Anne Tietjen

Anne Tietjen

Associate Professor

I am associate professor in landscape architecture and urban design and active in the research groups Landscape Architecture and Urbanism and Spatial Change and Planning. I work with the transformation and development of cities and landscapes through spatial design. What are the politics and agency of design? My research contributes to a growing body of relational urban design and planning theory, specifically based on new materialism and actor-network theory. Focus areas are strategic planning, urban/rural public space, heritage in planning, and research-through-design. My work bridges theory and practice at the intersection of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. I am a capacity in design-based research in this field drawing on 12 years’ international experience of architecture practice.

I was trained as an architect at TU Berlin and ENSA Lyon and hold a PhD from the Aarhus School of Architecture (2009) which was published as a book Towards an Urbanism of Entanglement: Site Explorations in Polarised Danish Urban Landscapes (2011).


Current research

Current national and international research projects include:


I teach in the international Landscape Architecture programme.

  • Co-responsible for the master course Theories of Urban Design (7,5 ECTS, since 2010)
  • Responsible for the master course Transformation Studio (15 ECTS, since 2014, not in 2020 due to sabbatical). The Transformation Studio works as a laboratory for strategic planning through landscape projects in shrinking rural areas. Bridging design research, education and practice we collaborate each year with a Danish municipality and work on site in dialogue with local planners, politicians, experts, project makers and communities. The resulting strategic landscape projects are collected in a course magazine to serve as inspiration for future development to our cooperation partners.


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Planning strategically in light of rural decline: Experiences from Denmark

    Tietjen, Anne & Jørgensen, Gertrud, 2019, The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning. Scott, M., Gallent, N. & Gkartzios, M. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 420-430 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Public space in an age of austerity

    Carmona, M., Hanssen, G. S., Lamm, Bettina, Nylund, K., Saglie, I. & Tietjen, Anne, 2019, In : Urban Design International. 24, 4, p. 241-259 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Planning with Heritage: A Critical Debate Across Landscape Architecture Practice and Heritage Theory

    Riesto, Svava & Tietjen, Anne, 2018, Routledge Companion to Landscape Architecture. Braae, E. & Steiner, H. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, p. 246 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Transformation Studio 2019: Mors Landscape Futures

    Tietjen, Anne, 8 Jan 2020, 66 p.

    Research output: Other contributionEducation

  5. Published

    Found in translation: Working with actor-network theory in design education

    Tietjen, Anne, 2018, In : Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. 1, p. 11-33 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Doing critique of what design does at Superkilen

    Tietjen, Anne, Riesto, Svava & Haddad, R., 2017, In : CRIOS - Critica degli ordinamenti spaziali. 4, 13, p. 45-60 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  7. Published

    There is more to it than meets the eye: Strategic design in the context of rural decline

    Tietjen, Anne & Jørgensen, Gertrud, 2018, In : Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning. 2, 1, p. 9-31 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  8. Published

    Translating a wicked problem: A strategic planning approach to rural shrinkage in Denmark

    Tietjen, Anne & Jørgensen, Gertrud, 2016, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 154, p. 29–43 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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