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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LV 159.508 - Bachelor

Design of specialised topics


PE Design of specialised topics

LV 159.508 | 3SH | 4ECTS | Bachelor


The practical “Design of specialized topics” deals with the topic of climate-conscious buildings. Following the motto “form follows energy”, we are concentrating on the energetic optimization of buildings in the early planning phase. It’s the basic design decisions that are important in this exercise: the location, orientation, form, zoning and organization of buildings. In this early planning stage the planner still has the greatest influence on the ecological footprint of his work. The later energetic considerations are introduced into the design process, the smaller the potential for optimization and the higher the structural and technical effort to achieve the set goals.


This year's focus will be on the hotel typology. The student will be challenged with a task to design a hotel in an inner-city location, in one of the four proposed locations such as London, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, and Toronto. Given the specific climate conditions in each of these locations, the students will have to propose a structure that best responds to the selected one, satisfying both the high visual and functional hotel design standards and providing optimal environmental comfort in the most energy-efficient way.



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