Felix Heisel is an architect and academic working towards the systematic redesign of the built environment as a material depot of endless use and reconfiguration. At Cornell University, he holds the position of Assistant Professor and acts as the Director of the Circular Construction LabOpens a Cornell link. He is a faculty fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and a field member of Architecture as well as Systems Engineering. Heisel is a partner at 2hs architects and engineers in Germany, an office specialized in the development of circular prototypologies. He has received various awards for his work and published numerous books and articles on the topic, including Urban Mining und kreislaufgerechtes BauenOpens an external link (Urban Mining and Circular Construction, Fraunhofer IRB, 2021, with Hebel), Addis Ababa: A Manifesto on African ProgressOpens an external link (Ruby Press, 2019, with Hebel, Wisniewska, Nash), Cultivated Building MaterialsOpens an external link (Birkhäuser, 2017, with Hebel), Lessons of InformalityOpens an external link (Birkhäuser, 2016, with Kifle) and Building from WasteOpens an external link (Birkhäuser, 2014, with Hebel, Wisniewska).
Heisel graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts and has been teaching and researching at universities around the world, including the Berlage Institute; the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction, and City Developments; the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore; ETH Zürich; and Harvard GSD.