Students of the course Advanced Building Systems took a field trip to the Plus-Energy-Office Tower at TU Vienna last week.
Apart from experiencing personally the practical integration of the HVAC system in the building, the students learned above all one thing:
that plus-energy-buildings are not only technically, but above all economically realistic concepts for the future of office buildings.
The fifth edition of the "Talk Science to Me" podcast once again focuses on the topic of sustainable building. The guest is TU Graz professor and head of the Institute for Buildings and Energy, Brian Cody - engineer with over 30 years of experience in the analysis and design of energy efficient cities, buildings and systems.
TU Graz is the most traditional technical and scientific research and educational institution in Austria and one of the largest
employers in the region with around 3,500 employees. In its five areas of strength, the Fields of Expertise, TU Graz
achieves top international performance and relies on intensive cooperation with other research and educational institutions
as well as with business and industry worldwide. In the European higher education landscape, Graz University of Technology
is increasingly competing for the best minds and resources.
Participation in the research activities of the institute
Participation in organizational and administrative tasks
Organization and supervision of courses
Preparation and management of research projects
Degree in architecture or a suitable engineering discipline
Passion and interest in working in an institute team
Social, communicative and didactic competence, teaching experience, e.g. as a study assistant desirable
Good academic performance is advantageous
Profound knowledge of German and English is required
Varied range of tasks
Friendly and collegial working atmosphere
Seal of approval for in-house promotion of women
Flexible working hours (incl. paid lunch break)
Training and further education opportunities Home office option
Public transport subsidy University sports program Occupational health management
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International further training opportunities and teaching stays
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Lecture by Prof. Brian Cody
Intelligent façades no longer represent an added value, but an inevitable necessity, so that a building can function properly. Advances in
building technology, tightened requirements of the legislative bodies resulting from environmental causes, and higher expectations of
various building users, push the development of an outer building skin even further. Façades are becoming adaptive, interactive
and intelligent in order to meet the demands of time. Its design shall determine the benefits a facade can have on its occupants, its impact
on the surrounding environment or its effect on building energy efficiency. It can, among other things, improve the natural lighting conditions
of the interior space, contribute to unisturbed views to the outside, enable fresh flow of air, and harvest water or energy from the sun,
among other aspects. And yet, a façade is still the face of a building which is shown to the outside world. It represents an exterior of a
building which can now, with the evolvement of a building skin, be freer in expression and can be more communicative with the outside world.
Summer semester 2022
Lecturer: Prof. Brian Cody & Lea Weiß
This semester, we will be working together in a team on a sustainable building design project, simulating
a real-life design team situation, using energy analysis tools and the art of collaboration on a
complex architectural project to achieve high energy performance and sustainability.
The task is to complete the design of an unfinished tower project in Kraków:
- A mix of uses, including offices, apartments, stores, and leisure areas
- Integration of vegetation to optimise the local microclimate
- Zero energy standard
- Integration of active solar energy production
PhD Day 2022 is over and we are thrilled to see the research potential and exciting ideas from the researchers
from the Doctoral School of Architecture at TU Graz, led by Univ. Prof. Brian Cody.
This year's event was organized by the IZK - Institute of Contemporary Art, chaired by Univ.-Prof. Mag.
Milica Tomić and offered an interactive hybrid virtual experience.
From our Institute, our University Assistants Anyla Berisha and Markus Bartaky presented their research projects.
Markus Bartaky presented "Sustainable additive manufacturing in Architecture", a promising idea on using
PET and other Thermoplastics in additive manufacturing as a potential method to produce passive,
energy-optimized intelligent components for modular construction.
Apart from literature review and references, Markus managed to grab our attention with his prefabricated
modular plastic modules created in 3D Printing as the first prototype testing of his research. His presentation
encouraged a vital discussion on the topic of plastic material in architecture, building and construction
not only in the physical sense but also as an embodied experience.
Anyla Berisha presented "P2P Energy sharing model for Kemplenpark District in Vienna", a new energy
distribution and management system that enables household residents of districts, neighborhoods, or villages to
generate, buy and sell energy directly from one another. Anyla walked us through her research process using her
mind-map and a maquette. She talked about how such a decentralized system can potentially shift the power
After her presentation, together with Prof. Milica, they discussed the question of social interaction in times of
modern technology and how to strengthen the sense of community with Architecture and shared energy models.
The PhD-Day gathers current PhD projects from
the Doctoral School of Architecture - led by Prof. Brian Cody - and puts them up
for discussion in a seminar-like setting.
This event, that is open to the public, presents research questions and projects at their
current stage of development. Our Univ.Ass. Anyla Berisha and Markus Bartaky
will present their PhD theses, among others.
The PhD Day (Seminar for PhD Students) 2022 is organised by the IZK | Institute of Contemporary Art
chaired by Milica Tomić, and will be held on February 1st, 2022 (10:00-16:00) in the form of a
guided virtual exhibition tour.
In times of decentralised technologies, pandemic aftermath, and different political movements, Transparency remains a very current topic in our society.
It is a natural impulse that we assimilate Transparency with glass cubes, translucent walls or see-through interiors in architecture. Even in these cases, the topic of Transparency has raised debates over the private sphere or aesthetics, such as The Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe or Glass House by Philip Glass.
While Transparency in architecture extends beyond its physical constraints and has been classified between physical and literal, these and other aspects of Transparency outside the canon of Architecture will be treated as well at the first part of this year's Studio.
Students will be reviewing and researching concepts of Transparency and submit their findings in the form of seminar papers. Based on their chosen approach, they will apply theoretical backgrounds to design concepts. The main focus will remain on building energy, emphasising new materials, design innovations, and energy technology while learning dynamic energy simulations.
This type of hybrid concept aims to engage students to review and reinforce theoretical background and social concepts. This year's Studio aims to tackle crucial and actual topics relevant to society and channel these manifestos into creative work.
Students are especially encouraged to explore the meanings of Transparency within social norms, gender and equality premises and all forms of diversity.
Since June 1, Markus Bartaky has been supporting our team as a new University assistant. We warmly welcome you and look forward to a good cooperation.
Since April 15, Lea Weiß has been supporting our team as a new University assistant. We warmly welcome you and look forward to a good cooperation.
Since December 15, Anyla Berisha MSc has been supporting our team as a new University assistant. We warmly welcome you and look forward to a good cooperation.