The IBA_Vienna Advisory Committee

The international Advisory Committee of the IBA_Vienna under the chairmanship of Professor Kunibert Wachten and his deputy Margrit Hugentobler has the following tasks:

  • Participation in the elaboration of the program of the IBA in regards to its content 
  • Consultancy of the office of the IBA as well as of its President 
  • Monitoring and critical reflection of the IBA process (i. a. opinions on individual projects) 
  • Contribution of international expertise and perspectives in the professional discourse 
  • Representation of the IBA idea within the international professional community and in the larger public
  • Close cooperation with the IBA Team during the qualification process of IBA projects


All Members of the Advisory Committee of the IBA_Vienna

Kunibert Wachten

Professor at the RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism

Kunibert Wachten has been chair of the Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism at the RWTH Aachen University since 1999; Before that, he was an academically active at the Technical University of Dortmund, the Bochum University of Applied Sciences and the Vienna University of Technology, among others. His teaching and research activities focus on planning economics and real estate project development, strategic land and existing property development as well as urban and cultural landscapes in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Together with Rudolf Scheuvens, he has been heading the architecture & planning company 'scheuvens+wachten' in Dortmund since 1994. The company sees planning primarily as a process and focuses on the coordination, supervision and moderation of these processes.

Margrit Hugentobler

Research associate at ETH CASE at ETH Zurich

Margrit Hugentobler has worked as a senior research assistant at the ETH housing forum – ETH Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment since 1992. From 1980 to 1992, she studied and researched at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). In her work, she focuses primarily on social science research and development projects on questions of quality development in housing construction in the context of sustainable urban development.

Ingrid Breckner

University Professor of Urban and Regional Sociology at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU)

Ingrid Breckner has been Professor at HafenCity University Hamburg since 2006. Her current research focuses on suburbanization, the social city, insecurity in European cities and mobility and strategies of integrated urban development. She has been member of the advisory board of the Housing Initiative of the City of Vienna and of the advisory board for quality assurance of aspern Seestadt and is active in an advisory capacity in other scientific and professional advisory boards in Germany and Switzerland.

Massimo Bricocoli

Professor at the Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Politecnico di Milano

Massimo Bricocoli teaches Urban Policies, Housing and Neighbouhoods at the Politecnico di Milano. He is a founding member of the research group SUI GENERIS (Sociology of Public Action), a member of the City Reformers Group at the London School of Economics and of the advisory board of “Welfare for all”, a socio-political innovation project of the City of Milan. His research includes urban regeneration processes, housing policy in the context of the post-industrial city, and housing and social inequality.

Cuno Brullmann

Architectural office Paris/Vienna; Professor at the Section of Housing Construction and Design, Vienna University of Technology

Brullmann studied Architecture at the ETH Zurich and worked for Ove Arup Associates in London from 1970 to 1971. From 1972 to 1974, he was an employee and project manager at Piano/Rogers and was involved in numerous projects in Genoa and Milan as well as the project for the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has run his own architecture firm in Paris since 1977 and from 1980 to 1994 he was Professor at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture. Brullmann has been a Full Professor at the Vienna University of Technology since 1995. He lives in Switzerland and in Austria.

Patrick Gmür

Gmür & Gschwentner Architekten AG, Zürich

After studying architecture at ETH Zurich, Gmür ran his own architectural office in Zurich from 1989 to 2009, and since October 2016 he has again been working as a freelance architect together with his office partner Michael Gschwentner. He won numerous architectural competitions and made a name for himself in particular with residential and school buildings in Switzerland and internationally. From 2009 to September 2016, Gmür was Director of the Office for Urban Development of the City of Zurich and was (co-)responsible for the development and implementation of the regional spatial planning concept, the overall revision of the regional structure plan, the partial revision of the building and zoning regulations and, most recently, for the preparation of the municipal structure plan.

Kenan Güngör

Social scientist, owner of [think.difference], the office for society, organization and development in Vienna.

Kenan Güngör, a German-speaking European with Kurdish-Turkish roots, has headed the [think.difference], the office for society, organization and development in Vienna since 2007. As an organizational consultant and international expert on integration and diversity issues, he advises and supports governmental and non-governmental organizations at the federal, state and local levels. He managed numerous integration-related guiding principles processes at the state and city level. As a strategic consultant, he supported the City of Vienna for several years in integration and diversity related issues. Furthermore, he is a member of the independent expert council of the Austrian Federal Government as well as the chairman of the Expert_Forum Prävention, Deradikalisierung und Demokratiekultur (Prevention, Deradicalization and Culture of Democracy) of the City of Vienna.

Raimund Gutmann

Social scientist, owner and Head of Institute of wohnbund:consult, Salzburg/Vienna

After conducting numerous studies on behalf of the Austrian Federal Government, the provinces, municipalities and property developers as a freelance social scientist, he took over the management of the non-profit “Österreichischer Wohnbund – Verein für wohnpolitische Innovation und gemeinschaftliches Wohnen” (Austrian Housing Federation – Association for Housing Policy Innovation and Community Housing) in 1993. In this function, and as director and owner of the consulting agency “wohnbund:consult – Büro für Stadt.Raum.Entwicklung” since 1990, he initiated numerous participation projects, which aim at new forms of social interaction in housing, but also in the neighborhood.

Bart Lootsma

Professor at the Institute for Architectural Theory and History of Building at the University of Innsbruck

Bart Lootsma is a historian, theorist, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and fine arts, University Professor of Architectural Theory and Head of the Institute of Architectural Theory and Architectural History at the University of Innsbruck. He was Visiting Professor of Architecture, European Urbanity and Globalization at the Universities of Luxembourg, Vienna, Nuremberg, Amsterdam and Head of Research at the ETH Zurich, Studio Basel. In addition, Lootsma is a board member of architektur und tirol (aut) and a substitute member of the Advisory Board for Building Culture in the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna.

Thomas Madreiter

Director of Planning of the City of Vienna

Thomas Madreiter studied Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology and joined the City of Vienna in 1995, where he initially worked as a planning consultant in the Department of Planning and Zoning From 2001, he was in charge of financial affairs, economic development and subsidies in the office of the Executive Group for Finance, Economic Policy and Vienna Public Utilities; from 2005, he headed the MA 18 (Department for Urban Development and Urban Planning). Since 2013, Thomas Madreiter has been Director of Planning of the City of Vienna.

Rita Mettler

METTLER Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin

Rita Mettler has run an office for landscape architecture in Berlin since 1995 and in Gossau (Switzerland) since 2002. Prior to that she worked for several years at Zulauf und Partner Landschaftsarchitekten, Baden (CH). Rita Mettler participated with success in national and international competitions and realized projects in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. Her work focuses on the design of public spaces (squares, parks, boulevards etc.).

Christoph Reinprecht

Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna

From 2004 to 2008 Christoph Reinprecht was deputy head of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vienna, and since 2007 he has been heading the study program for Sociology. At the Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint Denis, he has been a visiting professor since 2008, and since 2011 he has been an associate researcher of the organizations “Centre for Housing Research (CRH)” and “Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement (LAVUE)”, Paris. Since 2011, he has also been in charge of the research platform “Migration and Integration Research” at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vienna.

Carmen Roll

Azienda per i servizi sanitari N.1 Triestina

Since the late 1970s, Carmen Roll has been working in the public health sector of the Province of Trieste at the interface of health and social policy and social housing, focusing on the challenges of demographic change and unemployment on social systems, urban planning and housing provision. Carmen Roll has worked as an international consultant for the UN organizations WHO and UNOPS and the ESF, among others.

Cornelia Schindler

Managing Director of ss | plus architektur ZT GmbH

Schindler studied Architecture at the Vienna University of Technology. Already during her studies of architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, she worked in planning offices in Vienna and Jerusalem. After stays in Brazil and Israel she was a partner in the architectural firm LSSS (Lautner-Scheifinger-Szedenik-Schindler) from 1992 to 1999. Since 2000, she and Rudolf Szedenik have been managing the architecture firm of s&s architekten, whose work focuses on subsidized housing in Vienna, especially in the areas of social sustainability and energy-efficient planning and construction. Schindler has been a member of the Land Advisory Board of wohnfonds_wien since 2009.

Christiane Thalgott

Former Urban Planning Commissioner of Munich

From 1972, Thalgott worked as an urban planner, first in the building authority of Norderstedt, then, from 1987, as Urban Planning Commissioner in Kassel. Being Urban Planning Commissioner, she was Head of the Municipal Planning and Building Control Office from 1992 to 2007, and Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Munich Society for Urban Renewal from 1994. Apart from being Urban Planning Commissioner, she took on teaching assignments at the University of Kiel and the TUM - Technical University of Munich, which appointed her an honorary professor in 2003. From 2003 to 2007, Thalgott was President of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL). In 2013, she was elected as a member of the Architecture Section of the Akademie der Künste Berlin.