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

    Project Assistant/Lector

    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter

    Student assistant

    Student assistant


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LV 159.777 - Master

Integral design studio



Annual Topic - HOT/COLD

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?



On a selected site in two different climate zones, students will be asked to design a university campus for a self-elected discipline. Starting from the urban design scale the task will be to find a suitable spatial configuration responding to the given climate data and location. After successful development of the urban solution, students will proceed into next phases of the design, where the implications of the climate will be solved on the building organizational level and on the facade level. As a result the final design will show a comprehensive result consisted of strategies applied an all building levels.


Structure and objectives

As a part of the Integral Master Studio at the IGE Institute, the students will also benefit from two intensive workshops organized within the elective courses: advanced building systems and advanced facade technologies. The aim of these workshops is to provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to successfully accomplish the design task of the Master Studio. A dynamic semester at IGE involves also a field trip to WU Campus in Vienna and numerous events, such as Cross Fertilization and Midterm Review, where the students will be able to receive a feedback for their design and profit from the guest critics. The final objective of the course is to prepare the student for the upcoming professional challenges in the future and to teach them how to approach and solve design challenges in difficult climate conditions.

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