__GP Rainer Hehl


Guest Professor 2013-2015

Rainer Hehl

Dr. sci. ETH, Dipl.-Ing 


Rainer Hehl is an architect and an urban planner. For the last three years he directed the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design at the ETH Zürich conducting research and design projects on urban developments in emerging territories with a focus on Brazil.

Rainer Hehl studied at the RWTH in Aachen, the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture ESA in Paris and has worked as a project architect at Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s studio and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA in New York.

In 2009, he curated the exhibition SQUAT at the 4th International Architecture Biennial in Rotterdam, through which he initiated test-site projects in Paraisópolis, one of Sao Paulo’s largest favelas. Rainer Hehl participated in several exhibitions including the MoMA show “Small Scale – Big Change. The Architecture of Social Engagement” in New York, 2011.

In addition to having lectured widely on urban informality, popular architecture, and hybrid urbanities, Hehl co-founded the non-profit organization and online network ( Most recently, he edited Building Brazil! (Ruby Press, 2011), Cidade de Deus – City of Gods (Ruby Press, 2012), the urban theory publications Informalize! and Collectivize! On the Political Economy of Urban Form (Ruby Press, 2012/2013), and the upcoming book on mass housing in Brazil Minha Casa – Nossa Cidade (Ruby Press, 2013). 

Rainer Hehl holds a PhD from the ETH, Zürich, on urbanization strategies for informal settlements, focusing on case studies in Rio de Janeiro.