Office Profile

Urban Design is the bridge between planning and architecture. It is the necessary creative link between planning policy and the building process. Engineers, councils and institutions representing public sector interests are integrated into the design evolvement together with the existing planning parameters. A prognosis regarding possible future development is made and illustrated in graphical form, completed by an explanatory text to support the urban design concept. Jointly with the client alternative proposals are discussed to convincingly determine the basis for the Urban Design Masterplan. Urban Design translates two dimensional plans into three dimensional frameworks for building projects. It brings together buildings, streets and landscape with the design of the public realm. It establishes a spatial syntax within which urban development can take place.

Architecture evolves directly from the determinants of Urban Design and the uniqueness of each place. It arises from the synthesis of diverse disciplines which affect each individual design; as well as the application of contemporary means of technology, ecology and cost-saving. Imagination, technical know-how, time management, cost control and practical energy concepts; are all essential components of this present-day professional service.

Boris Kazanski (BArch Adelaide, Australia), Fellow Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Member of the Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen (Mitglieds-Nr.: 19227), is an Urban Designer with international experience. Professional engagements have taken him to Rome, London, Berlin, New York, Düsseldorf, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney. He is registered to practice in Australia and Germany and acts as a consultant to government agencies and private development organisations. For over ten years he taught Urban Design at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since 1998 he is in partnership with Theresa Keilhacker in Berlin.

Since 2007, Theresa Keilhacker is a member of the Council for City Development, as well as a member in the Society for "Friends and Supporters of the Mies van der Rohe-Haus" and held the Chair in the Committee for Sustainable Planning and Building in Architektenkammer Berlin from 2005 until 2013. From May 2013 until April 2017 she was representing her colleagues as Vice-President of the Chamber of Architecture in Berlin and was in this position responsible for City Development and Sustainable Planning and Building, as well as International Contacts.