Institution: OWL University of Applied Sciences Field of responsibility/ Role in the RMB project: content Field of specialization: Landscape Architecture | Urban Planning
Kathrin Volk is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Design at Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe. She holds a diploma in Landscape Architecture and was a scientific assistant at the University of Hannover. 2003 she was appointed as professor of Design Representation at the faculty of Landscape Architecture at Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Since 2010 she is chair of Landscape Architecture and Design at Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe and co-founder of the study program Urban Planning. She is also teaching in the interdisciplinary master program “master städtebau nrw“, which is a joint master program, bringing together young talents from architecture, landscape architecture, regional planning and geography to collaborate and re-think urban development from different scales and perspectives.
As an academic Kathrin Volk is a founding member of the urbanLab and leader of public funded and EU projects. Currently, she is leading a project that explores nature-based solutions and how to use them to incorporate healthy corridors in social housing neighbourhoods to foster climate adaptivity and healthy cities.
Interested in urban commoning she is addressing issues related to the notion of everyday aesthetics that are revealed by traces of use or special user-generated places in the public realm and on the aesthetics of the imperfection and the unexpected. Based on that she is focussing on social design as an approach to creating healthy and lively environments.
Kathrin Volk has served as a visiting critic in various universities and is the advisor of the study grant “Studienfond OWL”. She is an author of articles that have been published in international journals. Since 2016 she is Vice Dean for Research and Internationalization at Detmold School for Architecture and Interior Architecture.