Tieben, Hendrik(田恆德)

DSc, Post Dipl. (ETH Zurich); Dipl. Arch (TUBS)

Professor (by Courtesy), School of Hotel and Tourism Management
School Director and Professor, School of Architecture


School of Hotel and Tourism Management

School of Architecture
Room 306, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building,
CUHK, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 8095



Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He joined CUHK in 2006 and previously served as the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design programme, and Associate Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies programme. Prof. Tieben received his architecture education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland and holds a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zurich. He is a registered architect in Germany (AKNW) and a Founding Member and academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.

Over the past few years, Professor Tieben developed a series of public space and placemaking projects to empower local communities, which were featured in international publications and biennale exhibitions. He served as an editorial board member of the ICE Journal Urban Design and Planning and scientific board member of the International Forum on Urbanism. In his current research, Professor Tieben focuses on the relationships between urban forms, health and wellbeing. One of his latest projects was the global initiative “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic”, a collaboration with the Journal of Public Space (a partner of UN Habitat) which attracted attendees from more than 80 countries.

Research Interests

Urban Design
History and Theory
Sustainable Communities
Public Space
Community Empowerment

  • Awards & Honours
    • Best Paper Award, 6th IFoU Conference, TOURbanism-toURBANISM, Catalonia Politechnic University (UPC), Barcelona, 2012
    • Best Paper Award, 4th IFoU Conference, The New Urban Question – Urbanism beyond Neo-liberalism”, TU Delft, Amsterdam & Delft, Netherlands, 2009
    • Doctoral Scholarship, ETH Zurich, 1999-2002
    • Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation, 1990−1995
  • Academic/Professional Services
    • Founding Member and Academic Advisor, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD)
    • AIA International Associate Member
    • Registered Architect (NRW Germany), Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen (AKNW)