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Inaugural lecture by endowed chair Anna-Vera Deinhammer

November 24, 2023

At her inaugural lecture on November 16, 2023, Dr. Anna-Vera Deinhammer presented her focus areas and research methods for the next five years to an audience of students, real estate experts and colleagues.

FHWien der WKW and the consortium of five donors founded the Endowed Professorship for Sustainable Real Estate Development in June 2023. The aim is to create a competence center for sustainable, resource-conserving and climate-neutral real estate development and refurbishment. This will take into account aspects of the circular economy as well as current legal regulations in Austria and the EU.

In her inaugural lecture, Dr. Deinhammer presented three innovation groups that will be the focus of her research:

  • Innovation Group 1 – Governance according to the Quadruple Helix Approach

Areas of activity property development, portfolio management:What must the institutional framework conditions be like in procedural and technical/material terms in terms of a sustainable built environment?

  • Innovation Group 2 – Financing instruments

Areas of activity portfolio management, banking and insurance: What do innovative financing instruments and business models look like that position sustainability as an economic driver?

  • Innovation Group 3 – Integral Engineering

Areas of activity project development, portfolio management, property valuation: How must a property be developed, planned, built and operated so that it meets future meet future sustainability requirements for maximum value retention?

Study Real Business

“During one of my initial conversations about the endowed professorship, I noticed the FHWien der WKW slogan as soon as I entered,” Deinhammer says during her presentation. “‘Study Real Business’ – my research approach will also be based on this, because I want my research to be meaningful and create solution ideas for the economy!”

In her research, she will follow the research approach of design science, which will primarily consist of generating and further developing ideas for practical solutions. Three times a year, the research results will be discussed with the five sponsors and incorporated into teaching, giving the Real Estate Management degree program a further qualification and quality feature for teaching.

“With this endowed chair, we want to give our students on the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs the tools they need to shape the future,” says Klemens Braunisch, Head of Real Estate Management Study Programs, who is delighted about the collaboration with Dr. Deinhammer and the four donors:

  • TPA Steuerberatung GmbH
  • BUWOG Group GmbH
  • LENIKUS Immobilien GmbH
  • Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

>> More about the Real Estate Management Study Programs

>> Watch the inaugural lecture on YouTube.