The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has announced the appointment of Kees Christiaanse as Distinguished Affiliated Professor. The honorary title acknowledges the outstanding achievements of the architect and urban planner in international teaching, research and practice. The appointment also honours the long-standing networking and project-related cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture at the TUM.  

Since 2007, the Technical University of Munich has awarded the honorary title 'TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor' to internationally outstanding scientists and scholars who have developed a leading field of science and who work together with their specialist colleagues at TUM on a long-term basis.

‘Kees Christiaanse has shaped international and especially European urban planning like only few architects of his generation’, reports TUM.

In his role as Professor of Architecture and Urban Development at the TU Berlin (1996-2003) and later at the ETH Zurich (2003-2018), and as the founder of our firm KCAP, he is responsible for numerous built projects and urban master plans Christiaanse is considered an expert in university campus planning, as well as in the revitalisation of former industrial, railway, and port areas, and is also a supervisor of several international urban planning projects.

He is the author of various publications in his field. He has been honoured with the ‘RIBA International Fellowship 2016’ for his extraordinary contribution to architecture, the 'ARC17 Oeuvre Award' for his sustainable and innovative contribution to the improvement of the built environment, and the ‘ULI Leadership Award 2018’ for his outstanding commitment and courage in his efforts to improve the quality of life in Germany's urban centres.

Throughout his career, he combined his work as an architect and urban planner with his academic research, resulting in fruitful cross-fertilisations. Many research projects have been conducted with his collaboration, such as the Future City Laboratory (FCL) at the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), which has been investigating contemporary urbanisation processes worldwide.

Furthermore, numerous urban planning professorships and offices, especially in German-speaking countries, are associated with him and are staffed by alumni or former research assistants. These include professorships at the TU Berlin, the University of Stuttgart, the TU Braunschweig, and the University of Applied Sciences Munich. Two professors of urban planning at the TUM, Prof. Mark Michaeli and Prof. Dr. Benedikt Boucsein, worked for Kees Christiaanse at the ETH Zurich. Several cooperative research and teaching projects also characterise the long-standing network with the Faculty of Architecture at the TUM.

In the future, Kees Christiaanse's collaboration with TUM will focus specifically on working with Prof. Mark Michaeli of the Chair of Sustainable Development of Cities and Rural Areas as well als with Prof. Benedikt Boucsein of the Chair of Urban Design on various topics, among which the 'Airport & Cities' research that has led already to the publication 'The Noise Landscape'.