Junior Professor Dr.-Ing. Jan Polívka

  Junior Professor Dr.-Ing. Jan Polívka Copyright: Peter Winandy

Dr.-Ing. Jan Polívka has been Junior Professor for Sustainable Housing Development at RWTH’s Faculty of Architecture since February 2018. He is researching sustainable forms of production, conversion, and use of housing under the conditions of social change and growing or shrinking cities and communities. To this end, he is developing evaluation methods for planning control in municipal and private housing markets as well as integrated strategies and instruments for the production and adaptation of existing housing stock.



Born in 1977 in Prague, Czech Republic.


1996 to 2001 Japanese Studies at the Charles University in Prague and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2001 to 2002 Stay abroad at Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan
2002 to 2009 Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Technische Universität Berlin
2004 to 2005 Stay abroad at New York City University and Columbia University, New York City, US
2015 Doctorate from TU Dortmund University


2009 to 2017

Research Assistant at the Chair for Urban Development, Urban Design and Urban Land Use Planning at TU Dortmund University and simultaneously employee at rha reicher haase associierte GmbH, Dortmund

Since 2017 Head of the Research Group Spatial Planning and Urban Design at the ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund


Family: married, two children
Free time: family, travel, hiking, cycling

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty,
that something makes sense no matter how it turns out.

Václav Havel