CITYFÖRSTER was founded in 2005 as an interdisciplinary partnership of architects, engineers, and urban planners that operates internationally, with employees from more than 10 countries. The team, led by eight partners, is spread across offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, and Rotterdam. They conceive, plan, and implement buildings, urban structures, and open spaces for cities that are compact, socially and functionally mixed, multimodally networked, productive, organized around circular economies, and capable of adapting to climate change.

Verena Brehm is a founding partner of CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism. Her field of work encompasses urban transformation processes. Verena Brehm studied architecture and urban design in Hannover, Berlin, and Copenhagen. Since 2022 she is professor for urban design at the University of Kassel.