Anna Schulenburg

Project director with plenty of planning experience in Germany and overseas rolling out complex projects.

Anna Schulenburg studied Urban Design with focus on urban socio-political processes and participation at University College London (UCL) as well as architecture and urban planning at Technische Universität Berlin and I.U.A.V. (Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia).

She gained extensive experience planning and realising building and urban scale projects. In the area of urban development she focussed on strategies for integrated urban design and innovative approaches for affordable housing in informal settlements. Through stations in renowned planning offices and independent work, she has realised projects that create public and visible meeting places in the city, such as the extension of the Royal Festival Hall of the London Southbank, object planning as part of the Hamburg Hafencity and the extension of the MoMA in New York.

Further focal points were building in the context of architectural cultural heritage and the creation and optimisation of living space. During her postgraduate studies and applied research at the Development Planning Unit (UCL) she dealt with the effectiveness of project work to achieve transformative change for sustainable cities and deepened her experiences with different forms of cooperation and participation. In particular, she worked on the analysis of existing development strategies in the context of urban socio-political processes and conflicts as well as the formulation of city-wide strategies for Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

She also supported the design and implementation of integrated strategies for health and education needs in international cooperation in a managerial capacity. The projects ranged from integrated master planning for the Yangon General Hospital in Myanmar -with interfaces in city-wide planning and the national health system- to capacity building in response to inner-city fuel poverty in London and the planning of model schools. Her background in urban design, construction, international development and research have proven to be a good basis to moderate between planning processes and localised solutions as well as different actors – always with the aim to develop tangible outcomes from the analysis of complex correlations.