Rainer Hehl is an architect/urban designer and is currently guest professor at the TU Berlin and visiting professor at Yokohama National University, Graduate School of Architecture. Between 2010 and 2013 he directed the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design at the ETH Zürich conducting research and design projects on urban developments in emerging territories with a focus on Brazil.
Rainer Hehl studied at the RWTH in Aachen, the University of the Arts in Berlin and the École Speciale d’Architecture ESA in Paris and has worked as a project architect at Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s studio and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA in New York.
In addition to having lectured widely on urban informality, popular architecture, hybrid urbanities, and housing cooperatives, Hehl has an office for architecture and urban design based in Berlin ( Most recently he edited Transtopia. Wie wir die städtische Transformation gestalten (Ruby Press, Berlin 2017). Rainer Hehl holds a PhD from the ETH, Zürich, on urbanization strategies for informal settlements, focusing on case studies in Rio de Janeiro.