Area Head, Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology MDes area group
Alex Wall received his Diploma at the Architectural Association, London. Between 1982 and 1989 he worked at OMA in London and Rotterdam, after which he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the GSFA, University of Pennsylvania. Between 1998 and 2013, he was Professor and Chair of International Urban Design at KIT, Germany, focusing on design and planning at the intersection of urbanization and climate change. Between 2015-2018, he was Professor of Practice at the UVA, where his research project “Resilient Settlement and Productive Aquatic Landscapes” focused on framing long term redevelopment strategies for Virginia’s coastal Communities. With Margarita Jover, he curated the symposium “Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living City” (2016).
His books include Cities of Childhood – the Italian Colonie in the 1930s (with Stefano de Martino), (1989), and Victor Gruen – From urban shop to new city (2005). Recent articles include “The Urban Surface: Shifting Fields for Curated Events,” in B. C. Ivers (Ed.) The Culture of Curated Landscapes, (2018), “Sprawl is Dead, Long Live the Low-Density City,” in Berger and Kotkin (Eds.) Infinite Suburbia (2017), and “The Future is Already Here: Micro-urbanisms & consumption” in Nieman and Ringel (Eds.) Retail Urbanism (2014), with Susan Nigra Snyder.
In 2006, he was part of the 1st prize winning team Bava, Behrens, Craig, Wall and Agence Ter, for the 2006 invited international competition Euregio 2008. Between 2009 and 2013, he was a partner of UMnet, Stuttgart, which co-authored part of the German Council of Sustainable Building criteria for a Sustainable Urban Quarter, and ran planning workshops on reintegrating light industry into the everyday city. Collaborating with `asp´- Stuttgart, they won a prototype energy efficient office building, Karlsruhe (1st Prize), an Olympic Complex and Sport College, Wenzhou, China (2nd Prize), and the urban center of the Tuzla Logistics City, Istanbul (1st prize).