Any Planning Complex Cities student will get to know Verena Elisabeth Balz. As studio coordinator she will seek to form an engaged group of students and researchers around topics under investigation. However, besides being a studio coordinator, Verena is also a researcher. Her main research interest is in ‘regional design’. She and others in dedicated research networks investigate how design is used in the realm of regional planning and governance and to what kind of performances such use leads. An account of related activities can be found on the webpage of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Thematic group Regional Design.