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Hajo Neis

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Professor Hajo Neis teaches urban architecture and urban theory with emphasis on city building, the art of building, and urban structures integration. He has previously taught at the University of California, Frankfurt University, the Prince of Wales Urban Design Task Force, and the Technical University of Dresden. His main interest in research includes, the question of quality and value in architecture and urban structure and, the question of process and processes, which create quality in buildings and the urban fabric.

As a practicing and licensed architect and planner for over 25 years, he heads his own architecture office Hajo Neis and Associates (HNA) in Berkeley, with projects in the US, Japan, and Germany. He is also a member of the renowned Center for Environmental Structure, CES, in Berkeley. Dr. Neis has published in English, German, Japanese and Greek Journals, and he is also a co-author of several books: 'A New Theory of Urban Design,’ Oxford University Press, 1987; ‘Schule des Sehens,’ Fachhochschulverlag, Frankfurt, 2000; and 'Battle,’ Oxford University Press 2012. Professor Neis is also spent a sabbatical with research appointments at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan.


  • Director, Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL)


  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Architecture, 1989

Prior Experience

  • Director of the Portland Urban Architecture Programs
  • Assistant Professor in Architecture, UC Berkeley
  • Guest Professor, University of Dresden
  • Associate Professor and Director of Portland Programs, University of Oregon
  • Rome Summer Program Director, University of Oregon
  • Guest Professor, University of Essen-Duisburg


  • 'Battle,’ Oxford University Press 2012
  • ‘Schule des Sehens,’ Fachhochschulverlag, Frankfurt, 2000
  • 'A New Theory of Urban Design,’ Oxford University Press, 1987