität. Der Wiederaufbau urbaner Stadtquartiere im Ruhrgebiet. Editor: Sonne W, Wittmann R. Berlin: DOM Publishers, 2018


    Boucsein B, Christiaanse K, Kasioumi E, Salewski C: The Noise Landscape. A Spatial Exploration of Airports and Cities. Rotterdam: nai010 publishers, 2017.


    Boucsein B: "The Need for Compromise, and Other Lessons from West Germany’s Grey Architecture". Dialectic – The Journal of the School of Architecture. 2017.


    Boucsein B: "Situation. Vom Sehen, Erleben und Verändern städtischer Räume." In: Die Stadt als Ressource. Texte und Projekte 2005-2014. Editor: Rieniets T, Kretschmann N, Perret M. Berlin: jovis, 2014:25-34.


    Boucsein B: Graue Architektur. Bauen im Westdeutschland der Nachkriegszeit. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2010.