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Programme leader for FCL/URA Urban Design programme

Aurel von Richthofen is the programme leader for the URA/FCL Course in Advanced Urban Design in collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore. Aurel coordinates the education research activities of FCL. In 2016, he organised the Engineering for Development (E4D) Summer School for ETH Zurich and TU Delft in the Netherlands. He is responsible for the course on Urban Spatial Reasoning and Representation at the Yale-NUS programme in Urban Studies.

Aurel has an extensive teaching record including assistant professorships at The Ohio State University (2007-2009), TU Berlin (2010) and The German University of Technology in Oman (2010-2014).

From 2014 to 2016, Aurel was coordinator of the project Alternative Construction Materials at the Chair of Architecture and Construction at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. He lead the Alternative Sand Lab and investigated the sustainable management of urban material resources in collaboration with CIVAL (Collaborative Interactive Visualisation and Analyst Lab).


Aurel's research focusses on rural-urban transformation in Oman and the Gulf Region. He was co-investigator on a research project on sustainable urbanisation patterns in Oman - sponsored by the Research Council Oman. He developed a new urban planning framework addressing social, cultural and climatic needs and served as consultant to urban renewal projects and spatial planning strategies in Oman. Together with Sonja Nebel, he published the book "Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area" in 2016.

The book "Arab Gulf Cities in Transition" co-edited with Veronika Deffner is forthcoming with Brill Publishers in 2017.  His expertise in urban rural sustainability in extreme climates bridging material, architectural and urban scales under socio-cultural conditions serve as a backdrop for his research at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.

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Aurel is a registered architect trained at ETH Zurich and Princeton University.

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Dipl. Arch., ETH Zurich
MArch, Princeton University


German Chamber of Architects Berlin
German Society of Geometry and Graphics

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