Bernhard Scharf

Bernhard Scharf, born 1974 in Salzburg, studied Landscape architecture and Landscape planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. He wrote his masters thesis at the institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction (IBLB) on flowering turf, a drought and load resistant alternative to grass lawns. Since 2006 he is employed as Scientist at the IBLB. His research focus is on vegetation technology, especially building integrated greening, quantification and simulation of plant effects.
In 2014 he co-founded a spin-off company called Green4Cities to support development and realization of green infrastructure.

Professional experience 
From 2006: Technical Director | Green4cities GmbH
Green4cities GmbH, Westbahnstrasse 7, 1070 Vienna, Austria

Researcher and Lecturer | University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, ­Vienna – Department of Structural Engineering and Natural Hazards – Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction GmbHL
University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna

Main activities and responsibilities: Development of research project design, investigation methods, data analyses methods, product innovation and design

Project acquisition
Business partner acquisition and communication. Operational lead of national and international research projects in the field of Vegetation technique.  Consultant of architects and landscape architects concerning building integrated green and green infrastructure.  Publication and presentation of research results at national and international congresses.  Build up of an international interdisciplinary network of experts.

Main projects
– GrünStadtKlima project: www.gruenstadtklima.at
– PROGREENcity project: www.progreencity.com
– EXPO Austria Pavillon: www.expoaustria.at
– GreenConcrete project: www.schotterrasen.at
– PV-Dachgarten

A detailed description of the research projects and publications can be found here

2001 – Master of Science in Landscape Architecture. Flowering Lawn – Investigation of seed mixtures 1998 and 1999 at the University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 ­Vienna

Memberships and awards
Member and editor of Biotope City Journal
Member of Austrian Association of Landscape Architects (ÖGLA)
Member of the association „Verein zur Förderung von Grün-Stadt-Technologien – Green City Technologies“
Member of LinkedIn groups Biotope City, Green Cities, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Vertical Gradens and Living Walls