Habitat Unit


Nina Pawlicki



Room A 409, CoCoon
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 29647
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907

Curriculum Vitae

Nina Pawlicki has been a researcher at Habitat Unit since November 2013. Her work focuses on actor-driven processes in the design of social spaces with a particular interest in facilitating mutually-beneficial collaborations on the interface between academia and non-academia. Nina studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She became part of the CoCoon-Studio in 2011.

Nina Pawlicki's research, practice and teaching is dedicated to the DesignBuild methodology. Through transdisciplinary, hands-on approaches she is seeking to investigate how community engagement processes can lead to the design of more inclusive and diverse living environments. The main objective is to develop contextual, sustainable and locally appropriate strategies and built solutions. Working in interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts she is especially concentrating on refugees and migrants as urban actors.

Nina initiated the Kitchen-Hub project as a transdisciplinary laboratory in a close collaboration with the NGO Über den Tellerrand in 2015. Since 2013 she is part of the research consortium EDBKN - European DesignBuild Knowledge Network funded by the European Union. In 2012, she co-hosted the symposium 'DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education' at TU Berlin as first international encounter of DesignBuild-Studios and their network partners. She participated in CoCoon's DesignBuild-Studio 'Praktikumsseminar Mexiko' in 2009 where she works as project manager and construction supervisor ever since. Within her teaching and research activities she ran projects in Mexico, Jordan, Mongolia and Germany. She has a wide range of experiences from her time working as a freelance architect for various architecture offices.


Global Project Management+, TU Berlin, in-service training and extension studies.

2000 – 2008
Diploma in Architecture (Dipl.-Ing.), TU Berlin
(Thesis) Potenzial einer schrumpfenden Stadt: Bitterfeld-Wolfen. with Jeanette Werner. (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Herrle).

2007 – 2008
Exchange student, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Department of Architecture.

Employment History+

Since 2013
Research and Teaching Associate
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2011
Research Associate
CoCoon – sector for contextual construction, TU Berlin, Directed by Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Ursula Hartig

Since 2006
Freelance architect in Berlin

Research Projects+

Since 2015
Refugees in the City: Kitchen-Hub. 

Habitat Unit in collaboration with CoCoon, TU Berlin and Über den Tellerrand e.V., funded by Sto-Stiftung

Since 2013
EDBKN – European DesignBuild Knowledge Network. 

Habitat Unit in collaboration with CoCoon, TU Berlin, funded by the European Union

Teaching Activities+

SS 2016
Design Studio: Arrival City: Berlin Buch, Architecture bachelor's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

WS 2015/2016
Design Studio: REFUGEE CITY: Coproducing green communities; Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Town- and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit in collaboration with GIZ, UNRWA, Community Development Office Jerash Camp, University of Petra and Chair of Landscape Architecture. Open Space Planning, Prof. Giseke, TU Berlin

SS 2015
Summer School: Refugee City: Kitchen-Hub., Habitat Unit in collaboration with CoCoon-Studio and Über den Tellerrand e.V., funded by Sto-Stiftung

SS 2014
Summer School: NOMAD CITY. Habitat Unit in collaboration with Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulan-Bator

WS 2012/2013
Seminar: Architecture Communication. Preparatory seminar for the symposium and exhibition DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education, CoCoon, TU Berlin 

SS 2012
Seminar: Documentation of the DesignBuild project 'NAXIÍ'. CoCoon, TU Berlin 

WS 2011/2012
DesignBuild Studio: 'NAXIÍ'. CoCoon, TU Berlin



with Ursula Hartig, Simon Colwill (Forthcoming 2015) DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education. Berlin.


Other articles and publications

(2016) Neue Volksküchen: Kitchen-Hub, Bauwelt 48, 2015.

(2016) Kitchen-HubSummer School Habitat Unit, Documentation, TU Berlin.

(2015) Malaab El KobriDesignBuild Studio Cairo, Documentation, GUC/TU Berlin.

(2014) DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education, Symposium, Proceedings, TU Berlin.

(2012) Eine Marmeladenmanufaktur für NAXIÍ, DesignBuild-Studio Mexiko 2012, Documentation, TU Berlin.

(2009) Eine Gemeinschaftshaus für UMCAMIX, DesignBuild-Studio Mexiko 2009, Documentation, TU Berlin.


Conference proceedings

(2015) High tech / low threshold: digital communication in DesignBuild initiatives. WORKING OUT: thinking while building, ACSA.

with Simon Colwill (Forthcoming 2015) Adaption to the context: a jam manufactory for NAXIÍ. WORKING OUT: thinking while building. ACSA.


Conference papers

(2015) designbuildXchange Platform, Structures for Inclusion 15, Lawrence Technological University, Detroit.

(2013) Implications of scale, Live Projects - Laboratories for Change?, University of Stuttgart.


Conference panel chairs

(2012) DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education. International symposium for cross-cultural, practice oriented projects in teaching and research, Berlin, 29 November – 1 December, (Co-director).

Invited Lectures+

(2016) Kitchen-Hub. Living the cooperative city, Österreichisches Kulturforum, Berlin.

(2016) dbXchange platform. HANDS ON. Enhancing architectural education, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna.

(2015) A jam manufactory for NAXII. Structures for Inclusion 15, Public Interest Design Institute, Lawrence Technological University, Detroit.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

SEED Award for excellence in public interest design
awarded for the project 'A jam manufactory for NAXIÍ'

SEED Award Mexico
awarded for the project 'A jam manufactory for NAXIÍ'

2013 – 2014
UNESCO - Official project of the UN World Decade 2013/2014 'Education for Sustainable Development'
awarded for the project 'DesignBuild Knowledge Network' 

TU Berlin Exchange Scholarship
awarded to study for one year at the Department of Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 

DAAD 'Go East' Research Grant
awarded to undertake a 2 month research field-trip on the urban development of Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Other Projects+

Founder, Berlin Wedding-based interdisciplinary collective 

DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education
Exhibition in the framework of the international symposium, TU Berlin, 2012 (Curator)