Dr Knöll is full professor at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. In Darmstadt, he directs the Urban Design and Planning Unit at the Department of Architecture. Together with his team of more than 10 researchers, Dr Knöll aims to contribute to the much-needed transformation of cities towards more inclusive and healthy living environments. His current research focuses on building empiric data in neuro urbanism and new participatory approaches in people-centered urban design. He is a registered architect and is active in working groups at the German Institute of Urbanism and the Academy of Territorial Planning in the Leibnitz Society. In 2020, Dr Knöll has been awarded a Heisenberg Grant by the German Research Association (DFG) for his project “Urban Design and Health”.

Martin Knöll graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Stuttgart in 2007 and gained his PhD there in 2012 with a dissertation on health-oriented urbanism. He has been a guest lecturer at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London, and a post-PhD candidate on the Principles of Architecture program at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Since 2013 he has led the University Industry Collaborative (UNICO) at the TU Darmstadt, a next-generation interdisciplinary scholars’ group straddling two programs: Design and Urban Planning and Multimedia Communications.

Current Research

In addition to project, current research includes inter alia the organization of the DFG-funded international workshop “Accessible Hubs;” coordination of the EU/DAAD-funded strategic partnership PreHealth, the goal of which is to promote health and fitness in urban green and blue infrastructures in four European cities; a cooperative venture to improve barrier-free access to the Frankurter Buchmesse; and, in cooperation with Novo Nordisk and the Deutsche Diabetes Stiftung [Diabetes Foundation of Germany], research into which urban factors influence young people’s (lack of) fitness activities and diabetes therapy.

Tasks within project–

Prof. Dr. Knöll is head of the CITY Research Subcluster and a member of the IDS LOEWE Research Cluster management board.


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