Ulf Hackauf has been educated as an architect in Germany and Denmark. After graduating, he worked as project architect on large developments in Germany, Great Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands. From 2007 to 2014, Ulf Hackauf held a position as teacher, researcher and program coordinator at The Why Factory (T?F), a group at Delft University of Technology, headed by Winy Maas, where he co-authored several books of The Why Factory Future Cities publication series and worked as guest teacher at ETH Zürich and IIT Chicago. Since 2015, Ulf Hackauf is a senior teacher and researcher at the chair of Environmental Technology and Design, department of urbanism at Delft University of Technology. He is coordinator of the Urban Metabolism graduation lab, core teacher at the master program Industrial Ecology and works on a PhD research on the relation between space and metabolism of urban neighbourhoods.