Verena Hartbaum is research associate at the Institute for for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory) at the University of Stuttgart. She received her M.A. in Architecture and Urban Research from the program a42.org of the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts. She has been teaching at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe and at TU Berlin and published, among others, on the topic of retrospective architecture. She was research associate at the Chair of Architecture and Cultural Theory at TU Munich and has since been working on her dissertation on the relationship between architecture and consensus in the Berlin Republic.