Kathrin Golda-Pongratz is an architect and urban researcher. She holds a diploma from TU München and a PhD in architecture and urban planning from Universität Karlsruhe. Since 2009, she has been directing Clemson University’s Architecture Program in Barcelona. She is a professor at the Master Universitario Proyecto Integral de Arquitectura at La Salle-Universitat Ramón Llull in Barcelona and a lecturer at the Masters Program Urban Agglomerations at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt am Main, and a regularly invited guest lecturer at the ETSAV in Sant Cugat/ Barcelona. Previously, she has taught at Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, ETSAB and ESARQ in Barcelona, Daniel Center of Urban Studies and Building Research in Genoa and the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at Universität Karlsruhe (KIT). She is an associated researcher to the Programa Andino de Estudios de la Ciudad at Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya in Lima.
She has lectured and conducted workshops internationally, at Universidad Ricardo Palma, Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Université de Sherbrooke, Universität Stuttgart, TU Berlin, Universität Tübingen, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Università Iuav di Venezia, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, among others.
Her research focuses on urbanization processes and migration, Latin American urbanism, informal urbanism, urban renewal strategies and public space, housing policies, structural changes of urban societies and urban perception.
She is a member of the editing board of the Association for Scientific Research on Planning and Building in Developing Countries (TRIALOG), of the German Working Society on the Research in Latin America (ADLAF) and of Deutscher Werkbund (dwb).
Her photographic work has been exhibited and published in Peru, Argentine and Germany: Lima, mundos de una metrópoli (Lima 2002); Muros de la ciudad (Lima 2002); Lima, Lebenswelten einer Metropole (Augsburg 2001, Frankfurt 2003); Envases – Gefässe (Córdoba, 2005).
She has published a monograph on Lima (Frankfurt/ London, 2008) and edited and published in Architectural Design (London), werkundzeit (Darmstadt), ur[b]es (Lima), Olacchi (Quito) and Trialog (Darmstadt), among others. Book contributions on housing paradigms in Spain (Stuttgart) and an urban essay (Lima) are forthcoming in 2012. Currently, she is working on a book project entitled "Traces of De- and Recolonization".