Dr. Juergen Kufner

Juergen is an architect and a social scientist working in the fields of regional and town planning as well as urban design. A German native he has spent more than six years in international contexts including the UK, the USA and Switzerland.


Academically, he examines socio-political aspects of policy making and implementation. Currently, his research focusses on sociological explanations of planning conflicts, and how conflictual negotiations shape the relationships between private and public sector organizations, as well as the three-dimensional design of buildings and cities.


Juergen obtained his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The thesis was completed in 2012 in the Cities Programme 

(Department of Sociology) under the supervision of Professor Robert Tavernor. His research was supported by an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Award as well as two LSE Research Studentships (for the Ph.D.) and a Fulbright Scholarship (for the M.Arch.).


Working as an architect in the UK, Switzerland and Germany he has also got significant experience in architectural practice.


Juergen is also a musician and a composer of minimalist music.

Areas of specialization

Politics of urban and regional planning; Planning conflicts and consensus; Urban and regional visual aesthetics and conservation; Tall buildings; Experts in planning and design


Areas of competence

Urban and regional planning; Urban and architectural design; Historic conservation; UNESCO World Heritage; Critical and poststructuralist sociological theory; Georg Simmel; qualitative research methods


Research focus

Societal transformation through planning conflict and consensus; Conflict and architectural and urban design

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