Laura Windorfer

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.3587
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: laura.windorfer[at]

Curriculum vitae

Since 12/2022 Ph.D. position in the PROTOHAB project at the Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning (Technion in Haifa)
10/2019- 09/2022 Master of Science (Evolution, Ecology and Systematics) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 
10/2015- 09/2019 Bachelor of Science (Biology) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Research interest

  • Urban ecology
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Biodiversity


PROTOHAB is part of the International Project Teams (IPT) IGSSE
To improve the co-habitation between humans and other animals in cities, new approaches are necessary that take advantage of the latest technologies, including computational architecture. Vertical building surfaces in cities appear as promising zones for interventions to support biodiversity, as they represent vast surface areas, are mostly inaccessible to people, and can be modified to offer food and shelter resources to various animal and plant species. Research into the ecological potential of man-made walls points at specific geometric formations, such as cracks, fissures, ledges, and micro-textures, that can contribute to making cities more biodiversity-rich. Architects' current computational design tools enable the modelling of geometrical features that could be used to design integrated species-rich façades for spontaneous biodiversity. Designing such a façade for a given building needs to integrate information on local ecological conditions to evaluate the biodiversity outcomes. In addition, feedback on recent architectural projects show that the lack of social acceptance of an increased presence of biodiversity can be a limitation to the development of such projects.

2022 – 2023 Animal Aided Design III - Monitoring and Evaluation