He is Associate Professor of Practice and the Faculty Director of the masters program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies and affiliated faculty in the Science, Technology and International Affairs program at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He currently serves as co-curator of knowledge management for the Cities & Urbanization initiative at the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Brandes served as Senior Vice President at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he directed research and global programs on climate change and sustainable urban development. He is author and executive editor of several major projects for ULI, including The City in 2050, What’s Next? Real Estate in the New Economy and Getting Ahead of Change. He created ULI’s Climate Change Land Use and Energy (CLUE) initiative and helped establish the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, ULI’s dedicated market research on buildings and energy. Prior to ULI, Uwe was Vice President and Director of Capital Projects and Planning for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation where he directed the urban design of several hallmark projects in the nation's capital, including the new U.S. Department of Transportation, the Capper Carrolsburg project, the Washington Nationals ballpark district and the Yards Park and Diamond Teague Park along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. He oversaw the rezoning of hundreds of acres of waterfront lands as well as the largest transfer of land between the United States and the District of Columbia since the establishment of home rule.
Mr. Brandes has lectured widely on urban design and public space topics and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Wired. He serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and the NoMA Parks Foundation. His education includes a Master of Architecture at the Harvard University School of Design, Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University Dortmund Institute of Spatial Planning, MIT Paul Sun Fellow at the Tsing Hua University School of Architecture and an A.B. in Engineering Science from the Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering.