Priv.Doz. DI Dr MSc
Doris Österreicher is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) at the Institute of Spatial Planning. Her research focuses on climate adaptive and sustainable architecture and urban planning with an emphasis on energy and resources. She is also partner at Treberspurg & Partner Architekten, an architecture firm specialising in sustainable design. She worked for more than nine years in applied research at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and was head of the Sustainable Buildings and Cities business unit at the AITs Energy Department. Before that, she worked over eight years as an architect in the UK and the US.
She is a registered Architect in Austria and the UK. She holds a diploma and doctorate in architecture from the Vienna University of Technology, a Habilitation from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and a degree in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the
University of East London.
Reshaping our cities
Challenges and solutions for sustainable urban development processes based on examples
from the city of Vienna, Austria
Climate change and societal drivers require a rethinking of architecture to ensure that our built
environment can reduce the environmental impact and help mitigate adverse climate effects. Large-
scale urban development projects in particular shape cities over a long period of time and can contribute heavily to energy and resource consumption.
Reshaping our cities towards a zero-carbon approach must therefore be ensured for a sustainable and high-quality urban life. In Vienna, several large-scale development projects provide examples and practical solutions on how integrated design and stakeholder-processes can lead to a sustainable circular-economy approach and synergies
related to the low impact use of energy and resources.