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apl. Prof. Dipl.-Ing.

Rolf Westerheide

Architect / Urban Planner
Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism



Main Fields of Research and Education

  • Teaching in the field of methods of urban development design and design supervision in the master's courses in architecture and urban planning, supervision and support of bachelor's and master's theses, supervision of dissertation projects
  • Project management and processing of various research and practical tasks with the following focal points:
  • Planning and construction in developing countries (DR Congo, Afghanistan), village renewal, planning and construction in rural areas, resettlement in the Rhenish lignite mining area, design and development of new development areas, preparation of development plans and outline plans, participation and chairing of award juries and international competitions, moderation and management of various planning and future workshops and design workshops, implementation of city marketing concepts and initiation of city networks

Academic Career

2014: Teaching Award SoSe2013 of the Student Council for Architecture 2nd Prize - Project M2 - Interior Development in the Village, Belgium
2013: Appointment as associate professor at RWTH Aachen
2012: Appointment as Professor (adj) of GUTech, Oman
2007 - 2012: Dean of the Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design, GUtech-Oman
2006: Appointment as professor at the Université Notre-Dame du Kasayi, Congo
1998 - 1999: Associate Professor at the Chair of Urban and Regional Planning
since 1984: Teaching and research activity at the RWTH Aachen University, as a scientific assistant Ang., Obering., AR, AOR
1973 - 1980: Study of architecture at the RWTH Aachen


  • Member of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning (DASL) (since 2008)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of German Architects (since 2006)
  • Member of the Conseil dAdministration of the Université Notre-Dame du Kasayi, Congo (since 2004)
  • Head of the urban planning committee of AKNW - Member of the board of AKNW (since 2003)
  • Member of the state board of the BDA (since 2002)
  • Chairman of the Architectural and Design Advisory Board of the City of Aachen (2000-2007)

Advisory Board

  • Chairman of the Design Advisory Board of the City of Wuppertal (since 2013)
  • Expert in the design advisory board of the city of Soest (since 2013)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Design Advisory Board of the City of Darmstadt (since 2012)


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