We are pleased to announce the preliminary list of confirmed speakers for the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.

Over two days, attendees will engage on the theme “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice” with presentations from leading researchers, as well as experiences and viewpoints from the engineering and architectural practice including policy makers. The symposium will focus on the use of daylight to create buildings that promote human health and well-being, and to minimize the negative impact of man-made structures and activities on climate change while considering people, politics, economy and scale.

The initial schedule for the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium is available now.

Confirmed Speakers


Fraunhofer-Allianz Bau
Astrid Achatz is the Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance. It aims to assure sustainability, careful use of resources, and healthy construction methods in building and living, and to address issues such as product, system and process optimization. The alliance intends to shape the future of building by functioning as an interface between business, research and politics.


École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne
Marilyne Andersen is an award-winning academic, educator and an active researcher who has demonstrated the ability to initiate and lead challenging daylight research, which will continue to impact the architectural and research communities. As the Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) at EPFL, her research focuses on the interaction between daylighting design strategies and building performance by engaging with the efficiency, health, comfort and experience of the built environment.


Per Arnold Andersen, Architect MAA, has worked for more than twenty years as an architect and project manager in major Danish architect offices. In 1999, he joined the VELUX Group, where he has been driver of the VELUX Group’s daylight strategies and initiatives. He has worked continuously with the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture since its start in 2004 and in 2005, he initiated the VELUX Daylight Symposium as an established international venue for sharing knowledge and ideas across disciplines within architecture and daylight research.


University of Salford
Peter Barrett is a Professor of Management in Property and Construction and is leading research initiatives on experiences within the built environment and its affect on occupants such as the Holistic Evidence and Design (HEAD) study on schools which investigates the impact of school designs on pupils’ learning.


Behnisch Architekten
Stefan Behnisch is an award-winning architect and advocate of sustainable design. His first building abroad, the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, NL, became a milestone for innovative sustainable solutions. He is a BDA, RIBA and AIA member, an NCARB certified architect, and an AIA Honorary Fellow.


Aalborg University
Marc Fontoynont is a Professor at the Danish Building Research Institute at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently conducting research on the perception of lighting quality, energy efficiency and models of total cost of ownership of lighting systems. He is involved in CIE activities, European funded research projects and programmes from the International Energy Agency.


Omar Gandhi Architect 
Omar Gandhi has quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading young architects. Since starting his own firm in 2010, Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. has been elected as one of the Top 20 Young Architectural Practices worldwide in Wallpaper* Magazine’s annual Architect’s Directory in 2014, and most recently one of The Architectural League of New York’s ’Emerging Voices’ of 2016.


Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Dean Hawkes is emeritus professor of architectural design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and an emeritus fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. His building, designed in partnership with Stephen Greenberg, has won four RIBA Architecture Awards. In 2010 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award in recognition of his contribution to architectural education. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Westminster in 2016.


Durham University
Laura Johnston established her practice in 1996 and has completed numerous large-scale projects across the UK. A collaborative approach links the studio with architects, engineers and a whole range of creative professionals. Driven by the belief that our physical environment has a direct impact on how we feel, research continues to inform her studio’s approach to working with glass, light and space.


Technische Universität Berlin
Martine Knoop is a Lecturer at the Chair of Lighting Technology, Technische Universität Berlin. In this role, she is responsible for research and education on daylighting, indoor lighting and colorimetry. Since 2013, Martine has assumed the role of chair of the CIE technical committee dealing with the benefits of daylighting.


Lacaton & Vassal
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are principals of Lacaton & Vassal , an architecture firm they started together in 1987. Their designs balance aspects of daylight quality, energy consumption and low-budget economy in a humanistic and aesthetically convincing manner. They work with a number of social housing projects in France where they have found new ways to use standard construction systems to transform older buildings. By bringing more light into the buildings, removing as many walls as possible, creating better acoustics and using glass as an extra facade on the building, they have succeeded in transforming both private and large public projects.


Paul De Ruiter Architects
Willem Jan Landman received his Master of Architecture at the Academy of Architecture in 2010 and has since worked on such projects as the Villa Kogelhof Villa K (Germany), the Bijlmerparktheater, the Paul De Ruiter Architects office on Valschermkade and Nature’s Pride.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Barbara Szybinska Matusiak is a trained architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her work has been integral to many Norwegian and international scientific projects dealing with daylighting and artificial lighting in architecture such as project leader for the bilateral Polish-Norwegian scientific project STEP.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of daylighting, sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab, an inter-disciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods.


Association of Danish Architectural Firms
Peter Andreas Sattrup has dedicated his work to the research and development of architectural design methods, particularly in relation to sustainability, climate and resources. With a PhD in sustainability – energy optimization – daylight and solar, he acts as a consultant to architects and builders on sustainability, resource management, energy optimization and daylight.


SchwörerHaus KG
Johannes Schwörer is the Managing Director of the Schwörer Group. With over 39.000 houses constructed, SchwörerHaus is among Germany’s biggest prefabricated house manufacturers. Its many innovations in the field of energy-saving HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) and house design have made the company a pioneer. Experience in this field, coupled with long-term company retention, have resulted in continuous further development in every field.


Laura Thullier is a Development Engineer focusing on visual comfort at Chantereine Research & Development Center in the Building Energy Performance and Daylighting group for Sain-Gobain.

Please visit The Daylight Site programme page for regular updates on the programme and confirmed speakers for the VELUX Daylight Symposium.


The 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium will take place at Café Moskau in Berlin. Café Moskau, constructed from 1961 to 1964, was one of 7 international restaurants to be built based on Josef Strauß’s designs as part of a town-planning competition. At the centre of the first socialist residential complex on Karl-Marx-Alle, the prestigious building was to symbolise the fraternal relations between the GDR and the Soviet Union.

In 1989, Café Moskau became listed as a heritage site thus ensuring its permanent protection as a cultural asset. The building was fully renovated in 2007, and with its 1960s charm restored, is used today as a multi-purpose meeting and events venue.

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