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Sabine Muller


Institute of Urbanism and Landscape

Sabine Müller is Professor for Urbanism at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. She is an architect and urban designer, and principal of SMAQ Architektur und Stadt in Berlin. Before establishing SMAQ she worked for West 8 (Rotterdam) and Asymptote (New York). Previously, she taught at the Delft University of Technology and at Bauhaus Dessau. She was an assistant professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a visiting critic at Cornell University. She received her Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and her Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture from the University of Kassel.

With SMAQ Sabine Müller has conducted urban research projects as well as architectural, landscape, and urban projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. SMAQ has won numerous competitions in Germany and Europe. Its master plans for Wolfsburg’s new residential area (Germany), Rostock’s historical center (Germany), Grorud Senter (Oslo, Norway), as well as a residential complex in Hannover (Germany) are in development. SMAQ received the German State Price for Architecture in 2021 for the residential  project "Living together" in Hannover, the AR Emerging Architecture Award for its public bath in Stuttgart and the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction for its masterplan for Xeritown in Dubai. The studio has exhibited at the architecture biennials in Rotterdam and Venice. Its speculative project “X-Palm” was published as Charter of Dubai (Jovis, 2012).

Sabine Müller’s research and teaching focuses on urban design at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and landscape, while acknowledging infrastructure, ecology and everyday processes of inhabitation as drivers of the urban environment.  


  • Architecture and Landscape
  • Cities
  • Emerging Landscapes and Terretories
  • Infrastructure and Landscape
  • Landscape Urbanism

Curriculum Vitae - CV

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
German State Price for Architecture 2021
Lower Saxony State Price for Architecture 2020
German Facade Prize, first prize in the category Public Building, for Kindergarten Kastanienallee, Berlin-Hellersdorf (2012)
Architectural Review Award, for BAD (bath), Stuttgart (2008)
Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, acknowledgement price for XERITOWN, Dubai (2008)
MAK-Schindler-Fellowship in Los Angeles, Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria (2007)
Research grant, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands (2005)
Artist in Residence Grant, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany. 2000, 2005
CaracasCase Fellowship, Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany, 2003
Werkbeurs, Grant from the Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, 2002/03 + 2004

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
X-Palm in: "Can design change society?’ Project Bauhaus, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2015)
“Urban by Nature” International Architecture Biennal Rotterdam (2014)
Xeritown in: “Post-Oil City: The History of the City's Future”, internationally travelling exhibition (2010)
“Umwelten/Environments”, German Architecture Center Berlin (2008)
Schkreutz City Map in: "Shrinking Cities - Interventions", DAM German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt (2007)

Publications (Selected)
Giraffes, Telegraphs and Hero of Alexandria - Urban Design by Narration, Ruby Press (2016)
Charter of Dubai - A Manifesto of Critical Urban Transformation, Jovis (2012)
Xeritown – Vernacular Principles in: Post-Oil City: The History of the City's Future, Arch+ (2010)
BRAKIN, Brazzaville – Kinshasa, Visualizing the Visible, Lars Müller (2006)