Barbara Ruhsmann

Barbara Ruhsmann



Telephone +43 1 315 63 93 -21



Mag.a Barbara Ruhsmann has been working in the areas of participation and innovative building at ÖGUT since 2021. Previously, she worked as a project manager for the European Forum Alpbach, where she set up the Built Environment Symposium, among other things, and headed the association "Forum Wohn-Bau-Politik", which broke new ground in legislative crowdsourcing in Austria with the participatory concept of the "Wohnrechtskonvent 2019/20".

At ÖGUT, she has so far been responsible for the organizational management of the "Climate Council of Citizens", for the conception and implementation of on-site renovation consultations in municipalities and for the moderation of numerous workshops in the fields of building research, energy and climate protection.

Key activities

  • Conception and management of participatory projects
  • Head of the editorial team for the information website
  • Conception and implementation of events
  • Process design and moderation


  • Wolf-Timo Köhler, Barbara Ruhsmann: Bürgerbudgets in Österreich und der Stadt Graz, in: Peter Patze-Diordiychuk, Paul Renner, Andreas Paust (eds.): Das Bürgerbudget. Making a big difference with small sums - for local democracy and civic engagement, KSV Medien, Wiesbaden 2022
  • Barbara Ruhsmann: Wiener Wohnpolitik oder Aus Geschichte kann man wirklich lernen, in: Michael Meier, Christoph Franz (eds.): Zwischen Anlagen Anderer, Spector Books, Leipzig 2021
  • Barbara Ruhsmann, Jörg Wippel, Walter Osztovics, Andreas Kovar: Agenda for a new housing law, Forum Wohn-Bau-Politik, Vienna 2020
  • Barbara Ruhsmann: The housing law convention. A consultative-democratic experiment, in: dérive. Journal for Urban Research, N°77, Vienna 2019
  • Barbara Ruhsmann, Jörg Wippel: Wiener Gemeindebau - Blick in die Vergangenheit mit Zukunft, in: Brennpunkt Wohnbau, published by the Club of Vienna, mandelbaum kritik & utopie, Vienna, Berlin 2019
  • Barbara Ruhsmann: "Re:think | Wohn.Bau.Politik". An innovation laboratory, in: Jörg Wippel (ed.): Wohnbaukultur in Österreich. History and Perspectives, Studienverlag, Innsbruck 2014
  • Orhan Kipcak, Barbara Ruhsmann: 5 internet classes., Passagen Verlag, Vienna 2000