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 159.508 - Bachelor

Design of specialized topics


The practical Design of specialized topics deals with the topic of climate-conscious building. Following the motto form follows energy, we are concentrating on the energetic optimization of buildings in the early planning phase. This means that we will focus on basic design decisions, like 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.


Starting from the question of the university of tomorrow, we will focus on the topic of modernization: How to adapt today's university buildings to meet the demands of tomorrow? This in mind, we will analyze real case studies and explore their spatial, functional and energetic framework conditions and potentials.


This entails questions of resource efficiency, flexibility, adaptability and synergy effects between different uses, but also questions that go beyond the built environment - like changing social and technological frameworks and the role of the university in society. These higher-level considerations in turn influence the spatial considerations and should be reflected in the design in the sense of a holistic vision.


This semester, the practical will be part of the student competition University 2068 initiated in cooperation with and sponsored by the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG).


The concepts and designs elaborated in the practical will compete for the award in the category Bachelor, together with student works from the practical Architecture and Energy. Details on prize money and competitive conditions can be found here:


University 2068, Student Competition


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