Carmen works within the fields of architecture, art and design. She is very interested in our seemingly ordinary day-to-day domestic routines and habits. As an architect, she focuses on the perception of and practices within space. Parallel to her self-employed activities, she is currently undertaking her doctoral research about the interaction between space, furniture and man with a special focus on closets and storage spaces.
From 2005 - 2009, Carmen held an assistant professorship in the Department of Product Design at the University of Art and Design in Kassel. Together with her students, she planned and realized various exhibitions and events. She is convinced that practical doing, prototyping in all scales, experimenting and grasping are ways of thinking with the hands and hence a form of understanding our environment in a different, non-theoretical way. In this context, she was, for example, in charge of an interdisciplinary student team that designed and built guest houses for the visitors of the documenta XII. While working on the multidisciplinary research project PLUG+PRODUCE from 2002 - 2004, Carmen developed strategies for mobile and flexible factory building structures for small and medium-sized companies. The whole project was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This collaboration was perhaps Carmen's first step towards design thinking.