Nina Pawlicki

Nina has been the driving force between numerous DesignBuild projects since 2009, where her extensive experience collaborating with people from different backgrounds makes her an invaluable member of any team. Equally at home moderating discussions between students & residents on the narrow streets of Moravia in Medellin, as spending long days repairing the Infozentrale in Berlin Neukölln, Nina’s extensive experience moving between practice and academic contexts has been central to the Natural Building Labs philosophy since its beginning.

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Dr. Nina Pawlicki has been a teaching and research associate at the Technische Universität Berlin since 2013 – previously with the Habitat Unit and since 2017 at the Natural Building Lab. She became a guest professor in the Postgraduate Degree at BASEhabitat, University of Arts and Design Linz and completed her doctoral thesis ‘Agency in DesignBuild’ in 2020.

Since 2009, when she participated in CoCoon’s DesignBuild-Studio ‘Praktikumsseminar Mexiko’ as a student, her practice, research and teaching are dedicated to the DesignBuild methodology. Within her work she is facilitating hands-on and community-based projects on the interface between academia and non-academia. As part of various collectives and institutions she is seeking to develop contextual, sustainable and locally appropriate strategies and built prototypes fostering inclusive and diverse living environments.

Nina studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She graduated at TU Berlin as a ‘Diplom Ingenieurin für Architektur’ in 2011. As part of an international consortium she co-initiated and co-directed the development of the online platform within a research project funded by the European Union from 2013- 2016. As an architect, researcher and teacher she was involved in building projects in various roles, such as project initiator, coordinator or director. She also has a wide range of experiences from her time working as a freelance architect for various architecture offices.

Selected Publications

(2020) Agency in DesignBuild: die Handlungsfähigkeit von DesignBuild im Spannungsfeld von Architekturausbildung, -praxis und Gesellschaft (Dissertation). Berlin: Technische Universität Berlin.

(2018) with Ahlert, M., Becker, M., Kreisel, A., Misselwitz, P. and Schrammek, T. eds. Moravia Manifesto. Berlin: Jovis Publishers Berlin.

(2018) with Hartig, U. Intercultural Competencies: Teaching the Intangible. In: Abendroth. L. and Bell, B. eds. Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. London: Routledge.

(2017) with Hartig, U. A Jam Manufactory for NAXIÍ. In: Storonov, T. ed. The Design-Build Studio, Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education. London: Routledge.