Dr. Silke Ötsch is currently working on a research project on the role of architects as intermediaries in financialization founded by the Austrian Research Found (FWF) at the Department of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck. She worked as scientific employee at the Institute of Construction and Design at the Innsbruck University, as lecturer at the Institute for Architecture Theory at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), in the architectural offices of Arets Architekten in Maastricht as well as Haid und Partner in Nürnberg and for Attac Germany. Silke Ötsch received her doctoral degree at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and studied architecture in Weimar and Paris. She published books in the field of architecture theory with the title “Stripping las Vegas” (with K. Jaschke) and “Überwältigen und Schmeicheln”, and articels in the review GAM and others, and published in the field of political economy, among others the book “Das Casino schließen” (together with T. Sauer and P. Wahl) on the financial crisis and “Räume der Offshore-Welt” (together with Celia Di Pauli), which is a publication on concrete spaces of tax havens and offshore centres in Europe and their implications. Her main research interest is globalization and financial architecture.