Jörg Dettmar heads the Chair for Design and Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture since 2000. In 1992 he completed his PhD on the ecology of industrial derelict land in the Ruhr District, a region he has always been affiliated with. Jörg is devoted to several research projects, which are funded by different German federal ministries due to their outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary debate, including the projects “Sustainable Urban Landscape in the Metropolis Ruhr” and “Integrated Regenerative Energy Concepts in Urban Areas”. Aside from his position as professor, he works as a freelance consultant. Based on his vast experience – both academic and professional –Jörg teaches a multi-faceted introductory course on Urban Ecology.