After his studies in architecture and urban design at TU Dresden and University of Stuttgart, Dr Wiedmann completed his PhD at the urban planning and design institute of the University of Stuttgart.
In the following years, he was engaged as consultant at Albert Speer + Partner (AS+P) in Frankfurt am Main, where he worked on projects in Munich, such as the urban design parameters for the new Siemens Headquarters in the historic center and high-density housing. He also participated in the development of a master plan for a satellite city centre for 600,000 new inhabitants in metro Cairo.
In 2011, he joined an international research collaboration between the Technical University of Munich and Qatar University as a post-doc and project director. Over three years, during which he lived in Doha, Qatar, he coordinated an interdisciplinary and international team and explored new approaches to identify the various interdependencies between emerging knowledge economies and urban transformation in the Global South.
After successfully acquiring a new research project from the Qatar National Research Fund in 2015, he joined the University of Strathclyde (Department of Architecture) in Glasgow, where he studied the effects of rapid migration processes on urban transformation in the Middle East. This research effort resulted in his latest book publication: 'Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf - Urban Transformation in the Middle East'.
In parallel to his research projects, he has been engaged as external lecturer and examiner of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, German University in Cairo as well as Münster University of Applied Sciences and HFT Stuttgart since 2013.
In March 2019 he joined the University of Nottingham and its Department of Architecture and Built Environment as Assistant Professor. Dr Wiedmann is apart of the Human Factors Research Group.
Florian Wiedmann is an academic architect specialized in investigating urban transformation from an international and interdisciplinary perspective who has been working in research, practice and teaching since 2006. His research frameworks and methodologies follow an integrated approach and are rooted in space production theories set in juxtaposition to a contemporary understanding of sustainable urbanism. His involvement in interdisciplinary projects and courses in four different countries made it possible for him to gain in-depth experience in various areas of urban development, from urban governance to urban economics and the spatial impact of migration.
The main focus of his research, practice and teaching are found in the context of urban transformation tendencies worldwide, particularly in emerging cities, and the resulting challenges, such as environmental concerns (e. g. urban heat islands), new market dynamics (e. g. knowledge economies, migrant housing) and the complex role of urban design and architecture in place making.
FLORIAN WIEDMANN and SMITA KHAN, 2019. AN EXAMINATION Of URBAN VERTICAL GATED COMMUNITIES Of NAGPUR, INDIA Open House International. 44(4), 5-13
Following three research grants I have acquired and/or coordinated since 2011:
1. Mobility, Displacement, and Forced Migration in the Middle East (2017)
Research collaboration with Georgetown University Qatar. Client: Georgetown University. Budget: $17,270. Duration: 12 months.
2. Investigating Housing Typologies in Multicultural Societies in the Gulf Region (2015 - 2018)
Research collaboration between Qatar University and University of Strathclyde. Client: Qatar National Research Fund. Grant ID: NPRP No.: 7 - 960 - 5 - 135. Total budget: $833,459. Duration: 3 years.
This research projects focuses on rapid migration processes and housing transformation in the Global South with a specific focus on the Gulf region. Housing design and strategies need to cope with increasing challenges to supply hundreds of thousands of new inhabitants with sufficient, attractive and affordable accommodation. This project follows a multi-layered and interdisciplinary approach to investigate the various recent mechanisms in the development of new settlements. The main case studies included Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Manama due to their extensive growth in recent years.
3. Urban Qualities in Emerging Knowledge Economies (2011 - 2014)
Research collaboration between Qatar University and TU Munich. Client: Qatar National Research Fund. Grant ID: NPRP No.: 9 - 1083 - 6 - 023. Total budget: $974,348. Duration: 3 years.
The main objective of this research project was to investigate new knowledge economies and their role in establishing urban qualities in fast-growing cities. Therefore, the project focused on a new methodological approach for investigating the interdependencies between economic diversification and urban transformation. The project combined interlocking network analyses with Space Syntax studies and behavioral mapping.