Benjamin Scheerbarth
Super Cities

Benjamin Scheerbarth

Current position
Consultant | CITIES Consulting at BuroHappold Engineering
Urban Planning
Project Planning
Project Management
Critical Thinking



Benjamin Scheerbarth studied organisational theory and critical management in Manchester and Copenhagen before receiving his Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University, where he collaborated closely with GSD’s Sustainable Exuma Lab and MIT’s Senseable City Lab.

First professional experiences range from commercial masterplanning in Russia to the development of capacity building methodologies for UN-Habitat.

Benjamin currently consults what might be referred to as Berlin’s first creative district at Das Eckwerk and heads a major research initiative, The Implementation Gap, at TSPA.


Consultant | CITIES Consulting
BuroHappold Engineering
Jul 2018 – Present | Berlin Area, Germany

Research Consultant
ESMT Berlin
Mar 2018 – Present | Berlin Area, Germany

Project Manager
Eckwerk Entwicklungs GmbH
Sep 2016 – Jun 2018 | Berlin Area, Germany

Project Lead
Dec 2014 – Aug 2016 | Berlin Area, Germany


Harvard University
MUP Field Of StudyCity/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
2012 – 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Credits Field Of StudyCity/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
2014 – 2014

The University of Manchester
B.Sc., Field Of StudyInternational Management Grade
2008 – 2012

Honors & Awards

  • ULI Leadership Award (Innovation)
    Urban Land Institute Germany


  • UN-Habitat’s Rapid Planning Studio: A Case Study of Integrated Planning for City Extensions in Africa
    Conference proceedings 7th Planning Africa Conference 2016 - Making Sense of the Future: Disruption and Reinvention. Johannesburg: SAPI.

  • The Reversible City: Urbanism as Reconfiguration
    In M. Ricci & G. Pino Scaglione (eds.), Monograph.RESEARCH R.E.D.S. 2 Alps: Designing a Sustainable Future. Trento: LISt Lab, 108-111.

  • UN-Habitat’s Rapid Planning Studio: Transdisciplinary Planning for Periods of Rapid Urban Growth
    Conference proceedings 52nd ISOCARP Congress 2016 - Cities We Have vs. Cities We Need. Durban: ISOCARP.

  • Governance and Organizational Structures
    In R. Mehrotra & F. Vera (Eds.), Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 356-387.

  • Housing vs. City
    In F. Sanin & D. Sacconi (Eds.), Interior Tales. London/Milan: Black Square Press, 133-143.

  • Soil and Cirrus: A Model for Hybridized Spaces for 21st Century Peri-Urban Beijing
    In K. Yu, A. Blackwell & S. Ervin (eds.), Beijing Ecological Community: Negative Planning in Nanshahe, Haidian District. Beijing: Turenscape, 98-105.

  • Detaching From Permanence: Reflections on Ephemeral Urbanism and Critical Conservation
    Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 12(6), 152-161.

  • Digital Waste Measurement for Wood Buffalo
    In A. Vanky (Ed.), Senseable City Guide to Pune, Wood Buffalo and Dallas. Cambridge: SA+P Press, 51-60.

  • Out of the Studio, Onto the Streets
    In J. L. Vallejo & B. Tato (Eds.), Networked Urbanism: Design Thinking Initiatives for a Better Urban Life. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 16-19.

  • Place Pixel App: A Social Variation on the Smart City
    In L. A. Villoria (Ed.), GSD Platform 7. Barcelona: Actar, 243.

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