Dipl Ing Antje Kunze



Antje Kunze (1980, Freiberg, Germany) studied architecture and graduated with a diploma degree from the Technical University of Dresden, basing her thesis on Knowledge Architecture in 2004. After her degree she worked as a journalist for the digital content creation magazine Digital Production. From 2004 to 2006 she participated in the postgraduate master program in Computer and Information Science at the University of Constance, Germany. Since 2006 Antje is a research scientist and teaching assistant at the Chair of Information Architecture. She started her PhD studies in 2008 at ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture. Antje was involved in the organizing committee of the 28th eCAADe Conference ‘Future Cities’ 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland. Her PhD research project focuses on participatory urban planning especially on interactive decision support tools to support the strategic urban planning and decision-making.
Antje founded together with Jan Halatsch the ETH Zurich-SpinOff SmarterBetterCities AG, which provides web-based procedural modelling solutions and 3D cities libraries.


Research Interests

Stakeholder participation, decision-making process, visualization, collaborative environments, geometric urban modeling, urban simulation and sustainable urban planning.


Antjes main research focus is opening up urban modeling and simulation to enrich participatory planning processes with interactive digital design feedback.
Participatory processes are keystones to cross-sectoral urban planning. Therefore new and common planning along with design charette techniques will be investigated and interpreted. A framework will be developed to support the decision making process, which integrates stakeholder needs and requirements in the early planning stages. Therefore a requirement definition process by the participatory technique ‘Architectural Programming’ will be investigated. As well as problem solving strategies with the help of form-based code approaches in regard to stakeholder engagement and extended knowledge exchange for the creation and assessment of specific planning scenarios provided by the case study. It will be investigated how resulting case study specifications may be linked parametric, rule base modelling techniques and design solution approaches will be visualised instantly and interactively in the collaborative environment ETH Value Lab and evaluated together between stakeholders. The concrete methods will be tested and evaluated in the case study Zurich – Altstetten, Switzerland.

Research Projects

Climate-KIC Smart Urban Adapt (SUA) (lead stakeholder module, 2012-ongoing)

NRP65 Sustainable Urban Patterns (SUPat) (project management, 2010-ongoing)

ETH Value Lab (project management, concept, development 2006-2011)

Selected Publications

Kunze, A., Burkhard, R., Gebhardt, S., Tuncer, B. 2012. Visualization and Decision Support Tools in Urban Planning. In: S. Müller Arisona, G. Aschwanden, J. Halatsch, P. Wonka,(eds.). Digital Urban Modeling and Simulation. Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Volume 242, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 279-298. (link)

Halatsch, J., Kunze, A., and Schmitt, G., 2008. Using Shape Grammars for Master Planning. Design Computing and Cognition DCC’08. J.S. Gero (ed), Springer, 655-673. (link)

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