Ruth Schagemann

Ruth Schagemann

Ruth Schagemann, (b. 1974) is an architect who studied architecture at the University of Braunschweig and at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. In 2006 she founded the Architect’s office VICEVERSA Architektur + Medien together with her husband. She was elected member of the executive board of the Architects` Council of Europe (ACE) from 2016 until 2021, Coordinator of the European Network of Architects` Competent Authorities (ENACA), member of the Coordination Group Europe of the Federal Chamber of German Architects and is head of department of national and international professional policy at the Chamber of Baden-Württemberg. Since 1. January 2022 she is the President of Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)

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Courage to change

It is clear that climate change, environmental exploitation and demographic trends are having a dramatic impact on how landscape is shaped, used and viewed. How we live together and the living conditions of the inhabitants of ever larger cities with ever higher demands, for example, have long made it necessary to look at nature from more than just aesthetic or economic points of view.

Turning away from the use of fossil fuels is the first duty – Europe, for example, is to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 according to the will of the European Commission. In our continent, the climate crisis and its consequences have only just reached the broad public, and now we are being confronted with the reality of a warlike invasion of a sovereign European country with brutal consequences. Russia and Ukraine – are both countries of global importance in the field of fossil energy sources, but also of basic food provision.

All this will not pass us by without leaving a trace. The need for a paradigm shift in design, planning and building is finally being recognised across Europe. After the debate on content, it is now high time to act and we as architect are part of this change.

We already know a lot, have adequate experience with existing best practice examples. Although we are constantly expanding our knowledge, we still have a lot of catching up to do and much to assert against other target interests. My appeal is therefore: Let us look courageously into the future and make the needed changes together.