Fabienne Hoelzel

Founding-Director, Professor ABK Stuttgart, dipl arch MAS ETH gta SIA, CAS ETH Development and Cooperation
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Fabienne Hoelzel is the Founding-Director of FABULOUS URBAN and Professor of Urban Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.

Fabienne founded FABULOUS URBAN in 2014 after working in São Paulo (Brazil) for one of Latin America's largest slum-upgrading programs as the head of the urban design and planning team at the city's Social Housing and Urban Development Authority that was awarded in 2012 the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor for its pioneering work. From 2008 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2017, Fabienne held a research and teaching position at the Institute of Urban Design at the ETH Zurich. She lectures and writes on a regular base.

FABULOUS URBAN was involved into the Makoko Regeneration Plan, Lagos, Nigeria, that was shortlisted for the 2014 Fuller Challenge, and implemented from 2014-2017 the pilot Makoko Neighborhood Hotspot, a multipurpose community center with biogas plant, biogas-linked community toilets, cooking gas production and farming pipes. Commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria, Fabienne coordinated and published in 2016 (1st ed.) and in 2018/ 2019 (2nd ed.) the research "Urban Planning Processes in Lagos. Policies, laws, planning instruments, strategies and actors of urban projects, urban development, and urban services in Africa's largest city", in collaboration with local researchers and urban planning students of the University of Lagos.

FABULOUS URBAN is further involved in a series of community empowering sanitation and micro infrastructure projects in several low-income/ "slum" areas in Lagos, in collaboration with different partners in the civil society.

Photo: Ulrike Myrzik, 2021


Aro Babalola Ismaila

Lagos Liaison Office, Town Planner
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Yewande Florence Morris

Project and Office Manager, Lagos

Boluwatife Soremi

Junior Architect

Employees Since 2014

Architects, urban designers, and interns
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Akinola Adedotun Oyebola
Mo Ajala
Olufemi Atibioka
Agwu James Chimaobi
Claudia González García
Abisola Ige
Mélanie Jeannet
Rujun Jia
Katerina Kálalová
Yhusuph Lharminhur
Saskia Niklas
Dácil Rodrigues
Boluwatife Soremi

Seun Gbogboade

Ecological sustainability expert, Lagos

Adeposi Adeogun

Project Associate
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Adeposi is an urban activist, researcher, writer, and designer with a bachelor's degree in Architecture (Hons.) and a Master's degree in Environmental Design. Adeposi began his career managing urban design interventions, which provided him with a foundation in social entrepreneurship and public engagement. Adeposi has worked with numerous organizations in Germany, Ethiopia, and Nigeria on microscale economy, governance, and public spaces in urbanizing African cities.