Mr Christoph Lueder

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Associate Professor


Christoph Lueder has been practicing and researching architecture and urban design for nearly 20 years. He has also taught and lectured at various institutions in Germany, Switzerland and the UK including the University of Stuttgart, the ETH Zürich, Canterbury School of Architecture and the Deutsche Architektur Museum.

Lueder was project leader for Behnisch & Partners of an urban masterplan and housing development in Ingolstadt, which was completed in 1997. In 1998, he won a competition for the new University Library in Magdeburg, Germany with the architectural practice of Auer + Weber + Architekten; he then became project leader for the subsequent commission, which was completed in 2003. He also led a project team for a housing development in Anting New Town, Shanghai, China (completed 2004).

Publications include a co-authored a report on urbanism "Schlieren/ZH, Dynamische Instrumente für die Peripherie", with M. Angelil and colleagues at the ETH Zürich (2005). Lueder has been a regular contributor to architectural journals, such as the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, OASE, The Journal of Architecture, The Journal of Architectural Education, ARQ, and others.

He currently researches on the roles of diagrams in urban planning, participatory urbanism and irregular urbanism. Recent field research in this area has been undertaken in collaborations with international academic partners, communities and community organisations, in Schlieren, Switzerland (ETH Zürich); Amman, Jordan (German Jordanian University); Bangkok, Thailand (Chulalongkorn University); Mumbai, India (Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture); Santiago, Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and Valparaiso, Chile (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María Valparaíso).

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Research expertise

Christoph Lueder's research engages the 20th and early 21st century history of architecture and urbanism, with a particular concentration on the pervasive roles of diagrams as analytical, generative, narrative and critical devices manifest in design practices that draw on thick cultural milieus and that operate at corporeal, architectural and urban scales.

Teaching areas & responsibilities

MArch Seminar Mapping and Re-Thinking the City
MArch Seminar Researching Urbanism
Graduate Diploma in Landscape Urbanism, Landscape Urbanism Theory Module
BA Architecture Design Studio
Lectures on Architectural Representation
BA Architecture Dissertations

Professional activity

  • 2003 - 2008Principal, form-ation, Office for Architecture and Urbanism, Zürich, Switzerland. International Urban Design Competition Elemental Chile, shortlisted. Zentrumsentwicklung Schlieren/ZH, competition finalist. Haus Neidhard, Stuttgart, building completed 2004.
  • 1998 - 2003Project Leader, Architects Auer + Weber, Stuttgart, Germany. University Library. Magdeburg, international competition, first prize 1998, building completed 2003. Anting New Town, Shanghai, China, completed 2003.
  • 1994 - 1998Project Leader, Architects Behnisch and Partners, Stuttgart, Germany. Social Housing Estate Ingolstadt-Hollerstauden, completed 1998. Competition Academy of Arts Berlin (1st prize), 1994.

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 1997Registered Architect Architektenkammer Baden-Würtemberg
  • 1993Diploma in Architecture and Urban Design University of Stuttgart, Germany

Conferences & events

2016 Invited lecture Gestures and Diagrams, Corporeality and Choreography at conference Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription?, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, December 2-3.
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2016 Invited lecture Field Research on Irregular Urbanism at Newton Fund Researcher Links workshop "Producing and Contesting Urban Marginality", hosted by University of Edinburgh and La Salle University, Mexico City in Mexico City, Mexico, July 12-15
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2015 Public Lecture Diagrams for Writing and Reading Architectural and Urban Space at Symposium Plague of Diagrams, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK, August 22.
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2015 Public lecture Urban Diagrams as Imaginative Space: Amman / Bangkok / Navi Mumbai at Escuela Arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, March 19.
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2015 Invited speaker and participant at AHRC / ICHR workshop Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanization in India, Delhi, India, March 2-4

2014 Public lecture Sentient Urbanism at Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Mumbai, India, June 15

2014 Guest lecture Urban Continuum at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, January 21

2013 Public lecture Upside down and sideways up – Corporeality in Translations between Ground and Image Plane. Symposium Urban Encounters, Urban Materialities at Tate Britain, London, UK, October 5
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2012 Public lecture Mapping Urban Public Space at Ras Al Ain Gallery, Amman, Jordan, February 16th

2012 Invited paper Diagrams as Science and Game Board, Diagrams 2012 Conference, Canterbury, UK

2012 Leader of workshop Mapping Intensive and Extensive Public Space in Amman, Jordan at Ras Al Ain Gallery, Jordan

2011 Leader of workshop Mapping Intensive and Extensive Public Space in Dubai, UAE at Tashkeel Art Centre, Dubai

2011 Invited paper Diagram Ecologies, Archtheo 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

2010 Invited paper The Iconic and the Charged Field, at Spaces and Flows - An International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

2008 Invited paper RE:VIEW – RE:MAKE at AHRA Conference 2008, Kingston University London

2007 Leader of workshop Environmental Notations with students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China

2007 Invited paper Diagrams of Intensive and Extensive Space as Discursive Tools at ICAE2007, Beijing

2006 Leader of International Workshop Gecekondu at Middle Eastern Technical University Ankara, Turkey. Lecture "Constructing Density"

2005 Community Center Schlieren, Switzerland: Strategies for Urban Development of the Limmat Valley

2004 Third International Architecture Symposium at the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt: New Libraries in Europe - University Library Magdeburg

2004 ETH Zürich: Material Aspects: Bruce Goff vs. Frank Gehry

2003 Community Centre Kernen: Sustainable Building

2003 University of Stuttgart: Housing Design for Special Needs

2002 University of Stuttgart, Lecture Series: Public Libraries -New Typologies

2001 Academy of Arts Stuttgart, Lecture: Continuum

2000 Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Lecture: Design Process / University Library Magdeburg

1998 Academy of Arts Stuttgart, Lecture Series Building in Context: Competition for the University Library Magdeburg


2015 Kinetic diagram Folding Operations, composite diagram Genetic Codes of Cerro de la Cruz, Ban Krua and Jabal Al Natheef exhibited in group exhibition Plague of Diagrams at ICA (Institute for Contemporary Arts), London, UK, August 21–23.

2014 Mapping 12 Gaothan exhibited at Urban Heart Public Art Venue, Navi Mumbai, India, June 15–22.

2012 Mapping Urban Stairways exhibited at Ras Al Ain Gallery, Amman, Jordan, February 16–23.

2011 Extensive and Intensive Map of Banyas Square exhibited at Tashkeel Art Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 1–5.

2007 Environmental Notations exhibited at Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China, September 17–29.

2004 Dynamische Instrumente für die Peripherie : Schlieren / ZH, Marc Angélil, Christoph Lueder, Michael Martin, Holger Schurk, Institut für Städtebau (ISB), NSL – Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft, ETH Zürich, exhibited at Community Centre Schlieren, Switzerland, February 2–9.

1998 University Library Magdeburg (competition first prize) exhibited in public exhibition: Wettbewerb Universitätsbibliothek at Oberfinanzdirektion Magdeburg, Germany.

1994 Wohnanlage Ingolstadt-Hollerstauden exhibited in: Neue Architektur in Ingolstadt. Exhibition catalogue published as Neue Architektur in Ingolstadt – Dokumentation einer Ausstellung, Ingolstadt, Germany, pp. 38–39.

1989 Wohnturm an der Weissenhofsiedlung (architectural project) included in group exhibition: Hohe Häuser für Stuttgart, Alte Reithalle, Stuttgart, Germany. Catalogue Städtebauliches Institut Universität Stuttgart, pp.125-126.

Research groups & programmes


Number of items: 28.


Lueder, Christoph (2017) Evaluator, choreographer, ideologue, catalyst : the disparate reception histories of Alexander Klein's graphical method. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76(1), pp. 82-106. ISSN (print) 0037-9808

Lueder, Christoph (2016) Urban villages and informal settlements as protagonists of urban futures. URBAN DESIGN International, ISSN (print) 1357-5317 (In Press)

Lueder, Christoph (2015) Proximity : the unfolding of a Koolhaasian hypothesis in book space and architectural space. Journal of Architectural Education, 69(2), pp. 187-196. ISSN (print) 1046-4883

Lueder, Christoph (2015) Poche. The Innominate Evolution of a Koolhaasian Technique. OASE: Journal for Architecture(94), ISSN (print) 0169-6238

Lueder, Christoph (2014) Los mapas como abstraccion y espacio imaginativo : representando el urbanismo informal = Maps as abstraction and imaginative space : representing informal urbanism. Revista Materia Arquitectura, 6(10), pp. 46-55. ISSN (print) 0718-7033

Lueder, Christoph (2014) Social fabric and spatial permuation - Ban Krua, Bangkok. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 2(3), pp. 148-155. ISSN (print) 2095-5405

Lueder, Christoph (2014) Upside down or sideways up: corporeality, architecture and urbanism in translations between ground and image plane. Journal Of Architecture, 19(6), pp. 923-948. ISSN (print) 1360-2365

Lueder, Christoph (2013) Diagram utopias: rota and network as instrument and mirror of Utopia and Agronica. Journal of Architectural Education, 67(2), pp. 224-233. ISSN (print) 1046-4883

Lueder, Christoph (2011) Thinking between diagram and image: the ergonomics of abstraction and imitation. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 15(1), pp. 57-67. ISSN (print) 1359-1355

Lueder, Christoph and Wall, Ed (2011) The iconic and the charged field. Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 1(3), pp. 85-102. ISSN (print) 2154-8676

Mckenzie, Jordan and Lueder, Christoph (2008) Quadject. KIOSK(2), pp. 84-91. ISSN (print) 1755-9626

Lueder, Christoph (1993) Exchange House. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 41(7), pp. 1189-1194. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Natural History Museum : Brucken und Schluchten. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift)(10), pp. 1427-1434. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Sackler Galleries. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(10), pp. 1421-1434. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Embankment Place. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(8), pp. 1139-1147. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Hôtel Industríel Berlier in Paris. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(4), pp. 489-494. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Reina Sophia Museum of Modern Art. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(10), pp. 1435-1440. ISSN (print) 0011-4782


Al Jabi, Mohammad , Najada, Heba , Al Jabi, Liyan , Lueder, Christoph and Malaescu, Alexandru, eds. (2014) Mapping Jabal Al Natheef. Amman, Jordan : Heinrich Boll Foundation. 144p. ISBN 9789957870607

Lueder, Christoph, ed. (2008) Extensive intensive. Canterbury, U.K. : UCA Canterbury School of Architecture. 70p. ISBN 9780955822506

Lueder, Christoph (2008) project : perform. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University London. ISBN 9780955474477

Book Section

Lueder, Christoph (2014) London Underground Diagram (1931) by Harry Beck. In: Lees-Maffei, Grace, (ed.) Iconic Designs: 50 stories about 50 things. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Visual Arts. pp. 34-37. ISBN 9780857853523

Lueder, Christoph (2012) Diagram ecologies − diagrams as science and game board. In: Cox, Philip , Plimmer, Beryl and Rodgers, Peter, (eds.) Diagrammatic representation and inference: 7th international conference, Diagrams 2012 Canterbury, UK, July 2-6, 2012 Proceedings. London : Springer. pp. 214-232. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Sub series: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence)) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783642312229

Conference or Workshop Item

Lueder, Christoph (2015) Diagrams for writing and reading architectural and urban space. In: Plague of Diagrams : Symposium; 22 Aug 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lueder, Christoph (2013) The London tube map as a shared public diagram. In: Going Underground : Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013; 17 - 18 Jan 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lueder, Christoph (2007) re:view / re:make. In: Architecture, urbanism & curatorship: 4th annual AHRA international conference; 17 - 18 Nov 2007, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Lueder, C, Gesswein & Henkel, ., Shanghai Aeronautics and Aerospace Design Institute, . and Siegfried Wuchner, . (2005) Anting New Town, Shanghai. Shanghai - Anting, China : An urban plan and architectural development.

Lueder, C (2003) University Library Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany. Magdeburg, Germany : Architectural design.


Lueder, C, Angelil, M, Martin, M and Schurk, H (2005) Dynamische instrumente fur die Peripherie: Schlieren/ZH. (Project Report) Zurich, Germany : Institut fur Stadtebau. 429 p.

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