Professor at Columbia University, New York
Petra Kempf is an Architect, Urban Designer and Educator based in New York City. She teaches Urban Design at Columbia University. Throughout her academic career, she has worked with her students on the empowerment of urban communities in China, South Korea, India, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, Colombia, and Europe. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt, Germany, a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Design from the Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany.
She serves as a member on the editorial board for the “Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts,” a platform for interdisciplinary exchange in the pursuit of new concepts and perceptions of spatial configuration. In addition, she is the founder of urbantransits, a research platform with focus on the transient nature of cities and the impact this dynamic condition has on the urban construct, it’s cultures, and the perception of place.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, she has worked for the Department of City Planning, the Project for Public Space, and Richard Meier and Partners. She has taught at several universities including Rhode Island School of Design, Cornell University, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and institutions in the United States and Europe. She is the author of You are the City (2009) and (K)ein Ort Nirgends — Der Transitraum im urbanen Netzwerk (2010).