Practicing as an architect and partner in MAD arkitekter Stavanger, Kirsten Welschemeyer has plus 13 years of experience as an urban planner. Early in her studies she worked with the complexity of urban development and focused on; urban structures, functions, environmental and social aspects, politics in addition to the completion of developments based on strong ideals is the primary motivation of her work. As she is both practising as an architect and urban planner with Mad Stavanger, in addition to teaching urban planning at the University in Stavanger, this provides her with the unique opportunity to both practise and research urban planning on several scales.
Her interest in urban development began at an early phase while she was working with the University in Colombo on a masterplan for the harbour area in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Later she gained further experience by working in Stavanger kommune at the department of urban development. Since 2011, Kirsten has been practising in the private sector with designing and developing masterplans and regulations.
Kirsten sees Urban planning as a responsibility to create, innovate and develop cities as liveable environments which are functional, sustainable and provide guidelines for a better quality of live for all. The ability to combine research, legislation, creativity with the opportunity to see her plans through to completion is the cornerstone of her work.
Currently, she is teaching city planning at the University of Stavanger with a focus on sustainable development.
2017 - d.d. Mad arkitekter Stavanger, architect, urban planner + partner
2015 - d.d Universitetet i Stavanger, teaching part time "city region"2011 - 2017 Alliance arkitekter, Stavanger, architect, urban planner + department manager2009 - 2011 Urban development department, Stavanger kommune, architect + urban planner2006 - 2009 Torstein Ramberg AS, Oslo, architect2005 - 2006 Landsbyarkitektene, Bærum, architect2000-2005 Architektengemeinschaft Paul Niederberghaus GmbH, Ibbenbüren, Germany, student + architect