Projects per year
Katrin Bohn teaches and researches sustainable architecture and urban design with a focus on urban food production. Much of her design research deals with the relationships between urban space and food-productive urban landscape and bridges the gaps between environmental design thinking, urban space production and sustainable lifestyles.
Since the UK's first urban agriculture conference Urban Nature (2001), co-curated by Bohn, she has contributed widely to conferences, publications, exhibitions and design and policy debates, both nationally and abroad. As an internationally recognised urban agriculture expert, she has also been advising on national and international research, policy documents and pioneer projects. Her work has been quoted by the UN and UNESCO and has influenced urban planning in the UK, as well as worldwide.
Katrin Bohn is an architect, urban practitioner and academic. Her main research interests lie in sustainable architectural and urban design and centre around the concept of CPUL City (Continuous Productive Urban Landscape) which she developed within Bohn&Viljoen Architects since around the year 2000. This work reached a first international breakthrough in early 2005 with the publication of the book Continuous Productive Urban Landscape: Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities (Architectural Press).
In 2014, Bohn, with André Viljoen, published a companion volume, Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing productive cities (Routledge) which, in 2015, won the prestigious 'RIBA President's Award for Outstanding university-located Research'. Her work features dominantly in the world's most comprehensive case study collection of urban agriculture designs, the Canadian-based Carrot City Project (2009 ongoing).
Bohn studied architecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany (Diploma in Architecture), the University of East London (MSc in Architecture) and the Ecole d'Architecture de Nantes, France (DAAD Scholarship). Since 1998, she runs a London-based architectural practice and environmental research consultancy with André Viljoen (Bohn&Viljoen Architects). Before this, she trained in architectural practices in Germany, Brazil, France and Britain, including work for Jourda & Perraudin (Lyon) and Stefan Schrodt Architekten (Berlin).
Prior to teaching at the University of Brighton, Bohn taught architecture at London Metropolitan University. She has also given numerous lectures and workshops for all levels of study at universities and independent academic institutions in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Early in 2010, she was appointed a guest professor at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, where she set up and ran the Department City & Nutrition at the university's Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning until the end of 2014.
As a practising architect, Bohn has been involved in architectural and urban design projects mostly located in Britain and Germany, of which some won national awards. She has developed urban agriculture proposals for many local authorities and public bodies such as the Greater London Authority (2004), Middlesbrough Council (2006-7), London Festival of Architecture (2008), the Berlin Senate (2011-14) and the IBA Heidelberg (2015 ongoing).
Katrin Bohn supervises and examines PhDs that broadly correspond to her design research in productive urban landscapes, focussing on urban agriculture and the urban food system. She welcomes proposals exploring issues of scale, diversity, temporality and the everyday within the above named subject area. Katrin is associated to the four PGR programmes Architecture & Design, Built Environment, Ecology and History of Art & Design.
Currently, Katrin is the academic advisor in the School for our Visiting Researcher Dr. Dong Chu from the College of Design and Arts of Harbin University of Commerce, China.
Awards and Prizes
2017: 'Kurze Wege für den Klimaschutz [Short Ways to Climate Protection] Award' awarded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for LebensMittelPunkt Spandau [with the community initiative and 1 local partner]
2016: '1st prize Schulgartenwettbewerb [school garden competition]' awarded by the Berlin Borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf for Spiel/Feld Marzahn (educational work) [with the community garden association and 1 local partner]
2016: 'Community Garden Award' awarded by the anstiftung&ertomis Foundation for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the community garden association]
2015: 'RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research' awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects UK for Second Nature Urban Agriculture
2014: 'AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Network Award' awarded by the AHRC UK for Urban Transformations [with an international team]
2014: 'Umweltpreis [Environmental Prize] Marzahn-Hellersdorf' awarded by the Berlin borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin and 2 local partners]
2014: 'Contribution to the UN World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development' awarded by the UNESCO (German Commission) for Spiel/Feld Marzahn (publications) [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin]
2013: 'Faculty Strategic Research Award' awarded by the University of Brighton for Spiel/Feld Marzahn
2012: 'Aktionsraum+ Implementation Award' awarded by the Senate of Berlin for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin]
2011: 'Aktionsraum+ Pilot Project Award' awarded by the Senate of Berlin for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin]
2010: 'Creative Campus Award' awarded by the Creative Campus Initiative Consortium for Unlocking Spaces
2009: 'National Lottery Beacon Award' awarded by The National Lottery for Harvest Brighton & Hove [with a University-of-Brighton team]
2009: two student prize winners in the 'Student Design Competition' awarded by Abbey Santander [taught with Anuschka Kutz at the University of Brighton]
2008: student Marcel Croxson shortlisted for the 'RIBA Bronze Medal' [taught with Colin Priest at the University of Brighton]
2008: 'Small Grants for Sustainable Food for London' awarded by the London Development Agency for The Continuous Picnic [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]
2008: 'Arts Council Grant' awarded by The Arts Council England for The Continuous Picnic [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]
2008: 'Creative Small Grants Award' awarded by the London Borough of Camden for The Continuous Picnic [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]
2008: 'Brief Encounters Networking Research Award' awarded by the University of Brighton for The Edible Campus [with a University-of-Brighton team]
2007: student Konstantinos Chalaris 1st prize winner in 'Sustainable Tourism Student Competition' awarded by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) [taught at the University of Brighton]
2007: runner-up for 'Best University-located Research Award' awarded by the Royal Society of British Architects (RIBA) for The CPUL Design Concept [with André Viljoen]
2006: 'Proyecto Batiscafo: International Residency in Havana' awarded by the Triangle Arts Trust for Utilitarian Dreams Havana
2006: 'British Council Award' awarded by The British Council for The Utilitarian Dreams Project [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]
2005: 'FRSF New Ideas/Innovation Fund' awarded by the University of Brighton for Utilitarian Dreams Havana [with André Viljoen]
2005: 'Digital Moving Image Award' awarded by the Arts Council (Lighthouse Programme) in partnership with CINECITY for Utilitarian Dreams Brighton [with a group of British and Cuban architects and artists]
2004: 'FRSF New Ideas/Innovation Fund' awarded by the University of Brighton for Thames Gateway
2003: 'Widening Participation Award' awarded by the University of Brighton for Youth Shelters
2002: 'Student Field Trip Award' awarded by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects [taught with André Viljoen at the University of Brighton]
2002: 'Community Champions' awarded by the Scarman Trust for Paper Cubes [with Babett Hellmann]
2000: 'Best Refurbished Community Building' awarded by the Empty Homes Foundation for CUE Community Centre and Tea House London [with LEARN at London Metropolitan University]
2000: 'Blueprint Residential Building of the Year 2000' awarded by Blueprint Magazine for Greenwood House London [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]
1999: 2nd prize in the 'Europan 5 Architectural Competition' for ElastiCity Sheffield [with André Viljoen and a team]
1994: entry selected for travelling exhibition in the 'Photovoltaics in the Built Environment Competition' [with a fellow-students team]
Juries, committees and expert advice
2014 (ongoing): member of the advisory board of the Taste of Heimat Association aiming for better urban-regional food exchanges in Cologne, Germany
2014 (ongoing): founding member of the Stadt & Ernährung Working Group aiming for a 'Food Policy Council for Berlin', Germany
2012 (ongoing): book (proposal) reviewer for Routledge, architectural / urban design publisher, UK
2010 (ongoing): steering committee member of the 'Sustainable Food Planning Group' of the Association of European School of Planning (AESOP), Europe
2009 (ongoing): founding member of the 'Urban Performance Group' at the University of Brighton [group later transformed]
2015-6: expert evaluator of the national scientific report 'Naturkapital Deutschland – TEEB DE (2016)' to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
2015: jury member in the international competition 'European Award for Ecological Gardening 2015', run by the Association "Natur im Garten" and the European Garden Association, Austria and Europe
2012-4: steering committee member and evaluator to the 'Food Urbanism Initiative', funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and led by Verzone Woods Architectes, Switzerland
2012-3: adviser and evaluator to the 'R-Urban' research project, funded by the French Ministry of Ecology and led by atelier d'architecture autogeree (aaa), France
2011-2: examiner for the 'Sparkling Science Bids' programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Austria
2011-2: adviser to the 'Olympic Legacy Development' overseen by the London (Olympics) Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), UK
2011: co-curator of the international art and architecture exhibition 'Die Productive Stadt / Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture' at the Architekturmuseum Berlin, Germany
2010-11: adviser to the expert workshops 'Leitbild Grünes Berlin' of the Senate of Berlin's Urban Development Department, Germany
2009-10: co-organiser for the '2nd AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference' of the Association of European School of Planning (AESOP) in Brighton, UK
2009: member of the steering committee to the 'Agriculture and Growing Food in London' research at the The London Assembly's Planning and Housing Committee, Greater London Authority, UK
2009: invited fellow of the 'Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (RSA)', UK
2008: adviser to the 1st expert meeting 'Renaturation as a strategy of sustainable urban development' of the German Federal Ministry for Building and Regional Planning in Bonn, Germany
2008: adviser to 'Growing Food for London', London's 1st urban agriculture conference, organised by SUSTAIN The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, UK
2007-8: member of the 'London Festival of Architecture 2008' urban food events planning group for new london architecture, UK
2006-7: consultant to the commissioning team DOTT 07 (Designs of The Time) for the 'Urban Farming Project Middlesbrough', UK
2004: consultant to the 'London Green Grid' Eastern expansion planning for the Greater London Authority, UK
2003-5: elected member of the 'Building Sub-Committee' of the Copleston Community Centre London, UK
2001: steering committee member to 'Urban Nature', the 1st UK conference on urban agriculture held at London Metropolitan University, UK
1999-2005: environmental consultancy [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects] for various architectural and engineering practices and for private clients, including Ash Sakula Architects, Building Structures Workshop, Lucy Annan Architects and others.
Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Nantes
University of East London
Visiting Lecturer, University of Plymouth2015 → 2016
Professor, Technical University of Berlin2010 → 2014
Visiting Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts2009 → 2010
Architect / Urban practitioner, Bohn&Viljoen Architects1998 → …
Research Output per year
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Chapter
Urban agriculture as a keystone contribution towards securing sustainable and healthy development for cities in the futureSkar, S. L., Pineda-Martos, R., Timpe, A., Pölling, B., Bohn, K., Külvik, M., Delgado, C., Pedras, C. M. G., Paço, T. A., Ćujić, M., Tzortzakis, N., Chrysargyris, A., Peticila, A., Alencikiene, G., Monsees, H. & Junge, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Blue-Green Systems. 2, 1, p. 1-27
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activities per year
Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk
Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk
Food-productive urban infrastructure: Enabling agroecological transitions from an urban design perspectiveKatrin Bohn (Presenter), Dong Chu (Presenter)
Activity: External talk or presentation › Oral presentation