Energy Design B

Brian Cody
Architecture, Energy Design
2018S, Seminar (SE), 4.0 semester hours, course number S01874


The Energy Design Agenda:

The didactic goal of the Energy Design Seminar is to learn to design "with energy in mind". To design great buildings, that meet present and future challenges by an impressiv cultural contribution - because only those buildings will last. Ill-designed buildings won´t be sustainable. The "hidden" or also offensivly displayed goal is the efficient use of resources and energy, while at the same time optimizing the indoor climate, the air quality, the use of natural daylight and and to fully exploit solar gains.

Seminar Topic:

educational landscapes: University 2068

How should we build universities today, so that they are still relevant and sutainable buildings in 2068 and beyond?


The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) of the EU requires all new buildings to be energy self-sufficient by 2020(!).
Climate Change and societal change force increased adaptability on contemporary building concepts. New possibilities and necessities due to technological changes could or should lead to radical new concepts of what a university should be.

Work like members of a think tank:
Your first task is to describe a day in the life of a future student. This does not necessarily result in a massively equipped building complex, but in an architectural landscape that accompanies the young people during their studies - and possibly beyond. Starting from your vision, you shall find the consequences or requirements for the built environment to support this vision.

A manifesto is to be set up by each group using diagrammes, descriptions and sketches.

Key research questions are:

How will academic education work given technological progress? How will it have to be organised, given climate change and depleting non-renewable resources? What architecture is needed to answer these challenges?

The seminar:

The seminar is organised in 4 Sessions. At a session the students present progress of their work and it is then critically discussed with Prof. Cody.

Hand in of the manifesto before Session 1.

After approval and a desk crit students will work out their visions to discuss it with us and their colleagues at Session 1.

Depending on their proposal further steps of elaboration will be discussed at a desk crit.

Session 2 and 3 is for the sharpening of the vision and the elaboration of proposals for its realization. The seminar work by then should be treated like a design research task.

At Session 4 a final comprehensive and coherent vision of future educational spaces and/or landscapes will be presented, based on scientific and technical concepts that have been researched into and developed during the seminar.

Examination Modalities

You can work in groups up to 3 students, so that you can share workload.

There are 4 obligatory meetings with Prof. Cody and Desk Crits in between.

By the end of the semester, you present a conceptual design that focuses on the energy questions. Besides a beamer presentation, a model will be required.


This semester the BIG, a company that manages Austrian publicly owned real estate will sponsor a student competition. EUR 10.000,- total prize money! It is open to students of the Energy Design B Seminar and to students of TU Graz who also follow Prof. Cody´s agenda.

  • 2018-06-25, 12:00: Deadline for submission of entries
  • 2018-06-28, 12:00: Award ceremony

Further, the seminar is accompanied by three field trips; it is highly recommended to take part in these excursions, if your studio schedule allows you to do so:

Prof. Cody and other experts will guide you through selected best practice but also bad practice examples!

  • 2018-03-21 10:00 - 17:00 GRAZ: Campus Med-Uni, Campus TU Infeldgasse
  • 2018-03-22 11:00 - 18:00 WIEN: new WU Campus, old WU Campus; Juridicum
  • 2018-03-23 11:00 - 17:30 SALZBURG: Unipark Nonntal; Faculty of Natural Sciences; Mozarteum

This year´s theme is connected to several recently completed building projects, on which the design firm Energy Design Cody developed the climate control and energy concepts; Ecole Centrale Paris with OMA, Med Campus Graz with Riegler Riewe, WU Campus with Bus architects, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook and others. It is also connected to a large university campus project currently in progress, on which Energy Design Cody is preparing the energy masterplan. We will go behind the scenes of these projects to understand the design strategies used and visit some of them to experience them live during the coming academic year.

taught in English.

Key Words

energy design, ecology, sustainability, architecture


07 March 2018, 09:30–11:00 location: to be announced , "Kick-Off; compulsory attendancy"
12 March 2018, 12:00–13:30 location: to be announced , "Session I; compulsory attendancy"
09 April 2018, 12:00–14:30 location: to be announced , "Session II; compulsory attendancy"
03 May 2018, 10:30–13:00 location: to be announced , "Session III; compulsory attendancy"
07 June 2018, 10:30–13:00 location: to be announced , "Final Presentation; compulsory attendancy"

Course Enrolment

From 26 February 2018, 19:28 to 14 March 2018, 19:28
Via online registration

co-registration: possible (3.0 ECTS)

Architecture (Master): Energy Design (3.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (3.0 ECTS)