The Frankfurt Research Institute for Architecture • Civil Engineering • Geomatics (FFin) stands for research competence in planning, construction and operation in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main agglomeration.

Current FFin specialist groups are: Research Lab for Urban Transport (ReLUT) | Global Urbanization | Textile Lightweight Construction | Renewable Energies in Landmanagement | Municipal Policy as eGaming | SiReNe | Post-War Modernism (in German only) | Laboratory for Facility Management (in German only) | caREL

To introduce students to the topic of research and development, combined teaching and research projects are conducted.

With its planning and construction-related disciplines, the Frankfurt Research Institute for Architecture • Civil Engineering • Geomatics demonstrates a special social responsibility for the sustainable structural development and well-being of people in urban and rural areas. Application-oriented research delivers results for resource-saving planning and development as well as an aesthetically pleasing design of the built environment.

Interdisciplinary research is one of the particular strengths of the scientists who are bundled in the Frankfurt Research Institute for Architecture • Civil Engineering • Geomatics and is reflected in the research fields of the institute:

 

The research institute is located in Frankfurt am Main, one of the largest knowledge nodes in Europe. Our Goal (German) is to initiate transfer processes between research and practice.

Contact Person

Ruth SchlöglAdministrative Geschäftsführung FFin
Building 1, Room 524

We organize congresses along the lines of our expertise in order to inform ourselves about scientific trends together with decision-makers, experts and multipliers from universities, administration, industry and trade, to network them and to initiate research and development projects in cooperation.

  • Lecture "World Heritage Tel Aviv - Quality as a guiding principle for housing construction today", 3. December
  • Lecture "Urban Acupunctures", 12. November
  • Advanced training event for professional planners in the field of protection and maintenance of concrete components, 7.-8. November
  • Master Lectures Architecture "José Neves - Architecture and Circumstance", 31. October
  • Symposium "Adaptive Re-Use", 11. October
  • Symposium "Ownerships Obliges", 26. September
  • Settlement walk Nordweststadt, 14. July
  • Teaching and Research Project: Concrete Canoe Regatta, 28./29. June
  • Lecture "Aufbruch in die Morgenstadt", 25. June
  • Lecture "Re-Read / Re-Write Access - City as analog Wikipedia", 14. Mai
  • Conference "1st Rapid Planning Application Conference", 9. Mai
  • Congress "Update Energy Revolution", 10. April
  • Event "10 Years Master's Degree in Infrastructure Management", 13. February
  • Lecture "Happiness and Sorrow on the First Floor", 20. November
  • Convention "City for all #2 Land reform now!", 15. October
  • Forum "Sustainable Building Land Development for Urban and Rural Areas - Shaping the future", 26. September
  • Bike + Business Congress + Award 2018, 05. September
  • Lecture "Giants and Dwarves in the City", 12. June
  • Congress "The resilient Agglomeration - Changed planning and adaptable Building", 13. April
  • Symposium Stadtlicht - City Lights, 22. March
  • Conference "Female Architects - Projects from Research", 31. January
  • Lecture "Landscape Architecture - In the field of tension between standards, particular interests and the longing for nature", 16. January
  • Film presentation »The Sun Island«, 12. December
  • Vernissage "How women live in old age", 5. December
  • Convention "City for All! Old and new concepts for "urbanity", 5. December
  • Symposium "Ownership Obliges", 1. December
  • Presentation "ZukunftsLAND - new alliances and regional projects", 14. November
  • Workshop "In the shadows of populism", 27. October
  • Symposium "Making City - Appropriation strategies in public space", 24. October
  • Lecture: "All remains different..." CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism, 20. June
  • Congress: "European Conglomerations - Challenges for planning and building", 16. May
  • Lecture: "Planbude - From wishful production to joint design of the city", 09. May
  • Congress: "MoLa.opt - Optimizing mobility in the countryside", 25. April
  • Urban development concepts Oberursel /Kronberg /Bad Homburg, 31. March
  • Symposium Building Information Modelling (BIM), 23. March
  • Conference: "Experiencing the City", 10. March
  • Noise in urban Environments, 23. November
  • Green Roof Forum Frankfurt, 23. November
  • Barrier-free Systems – One decade of BaSys 10, 22. November
  • Urban development concepts Offenbach // Wiesbaden // Frankfurt am Main, 7. October
  • Symposium "High-rise masterplan Frankfurt - Framework and ramifications of a repeated renewal", 11. June
  • Frankfurt welding and corrosion protection meeting, 06. June
  • Symposium "TTIP and the consequences: Hidden risks and chances for planning and building in Germany" 20. May
  • Expert discussion „Focus on Surface“, 08. April
  • Symposium City Lights, 17. March
  • Sustainable water supply in agglomerations with high density utilization, 07. March
  • Congress „Climate protection within Agglomerations“, 29. February
  • Planning and building for an adequate accommodation of refugees, 04. December
  • Frankfurt‘s high-rise façade days 2015, 13. + 14. November
  • Experimental Pavilion – Textile light weight construction of the future, 16. October
  • 7th Hesse Conference urban research - Beautiful urban landscapes?, 08. October
  • Urban development concepts Offenbach // Wiesbaden // Frankfurt am Main, 18. September
  • Conference "Urban Quality of Life at Risk", 12. June
  • Future-proof planning and building in agglomerations, 02. March
  • NeubauHeimat, 08. November
  • Making City – Appropriation Strategies in public space, 24. October
  • Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, July
  • Development planning for wind power plants, 24. July
  • 3rd wind sector day 2014, 22. July
  • Welding and corrosion protection meeting, 24. June
  • 6th Hesse Conference urban research “The knowledge of cities – climate policy perspectives of urban research”, 27. March, Darmstadt
  • Congress restructuring in agglomerations, 17. February
  • Frankfurt‘s high-rise façade days 2013, 08.-09. November
  • Identification areas, 08. November
  • 2nd Hessian wind sector day, 27. August
  • 5th Hesse conference urban research, 21. March
  • Congress Energy-suction agglomeration, 18. February
  • Founding event of the FFin, 11. June
  • 3rd Hesse conference urban research, 07. - 08. April

Prof. Dr.
Jochen Abel

Expertise
Facility Management


 

M.A.
Philipp Altinsoy

Expertise
Research Associate Project ReLUT

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Mazen Ayoubi

Expertise
Building materials science


 

Prof. Dr.
Josef Becker

Expertise
The impact of demographic change on public transport


 

Dr.
Claus Heinrich Bender

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Expertise
Virtuality and Space - Real, Non-real and Artificial Spaces
Education in space - educational spaces
Biography, identity and spatial interaction


 

Prof. Dr.
Jens Brauneck

Expertise
Multisensory geodata acquisition, use of civilian drones in infrastructure planning, digitization of existing buildings with photogrammetry & laser scanning, remote sensing investigation of small-scale bioindicators to detect land use and climate change.

Prof. Dr.
Timo Carl

Expertise
Solar lightweight design and computer-aided design and construction methods

 

Expertise
Human-Machine-Interaction, Artificial Intelligence


 

Prof. Dr.
Cornelia Eschelbach

Expertise
Laboratory for Industrial Metrology, Process Analysis and Process Optimization at Large Volume Metrology (Laser Tracker) and Industrial Metrology,
Parameter estimation, GUM application (Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement) and Monte Carlo simulation.

Prof.
Sebastian Fiedler

 

Expertise
Renewable energies, Innovative plus energy buildings, Climate design, Building envelope, Building services engineering

 

M.Eng.
Lola Freyer

Expertise
Mobility


 

Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. phil.
Michel Friedmann

Expertise
Professorship for International Real Estate Valuation


 

Prof. Dr.
Caroline Günther

Expertise
Urban planning and development, barrier-free systems, barrier-free planning and construction, national and international demographic development.

 

Prof. Dr.
Maren Harnack

Expertise
Urban development, housing development, building development, identification processes, and change of meaning of buildings, gentrification research.

 

M.Sc.
Yaman Hebbo

Expertise
Urban planning, urban development and land management, "Rapid Planning" project team member


 

Prof. Dipl.-Ing.
Jean Heemskerk

Expertise
Building construction, energy supply through renewable energies (EE), making EE experienceable for small children, Phäno+, creative and spatial integration of wind power plants into the landscape context.
 

Dr.-Ing.
Natalie Heger

Expertise
Post-war Residential Areas


 

Prof. Dr.
Udo Hinterwäller

Expertise
Road construction and building material science; monitoring and certification of asphalt mixing plants, backfilling of district heating pipe trenches with temporarily flowable, self-compacting building materials.
 

Prof. Dr.
Achim Hitzel

Expertise
Construction operations, construction techniques, dispute resolution mechanisms.


 

Prof. Dr.
Monika Horster

Expertise
Urban water management, wastewater treatment, drinking water supply, waste management.


 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Michael Horstmann

Expertise
Textile reinforced concrete


 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Wolfgang Jung

Expertise
The architectural and urban heritage of classical modernism and postmodernism


 

Prof. Dr.
Annette Kämpf-Dern

Expertise
Performance-based work environment design; Professional housing management; Sustainable built environment studies.
Other Interests: Circular economy (esp. built environment); women in leadership.


 

Prof. Dr.
Gerd Kehne

Expertise
Geodata acquisition and geoinformation, laboratory for geoinformation, spatial information systems, geodata infrastructures, 3D geoinformation, evaluation strategies for laser scanning.

 

Prof. Dr.
Jeffrey Kenworthy

Expertise
Urban development, Global Cities Database in relation to motorized private transport, land use, population, jobs, economic development.

 

Prof. Dr.
Martina Klärle

Expertise
Renewable energies, location and potential analyses, development of sustainable energy regions, WIND AREA, SUN AREA, solar roof potential cadastre, ERNEUERBAR KOMM! Land management, sustainable inner village development, municipal spatial planning tasks in land management, feasibility studies.

Expertise
Geotechnical engineering, bank infiltration - interaction between extreme flooding and groundwater level, deep foundation by means of partial displacement systems - soil mechanics based assessment of load transfer. Visualization of work processes in special foundation engineering.
 

Prof. Dr.
Tine Köhler

Expertise
Development of rural areas


 

Dr.-Ing.
Jochen Krimm, M.A.

 

Expertise
Acoustic effect of the façade in urban space


 

Fabian Kufner, M.Eng.

 

Expertise
textile-reinforced concrete


 

Prof. Dipl.-Ing.
Gerd Langhammer

Expertise
Bridge renovation, fastening in solid construction


 

Prof. Dipl.-Ing
Claudia Lüling

Expertise
Renewable energies, building materials, materials with "added value" for architecture, energetically sensible and creatively sophisticated (composite) materials, product developments and product applications for semiconductor materials and textiles, foamed textile constructions.
 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Florian Mähl

Expertise
Sustainable Building Technologies, Building Envelope / Facade Technologies, Design and Construction in Existing Contexts
 

 

M.Eng
Dominik Nagel

Expertise
Concrete technology, Material development for sustainable components


 

Prof. Dr.
Therese Neuer-Miebach

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Expertise
Urban and regional sociology, social structure, housing, municipal development planning


 

Dipl.-Ing.
Harald Peter

Expertise
solar simulation_architecture model analogies
 

Prof. Dr.
Michael Peterek

Expertise
Urban planning and development, investigation of the changes in an inner-city quarter, Ostend district atlas, urban development with a view to demographic change, sustainable urban planning, manifestations, uses and spatial structure of contemporary urban regions.
 

Dipl.-Ing. Architektin
Angelika Plümmer

Expertise
Interdisciplinary solution strategies in the field of barrier-free planning and construction. Survey of synergy potentials between the development of barrier-free systems and energy-conscious, sustainable planning, taking into account the respective social and cultural aspects. Building in a global context.

Prof. Dr.
Stefan Pützenbacher

Expertise
Environmental protection in urban land-use planning, soil protection in the development plan and building permit procedure, urban development in the vicinity of emergency facilities (hazardous substances according to SEVESO II/III) Urban life and noise, renewable energies (wind power/photovoltaics) vs. construction law

Dr. rer. pol.
Ulrike Reichhardt

Expertise
Urban development, Ostend district atlas, ways of use and spatial structures, manifestations, spatial perception and evaluation (aesthetics), spatial semiotics, communicative planning approaches (citizen participation), planning and design science.
 

Dr.-Ing.
Susana Restrepo Rico

Expertise
Rapid Planning - sustainable infrastructure, environmental and resource management for highly dynamic metropolitan regions, participatory improvement programmes in Latin America

 

Prof. Dr. sc.
Volker Ritter

Expertise
Building systems technology, reducing of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing of building energy efficiency, building optimization, simulation of buildings and systems

 

Expertise
Building physics, building preservation and resource-optimized building.


 

Prof. Dipl.-Ing.
Gunnar Santowski

Expertise
Roads, traffic


 

M.Sc.
Nicole Šaravanja

Expertise
Geodata acquisition and geoinformation, GDI test platform, INSPIRE-kommunal, adaptation of data acquisition methods to municipal geoinformation systems.
Research Assistant in the Laboratory for Geoinformation

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing
Petra K. Schäfer

Expertise
Transport planning, public transport, intermodality and multimodality in transport, acceptance research on electromobility, mobility behavior, standardization.

 

Ruth Schlögl

  • Specialist group post-war modernism (German only)

Expertise
Post-war residential buildings


 

Prof. Dr.-Ing
Ulrich Schmidt

Expertise
Geodata acquisition and geoinformation, laboratory for engineering surveying and GNSS, network adjustment: Adjustment of large high-precision engineering networks for tunnel, track and bridge construction, deformation analysis: statistically verified proof of object movement.
 

Prof. Dr.
Rolf-Rainer Schulz

  • Laboratory for Building Materials, Building Physics and Building Maintenance (German only)

Expertise
Building materials and material testing, concretes, coatings and measuring methods, evaluation of the surface texture of building materials, investigation of the weathering and corrosion condition of concrete components.
 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Hans Jürgen Schmitz

Expertise
Renewable energies, innovative plus energy buildings, technical building equipment, building envelope, building services engineering.

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Robert Seuß

Expertise
Design, construction and operation of spatial data infrastructures, GDI test platform INSPIRE-kommunal, GDI-Südhessen, 3D geoinformation and 3D city models, strategic GIS management, municipal geoinformation systems.
 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Holger Techen

Expertise
Building materials, material testing, facade design, surface properties of glass, noise protection through facade design and surfaces as well as through structural arrangement.

 

Prof. Dr. habil.
Fabian Thiel

Expertise
Sustainability in property valuation


 

Prof. Dr.-Ing
René Thiele

Expertise
Geodata acquisition and geoinformation, international norms and standards for geodata and services, geodata infrastructure/INSPIRE, register structures, geostatistics and geoanalysis, 3D modelling, simulation systems.
 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Agnes Weilandt

Expertise
Parametric and generative design strategies for structures and facades


 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
Antje Welker

Expertise
Urban water management, urban drainage, input of pollutants from the combined sewer system into surface waters, development of test methods for the decentralized treatment of precipitation runoff.

 

M.Sc.
Philipp Winkemann

Expertise
Laboratory for Geoinformation, Geoinformatics, Geodata Infrastructures, Web Services, SensorWeb, 3D Geoinformation, 3D City Models, Geodata Acquisition via Laserscanning.

 

Board of Directors and Management

Prof. Dr. Petra Rucker-Gramm
(Managing Director)
Prof. Dr. Martina Klärle
(Deputy Managing Director)
Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Schmitz
(Deputy Managing Director)

Administrative Management

Dr. Ulrike Reichhardt
(Administrative Manager)

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