Nina Pawlicki

Natural Building Lab - constructive design and climate adaptive architecture

Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Architektur, Sek. A44
Straße des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

Aims and expectations

Via this platform we are hoping to connect professional education with practice, scientific research and social engagement. Thus I am aiming to develop a methodology to critically reflect, as well as explore the potentials of DesignBuild.

Short CV

Nina Pawlicki has been a teaching and research associate at the TU Berlin since 2013 - previously with the Habitat Unit and since 2017 at the Natural Building Lab. Since 2009, when she participated in CoCoon's DesignBuild-Studio 'Praktikumsseminar Mexiko‘ as a student, her practice, research and teaching are dedicated to the DesignBuild methodology. She became part of the CoCoon-Studio in 2011 and is planning to hand in her doctoral thesis 'The agency of DesignBuild – assessing approaches of transdisciplinary collaboration in architectural education' (working title) in late 2019.

Within her work she is facilitating intercultural, hands-on and community-based projects on the interface between academia and non-academia. Through transdisciplinary 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.

Nina studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She graduated at TU Berlin as a Diplom Ingenieurin für Architektur in 2011. As part of an international consortium she co-initiated and co-directed the development of the online platform within a research project funded by the European Union from 2013- 2016. 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. As an architect, researcher and teacher she was involved in building projects in Mexico, Jordan, Mongolia, Germany and Colombia in her role as a project initiator, coordinator or director. She also has a wide range of experiences from her time working as a freelance architect for various architecture offices.


Escaleras Oasis Tropical

Medellín, ,

by: Urban Oasis in collaboration with CoCoon - contextual construction
Project Status: Completed / Usage Phase
Year of Completion: 2016
Scale of project: M - Medium
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Panke Platz


Project Status: Completed / Usage Phase
Year of Completion: 2015
Scale of project: S - Small
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Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Jordan, Mongolia

DesignBuild, transdisciplinarity, networking, intercultural exchange, cross-cultural