Based on global warming, decline of existing energy resources, exponential population growth, increasing geopolitical instabilities which are the result of uncertainty of the future energy supply, together with the fact that buildings represent about 40% of total energy consumption worldwide leads to a conclusion that a good architecture is not possible without a good energy concept.


    The buildings represent the bigger part of one of the biggest problem of our society - fair distribution of available resources. Therefore architecture can be a big part of the solution. Never before in the history of our civilization architecture had such a chance to gain one of the central roles in the society. Good architecture is always representing the expression of the cultural values, priorities and hopes of a society. Now it can produce a physical response for the existential challenges.


    A sustainable development by definition cannot get along with the decay in architectural quality of our built environment. A building with low architectural quality and good energy concept is not an actual benefit for a sustainable future. The objective of research and teaching at the Institute is the maximization of energy performance of buildings and cities, and the development of architectural and urban projects through form and structure optimization toward energy efficiency.

  • TEAM

    Head of the Institute

    Brian Cody


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00

    consultation-hour - wednesday 11:00 - 12:00

    consultation-hour - friday 11:00 - 12:00

    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter

    Student assistant

    Student assistant


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LV 159.804 - Master - Obligatory Elective Course bound to Integral Design Studio

Advanced architectural science



In winter semester 2017/18, the seminar advanced engineering science will be held in cooperation with the Institute for Structural Design. Additional to the project exercise, the students will be introduced to aspects of energy efficiency, sustainability and comfort.

The aim is to integrate these aspects into the architectural building design and to develop an energy concept in connection with the building use, the building form and the façade.


Obligatory elective subject to Integral Design Studio WS, Institute of  Structural Design



In summer semester 2018 the seminar takes place before the start of the master design studio and conveys the foundations of an energetically optimized architectural design. In a one-week workshop, students develop conceptual designs related to the annual theme Hot & Cold. The seminar provides a broad overview of energy systems of buildings and offers scope for individual development of new and creative energy concepts as a basis for the development of energy-optimized architectural designs.


Obligatory elective subject to Integral Design Studio WS, Institute of Buildings and Energy



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