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Dipl.-Eng., M.Eng. Building Restoration Sonja Schelbach


Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP)

Sonja Schelbach studied architecture at the universities of Oldenburg and Hamburg. The practical semester she did in an architect´s office in Mooloolaba in Queensland, Australia.

After graduating in 2000 she worked as a freelancer in planning and architectural firms. From 2006 she studied the four-semester master's degree “Restoration of old buildings” at the University of Karlsruhe. The Master Thesis was the conversion of a church in Saarbrücken build in the 1950's.

Afterwards, she was a freelancer in an architectural office and at the Heritage Office Hamburg.

Since February 2009 Sonja Schelbach works at the HCU Hamburg. First as a coordinator in the department of architecture, since April 2010 as a research assistant of Professor Dietrich in the research project USE efficiency and as his Ph.D. student.

Focus of Research:

Learning from traditional architecture
Improvement of the energy efficiency of existing buildings

Research Group - Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP):

  • Information on REAP Research Group is located here.
  • Information on REAP projects is located here.



Dissertation started in October 2010. The working title is:
Learning from traditional architecture

Investigation into the applicability of resource-efficient strategies of planning and building, drawing on the example of traditional houses in Thessaloniki, Greece

Supervisor is Prof. Dr. rer. nat Udo Dietrich - more ...


MA Architecture in WS 2010/11:
Seminar:  Construction and Technology, Redevelopment concept and improvement of the energy efficiency of the university buildings in Hebebrandstraße 1, CityNord
MA REAP in WS 2010/11:
Project III, Sustainable Campus Design at Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
BA and MA Architecture in SS 2010:
Elective course: Climate Responsive Architecture, looking at historic buildings
BA and MA Architecture in WS 09/10:
Elective course: Climate Responsive Architecture, looking at historic buildings


HafenCity University Hamburg

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