Conrad Kickert

Conrad Christiaan Kickert

Assistant Professor

Professional Summary

Conrad Kickert is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design. Dr. Kickert has a background in urbanism and architecture from the TU Delft (Netherlands) and holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Michigan. He has worked as an urban researcher and designer for various design offices, property developers and non-profit organizations in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is an urban design scholar whose research focuses on urban morphology, downtown revitalization and the bridge between urban form, configuration and retail economics.

Dr. Kickert has authored award-winning articles and books on these topics, including articles for the Journal of Urban Studies and the London School of Economics, an Oxford University bibliography, the recent monograph "Dream City - Creation, Destruction and Reinvention" with MIT Press and an upcoming book on frontages with Routledge. His work has been supported by a.o. the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation, UBER and the Mellon Foundation. He regularly discusses urban topics at universities, debates and news venues across the globe - but he remains firmly rooted in making a positive impact in the Cincinnati region.


PhD (Architecture): University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2014 (Urban design studies of downtown Detroit and The Hague)

MSc (Urbanism): TU Delft Delft, Netherlands, 2007 (Urban Design)

BSc (Architecture): TU Delft Delft, Netherlands, 2004 (Urbanism)

Research Support

Grant: #MICD 2015 Investigators:Hollstein, Leah; Kickert, Conrad 08-10-2015 -12-31-2015 American Architectural Foundation Mayors' Institute on City Design Role:Collaborator $50,000.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16 Investigators:Kickert, Conrad 05-01-2016 -04-30-2017 UC's University Research Council The downtown that never was - past, present and promises of Detroit's urban core Role:PI $6,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #R40744 Investigators:Kickert, Conrad 07-01-2019 -12-31-2020 UC's AHSS Faculty Research Summer Stipend Program Life on the Edge - the dynamics of ground floor frontages Role:PI $4,500.00 Active Level:Internal UC


Peer Reviewed Publications

Psarra, Kickert, Pluviano (2013. ) Paradigm Lost- Industrial and Post Industrial Detroit: an analysis of the street network and its social and economic dimensions from 1796 to the present .Urban Design International, , 18 ,257

Van der Spek, Kickert, van Langelaar (2013. ) Evidence-based design: satellite positioning studies of city centre user groups .Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning, , 166 (4 ) ,206

Kickert, Berghauser-Pont, Nefs (2014. ) Surveying density, spatial characteristics and development potential of station areas in the Delta Metropolis .Environment and Planning B, , 41 (1 ) ,69

Kickert (2016. ) Active centers – interactive edges: The rise and fall of ground floor frontages .Urban Design International, , 21 (55-77 ) ,

Other Publications

Kickert (2012. ) Pro-cyclisch ontwerpen .AGORA Magazine, 26 (4 ) ,7

Kickert (2012. ) Learning from Europe .S+RO Magazine, 3 ,42 NIROV

Published Books

Conrad Kickert (2019. ) Dream City - Creation, Destruction and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit .Cambridge, MA , The MIT Press (Author)

Book Chapter

Kickert (2006 ) Spuikwartier The Hague Architecture Annual 2006-2007 .Rotterdam, 010 publishers

Kickert, Evans (2008 ) Vital and viable towns RUDI Placemaking 2007-2008 .London, RUDI


Invited Presentations

Kickert (2006. ) The urban shopping arcade .EU Interreg III Spatial Metro Conference, Delft, Netherlands. Level:International

Kickert (2010. ) Active spaces - attractive spaces .Walk21 conference, The Hague, Netherlands. Level:International

Psarra, Kickert (2011. ) Mapping centrality in Detroit .International seminar on urban form, Montreal, Canada. Level:International

Psarra, Kickert (2012. ) Centrality and meaning in Detroit 1795-2011 .Space Syntax Seminar 8, Santiago, Chile. Level:International

Kickert (2012. ) Urban morphology and development capacity of station areas in the Delta Metropolis .International seminar on urban form, Delft, Netherlands. Level:International

Kickert, Fishman (2013. ) Mapping the American Streetcar Suburb: a history of transit oriented development .SACRPH Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Kickert (2014. ) Form follows function - morphological and functional change in The Hague and Detroit 1911-2011 .International seminar on urban form, Porto, Portugal. Level:International

Honors and Awards

2014 Reed Mallik Medal Awarded for the best paper in urban design of 2014. British Institute of Civil Engineers