Nikolaus Knebel

Bio


Prof. Nikolaus Knebel
Professor
Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design

GUtech, PO Box 1816, Athaibah PC 130, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Room: 1111
+968 2206 1146 (office)
+968 98886823 (mobile)

nikolaus.knebel@gutech.edu.om

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Education
  • Dipl.-Ing., Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, 1998.
Teaching
  • architecture
  • urban design
  • design studio
  • design thinking
Research

Research Areas

  • energy-efficient architecture
  • social housing
  • design thinking
  • world heritage sites

Research Projects

  • Project title: EcoHaus – an Energy-Efficient Residential Building in Muscat (monitoring phase)
    Period: 09/2015–12/2017
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: EcoHaus – an Energy-Efficient Residential Building in Muscat (competition phase)
    Period: 11/2014–12/2014
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: EcoHaus – an Energy-Efficient Residential Building in Muscat (construction phase)
    Period: 09/2013–08/2014
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: EcoHaus – an Energy-Efficient Residential Building in Muscat (planning phase)
    Period: 09/2012–08/2013
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: Addis Modern. Re-discovering the 1960s Architecture of Africa’s Capital City
    Period: 09/2012–08/2013
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: Goethe Institut, German Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals
  • Knebel, N. (2015). Lessons from the GUtech EcoHaus. Outlook for establishing sustainable building practices in Oman. Trialog - A Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context .
Conference Papers
  • Pech, F., Knebel, N., Modigell, M. (2016). Benchmarking The Thermal Performance Of GUtech‘s EcoHaus, in Proceedings of CIB 2016 (World Building Congress), Tampere, Finland, 1-3 June 2016.
  • Knebel, N. (2016). Denkmuster des Entwerfens, presented at EEE2016 Entwerfen Entwickeln Erleben, TU Dresden / Konstruktionstechnik - Technisches Design, 30 June - 1 July 2016.
  • Rudolph, M., Knebel, N., Reisi, E. (2016). Monitoring and Evaluating the Performance of a Net-Zero-Energy Building in Oman. A case study of the GUtech EcoHaus, in Proceedings of PLEA2016 (Passive Low Energy Architecture) (pp. 1110–1117), Los Angeles, USA, 11-13 July 2016.
  • Knebel, N., Rudolph, M. (2014). Intermediate Report on the Design of a Net-Zero-Energy Building in Muscat, Oman, in Proceedings of WSB14 World Sustainable Buildings Conference 2014, Barcelona, Spain, 28-30 Oct 2014.
  • Rudolph, M., Knebel, N., Werminghausen, M. (2013). Intermediate Report on the Design of a Net-Zero-Energy Building in Muscat, Oman, in Proceedings of Sustainable Buildings 2013, Cairo, Egypt, 5-7 November 2013.
  • Knebel, N. (2012). In Search of a Model for the African Metropolis. Observations and Contributions From Ten Years of Practice, Teaching and Research in Ethiopia, in Proceedings of African Perspectives Conference 2012. L’Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco, 3-6 Nov 2012.
Other Articles
  • Knebel, N. (2017). Placebook. Beobachtungen zu Architektur und Stadt im urbanen Millennium, in: Theorie und Praxis Sozialer Arbeit. Sonderband zu „Was Stadtentwicklung für ein soziales Miteinander vor Ort leisten kann und soll“. www.awo.org/unsere-arbeit/theorie-und-praxis.
  • Knebel, N., von Wedemeyer, H. (2015). Das Ferienhaus in Ahrenshoop – Eine Bilderreise durch den Architektenberuf. In: BDA Hochschulführer Architektur und Stadtplanung, .
  • Knebel, N., El Zain, R., Al Othmani, R. (2014). EcoHaus Manual and Drawing Set, .
Published Books
  • Knebel, N., Schlesier, K. (2016). Earth, Timber & “Khous”. Learning to Construct and Design with Natural Materials,
  • Knebel, N. (2014). Placebook, : www.60pages.com.
  • Knebel, N. (2013). Addis Modern. Re-discovering the 1960s Architecture of Africa’s Capital City, : Goethe Institut Addis Ababa with EiABC.
Patents
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Consultancy
  • Project title: Design Revision for a Clinic in Fahud, Oman
    Period: 10/2017–10/2017
    Sponsored by: PDO (Petroleum Development Oman)
  • Project title: Technical Guidelines for Sustainable Architecture & Urban Design
    Period: 12/2016–04/2017
    Sponsored by: PDO (Petroleum Development Oman)
  • Project title: Designing a Climate-Adapted Villa in Muscat (design phase)
    Period: 10/2016–06/2017
    Sponsored by: private client
  • Project title: Developing a Room Programme for the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Research Center (part of TRC)
    Period: 11/2015–11/2015
    Sponsored by: Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Research Center (part of TRC)
  • Project title: Designing a Climate-Adapted Villa in Muscat (schematic design phase)
    Period: 11/2015–06/2016
    Sponsored by: private client
  • Project title: Designing a Climate-Adapted Villa in Muscat (pre-limnary design phase)
    Period: 09/2015–09/2015
    Sponsored by: private client
  • Project title: Developing a Design Brief for the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Research Center (part of TRC)
    Period: 09/2015–11/2015
    Sponsored by: Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Research Center (part of TRC)
  • Project title: Evaluating a Tender for the Design of the new Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Research Center (part of TRC)
    Period: 01/2015–01/2015
    Sponsored by: Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Research Center (part of TRC)
  • Project title: Sustainable Design Strategies for Buildings and Cities
    Period: 11/2014–11/2014
    Sponsored by: Muscat Municipality
  • Project title: Architecture Competiton for the New French School in Muscat
    Period: 11/2012–11/2012
    Sponsored by: Lycee Francais de Mascate
  • Project title: Evaluation of a Study Programme for Architecture
    Period: 10/2012–10/2012
    Sponsored by: Ministry of Higher Education, Oman
Trainings taken
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Awards
Awards
  • Qatar Sustainability Award 2016 Category Research (shortlisted), 2016.
  • Middle East & North Africa Interior And Architecture Design Award (shortlisted Best Residential Project), 2015, 2015.
  • Construction Week Awards Oman 2015 (shortlisted Residential Project of the Year), 2015.
  • Construction Week Awards Oman 2015 (shortlisted Sustainable Project of the Year), 2015.
  • Construction Week Awards Oman 2015 (shortlisted Engineer of the Year), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (overall 2nd place), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Concept Design), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Architecture), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Communication), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Indoor Climate/Comfort), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Applications Performance), 2015.
  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Energy Balance), 2015.
  • Dossier Construction Award Oman (winner Best Architect), 2015.
  • Dossier Construction Award Oman (winner Best Project), 2015.
  • Oman Green Award (winner Green Habitat), 2015.
  • Oman Green Award (special commendation Green Education), 2015.
  • BDA award for region Bochum “Best Building 2007”, 2007.
  • BDA award for region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern “Best Building 2000-07”, 2007.
  • BDA award for emerging young architects Berlin “Hans-Schaefers-Preis” (special commendation), 2004.
  • European Architecture Photography Prize 2003 (special commendation), 2003.
  • House of the Year 2005. Best Single Family House in Germany, Austria, Switzerland (special commendation), 2005.
  • Middle East & North Africa Interior And Architecture Design Award (winner Best Sustainable Project), 2015.
  • Oman Green Award (special commendation Green Education), 2015.
  • Oman Green Award (winner Green Habitat), 2015.
  • Dossier Construction Award Oman (winner Best Project), 2015.
  • Dossier Construction Award Oman (winner Best Architect), 2015.
Participation in competitions
  • Invited International Competition for European Culture Center in Aachen 2006 (special commendation) with Knebel & von Wedemeyer Architekten

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Energy Balance)

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Applications Performance)

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Indoor Climate/Comfort)

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Communication)

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Architecture)

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (winner Best Concept Design)

  • Construction Week Awards Oman 2015 (shortlisted Engineer of the Year)

  • Construction Week Awards Oman 2015 (shortlisted Sustainable Project of the Year)

  • Construction Week Awards Oman 2015 (shortlisted Residential Project of the Year)

  • Middle East & North Africa Interior And Architecture Design Award (shortlisted Best Residential Project), 2015

  • Oman Eco-friendly House Design Competition 2015 (overall 2nd place)