Trained as a Process Engineer at the Technical University in Stuttgart, Thomas Auer is a partner and managing director of Transsolar GmbH, a German engineering firm specialized in energy efficient building design and environmental quality with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York. In January of 2014 he became Professor for building technology and climate responsive design at the Technical University of Munich.
Thomas Auer collaborated with world known architecture firms on numerous international design projects and competitions. A specialist in the fields of integrated building systems and energy efficiency in buildings as well as sustainable urban design, he has developed concepts for projects around the world noted for their innovative design and energy performance – an integral part of signature architecture. The office tower for Manitoba Hydro in downtown Winnipeg, Canada is considered one of the most energy efficient high-rise buildings in North America. Lower Don lands, Toronto is going to be among the first carbon neutral districts in North America.
Outside of Transsolar, Thomas Auer taught at Yale University and was a visiting professor at the ESA in Paris and other Universities. He speaks frequently at conferences and symposia. In 2010 he received the Treehugger “best of green” award as “best engineer”.
Anne Beim is professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (KADK). She holds a M.Arch. and a Ph.D. in architecture from KADK, and has studied under Professor Marco Frascari and Professor David Leatherbarrow at the University of Pennsylvania as part of her Ph.D.
She is the head of CINARK - Center for Industrialized Architecture that works across the gap between architectural education, the construction industry and the architectural profession.
Since 2014, she has co-chaired the graduate program; SET - Settlement, ecology and tectonics.
From 2008-2010 she chaired the Architectural Committee for the Danish Art Foundation and from 2013 -2019 she was chairman of the Danish Architectural Association's Admissions Council. Presently she is member of the Executive Council of the International Association of Structures and Architecture (ICSA)
Research objective is: how architectural ideas are transformed into constructions; defined as building culture and tectonics.
The topics are: the ecological dimension in architecture, how architecture can inform the construction industry, and how architectural qualities can be improved by clever use of materials, construction design and detailing.
Books (authored /co-authored): Circular Construction: Materials, Architecture & Tectonics (2019), Towards an Ecology of Tectonics - The Need for Rethinking Construction in Architecture (2015), Building with an eye for the Future: Visions in Industrial Housing 1970 - 2011 (2012), Three Ways to Assembling a House (2009), Tectonic Visions in Architecture (2004), and Ecology & Architecture Quality (2002).
Graduated in Civil Engineering by the University of Porto in 1987; MSc in Structures by the University of Porto in 1991, and PhD in Construction Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1995; Habilitation in Structures by the University of Minho, in 2005.
Faculty member of the University of Minho since 1989, initially at the Civil Engineering Department, where he was Head of Department from 2003 to 2004. Dean of the School of Architecture from 2004 to 2011. Full Professor of Construction and Technology at the School of Architecture since 2008.
Kathrin Dörfler is an architect and researcher in the field of robotic fabrication. Her research focuses on on-site robotic and mixed-reality fabrication. She holds a Master's degree in architecture from TU Vienna and a PhD degree from Gramazio Kohler Research at the National Center for Research Competence (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich.
Together with Romana Rust, she also co-founded the architectural research studio dorfundrust. Her articles have been published by GAM and Springer and she has participated in various exhibition projects. In summer 2019, she joined TU Munich as a Tenure Track Professor at the TUM Department of Architecture and the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.
Deborah Hauptmann is Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University. Prior to this, she was Director of the Delft School of Design at the TU Delft, The Netherlands.
Hauptmann practiced Architecture in Switzerland, Spain and America; her research draws on a trans-disciplinary approach to architecture, including disciplines of philosophy, cultural & media studies, social science and neuroscience as exemplified in her edited volume Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noopolitics.
Tillmann Klein studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, completing with a degree in 1994. From then on he worked in several architecture offices, later focussing on the construction of metal and glass facades and glass roofs. Simultaneously he attended the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Klasse Baukunst, completing the studies in 2000 with the title “Meisterschüler”.
In 1999 he was co-founder of the architecture office rheinflügel baukunst with a focus on art related projects. In 2005 he was awarded the art prize of Nordrhein-Westphalen for young artists. Since September 2005 he leads the Facade Research Group at the TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and since 2008 he is director of the façade consulting office Imagine Envelope b.v. in Den Haag.
Tillmann Klein is editor in chief of the scientific open access ´Journal of Façade Design and Engineering´ and since 2015 he is guest professor for Design and Building Envelopes at the Technische Universität München.
Ulrich Knaack was trained as an architect at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. After earning his degree he worked at the university as researcher in the field of structural use of glass and completed his studies with a PhD.
In his professional career Ulrich Knaack worked as architect and general planner in Düsseldorf, Germany, succeeding in national and international competitions. His projects include high-rise and office buildings, commercial buildings and stadiums.
In his academic career Ulrich Knaack was professor for Design and Construction at the Hochschule OWL, Germany. He also was and still is appointed professor for Design of Construction at the Delft University of Technology / Faculty of Architecture in the Netherlands, where he developed the Façade Research Group. In parallel he is professor for Façade Technology at the TU Darmstadt / Faculty of Civil engineering, Germany, where he participates in the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design.
Ulrich Knaack organizes interdisciplinary design workshops and symposiums in the field of façades and is author of several well-known reference books, articles and lectures.
Christian Louter is Professor and Director at the Institute of Building Construction, Faculty of Civil Engineering, TU Dresden since April 2019. He obtained his PhD in 2011 on the topic of structural glass at the TU Delft in the Netherlands. From 2010, Christian worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Steel Structures Laboratory at the EPFL in Switzerland. In 2015, Christian returned to the Netherlands as an Assistant Professor of Structural Design at the TU Delft, before joining TU Dresden in 2019. Next to his research and teaching activities, Christian is an Organizer of the international Challenging Glass Conference series, an Editor-in-Chief of the Glass Structures & Engineering journal (Springer) and member of several (inter)national committees.
Claudia Lüling is architect and professor at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-AUS) in Frankfurt/Main for design and spatial arts and founding member of the FFin (Frankfurter Forschungsinstitut).
She started her academic career at Technical University Berlin, followed by a guest professorship at Berlin University of the Arts 2002. Since then she has done intensive research work on materials, that either gain or save energy so as semi-conducter materials (photovoltaics) and lightweight construction with a focus on textile based design. The research work is supported among others by the Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR) and is integrated into the curriculum of FRA-UAS.
Research related student projects have won numerous prizes over the past years, e.g. Stuttgarter Leichtbaupreis 2014, TechTex Award 2015, materialPREIS 2017, Competitionline Campus Award 2016 an 2018, AED Neuland Award 2017, „Moderner Aus- und Leichtbau“ 2018, and were nominated for „Concrete Design Competition 2018/19 PLASTICITY“ 2019. Her own architectural office is located in Berlin with a focus on public bulidings as well as housing and industrial bulidings.
Madjid Madjidi is a Professor for Computer Based Design for Builing Systems at University
of Applied Sciences in Munich. He gives lectures in numerical methods, computer based engineering, building system simulation and computational fluid dynamics.
He was born in Mainz, Germany, in 1961. He studied Aeronautics Engineering at University of Stuttgart from 1981 to 1988. After receiving his diploma he moved to the field of Energy Technologies where he wrote his PhD thesis, in 1996 on model based fault detection and optimization of air-conditioning systems. During his years at University of Stuttgart and later as a consulting engineer he took part in several projects of the International Energy Agency dealing with transient system simulations, building energy management, fault detection and diagnosis methods and reversible heat pumps.
Since 1996 he is running a consulting office for indoor climate solutions and renewable energy concepts. He was involved in many well known building construction projects in Germany such as the retrofitting of the State Library in Berlin, Unter den Linden, the new headquarter of a dress producer in Herzogenaurach and the new laboratory of the Fraunhofer Center for Virtual Engineering in Stuttgart. He is a honored lifetime member of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI), member of the editorial board of the international journal Building Simulation and member of the scientific committee of the international conference System Simulation in Buildings.
Katia Perini is assistant professor at the Architecture and Design Department, Polytechnic School of the University of Genoa (Italy). Her research interests include all the effects of vegetation (green infrastructure and green envelopes) in the field of environmental and economic sustainability in and of urban areas, buildings and urban design.
2012 she defended her PhD dissertation “The integration of vegetation in architecture Innovative methods and tools” with success. Katia spends some period abroad including a period at the Delft University of Technology as guest researcher, a period at Columbia University (NY, USA) as Fulbright scholar and a period at the Technische Universität München (TUM) as visiting scholar thanks to a DAAD Personal award. In 2017 Katia Perini obtains the Italian National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor.
Marco Perino was born on the 7th of June 1963. He is a mechanical engineer and has a PhD in energy technologies. He is full professor at the Polytechnic of Turin and deputy director of the Department of Energy. In 2002 he was visiting professor at the Aalborg University – Denmark and in 2017 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago del Chile.
He chairs courses on thermal and HVAC systems, applied thermodynamic & heat transfer, building physics, ventilation systems. He participated at the research activities of the Annex 26, 35, 44, 59, 65 of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He is member of the international Scientific Committee of most of the relevant conferences in his field of research. He is reviewer for the following international scientific journals: Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Architectural Science Review, Building and Environment, Energy and Building, International Journal of Power and Energy, Journal of HVAC&R Research, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Journal of Green Building, International Journal of Ventilation. He was the chairman of the next International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2015) and is the chairman of the International Association of Building Physics (IABP). Marco Perino was/is responsible of more than 35 research/consultancy contracts and of different projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Regional Authorities and EC. His research activity is summarized by more than 200 scientific papers published on national and international conference proceedings and on national and international journals. From 2015 to 2019 he was vice-head of the Department of Energy – Politecnico di Torino. From 1st October 2019 he is Head of the Department.
Uta Pottgiesser is Professor of Heritage & Technology. The Chair of Heritage & Technology offers a research programme on the technical aspects of architectural heritage, which is vital for the sound restoration of historical buildings.
Uta Pottgiesser studied architecture at TU Berlin (Germany) and worked as a practising architect in Berlin. She obtained her PhD in 2002 on the topic “Multi-layered Glass Constructions. Energy and Construction” from TU Dresden (Germany). From 2004-2017 she has been Professor of Building Construction and Materials at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, HS OWL (Germany) with a focus on building construction and 20th Century architecture. From 2006-2011, she served as Vice-President for Research, Development and Internationalisation of HS OWL. From 2012 – 2016, she was the Dean of the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture. Until December 2018, she was Professor of Interior Architecture at the Faculty of Design Sciences of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and is spokesperson of the Henry van der Velde Research Group.
She currently is vice-chair of DOCOMOMO Germany and chair of the DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Technology (ISC/T). Uta Pottgiesser is internationally active as a board member and reviewer of international journals (e.g. JFDE, JID, Strategic Design Journal), in PhD commissions and organiser of several conferences and seminars. Besides her academic career she acts as a jury member in architectural competitions.
Christiane Sauer is an Architect, since 2013 Professor for Material Design and since 2017 Vice Dean at Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin. Her focus lies on developing and designing material systems for the architectural context based on textile structures, active materials and functional surfaces. She has been working internationally as a practising architect and is founder of formade - studio for architecture and materials. In 2018 she co-founded the research facility DXM - Design Experiment Material, since 2019 she is Principal Investigator and board member of the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity. Image Space Material. She has been teaching internationally, amongst others at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles and Cornell University, NY.
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Jens Schneider is a full professor for structural engineering at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design, TU Darmstadt (Germany). After his studies in civil engineering in Darmstadt and Coimbra (Portugal), he received his PhD from TU Darmstadt in 2001 in a topic about structural glass design.
From 2001-2005 he worked at the engineering office Schlaich, Bergermann and Partner, where he was involved in the structural design of complex steel, glass and concrete structures. In 2006 he was appointed as an authorized sworn expert on glass structures, in 2007 to the position of a professor for structural engineering in Frankfurt and in 2009 to his current position at TU Darmstadt. Since 2011, he is also partner in his engineering office SGS GmbH in Heusenstamm / Frankfurt. Since 2015, he leads the European project group for the preparation of the new Eurocode 11 „Structural Glass“.
Jens Schneider is specialized in structural mechanics of glass & polymers, façade structures, structural design and synergetic, energy-efficient design of façades and buildings.
Claudio Vasquez is Architect and got a Master in Architecture by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1995. He obtained his PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain in 2008.
Today he is Associate Professor and researcher at the School of Architecture of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Specialized in the areas of sustainable architecture and Facade Systems.
Frank Wellershoff (*1967) is a full professor at the HafenCity University, Hamburg (Germany) since 2011. His research is focused on the structural and physical performance of façade systems and building envelopes.
He received his diploma degree in civil engineering from the University of Bochum in 1994 and started his professional career as a project engineer for steel and concrete structures at CSK Engineers, Bochum. From 1997 to 2005 he researched at the Institute of Steel and light-weight Structures, RWTH Aachen University. Here, he conducted several projects in the fields of wind engineering, structural glass application, and façade systems. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 with the topic of stabilization of building envelopes with the use of the glazing.
From 2005 to 2011 he was team leader for engineering at Permasteelisa/Gartner, a global operating façade contractor. In this function he was responsible for the engineering design of more than 30 high end façades.