Curriculum Vitae


Klaus R. Kunzmann (born 1942) studied architecture and urban planning at the Technical University of Munich and made his Ph.D. in Planning at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 1971. From 1974 to 2006 he was Professor at the School of Planning, University of Dortmund, Germany.

His present research interests are, on innovative urban policy and European spatial planning, on regional restructuring, on the learning region, the role of creativity and the arts for spatial and endogenous economic development, and, more recently, in the consequences of China’s rapid economic growth for cities and regions in Europe. He has published extensively on the future of the European city.

As a visiting professor he has taught, among others, at the ETH Zürich, the Université Paris 8, the University of California, Los Angeles, the School of Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge/USA, and the Technische Universität Berlin. In summer 2007 he was invited to reside in Rome as visiting professor at the University of Rome, Sapienzia, and in fall 2007 he was visiting fellow at the ETH Zürich. In 2008 he will be teaching in ChungChun, China, Hsinchu, Taiwan and from September to the end of the year at ETH Zürich.

On behalf of the European Commission and the Senate of the Land Berlin he was a member of the expert panels for the partially EU- funded “Future of London Study” and the “Study for the Future of Berlin”. Since 2006 he is a member of the international scientific advisory council to the strategic plan for the province of Milan. In fall 1998 he was invited by the prefecture of Okinawa/Japan to participate in a competition for the future use of the US Navy Air base on the island. In 2002 he lectured on approaches to regional restructuring in Okinawa and Osaka, and in 2003 he was a member of the German team presenting ideas for the future of the city 2100 on the occasion of the World Gas Conference in Tokyo. From 1998 to 2004 Klaus R. Kunzmann was a member of the scientific advisory council to DATAR, France. At present he is a member of a scientific advisory council to the Ile-de France, the City Region of Paris.

In his home country Germany, has frequently been involved as a policy advisor in local, regional and national policy and national matters. He has acted as a member of the scientific advisory council of the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park and has been a member of the Tourism Commission of the Ruhr.

Klaus R. Kunzmann is member of the scientific advisory council of a number of international planning journals, among others, European Planning Studies, International Planning Studies, Built Environment, and Planning Theory and Practice.

In 1993 Klaus R. Kunzmann was awarded a honorary membership of the RTPI and, in 1996, a honorary Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle, UK. In 1996 he received the German “Bundesverdienstkreuz” for his services to the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 1995 he is a full elected member of the German “Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung”. In 2006 he was elected as Citizen of the Ruhr/ Germany.