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 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.
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 practitioner1998 → …
EdiCitNet: Edible Cities Network: Integrating Edible City Solutions for social resilient and sustainably productive cities
1/09/18 → 31/08/23
Project: Grant › Research and Enterprise
Research Output per year
Research output: Non-textual form › Design
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Grundlagenstudie Landwirtschaftspark Heidelberg: Positionsbestimmung - Potentialanalyse - EmpfehlungenWascher, D., Stokman, A. & Bohn, K. 15 Feb 2018 69 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Research output: Non-textual form › Web publication/site
Activities per year
Activity: Invited talk
Activity: External funding peer-review