Creating Sustainable and Resilient Cities 

Resilient Urban Planning and Development (RUPD) GbR is a company based in Germany founded by Parisa Kloss in 2013 to provide ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN and URBAN PLANNING as well as TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING services to local communities, governmental and private sectors, NGOs and academic entities in national and international levels.



RUPD's mission is to provide services that facilitate complex urban transformations, leveraging them as opportunities to create a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive environment.


RUPD's vision is to gain international recognition for its innovative and integrated approach to urban planning and design. By leveraging its multidisciplinary expertise, RUPD strives to create resilient and sustainable urban environments.


RUPD takes a unique and holistic approach to urban planning and design, prioritizing climate change adaptation and resilience. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and long-term partnerships, RUPD empowers local communities and stakeholders with innovative solutions.



Cairo's "Green Skywalk" project is a transformative initiative creating shaded walkways from sustainable materials to combat extreme heat, reduce energy use, and promote a vibrant, eco-friendly urban environment


The project combats Cairo's UHI by locally crafting palm leaf canopies for shade, empowering communities, particularly young women, through jobs and sustainability. It fosters inclusive, climate-resilient action, enhancing lives, reducing energy use, and improving public spaces, offering transformative benefits for all.


The complex designed to mitigate the urban heat island effect in an urban area of Dubai. This has been achieved through the integration of nature-based solutions, utilization of renewable energy, incorporation of high albedo materials, and provision of shade via its unique shape and structure.


Revitalizing Nile and Imbaba through green corridors, combating urban heat, improving air quality, and enhancing community well-being. Bridging the gap for a sustainable future


This project is a visionary urban oasis designed to combat the UHI effect in Cairo while setting new standards for sustainable urban development. It not only reduces higher temperatures but also enhances the overall urban experience, offering a refreshing escape from the heat while promoting environmental responsibility.


This project designed to combat the UHI effect in Abu Dhabi. Elevating greenery improves air quality, creating a hidden cool haven that enhances community well-being and culture. Its adaptable design can spawn more urban Oases, promoting climate resilience while blending modern architecture with local context, benefiting both environment and neighborhood.


This project has invited Tehran to be more sustainable by engaging residents in greening rooftops, reducing energy consumption, improving air quality, and fostering community bonds, with a vision of a greener, cooler, and more resilient city


This project is a visionary initiative to revitalize the Tehran's urban core. This innovative project enhances aesthetics and environmental sustainability by strategically planting trees and greenery. It combats rising temperatures, reduces CO2 emissions, and addresses water scarcity through a unique greywater irrigation system. EcoPathway serves as a sustainable urban development model, fostering a greener and more resilient Tehran.


Our innovative residential building in Tehran blends modern living with sustainability. This design enhances residents' lives and mitigates the UHI effect. By harnessing nature's power, our design reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions, showcasing the impact of thoughtful architecture. 


Partnership is a significantly crucial aspect of RUPD's work, as it enables the organization to increase its capacity to deliver better services to its clients. By working collaboratively and sharing knowledge and resources with its partners, RUPD is able to develop more innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions that can be replicated and scaled up to create greater impact. These partnerships enable RUPD to achieve its mission.



Executive Director

Parisa Kloss is a highly experienced architect, urban designer, and planner who has worked in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe for over 18 years. She founded Resilient Urban Planning and Development (RUPD) GbR in Berlin, Germany in 2013, where she currently serves as the Executive Director.

Parisa is an expert in various areas related to urban planning and climate change, including urban climate change planning, urban heat island effects, climate adaptive/intelligent cities, mitigation and adaptation strategies, and sustainable and resilient urban planning. She conducted post-doctoral research at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute für Meteorologie, and holds a PhD in urban climate with a focus on urban heat island effects from The National University of Malaysia (UKM). Parisa earned her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in architecture in Iran.

In addition to her professional work, Parisa also teaches as an external lecturer at universities in Germany and abroad. She has successfully organized numerous workshops, training courses, and Urban Thinker Campuses as part of the World Urban Campaign, an initiative of UN-Habitat. Through these efforts, Parisa aims to transfer knowledge and strengthen the skills of various stakeholders to take climate action.


2 November 2023 - Berlin, Germany

Parisa Kloss had the honor of being invited as one of the speakers for the 'Towards Green(er) Egyptian Cities' project at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin. She talked on 'Greening Our Cities:Customizing Scalable and Replicable Strategies for a Cooler, Cleaner, More Equitable Future with Local Needs in Mind'.

26 October 2023 - Cairo, Egypt

RUPD, with its partner Habitat Unit, TU Berlin, organized the SDG Localization workshop during the Cairo UTC Action Day. The workshop aimed to familiarize representatives from seven Egyptian cities with climate-related SDGs. The objective was to change and guide them through the localization process, utilizing the City WORKS Tool developed by GIZ

25-26 October 2023 - Cairo, Egypt

RUPD with its Egyptian partners UDF, GIZ Egypt, Habitat for Humanity, Cairo University organized an Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) hosted by UDF titled ''Heat Stress Resilience: Translating Strategy into Urban Climate Actions''.

17 October 2022 - Toronto, Canada

Our book (Smart City) has been launched at City Institute, York University. The book examines critical topics in Smart Cities such as true sustainability and the resilience required for all cities.

2 November 2023 - Berlin, Germany

RUPD is honored to contribute to the 'Towards Green(er) Egyptian Cities: through People-Centered Practice-Oriented Urban Education' project at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin, developed a ''Comprehensive Road Map for Practical Curriculum Enhancement'' based on the outcomes of our workshop titled ''Greening Egyptian Cities: A Path from Research to Real-World Impact''.

26 October 2023 - Cairo, Egypt

RUPD developed ''A Commitment Statement Road Map for Catalyzing Heat Resilience in Egyptian Cities'' levereging the outcomes of the workshop on ''Catalyzing Heat Resilience City'', conducted as part of the Cairo UTC.

12 October 2023 - UNEP-Cool Coalition

RUPD has the honor of joining Cool Coalition as a partner to accelerate action on Sustainable Cooling on a global scale.

11-13 October 2022 - New Delhi, India

Parisa Kloss was honoured to contribute as a speaker, panellist and moderator to DRI Technical Conference and as a technical expert to CDRI Fellowship program.

19 October 2023 - Quito, Ecuador

Parisa Kloss had the honor of being invited as one of the panllists at the Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) on 'Sustainbility in the Built Environment', organized by Smartly and UIA.

28 April 2023 - Srinagar, India

RUPD with its German and Indian partners ''Mannheim City'', ''UNICEF India'' and ''ELFA International'' organized a virtual UTC titled ''Increasing Resilience of School Buildings and Vulnerable Groups to cope with Extreme Weather Events in Himalayas-India''.

17 February 2023 - Mannheim, Germany

Parisa Kloss had the honor of being invited to moderate the opening session and Urban Lab 1 at Mannheim's 9th Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) titled 'Challenges of Climate Change in 5 Continents'.



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Resilient Urban Planning + Development GbR

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