Qusay Amer

C08 : Architectures of Asylum II

Research Associate

Ernst-Reuter Platz 1
BH 5-1 | Room 205
10587 Berlin

+49 (0)30 314-73783


  • Since 2022

    Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at the CRC1265, sub-project C08 Architectures of Asylum and at the TU Berlin, Faculty VI Planning Building Environment, Institute of Architecture

  • 2018 - 2020

    Master´s degree in Architecture at the Brandenburg University of Technology

  • 2015 - 2018

    Bachelor's degree in Architecture at the Brandenburg University of Technology

  • 2015 - 2020

    Scholarship holder – Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

  • 2016 - 2017

    Student assistant at the chair of Architectural Conservation in the project "The Making of 'Lutyens' Delhi': A Post-Colonial Perspective" at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1913 "Cultural and Technical Values of Historic Buildings" and in the project Post-Conflict Rebuilding "Guidelines and Toolkit for Safeguarding the Cultural Significance of Historic Cities Damaged in Armed Conflict" at the Brandenburg University of Technology

Research Focus

    • Urban Studies

    • Refugees and forced migration

    • Spatial configurations

    • Spatial conflicts


(Working Title) Cities of Refuge: Between planning, production, and adaptation of spaces.
A comprehensive spatial understanding. Amman & Berlin.

(Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz)

The movement of refugees to the cities has had a changing impact. Cities like Berlin and Amman are raising the alarm about the lack of space. The project focuses on the planning and production of physical interventions in different urban spaces and on the participation of global and national actors, local municipal administrators, planners and architects, as well as representatives of civil society (including residents and refugees) who are involved in the planning, production, or adaptation of places. The project aims to understand not only how the refugees react to the already established governances but also which kind of policies should be discussed and developed to face the complexities of the situation.

The main question raised here is: how do translocal networks influence local planning policies and governance approaches in dealing with migration?
Sub-questions are:
• How does the circulation of knowledge affect institutional settings?
• Which spatial conflicts and negotiation processes shape the planning and physical-material production of places of refugee care in urban contexts?
• What are the concrete spatial manifestations that emerge as architectural or infrastructural products from spatial conflicts?
• And what positioning and mediating roles do the relevant actors assume in the process?