Manuel Herz is a practicing architect based in Basel, his most recent project being the Synagogue and Community Center in Mainz. He is the head of research and teaching at ETH Studio Basel: Contemporary City Institute and teaches at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. After having finished his studies at the Architectural Association in London, he taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture and KTH Stockholm. Manuel has published extensively on issues of diasporas and urbanism. Currently, he is researching on the topic of planning strategies of refugee camps and the dilemma of humanitarian action.