Jochen Gauly

Dipl.-Ing. Urban planner

1998-present
Company owner, working as urban planner in Leipzig and various cities in foreign countries

1997-1998
Project assistant in the gtz project “Municipal and Regional Development Las Verapaces”, Guatemala

1994-1996
Employee at Büro für Umweltplanung und Stadtentwicklung (B.U.S. – Environmental Planning and Urban Development) in Oberursel

1987-1994
Engineering Studies in Spatial and Environmental Planning at the University of Kaiserslautern

Felix Volgmann

M.Sc. Regional and Urban Planning Studies

2016-present
Company owner, working as consultant for urban development and local self-governance

2014-2015
Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

2010-2014
Junior Consultant at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the Local Governance Programme South Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia

2006-2010
Bachelor Degree in Public Management & Governance at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

Ilka Laux

2005-present
Employee at Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.), formerly Gauly & Heck

1998-2003
Employed in the field of event organization and cultural services

1994-1998
Self-employed in the field of event organization and cultural services

1990-1994
Employee at the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig

1987-1990
Fine Arts Studies in Meissen

Conny Fiebig

M.Sc. Urban Planning

2018-present
Voluntary membership in the Chamber of Architects of Thuringia

2017-present
Employee at Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) in Leipzig

2014-2016
Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at the RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule)

2013-2014
Internships at Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Heck (bgh.) in Leipzig and at the Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft (LEG) Thuringia in Erfurt

2009-2013
Bachelor studies in Urbanism at the Bauhaus University Weimar, including study abroad at the Slovenská Technická Univerzita (STU) in Bratislava

Diana Maria Ramirez Daza

M.Sc. Regional and Urban Planning Studies

2019-present
Urban Development Consultant at Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) in Leipzig

2015-2018
Regional Development Advisor at the National Planning Department (DNP) of the Government of Colombia in Bogotá

2014-2015
Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

2013-2014
Legal Advisor at the national oil and gas company “Ecopetrol S.A” at the office of the Vice-President of Transportation, Logistics and Technical Assets Management in Bogotá, Colombia

2012-2013
Project Assistant at the urban renovation project “Progresa Fenicia” and teaching  at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and Legal advisor at Juan Felipe Pinilla – Urban Law Consultancy in Bogotá, Colombia

2006-2011
Bachelor of Social Science (BSc) in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia

Astrid Heck

* 28.8.1974 in Bonn, + 07.07.2009 in Leipzig

Astrid Heck remains in our heart and mind as a friendly, active, fun-loving and ambitious colleague. In the days of a rapidly shrinking city of Leipzig, she was involved as a landscape architect and urban planner in the development and implementation of innovative approaches for preserving the building heritage and enhancing public space.

As a founding member of HausHalten e.V., she recognized at an early stage that vacant, decay-threatened Wilhelminian style buildings do not present an insoluble problem but hold great potential. Instead of the common demolition of buildings, Astrid advocated for the protection and preservation of endangered old buildings through the acquisition of new users on a non-commercial basis. Many buildings that are important for the urban environment and building culture were preserved in the following years through the so-called “Wächterhaus-Ansatz” (guardian house approach) and were eventually refurbished and modernized for long-term use.

The upgrading and re-use of neglected open spaces, especially on vacant lots and fallow land, was a major concern for Astrid. Together with the Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies of the City of Leipzig, she developed the licensing agreement for the temporary use of private space. In order to bring together supply and demand, Astrid Heck, in collaboration with CivixX, designed the open space portal “Freiräume für Bürgererträume”. Many hitherto unused open spaces, especially in the west and east of Leipzig, could be revitalized.

Unexpectedly and tragically Astrid Heck lost her young life at the birth of her daughter Nele.