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. 

  • TEAM

    Head of the Institute

    Brian Cody



    consultation-hour - wednesday 11:00 - 12:00




    Hatice Cody


    Martin Schneebacher


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00



    Aleksandar Tepavcevic

    consultation-hour - friday 11:00 - 12:00


    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter



    Christiane Wermke



    Minoru Suzkuki


    Student assistant


    Student assistant


    Student assistant




    Construction physics

    (3. Semester)


    Building engineering

    (3. Semester)


    Architecture and energy

    (4. Semester)


    Workshop 3

    (5. Semester)


    Design of specialised topics

    (6. Semester)




    Integral design studio

    Compulsory Subject


    Computer simulation

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio SS


    Energy design

    Elective Course


    Advanced facade technologies

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio WS


    Advanced Architectural Science

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio SS


    Advanced building systems

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio WS




    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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LV 159.777 - Master

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 2019/20. 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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