Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Martin Knöll


Dr Knöll is full professor at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. In Darmstadt, he directs the Chair of Urban Design and Planning at the Department of Architecture. Together with an interdisciplinary team, Dr Knöll aims to contribute to the much-needed transformation of cities towards more inclusive and healthy living environments. His current research focuses on building empiric data in neuro urbanism, universal design, and new participatory approaches in people-centered urban design. He is a registered architect and is active in working groups at the German Institute of Urbanism and the Academy of Territorial Development in the Leibniz Society. In 2020, Dr Knöll has been awarded a Heisenberg Grant by the German Research Association (DFG) for his project “Urban Design and Health”.

Chen, S., Carver, A., Sugiyama, T., Knöll, M. (2021) Built-environment attributes associated with refugee children’s physical activity: a narrative review and research agenda. Conflict and Health 15, 55.

Pandit, L., Vasquez, G.F., Gu, L., Knöll, M. (2020): How do people use Frankfurt Mainkai riverfront during a road closure experiment? A snapshot of public space usage during the coronavirus lockdown in May 2020, Cities & Health, Routledge,

Knöll, M., Neuheuser, K., Cleff, T., & Rudolph-Cleff, A. (2018). A tool to predict perceived urban stress in open public spaces. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science , 45 (4), p797-813. DOI:

Knöll, M. (2018). Mobile Partizipation in der gesundheitsfördernden Stadtgestaltung - zwei Fallbeispiele zu Datenerfassung und Interaktion im Stadtraum. In S. Baumgart, H. Köckler, A. Ritzinger, & A. Rüdiger (eds.), Planung für gesundheitsfördernde Städte (Vol. 8, p387-401). Hannover: ARL

Knöll, M., & Roe, J. (2017). Ten questions concerning a new adolescent health urbanism. Building and Environment, 126 (12), p496-506, DOI:

  • Spatial planning
  • Urban development

Projects involved