Prof. Dr. Benedikt Boucsein


Urban Design

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Boucsein's (*1979) research areas are the framework conditions of urban planning and (everyday) architecture, communal forms of housing and their urban planning implications, the transformation of urban mobility, techniques and tools of urban planning as well as exchange and debate on urban issues. The main focus of his work is on the European megalopolis.

Benedikt Boucsein studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen and the ETH Zurich from 1999 to 2005 and received his doctorate from 2005 to 2008 at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture of the ETH under Andreas Tönnesmann on the "Grey Architecture" of the post-war period. From 2007 to 2017 he researched and taught at the ETH Zurich for Felix Claus and Kees Christiaanse. In 2007 he founded BHSF Architects in Zurich with Axel Humpert and Tim Seidel (since 2020 also in Munich). Together with them and Jeanette Beck he edited the magazine Camenzind from 2005-2018. In 2018 he was appointed to the professorship for Urban Design at the TUM.

He is a member of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning, an architect and urban planner in the Bavarian Chamber of Architects and a regular jury member in architectural and urban planning competitions.

Bar-Sinai, Karen Lee; Shaked, Tom; Fettahoglu, Elif Simge; Krimm, Jochen; Boucsein, Benedikt: Embedding Acoustic Analysis in Landscape Architecture Design Processes: A Case Study of Munich Airport. Buildings 13 (1), 2023.


Boucsein, Benedikt; Glogar, Isabel; Kellhammer, Marco; Ruf, Stefanie; Schmidt, Mareike: A Collaborative Approach for Urban Design Education in Light of the Climate Emergency. Dimensions - Journal of Architectural Knowledge 05, 2023, 143-166.


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


Boucsein, Benedikt; Christiaanse, Kees; Kasioumi, Eirini; Salewski, Christian: The Noise Landscape. A Spatial Exploration of Airports and Cities. nai010 publishers, 2017.


Boucsein, Benedikt: Graue Architektur. Bauen im Westdeutschland der Nachkriegszeit. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, 2010.