• Open Architecture 2017





    Faculty of  Architecture is celebrating a very successful Semester. Come and enjoy the exhibition representing all the hard work students have put into their projects, and of course the music, food and drinks.  See you there!




  • Final review! Masterstudio SS 2017



    Final Review for the LV 159.701 Integral design studio


    28nd of June :: AT02056


    With: Prof. Brian Cody, Aleksandar Tepavcevic, Renate Teppner, Sebastian Sautter


    And Guest Critics:

    Univ.Prof.Mag.arch.ELSA PROCHAZKA

    Univ.Ass.Dipl.Ing.BERNHARD SOMMER





  • Energy Design :: Final Presentation




    On Wednesday the students presented their projects, in which they found new and interesting ways to revitalize the Terrassenhaussiedlung in Graz.





     18.05.2017 :: HS1 :: Alte Technik Cross Fertilisation creates an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas between students involved in all the courses at the institute that deal with the annual topic.Through short presentations and discussions, the students of the Bachelor and Master studies as well as students of the University of Applied Arts Vienna are able to learn from each other, to sharpen their thoughts and concepts and to expand their knowledge. Links:PlakatFacebook eventImpressionen 


  • Lecture  'Form follows Energy' Prof. Brian Cody in Politecnico di Milano


     04.05.2017 As part of the collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano, Prof. Brian Cody held a Lecture on 'Form follows Energy' for the students  of  Politecnico di Milano as well as our students, which, together with Aleksandar Tepavcevic accompanied him in this trip.  Links:Foto


  • Workshop Graz:: Vienna :: Milan

     15.03.2017 - 17.03.2017 During the Workshop days, a dialog between the Students of Politecnico di Milano, University of Applied arts in Vienna and our own students was developed. The students, working together with our guest Professor Cino Zucchi, Brian Cody, Aleksandar Tepavcevic, Alexander Eberl and Bernhard Sommer,  were able to exchange ideas in dealing with the annual topic Inhabitable Skin, as well as visit some reference projects in Vienna and Graz. Links:Impressionen


  • Lecture "A city is not a tree" by Prof. Cino Zucchi


     15.03.2017 :: 19:00 :: HSI Born in Milano in 1955, Cino Zucchi graduated at M.I.T. and at the Politecnico di Milano, where he presently teaches. Author of several articles and books on architectural theory and history, he has been the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Together with his studio CZA he has designed and realized several buildings, public spaces and master plans which deserved prizes and mentions. Links:Poster [Link: Plakat]Cino Zucchi Architetti   


  • Masterstudio :: Summer Semester 2017

     In the focus of the Integral Master Studio, in the Summer semester of 2017 at the Institute for Buildings and Energy, will be the “Inhabitable Skin” concept  developed by a group of architects together with Prof. Brian Cody and supported by the Austrian Real Estate Agency. Students will explore the application of the concept on the housing typology and create design solutions for the “buffer zone” which replaces the role of the conventional layered wall. The goal is to improve the total energy performance of the building, especially in the summer and winter period, while on a functional level the “buffer zone” should introduce new spatial qualities for the apartments and allow a bigger flexibility. The same topic will be investigated within our partner institutions, Politecnico di Milano and Die Angewandte in Vienna, led by Professor Cino Zucchi and Bernhard Sommer. What is your vision for the “INHABITABLE SKIN”? A dynamic semester consisting of numerous external activities, including workshops and trips to Vienna and Milano, the Mid-Review and the Cross-Fertilization events with our guest critics Prof. Elsa Prochazka and Prof. Zucchi , lectures and a good working atmosphere with our dedicated teaching staff is waiting for you! If you are a hardworking, talented and strongly motivated student and competitor, don’t miss your chance to be one of the potential student prize winners! We are waiting for you! Links:Poster [Link: Plakat]    


  • Energy Design :: Summer Semester 2017

     LV 159.801 Energy DesignMaster programme, elective course, 6ECTSTutors:  Prof. Brian Cody, DI Alexander Eberl Topic:  Terrassenhaussiedlung 2.0 – Re(dis)covering Utopia In the summer semester 2017, the course will take place in context of the interdisciplinary research project “SONTE“, which focuses on the holistic renovation of the modernist housing estate “Terrassenhaussiedlung” in Graz. Within the framework of the course, a field trip to the housing estate, as well as several guest lectures and guest reviews will take place. This semester, the course will be held in German. Links:Werkgruppe Graztug online   


  • Urban Design and Energy :: Summer  Semester 2017

     This seminar consists in an experimental design approach focussing on spatial potentials of Inhabitalbe Skins within skyscrapers in Manhattan. A sustainable housing neighborhood will be developed on the chosen site. The space to design considers programmes such as extension of the private apartments and spaces for food production. Potential circulation areas in the third dimension have to be considered to connect the buildings. Additional spaces for social gatherings and gastronomy are desired. The focus is on the design tasks, defined in the annual topic and their potential influence on of energy performance, spatial quality, micro climate and quality of life of the urban quartier.  A sustainable energy concept is an integral part of each design project.  Link Poster 


  • FINAL REVIEW! Masterstudio WS 2016/17

     Final Review for the LV 159.777 Integral design studio 2nd of February :: AT02056 With: Prof. Brian Cody, Aleksandar Tepavcevic And Guest Critics:Prof. Cino Zucchi. Politecnico di MilanoUniv.Prof.Mag.arch.ELSA PROCHAZKAUniv.Ass.Dipl.Ing.BERNHARD SOMMER  Link Poster 


  • MIDTERM REVIEW! Masterstudio WS 2016/17

    MIDTERM Review for the LV 159.777 Integral design studio Monday ::  7th of November :: AT02056 With: Prof. Brian Cody, Aleksandar Tepavcevic And Guest Critics:Univ.Prof.Mag.arch.ELSA PROCHAZKAUniv.Ass.Dipl.Ing.BERNHARD SOMMERDipl.Ing.TOBIAS WEISS  Link Poster 


  • Masterstudio WS2016/17

    LV 159.777 Integral design studio



    Inhabitable Skin

    A multi-storey building structure is designed and developed on the terms defined in the annual topic. The ratio of the required technological and energetic effort and the expected energy performance of the building over its entire life cycle is taken into account and optimized.


    With: Prof. Brian Cody, Aleksandar Tepavcevic


    Elective courses:

    LV 159.805 Advanced Facade Technologies with Renate Teppner

    LV 159.806 Advanced Building Systems with Sebastian Sautter



    Link Poster


  • Energy Design WS 2016/17

    LV 159.801 Energy Design

    Elective course 6ECTS


    Architectural, conceptual and technical analysis of energy-efficient buildings and their energy assessment.


    In this course, the students should develop the ability to take a holistic approach on building design. Critical and analytical thinking will be encouraged through written and graphical analysis and discussion of ongoing results. Academic writing and presentation skills will be refined through the preparation of written and illustrated book chapters. Energy-conscious design is explored through design tasks and its assessment with simulation software. This year’s tasks are in context of the annual theme Inhabitable Skin.




    With:  Prof. Brian Cody, Alexander Eberl


    Link Plakat

  • Annual Topic 2016/17

    Inhabitable Skin

    Responsive interfaces in contemporary housing design


    This year we will deal with a new typology in housing. The "inhabitable Skin" a lightweight, flexible, thermal buffer zone, similar to a winter garden, will replace the usual massive, highly insulated walls, common in multi-storey residential construction. More space, more light, less hazardous waste paired with low energy demand and comfortable indoor climate can be achieved by this strategy. The lightweight construction allows a high degree of prefabrication, thus saving time and costs on site. This energy concept has been designed by Energy Design Cody  in a collaboration with the Austrian Real Estate GmbH, Elsa Prochazka and Cino Zucchi Architetti. The task of the students will be to integrate this energy concept into their designs and explore its architectural potential. The teaching is carried out in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano  and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Guest lectures, joint events and a student competition are planned. More information will follow shortly!




    Annual topic PDF

  • New in our team!

    New in our team:

    Renate Teppner, Saša Sever und Vesa Bunjaku



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    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



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


    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter



    Martin Schneebacher


    Student assistant


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00



    Aleksandar Tepavcevic

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



    Alexandru Dan


    Student assistant



    Christiane Wermke



    Minoru Suzkuki


    Student assistant



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