• 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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  • Research project Sonte :: Presentation



    Smart Modernization Terrassenhaussiedlung


    06. April 2018, 18:00 :: Peter Hauptstraße, 8042 Graz


    Project Sonte ended with April 2018 and the results will be presented and discussed this Friday.  The modernization guide to the settlement has been developed by the project team, the apartment owners and the residents of "Terrassenhaussiedlung".

    Come and join the discussion!


    More info:

    Sonte Projektinformationen

    Research project Sonte

    Smart Cities




  • Student Competition :: University 2068 :: Summer Semester 2018



    Take part  in our Student Competition "University 2068"

    in Summer Semester 2018 !


    Following on from the success of the “Inhabitable Skins” collaboration with ARE (Austrian Real Estate) in the academic year 2016/17, this semester we will collaborate with BIG (Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft) and focus on future-orientated solutions for university buildings. The following question will be addressed; given the ongoing and expected demographic, technological and social changes in society, how should we build university buildings today, so that they will able to cope with the challenges of the future 50 years from now. The collaboration will again take the form of a Student Competition, which is generously supported with prize monies by BIG. The goal is a mutually beneficial cross fertilization between teaching, research and practice.


    You can find more info in our  brochure: University 2068, Student  Competition


  • Masterstudio :: Summer Semester  2018



    In the Master Studio the semester topic will be handled on a conceptual level. The important part of the semester work is the definition of the research question and the preparation of the design task.  These will be developed by the students in form of an essay, a so called “Manifesto”. The outcome of these Manifestos should end with various projects that involve different university typologies on numerous locations in Austria. The tasks and the projects are generally fictive, but could also be based on real conditions and scenarios.


    We are waiting for you!




  • Energy Design :: Summer Semester 2018



    Working directly in close collaboration with Prof. Brian Cody you will be part of a team investigating a new typological approach to educational and research buildings, which utilizes atria type spaces to allow the use of symbiotic relationships and synergetic energy effects between the various different program elements of offices, labs and teaching spaces, while at the same time providing space to promote informal communication and social interaction in the form of “interior urbanism”. The focus is on connecting the major design themes of communication and energy.


    We are waiting for you!





  • Final Presentation Masterstudio Hot&Cold  :: Wintersemester 2017/18



    Final Review for the LV 159.777 Integral design studio


    31st of January :: ATDG114 :: 11AM


    With: Prof. Brian Cody, Aleksandar Tepavcevic


    And Guest Critics:

    Univ.Prof.Mag.arch.ELSA PROCHAZKA


    Univ.Ass.Dipl.Ing.BERNHARD SOMMER



    Link Poster


  • Debate "Stadt finden" -  How does energy get into urban planning?


    Debate "Stadt finden"


    Ongoing debate between architects and civil engineers on different aspects about urban planning and urban development. How does energy get into urban planning?



    More info and the full debate


  • Building engineering WS 2017/18 Poster template


    Poster template for the Building engineering course WS 2017/18


    Link to the .zip file

  • Building engineering WS 2017/18 Model Tutorial


    Model tutorial for the final presentation of the Building engineering course


    Link to the tutorial


  • Discussion: Walls for eternity: How sustainable are universities?


    Walls for eternity: How sustainable are universities?


    Discussion on 6 November 2017 at 6 pm in Vienna at the Federal Real Estate Company.


    More info

  • Annual Brochure 2017/18



    Annual Brochure PDF

  • Student Competition :: Inhabitable Skin :: Award Winners


    The winners of the student competition






    1. Prize Bachelor Architecture TU Graz

    "Cross Fortification"

    Dokonal Felix, Hermann Klara, Julian Lanca Gil, Pacher-Theinburg Assunta


    2. Prize Bachelor Architecture TU Graz


    Großmann Charlotte, Jenner Bettina, Lieskonig Stephanie, Petautschnig Hannes


    3. Prize Bachelor Architecture TU Graz


    Schnablegger Benjamin





    1. Prize Master Architecture TU Graz

    "Vertical Village"

    Peers Sarah


    2. Prize Master Architecture TU Graz

    "Green Oasis"

    Lienhart Petra


    3. Prize Master Architecture TU Graz

    the skin u’r in

    Karajić Elmas





    1. Prize and Grand Prix Master Architecture Angewandte Wien

    "Affordable living"

    Wild Martin


    2. Prize Master Architecture Angewandte Wien

    "Cross Diffusion"

    Goern Benjamin, Potra Mihai


    3. Prize Master Architecture Angewandte Wien

    "Permable clusters"

    Denman Mary, Juul Frost Mathias, Yonchev Angel








  • Student Competition :: Inhabitable Skin :: Award ceremony


    The Institute of Buildings and Energy would like to invite you to the

    INHABITABLE SKIN award ceremony.



    09.10.2017 – 17:00

    AULA – Alte Technik – TU Graz

    Price categories: Bachelor / Master / Master the ANGEWANDTE



  • Masterstudio :: Winter Semester 2017/18



    In the academic year 2017/18 at the Institute of Buildings and Energy, in the focus of the Integral Master Studio will be design for extreme climate conditions. As an inevitable part of the global warming phenomena, the climate change is causing more intense polarization of the climate conditions worldwide into two extremes – extreme hot and extreme cold. How does this climate polarization influence the design process of our buildings and cities? Is there an evident spatial difference in urban design concepts for these two climates? What are the differences on a building and facade level? In which of these climates would it be possible to achieve human conditions with less energy effort?


    We are waiting for you!





  • Energy Design :: Winter Semester 2017/18




    Working in directly in close collaboration with Prof. Brian Cody you will be part of a team which will design two vertical campus projects, one in the hot and humid climate of Mumbai, one in the cold climate of Anchorage, Alaska.


    A vertical campus is a new typological approach to educational and research buildings, in which the program is stacked vertically and the important spaces to promote informal communication and social interaction are developed in vertically continuous volumes which connect the program of offices, labs and teaching spaces together.


    We are waiting for you!





  • Workshop 3 :: Winter Semester 2017/18




    As part of this year's theme “Hot and Cold”, we will put ourselves into border country of the Andean states of Peru and Bolivia. There, we find highly contrasting climatic conditions, due to the enormous differences in altitude: permanently cool areas in the highlands of the Andes, and permanently warm regions in the subtropical lowlands.


    These contrasting environments provide perfect conditions to study the influence of the outside temperature on the climatic design of buildings: Let away the outside temperature, the climatic conditions are comparable - the sun path is almost the same, rainfall, seasonal and daily temperature fluctuations are similar.






  • Junge Architekturfroschung Graz



    05.07.2017 :: 17:00 until 20:00

    HDA House of Architecture


    The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Architecture at TUGraz and the House of Architecture present Junior Researchers and their Mentors  from the field of Architecture.




  • Start-up Special: Breaking News - Wir starten



    07.07.2017 :: 19:00

    HDA House of Architecture


    The HDA in cooperation with the Chamber of Civil Engineers of Styria and Carinthia will organize a  talk with a lineup consisting of young architects and technicians who are in the process of starting their own businesses.



      -Studio Magic Graz: Patricia Wess, Thomas Kalcher, Davide Barbieri, Stefania Monici, Peter Kanzler, Vanessa Hanni, Maria Barbi, Thomas Kain, Judith Urschler, Max Kieninger

      -ARS ATELIE Prishtina: Gresa Kastrati, Flakë Zeneli, Krenare Juniku und Donika Luzhnica

      -Häfele Nuler Architektur Wien: Theresa Häfele, Julia Nuler


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    Against the predominant background of global warming, rapidly diminishing energy resources, exponential population growth, increasing geopolitical instabilities resulting from the uncertainty of the future energy supply situation together with the fact that buildings are responsible for at least 40% of the world's energy consumption, good architecture is not possible without a good energy concept. Buildings represent a large part of what is probably one of the biggest problems of our society - namely the fair distribution of the resources available to us. Architecture can therefore be a major part of the solution. Never before has this discipline been offered a comparable opportunity to play such a central role in the history of mankind. Good architecture is always a concrete expression of the cultural values, priorities and hopes of a society. But now it can also provide the physical answer to this existential challenge. By definition, sustainable development cannot be accompanied by a simultaneous loss of architectural quality in our built environment. A building with little architectural quality and a good energy concept therefore makes no real contribution to a sustainable future. Research and teaching at the IGE focuses on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities and developing architectural and urban design projects that are inherently highly energy efficient by optimizing their shape and structure. 


    Architecture is not only responsible for a large proportion of the world's energy consumption - architecture is energy. A line on paper that represents an architectural intention often implies decades or centuries of associated energy and material flows. At the Institute for Buildings and Energy (IGE),  energy-efficient architecture is understood as a triad of minimized energy consumption, optimal indoor climate and excellent spatial qualities - both at the urban and individual building level.


    The experience and the accumulated know-how from the practice of the consulting firm Energy Design Cody through collaborations with architectural offices such as Coop Himmelb(l)au, OMA, Miralles Tagliabue, Delugan Meissl, MVRDV, to name but a few, flow back into basic research but also into the teaching activities at the institute via lectures and impulse lectures, so that students benefit directly from this experience and knowledge.


    Since 2010, the concept has been to prepare a special topic of focus for the coming academic year with the aim of focussing attention in teaching and research on a specific topic for a limited period of time and to exploit synergies between the various activities. At the end of the year, the results of the teaching and research activities are summarized in a brochure and presented to all members of the faculty together with the chosen topic for the coming academic year.





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