Prof. Tim Rieniets

Tim Rieniets, born in Hilden, Germany in 1972, is professor for urban and spatial development in a diversified society at the Leibniz University of Hanover. His research and brokerage activities inter alia focus on the topics of shrinking cities, social segregation and integration in urban development as well as conversion and revitalization strategies for residential buildings, commercial properties and churches.

Rieniets studied architecture at the TU Braunschweig, the TU Delft and the TU Berlin (1995 to 2001). After accompanying the project »Shrinking Cities« as a research assistant in the Oswalt office, he for many years worked as an assistant, senior assistant and lecturer at the ETH Zurich with Prof. Kees Christiaanse and taught as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich (2012). From 2013 to 2018 he was managing director of the state initiative StadtBauKultur NRW, which campaigns for a livable, sustainable and high-quality built environment. There he initiated numerous studies and projects, including the »Big Beautiful Buildings – When the Future was built« campaign on post-war architecture in the Ruhr area, the »Heimatwerker« project to integrate refugees into the construction sector, as well as the »Future Church Spaces« program to support church communities and initiatives in the conversion of church buildings.

Tim Rieniets is also working as a curator and publicist. Among others, he curated the exhibitions »urbainable – stadthaltig. Positions on the European City for the 21st Century« at the Academy of Arts in Berlin (with Matthias Sauerbruch and Jörn Walter, 2020) and the international Architecture Biennale Rotterdam »Open City – Designing Coexistence« (with Kees Christiaanse and Fabienne Hoelzel, 2009) . As editor, Tim Rieniets published the »Atlas of Shrinking Cities« (with Philipp Oswalt, 2006), »City of Collision – Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism« (with Philipp Misselwitz, 2006) and »Umbaukultur – For an architecture of change« (with Christoph Grafe).

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