Nikolaus Knebel is an architect, educator, and author. He studied in Berlin, Singapore, and Delft, worked for Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, and Toyo Ito in Tokyo, as well as the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) in Ethiopia. For the last 12 years he practiced independently and in project partnerships, with each of the built projects being awarded with prizes, published internationally and exhibited widely. He authored books on architectural and urban issues in Berlin, Tokyo, and Addis Ababa. His further research interest is in design thinking and didactics. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the German University of Technology in Oman, and leader of the Eco House project, a pioneering zero-energy building in the Arab region.