Prof. em. Dr. Peter Herrle, TU Berlin. Principle Investigator of the Himalayan Architecture Project. 1995 – 2012 Professor for International Urbanism and Director of the Habitat Unit at Faculty VI, Technische Universität Berlin. Research on megacities, urban informality, urban governance, housing, and cultural identity. Consultant to bilateral and international development agencies in various fields including housing, participative planning, urban management and urban conservation in many countries mainly in Asia and Africa. Advisory Professor at the Tongji University Shanghai. Numerous publications on urban development and architectural issues. Editor of the ‘Habitat International Series’ at LIT-Publishers and co-editor of the ‘Megacities and Global Change’ series at Steiner Publishers.
Dipl. Ing Anna Wozniak graduated in 2008 from Technische Universität Berlin with a thesis based in Leh, Ladakh. Since 2004 she has been extensively involved in architectural survey and conservation projects in Nepal, Ladakh and Tibet as a freelance architect mainly for the Tibet Heritage Fund. She is currently working as a senior researcher in the Himalayan Architecture Project on vernacular settlements and traditional building technologies. She takes a special interest in rammed earth technologies.
Lena Marike Wellmann holds a BSc degree in Architecture from RWTH Aachen University and MSc in Architecture from Technische Universität Berlin. She has developed special interest in architectural heritage documentation and conservation through her experience in building survey work in Germany, Syria and Lebanon. Throughout her masters studies she has been dealing with architecture and urbanization issues in Asia and participated in design studios in China and India. Her master thesis is about conservation and development strategies through tourism in rural areas of Bhutan. As a member of the project team she is responsible for documentation and drawings.
Prof. em. Peter Berten, TU Berlin. 1995 – 2006 Head of the Design and Building Theory Unit at Faculty VI, Technische Universität Berlin. Freelance architect and partnership with ASK-group of architects, urban-planners and engineers in Berlin, mainly engaged with housing as new buildings, rehabilitation and preservation, urban design and urban planning, social service units for children and elderly people, schools and sport facilities and office- and business buildings. Visiting Professor at CAUP of TongJi University Shanghai. Development work and realization of prototypes for timber-frame constructions including energy-saving concepts. Since 2008 he has been involved with students in architectural survey and design projects in Ladakh.
Giacomo Ceccarelli holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Construction Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milano. He studied in the HvA (Amsterdam), worked as free-lance architect in Amsterdam and Berlin and is currently completing his masters at the Technische Universität Berlin. Inspired by a survey on architectural heritage in Ladakh, he joined the team of the Himalayan Vernacular Architecture project for surveys in the Khumbu region, Nepal. He is currently working on his master thesis about peri-urban development in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Nadja Borschewski graduated from the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design (HS-OWL University of Applied Sciences) in interior design focusing on housing and hospitality architecture. She advanced her architecure studies at Technische Universität Berlin and worked at architectural firms and the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment. In 2012 she gained experience in rural Tibetan culture and architectural heritage by taking part in a field trip to the region of Kham in Sichuan. Since then she became a member of the project team and is responsible for documentation and drawings.
After his apprenticeship as a carpenter, Daniel R. Becker graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture from the TU-Berlin in 2012 and is currently working as a freelance architect throughout the world. He works as consultant to international NGOs, conducting workshops on sustainable architecture and participatory planning. He led several construction sites for community centers, schools and WASH projects for sustainable development in rural areas in Nepal, Mexico, Brazil and India. Development through conservation of architecture is a major aspect of his work.