Dr. Peter Herrle is professor emeritus at Technische Universität Berlin, where he was professor for International Urbanism and the director of the Habitat Unit at Faculty VI until 2012. He is also a permanent advisory professor at the College for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University in Shanghai and consultant to international development organizations. Inspired by travels and studies in Central Asia and the Himalayas over the past 30 years, Herrle initiated a comprehensive four year research project on vernacular farmhouse architecture in the Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau, which he also supervised as principal investigator. He published extensively on architectural and urban development issues including architecture and identity, housing and governance and is founding editor of the ‘Habitat International’ series at LIT Publishers as well as co-editor of the ‘Megacities and Global Change’ series at Steiner Publishers.
Dipl. Ing Anna Wozniak served as senior researcher in the research project on vernacular farmhouse architecture in the Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau. Since 2004, she has been extensively involved in architectural survey and conservation projects in Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh and Tibet cooperating with NGOs and government organizations. She graduated from Technische Universität Berlin in 2008 with a design project in Leh, Ladakh. She currently works as a freelance architect mainly in the Tibetan cultural region focusing on traditional building techniques and sustainable development in rural areas. She takes a special interest in rammed earth building technologies.
Lena Marike Wellmann holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RWTH Aachen University and a master’s degree in Architecture from Technische Universität Berlin. Throughout her master studies, she has been dealing with architecture and urbanization issues in Asia. Through her experience in building survey work in Germany, Bhutan, Syria and Lebanon she has developed a special interest in architectural heritage documentation and conservation. Wellmann’s master thesis highlights questions of building culture and modernization in Bhutan. She has been part of the research team from the beginning and responsible for documentation and drawings. Since 2015, she works as an architect and freelance researcher in Berlin.
Peter Berten is professor emeritus at Technische Universität Berlin, where he was head of the Design and Building Theory Unit from 1995 to 2006. He is a member of the teaching team for a postgraduate master’s program in real estate management and urban development. He was visiting professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University in Shanghai and worked as a freelance architect and in partnership with architects, urban-planners and engineers in Berlin in a wide range of projects including housing, urban rehabilitation and preservation. Berten also worked on the development of prototypes for timber-frame constructions including energy-saving concepts and received the German timber-frame construction award. Since 2008 he has been involved with students in architectural survey and design projects in Ladakh.
Giacomo Ceccarelli holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Construction Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He continued his studies at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and worked as a freelance architect in Amsterdam and Berlin. Inspired by a survey on architectural heritage in Ladakh, he joined the team of the research project on Himalayan vernacular architecture for surveys and thematic mapping in the Khumbu Region, Nepal, in 2013. Ceccarelli graduated from Technische Universität Berlin in 2015 with a master thesis on eco-development for Madhyapur- Thimi in the Nepalese Kathmandu Valley. He currently works on a project for sustainable development of rural areas in Sichuan, China.
Nadja Borschewski graduated in interior design from the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design at OWL University of Applied Sciences, where she specialized on housing and hospitality architecture. She then continued her architectural studies at Technische Universität Berlin. After graduating with a master’s degree, she worked for several architectural firms and the Berlin
Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment. Borschewski first experienced rural Tibetan architectural heritage while taking part in a field trip to Kham in Sichuan in 2012. After this experience, she became a member of the team and was responsible for documentation and drawings. She now works as an architect in an architectural firm in Stuttgart since 2015.
started his career as a journeyman in carpentry. He then obtained a master’s degree in architecture from Technische Universität Berlin in 2012. After graduating, he was working with German Welthungerhilfe in Nepal designing community centers and ‘Green Schools’. Since 2014, Becker has been working as shelter delegate for the German Red Cross in Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Throughout his career, an important focus of his work has been on participatory processes and the engagement of local skills and knowledge in planning and building processes.