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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Form follows energy

Prof. Brian Cody






Fields of reference

Building ecology; Construction Physics; Energy saving; Energy Research; Energy Storage; Power engineering; Renewable Energy; Climate engineering; Sustainable Technologies; Sustainable Building; Solar Architecture; Urbanism; Thermodynamics; Heat technology.



Collaborations with world leading, international practicing architecture offices have a proven track record and are an important instrument to expand the state of knowledge in the field of holistic, overall energetic concepts of buildings and urban-design projects as well as advancing the urgently necessary development in this research area worldwide. The consulting company Energy Design Cody is being consulted for some of the most thrilling and fascinating construction projects in the world and is collaborating with world leading architects like Coop Himmelb(l)au, Rem Koolhaas OMA, MVRDV, Miralles Tagliabue to name a few. These collaborations have led to more than 35 first prizes in international competitions. At the same time, software tools are being developed to pave the way for energetic analyses and optimization of innovative energy design concepts. This innovative know-how is being directly transferred to the students when teaching at the institute.



January 2005 - ongoing



Cody, B.: “Form follows Energy, Building Energy Performance and Architecture”, Conference Proceedings, UIA 2005 World Architecture Congress, Istanbul, Türkei, 2005


Cody,B.: „Form follows Energy“, in: Graz Architecture Magazine, Bd. 2, Wien: Springer, 2005,p.28.-41.


Cody,B.:„Form follows Energy“, in: Profile – Magazin über Architektur, Issue 5 (2007), p.04.-10.


Cody,B.:“Form follows Energy“, the SOLAR 2003 Conference, Austin, Texas, USA, 2003.



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