Gaby Bianca Hansen

  • Role in Center:

    Junior Researcher

  • Discipline:

    Architecture, Landscape Architecture

  • University:

    Namibia University of Science and Technology

  • Country:


Biography: Gaby Bianca Hansen, was born in Windhoek, Namibia. She obtained her Bachelor of Architectural Technology degree at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. She has worked in the industry for several architectural firms as an Architectural Technologist before embarking on her academic journey.
In 2011, she joined the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) where she is actively involved in teaching design and theory courses in both undergraduate and post-graduate programs.
In 2016, she obtained her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (Profession) with merits, at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Her main research interest are Ecology and Urbanism. She is currently pursuing a 6 month research scholarship to develop her Ph.D proposal, at the Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) at TU Berlin, Germany.

Research Topic: (Dryness) Brown urban infrastructure: Alternative (nature-based) ecological infrastructure approach to Climate Adaptation Resilience in peri-urban ecosystems: case study in Windhoek, Namibia.

Selected Publications:

  • Hansen, G. B. (forthcoming): Onyika Development Plan. Working Document.


  • Britz, A./Dhliwayo, T./Hansen, G. B./Stoffberg, C/Yankson, E. (forthcoming): Policy Learning and Sustainable Hazards Planning for Informal Settlements in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Namibia: Socio-Ecological Prosperity in Peri-Urban. Working paper.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Landscape Architecture Design
  • Green Infrastructure: Public Open Spaces/”Green” Spaces
  • Urban Ecology
  • Peri-urban (Informal) Resilient ecosystems and public spaces
  • Informal Participatory Engagement

Current Position(s):

  • Lecturer/Undergraduate coordinator, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Prizes & Awards:

  • New World Associates Prize for the student with the best use of plants in Landscape Design

Memberships & Networks:

  • (NIA) Namibian Institute of Architecture
  • (ILASA) Institute of Landscape Architects of South Africa