Nancy Couling


Chemin de Pierrefleur 32

1004 Lausanne


Other key interests
Current teaching activities

Assoc. Prof

Bergen School of Architecture,

Bergen, Norway


Ongoing series of Master Design Studios, autumn 2019, 2020, 2021 "Explorations in Ocean Space"


Research activities

Marie Curie Fellow, 2017-2019

Chair of History of Architecture & Urban Planning Prof. Carola Hein,

Department of Architecture

TU Delft

Project: "OCEANURB- the unseen spaces of extended urbanisation in the North Sea"


Member of Research Group: "Territories of Extended Urbanisation", Prof Christian Schmid & Prof Milica Topalovic, ETHZ, & Future Cities Laboratory FCL2 Singapore

Publication forthcoming (2021). "Territories of Extended Urbanisation" Contribution: Chapter, North Sea Case Study


Doctoral Thesis EPFL, Switzerland (2015)

"The Role of Ocean Space in Contemporary Urbanisation"

Case studies Barents & Baltic Seas


Streamscapes- from the Spree to the Sea. A cartographic Experiment. (2017)

University Competition prizewinner in German Science Year 2016*17 Seas and Oceans (funded by BMBF & Wissenschaft im Dialog). TU Berlin students investigated the waterways from Berlin to the North Sea as urban infrastructure, an ecological spine and as a cultural connection to the sea. The project has three parts: a regional cartographic analysis according to dominant themes, fishing for stories on tour- a 1:1 dialogue with citizens in 3 chosen towns and the synthesis map of these two results. Streamscapes was led by Guest Researcher Nancy Couling and Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Urban Research & Design Laboratory, TU Berlin- a teaching reform project in the Design & Planning disciplines.


OCEANURB- the unseen spaces of extended urbanisation in the North Sea (2017-19)

Marie Curie Fellow, TU Delft

International Conference "Viscous Space- the offshore physicality of the North Sea between solid and liquid" June 2018


Book "The Urbanisation of the Sea- from Concepts and Analysis to Design" Eds. Nancy Couling & Carola Hein, Rotterdam:nai010 2020


Selected publications (up to 5)


GUGGER, Harry, COULING, Nancy & BLANCHARD, Aurélie. Barents Lessons-Teaching & Research in Architecture. Zurich: Park Books. 2012.

COULING, Nancy. Formats of Extended Urbanisation in Ocean Space. Emerging Urban Spaces- a Planetary Perspective, ed. Philipp Horn, Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, and Ana Claudia Duarte Cardoso, The Urban Book Series (Springer International Publishing, 2018), XII, 219

COULING, Nancy; HEIN, Carola. Blankness: The Architectural Void of North Sea Energy Logistics FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], p. 87-104, nov. 2018. ISSN 1875-1490. Available at: <>.

COULING, Nancy; ALFARO D'ALENÇON, Paola; ALTIOK, Medine. Narrative Cartography: Capturing a Holistic Perspective on Waterscapes. European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 11-36, dec. 2019. ISSN 2612-0496. Available at: <> doi:

COULING, Nancy; HEIN, Carola. The Urbanisation of the Sea- from Concepts and Analysis to Design. 2020. Rotterdam: nai010 publishers  

COULING, Nancy. Imagining the Invisible: Spatial Design for the North Sea. Planning Practice & Research, DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2022.2026679

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