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 159.777 - Master

Integral design studio

Prof. Brian Cody, Christiane Wermke, Sebastian Sautter




159.777 Integral Design Studio

Prof. Brian Cody, Christiane Wermke, Sebastian Sautter


Compulsory elective subjects:

159.802 Computer Simulation, Christiane Wermke

159.804 Advanced Architectural Science, Sebastian Sautter



Nowadays, we are living in a time when it is so easy to move from one place to another. Especially far distances can be reached within a few hours. We as architects cannot influence the means of transportation that people are using and their environmental impact, but we are able to influence the aspects of sustainability and energy efficiency of the building they are staying at during the stay- wherever they may be in the world, whether it may be short- or long-term. People are travelling to cities for holiday or to conferences to share knowledge and to build up a network in their fields. Employees of companies travel to meet their customers to plan and advance projects or to acquire new clients. These city trips whether its for leisure or work, meetings of scientists and researchers but also people from the industry are in the focus of this year’s annual topic. An adequate design for a city hotel that is also sustainable and energy-efficient shall be worked on throughout the winter semester in the Master studio.




„Learning from Hotels“ is the topic of this winter semester. In particular, the design task includes a city hotel with a few special features such as conference rooms, restaurant and bar, fitness and wellness area and a laundry service. The typology will be a tower/high rise building, which will be the basis to develop an overall energy concept. The exact energy demand will be calculated in the elective course Advanced Building Systems, where one hotel room will be modeled and simulated. This approach shall help the students to continuously optimise their hotel design throughout the semester, such as facade parameters including facade materials but also to optimise the air conditioning of the hotel room. The assignment will include different sites in four different climate conditions: London, Toronto, Dubai and Rio de Janeiro.




The semester will start with an introduction and research phase. The students will look for information about topics such as climate, hotel architecture and energy demands and challenges of hotels. This accumulated knowledge will be used and extended throughout the semester. The elective course Advanced Façade Technologies will support students to develop an appropriate façade with relevant technologies. Furthermore, the students will model one of their hotel rooms and calculate the energy demand of it in order to continuously improve the design of the hotel and its components. At the end of the semester, students are able to analyse a project sites according to its climate and are able to develop a sustainable and energy-efficient hotel architecture. To support the design development, regularly feedback will be organized such as “cross-fertilization”, the midterm-review or a guest critic with colleagues from the institute or external experts.


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