Baerbel Mueller is a practising architect and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture (IoA) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. She studied architecture at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in Germany, and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where she graduated with honours. From 2002 to 2011, she has been teaching at Studio Prix, directing student realization projects and transdisciplinary courses. Since October 2011 she is head of the recently established IoA lab [applied] Foreign Affairs, which investigates spatial and cultural phenomena in rural and urban Sub-Saharan Africa through research-based workshops and field trips. Between 2004-2008 she collaborated with a partner as nav_s andrea boerner baerbel mueller; 2008 she founded nav_s baerbel mueller [navigations in the field of architecture and urban research within diverse cultural contexts], currently focusing on projects in Ghana and the DR Congo.