Bernd Kniess is an architect and urban planner. Since 2008 he is Professor for Urban Design at HafenCity Universität (HCU) Hamburg where he established the Master Programme Urban Design.
He is interested in the negotiation of the contemporary city, whose planning principles he aims to diagrammatically describe and transfer into a relational practice as procedure. He teaches in the Urban Design and Urban Design Thesis Projects, theoretical-conceptual basics, methodology, diagrammatic and Intercultural Practice.
From 2008 to 2014 he directed the project »University of the Neighbourhoods« (UoN) and was responsible for the development of a project curriculum. As part of the research initiative »Low-Budget-Urbanity« he initiated the project »Building Market 2.0. Practices and Materialities of urban self building and frugality«. He is a member of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of the Arts and Sciences since 2009.