Kristien Ring

Kristien RingAssistant Professor
Phone: (813) 974-4031

Kristien Ring is a licensed architect in Germany, board member of the German Federal Foundation of Building Culture and principal of the interdisciplinary studio AA-PROJECTS, which is engaged in the production of interdisciplinary projects on future oriented themes in the realm of architecture and urban planning.

After a bachelor degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from NC State, Kristien earned her Masters at the Berlin Arts University (Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee) and worked for offices such as Shin Takamatsu and Daniel Libeskind in Berlin. Kristien was the founding Director of the DAZ German Center for Architecture in Berlin (2004 -2011), and the co-founder of the gallery Suitcase Architecture (2001 – 2005). Previously, Kristien has taught as a Visiting Prof. at the University of Sheffield, UK (2014/15), and as Assistant Prof. for Architectural Design at the TU-Braunschweig and at the BTU-Cottbus in Germany.

Kristien is the author and editor of the publication SELF-MADE CITY. Berlin, Self-initiated Urban Living and Architectural Interventions, 2013 and URBAN LIVING, Strategies for the future, 2015, both with Jovis Publishers, and co-editor of Building and Living in Communities, 2015, Birkhaeuser. Currently she curated the exhibition and public programs “URBAN LIVING” that was shown at the DAZ German Center for Architecture, Berlin and in Madrid at the CAOM Architecture Center as well as in Prag in 2015—with the accompanying blog: Kristien has curated many exhibitions and accompanying discussions, on current themes in architecture and urbanism, which have traveled internationally. Kristien has presented her published work extensively at international conferences worldwide, including: a TEDx talk, speaking to the British Parliament in London and German Parliament in Berlin, the AIA-CFA in New York, as well as the Venice Architecture Biennale (2014).

Kristien’s recent research project SELF-MADE CITY explores the self-determined design of spaces and buildings for living and working and their impact on the quality of the urban development of our cities. URBAN LIVING looks at components of urban development and affordable housing as strategies for the future. Kristien’s research expands on these topics, analyzing how our cities become better through densification and community engagement. At the same time, Kristien is committed to raising architectural discourse and creating better public awareness for architecture.

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Building and Living in Communities

Urban Living: Strategies for the Future

Self-Made City: Self-Initiated Urban Living and Architectural Interventions

TEDx Talk

Research Activity


Publications and Articles
  • ARTICLE in Publication: “Self Made City: Qualities for Future Urban Living ” by Kristien Ring, English, pp. 28-30, published in “POST CITY: Habitats for the 21st Century” of the ARS ELECTRONICA 2015 Festival for Art, Technology and Society ©2015 Ars Electronica, published by HATJE CANTZ Verlag, Germany 2015, ISBN: 978-3-7757-4021-0
  • BOOK: Co-editor / Author: „Building and Living in Communities: Ideas, Processes, Architecture / Bauen und Wohnen in der Gemeinschaft: Ideen, Prozesse, Architektur“, Annette Becker, Laura Kienbaum, Kristien Ring, Peter Cachola Schmal (Eds. / Hrsg.), 240 Pages, German/English, ©Birkhäuser, Basel 2015, ISBN: 978-3-0356-05259-9
  • BOOK: “URBAN LIVING _Strategies for the Future/Strategien für das Zukünftige Wohnen”, Kristien Ring (Ed., author/ Hrsg.), in collaboration with the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Planning, 264 pages, German/English, ©Jovis 2015, ISBN: 978-3-86859-331-0
  • ARTICLE in Publication: “Baukultur ist … In die Zukunft schauen”, in the publication “Baukultur ist …”, pp. 41-43, written by Kristien Ring, German, print publication by the German Federal Foundation for Baukultur (Ed.), 2015, and online at http://www.bundesstiftungbaukultur. de/stiftung/publikationen/kolumne/die-zukunftschauen# comment-form
  • ARTICLE in Professional Journal: “Urban Living - wohnen für alle? ”, interview with Kristien Ring, der architekt, 3/15, pp. 80-81, written by Editor, German, ©2015 Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, ISSN:0003-875X
  • ARTICLE in Professional Journal: “Die selbstegemachte Stadt/The Selfmade City”‚ written by Kristien Ring, English/German, in the MakeCity Festival Magazine, June 2015
  • ARTICLE in Professional Journal: “Neues Arbeiten & Wohnen”, written by Kristien Ring, in the AIT, 4/2015 / online: http://www.aitonline. de/events/newsletter/newsletter-archiv/newsletter-4-2015/nl-4-2015- frage-kristien-ring/
  • ARTICLE in Professional Journal: “Neue Tendenzen in Wohnungsbau in Berlin”, written by Kristien Ring, German/English, pp.: 810-812, in ‘DETAIL Architecture Magazine, Wohnen Urban und Gemischt / Urban Housing’, Serie/Series 9 - 2015, Institut für Internationale Architektur Dokumentation GmbH Verlag, ISSN: 0011-9571 B2772
  • ARTICLE in Publication: “Das SPREEFELD, Berlin” by Kristien Ring, German/English, pp: 56-61, published in ‘Deutsches Architektur Jahrbuch / German Architecture Annual 2015-16’, Peter Cachola Schmal, Christina Gräwe, Yorck Förster (Eds. / Hrsg.), 200 Pages, Prestel Verlag München, 2015 ISBN: 978-3-7913-5478-1
  • ARTICLE in Publication: „SELF MADE CITY, Mechanisms of Alternative Urban Development“ in „Ephemere Stadtentwicklung“ Urban Research and Design Laboratory TU-Berlin (Eds.), German/English (10 Pages), 2015 DOM Publishers, written by Kristien Ring
  • ARTICLE in Professional Journal: “Berliner Baugruppen and Their Self-made Qualities” by Kristien Ring, p.28, translated to Czech, published in ERA21 Architectural Magazine of the Czech Republic, #02 2015 Theme: Together, ISSN: 1801-089X.
  • ARTICLE in Publication: “SELF MADE CITY” by Kristien Ring pp.:12-15, English, in “Private City, Berlin/Renes”, by Atelier EAST, Prof. Martin Froelich and Prof. Dr. Anja Froelich, © EPF Lausanne, Swizerland, 250 pages, 2015.
  • ARTICLE in Publication: “Entrepreneur: A new old role for the architect / Unternehmertum: Die neue alte Rolle des Architekten”, by Kristien Ring pp.: 54-58, German/English, published in “Europan 12, Adaptable City” Europan Deutschland (Ed.), 326 pages, 2014, ISBN: 978-3-00-046272-6
Exhibitions (Curator / Exhibition Design)
  • URBAN LIVING Exhibition in Madrid, Spain 
    • October 1 – November 17, 2015, at CAOM Architecture Center, as part of the International Architecture Festival 2015—Exhibition Curator and Exhibition Designer
  • URBAN LIVING Exhibition in Berlin, Germany
    • May 25 – July 4, 2015, at DAZ German Architecture Center, as part of the International Architecture Festival 2015—Exhibition Curator and Exhibition Designer
Presentations and Keynote Lectures / Discussion Participation
  • SYDNEY, Australia 07.12.2015
    • Keynote Lecture at the ‘6th Annual Housing Affordability Summit’ Conference, Informa Australia
  • STUTTGART, Germany 30.11.2015
    • Lecture “From Self Made City to Strategies for Future Urban Living” at the Haus der Architekten with the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg
  • UTRECHT, Netherlands 15.10.2015
    • Keynote Lecture at the ‘Draw the Line’ Conference of the TU-DELFT Department of Architecture, and workshop with experts and students on urban planning processes. revealed-speakers/
  • MADRID, Spain 1. October 2015
    • Opening Statement as exhibition curator and designer Urban Living at CAOM Architecture Center
  • SHEFFIELD, England 12. September 2015
    • Keynote Lecture at the ‘Architecture and Resilience—On a Human Scale’ Conference, and discussion with Tina Saaby, Cristina Cerulli and Irena Bauman
  • FRANKFURT, Germany 10. September 2015
    • Keynote Lecture at the pre-opening of the ‘Bauen und Wohnen in Gemeinschaft / Collective Building and Living’ exhibition at the Deutsches Architecture Museum DAM
    • Release of the Publication ‘Bauen und Wohnen in Gemeinschaft / Building and Living in Communities’—to accompany the opening of the exhibition at the DAM
  • LINZ, AUSTRIA 06. September 2015
    • Keynote Lecture at the Ars Electronica Festival 2015: ‘POST CITY: Habitats for the 21st Century’, and discussion with Geeta Mehta and Carlo Ratti.