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”.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Selkowitz has 40 years of experience in the field of building energy and environmental performance, with an emphasis on research, development, and deployment of energy efficient technologies, integrated building systems and sustainable design practices. He is Senior Advisor for Building Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
An internationally recognized expert on window technologies, window software tools, façade systems, and daylighting, he leads a multidisciplinary team in the development and demonstration of technologies, systems, processes and tools. Projects range from innovative materials research for glazing and daylighting to development of energy simulation tools for integrated building design and operations, and from near term field demonstrations of emerging technologies to research supporting “net zero energy” buildings.
The research program balances R&D with an aggressive technology transfer effort so that research results are effectively adopted by the building industry. Selkowitz participates in a wide range of building industry, government, and professional activities in the U.S. and internationally, is a Scientific Advisor to 4 building science programs globally, and author/co-author of over 170 publications, 4 books and holds 2 patents. In 2012 he was the recipient of the first LBNL Lifetime Achievement Award for Societal Impact and in 2014 he received the McGraw Hill/ENR 2014 Award of Excellence for “relentlessly working to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and for moving the nation towards better building performance.” He holds an AB degree from Harvard College with a major in Physics and an MFA in Environmental Design from California Institute of the Arts.
Alberto Raimondi (1966) is a junior professor at the Faculty of Architecture University of Roma Tre, Italy. Since 2015, he is also a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Munich.
Alberto Raimondi teaches Construction Design, Materials and components and Building Technology at the Faculty of Architecture of Roma Tre. He is involved in international and national researches. His main activities and responsibilities are research and experimentation in the field of the Technology of Architecture, focusing on innovation in construction (structural design, BIM for design control and construction process) and Sustainability design (Building Materials, Technologies to improve the energy efficiency and quality of environmental control systems in buildings,). He introduced the use of BIM in the courses to improve the students control of design and construction.
In the last years the research is focused on the issue of building retrofitting.
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.
Anne Beim is a Professor in Architecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture. She is the head of CINARK - Centre for Industrialized Architecture and initiator as well as Co-chair of the Graduate Program; Settlement, Ecology and Tectonics. She received her M.Arch. in 1990 and holds a PhD. in Architecture, gained in 2000 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture. Part of her PhD studies has been conducted under Professor Marco Frascari and Professor David Leatherbarrow as a visiting scholar at PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania.
In 2008 she was appointed professor of Architectural Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen. From 2008-2010 she was the Chair of the Architecture Committee of the Danish Arts Foundation and since 2013 - the Chair of the Admission Board of the Architects Association in Denmark.
Her research is particularly focusing on how architectural ideas translate into the world of constructions defined by building culture and tectonics – the latter considered as an essential part of the architectural creation and in regard of its ecological dimension. The challenges provided by the rational pragmatism of the construction industry, for which deep knowledge into material qualities, construction principles and detailing are important design parameters of the architect, have her special attention. She has managed and conducted several research projects and published a number of books and scientific articles within this field.
Andreas Wagner, born 1959, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before he worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg for 8 years.
His main fields of research included solar thermal systems and energy concepts for buildings. Since 1995 he is a full professor for Building Physics and Technical Building Services at the Faculty of Architecture of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and head of the Building Science Group. His research focuses on monitoring and performance analysis of energy efficient buildings as well as comfort and occupant satisfaction at workplaces. From 2000 to 2004 and 2012 to 2015 he was Dean of the KIT Department of Architecture. He is member of different editorial boards as well as of numerous committees. In addition, he is the co-founder of the consultancy firm ip5 in Karlsruhe.
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.