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Research interests

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.

Scholarly biography

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).

Supervisory Interests

Katrin Bohn is a registered PhD supervisor. Her supervisory interests correspond to her research interests in productive urban landscapes, and she 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.


Education/Academic qualification

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

University of East London

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of Plymouth


Professor, Technical University of Berlin


Visiting Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts


Architect / Urban practitioner

1998 → …

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Projects 2018 2023

Research Output 2000 2018

Designing food-productive greenways for suburbs

Bohn, K. & Chu, D., 12 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

landscape ecology
ecosystem service
social participation

Eat the view: Eine Essbare Terrasse für das Kunstgewerbemuseum

Bohn, K., 17 May 2018, Food Revolution 5.0: Gestaltung für die Gesellschaft von morgen. Banz, C. & Kemmer, N. (eds.). Dortmund, p. 44-47 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Urban Landscape
New Beginning
Exhibition Catalogue

Eat the view: Eine Essbare Terrasse für das Kunstgewerbemuseum

Bohn, K., May 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputDesignResearch


Grundlagenstudie Landwirtschaftspark Heidelberg: Positionsbestimmung - Potentialanalyse - Empfehlungen

Wascher, D., Stokman, A. & Bohn, K., 15 Feb 2018, 69 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

urban agriculture

Produktive Stadt: Gestaltung und Planung des öffentlichen Grüns

Bohn, K. & Walthall, B., Dec 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputWeb publication/siteResearch

planning conception
urban planning

Activities 2010 2019

Continuous Productive Urban Landscape: Scattering the rural into the urban

Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
29 Apr 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Initiative Green Firewalls

Katrin Bohn (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy

Five facts about food mapping / How we map opportunities

Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
7 May 20198 May 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia

Katrin Bohn (Participant)
22 Jun 2018

Activity: EventsOutreach and Public Engagement

Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL): Scattering the rural into the urban

Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
23 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk