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 159.777 - Master

Integral design studio



Semester Topic - University 2068

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.


The Master Studio at IGE is combined with two compulsory elective courses: Urban Design and Energy and Advanced Architectural Science. The beginning of the semester is reserved for an official kick-off event and an excursion to the university campuses and buildings in several big cities in Austria.


Throughout the semester the students will be provided with regular feedback such as  exercise classes, a few “check point” events like the Midterm Review, Cross Fertilization, the Final Review and a number of “pin ups” and “desk crits” where students will present the progress of the design and where they will have the opportunity to get feedback from the lecturers of the institute and invited guest critics.  At the end of the semester the best student projects will be chosen by an independent jury and awarded with prizes.


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