Barbara Ruhsmann

Barbara Ruhsmann



Telephone +43 1 315 63 93 -21



Mag.a Barbara Ruhsmann has been working in the subject area participation at ÖGUT since 2021. Already during her studies of German Philology at the University of Vienna, she was responsible for the conception and implementation of numerous community-oriented everyday culture and literature projects such as "A place writes about his everyday life. Writing workshops in Weitra" (1998/99).

After some experience in the cultural business, among others as a research assistant at the School of Poetry in Vienna (1998 to 2003), Barbara Ruhsmann worked for many years as a project manager for the European Forum Alpbach, where she primarily set up the building culture discussions and later was also a member of the programme advisory board for three years.

Most recently, Barbara Ruhsmann co-founded the association "Forum Wohn-Bau-Politik", a research, event and networking platform that has entered new territory in legislative crowdsourcing in Austria with the participatoryly conceived "Housing Rights Convention 2019/20".

Key activities

  • Conception and management of participatory projects
  • Maintaining the content of the information website
  • Conception and implementation of events
  • Process design and moderation


Barbara Ruhsmann: Wiener Wohnpolitik oder Aus Geschichte kann man wirklich lernen, in: Michael Meier, Christoph Franz (Hrsg.): Zwischen Anlagen Anderer, Spector Books, Leipzig 2021

Barbara Ruhsmann, Jörg Wippel, Walter Osztovics, Andreas Kovar: Agenda für ein neues Wohnrecht, Forum Wohn-Bau-Politik, Wien 2020

Barbara Ruhsmann: Der Wohnrechtskonvent. Ein konsultativ-demokratisches Experiment, in: dérive. Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, N°77, Wien 2019

Barbara Ruhsmann, Jörg Wippel: Wiener Gemeindebau – Blick in die Vergangenheit mit Zukunft, in: Brennpunkt Wohnbau, hgg. vom Club of Vienna, mandelbaum kritik & utopie, Wien, Berlin 2019

Barbara Ruhsmann: „Re:think | Wohn.Bau.Politik". Ein Innovationslabor, in: Jörg Wippel (Hrsg.): Wohnbaukultur in Österreich. Geschichte und Perspektiven, Studienverlag, Innsbruck 2014

Orhan Kipcak, Barbara Ruhsmann: 5 internetklassen., Passagen Verlag, Wien 2000