Vera Bühlmann is professor for architecture theory at TU Vienna, where she founded and directs the Research Unit Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP since 2016 (attp.tuwien.ac.at). She studied English literature and linguistics, and philosophy and media theory at Zurich University and Basle University in Switzerland. Her doctoral thesis, Inhabiting Media: Annäherungen und Herkünfte einer medialen Architektonik, sought to foreground the notion of code in its active transversality across semiotic, linguistic, and computational paradigms of communication, and to expose code's constitutive role for notions of both mediality and virtuality. She taught at different Schools for Art and Design in Switzerland, before she co-founded and co-directed the applied virtuality laboratory at the Chair for Digital Architectonics at ETH Zurich between 2009 and 2016. In 2020 she co-founded the inter-institutional School for Materialist Research SMR (schoolofmaterialistresearch.org). She acts as senior editor of two book series: applied virtuality book series with Birkhäuser (since 2012) and Architectonics Books with TU Academic Press (since 2021). In 2021 she was elected as a member of the Hochschulrat at Berlin University of the Arts.
Her research focuses on digital gnomonics and an architectonic approach to thought, for which an intellectual kind of craftsmanship is in play with an objective sense of intuition. It draws from continental as well as analytical philosophy, literary and cultural studies, political and legal studies. Recent publications and lectures engage with the architectonic questions of time and space through a quantum optics that bundles and diffracts the tempers and temporalities at work in the traditions of pop and canon(s). Her forthcoming monograph is entitled The Digital, a Continent? Nature and Poetics (TU Academic Press, 2022). She is the author of Information and Mathematics in the Philosophy of Michel Serres (Bloomsbury, 2020), and Die Nachricht, ein Medium. Generische Medialität, Städtische Architektonik (Birkhäuser, 2014). She is also the co-editor of the Metalithikum Books I-IV (Birkhäuser, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), and of two anthologies: Sheaves: When Things are Whatever can be the Case (2013), A Quantum City, Mastering the Generic (2015) (among other publications).