Fraunhofer-Allianz Bau
Astrid Achatz is Head of Central Office Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance. During and after her studies of biology at the University of Vienna (diploma in 1997) Astrid Achatz coordinated different interdisciplinary research projects at BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna) and the Environment Agency Austria. After her move to Germany, Astrid pursued her second major interest in her further education as a Diplom Mental trainer and worked as freelance coach and trainer in Passau and Munich. In 2010 she returned to science as Assistant to the Management of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance. After a year at Fraunhofer Headquarters from August 2015 until September 2016 as Manager Business Model Development, she became the Head of Central Office of Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance.


École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne
Marilyne Andersen is Full Professor in Sustainable Construction Technologies at EPFL in Switzerland, and Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is the head of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) since 2010. Before joining EPFL’s faculty, she was an Associate Professor at MIT in the Building Technology Program and the Head of the MIT Daylighting Lab that she founded in 2004.

Marilyne Andersen owns a MSc in Physics and specialized in daylighting through her PhD in Building Physics at EPFL and LBNL in California. Her research focuses on building performance in the architectural context, with a special interest in the use and optimization of daylight and passive solar strategies. She pursues pioneering work in comfort and health implications of daylight as well as low-energy building technologies. This interdisciplinary work at the interface between the domains of architectural design, building engineering and more fundamental science has opened new development and cooperation perspectives between otherwise remote research fields. She is the author of over 90 refereed scientific papers, recipient of several awards including the prestigious Daylight Research Award 2016, and is a member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.


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 past President ofthe UN-established International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). He is Emeritus Professor of Management in Property and Construction at Salford University in the UK and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford University. Peter has for many years been a member of the High Level Group of the UK Construction Technology Platform and has been closely involved in its European equivalent. He is an international advisor to the OECD and the US based Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and American Institute of Architects. He has produced over one hundred and seventy single volume publications, refereed papers and reports, and has made over one hundred and ten presentations in around sixteen countries. Professor Barrett has undertaken a wide range of research. He is currently focusing on the theme of Senses, Brain and Spaces with a particular interest in the area of primary school design and achieving optimal learning spaces. The findings of this work have, for the first time, isolated a significant influence of “Clever Classrooms” on variations in pupils’ learning. This has directly influenced, for example, the US Green Building Council and the Norwegian Education Directorate. Peter now carries out strategic consultancy on optimising the impact of school buildings on learning, most recently for the World Bank in Romania.


Behnisch Architekten
Stefan Behnisch, studied philosophy, economics and architecture. Prior to establishing his own practice in 1989, he worked as an architect at Behnisch & Partner, the practice run by his father, Prof. Günter Behnisch. Since 2005, Stefan Behnisch’s firm is called Behnisch Architekten, opening offices in Los Angeles (1999-2011), Boston and Munich. In 2007, he received a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the “Energy Performance + Architecture Award.” He is a member of the BDA, the RIBA, the NCARB and the AIA.


James Carpenter Design Associates
James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) is a cross-disciplinary design firm led by James Carpenter. The firm is recognized for its distinctive use of natural light, which serves as the foundation of its design philosophy. Considered a foremost authority on glass and daylighting, Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. James Carpenter has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Royal Danish Academy School of Design, University of Chicago, AHO, MIT and many other institutions in the United States and Europe.


École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne
Kynthia Chamilothori joined the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) in EPFL as a PhD candidate in February 2015. She graduated with honors from the Technical University of Crete with a Master’s degree (Dipl-Ing) in Architectural Engineering in 2014, receiving the Limmat Stiftung Excellence Award. Her research diploma project “Memorigami”, a prototype temperature-responsive transformable shading system, received an innovation development grant from the 2013 University Student Entrepreneurship Project (UNISTEP). After her architectural degree, she joined LIPID for the development of a real scale prototype of an arabic-inspired adaptive shading system which responds passively to direct sunlight. Extending her work on building envelopes, Kynthia’s doctoral research focuses on how façade patterns and the variability of daylight shape the way we perceive architectural space. Using both real environments and virtual reality in experimental studies, she aims to broaden our understanding of the complex effects of patterns and daylight on subjective experience.


Laval University
Claude Demers is a Professor of architecture at Laval University, actively involved in teaching and research on daylighting through funded projects since 1997. She has completed a PhD in architecture at the University of Cambridge, innovating on the integration of qualitative and quantitative assessments of daylighting in architecture. Co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche en Ambiances Physiques, she is interested in biophilic architecture and occupant’s satisfaction, associating the importance of design to user’s behaviour. She is an expert in the digital and analogical modeling of light, developing and applying her research expertise to innovate on new building designs.


White Arkitekter
Alejandro Pacheco Diéguez works as Digital Sustainable Design specialists at White arkitekter in Stockholm. Alejandro has a Master’s in Architecture from Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) and a Master’s in Environmental Building Design from LTH (Lund, Sweden). In Lund, he specialised in daylight optimisation through collaboration on research projects in that area. Soon after, he started working as an environmental specialist at the BAU architecture studio in Stockholm, where he developed his skills with daylight simulations and gained experience using parametric tools. He currently works at White arkitekter, where he combines his environmental design expertise with the use of parametric tools. His main fields of interest include building design and city planning optimisation.


Lund University/White Architects
Marie-Claude Dubois is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design at Lund University, Sweden and environmental specialist at White Architects, Malmö, Sweden. She has previously been associate professor (2003-2010) at Laval University, in Canada, and senior researcher (2001-2003) at the Danish Building Research Institute after award of her PhD in Construction and Architecture at Lund University (2001). She has contributed as author or co-author to some 100 scientific communications mainly in the field of daylighting, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable architecture. She has also participated in the lighting and energy design or environmental certification of more than 30 buildings around the world. In her career, she has been leader of Subtask D of International Energy Agency IEA-SHC Task 50 on “Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings” and of Subtask B of IEA Task 40 on “Solar Energy and Architecture”.


Universidad de Sevilla
Paula M. Esquivias is an architect and PhD student focusing her research into climate-based daylighting and thermal analysis in order to provide a better understanding of the effect of the sun radiation into our buildings for getting a balance between visual and thermal comfort. She acts as a consultant to architects on daylighting, energy performance and energy labelling. She has also been lecturer in energy labelling, sustainable energy resources in buildings, lighting and daylighting.


Aalborg University
Marc Fontoynont is a Professor at Danish Buidling Research Institute, Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently running research on perception of lighting quality, energy efficiency and models of Total Cost of Ownership of lighting systems. He has been working until 2011 at ENTPE/CNRS, Lyon France. He is involved in CIE activities, European funded research projects and programmes from the International Energy Agency. He is currently the convener of TC169/ WG11 addressing daylight in buildings


Omar Gandhi Architect 
Omar Gandhi is a Canadian architect raised in Brampton, Ontario, currently practicing and residing in both Toronto and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gandhi’s career began in Ontario. His early experience gave him the ability to work on a variety of projects, ranging from large commercial and institutional work in the southern regions to private residences in cottage country. Following his time in Toronto, Gandhi headed for the Maritimes. He opened his Halifax-based design studio, Omar Gandhi Architect, in 2010 and became a registered architectural practice in 2012. In early 2016, Omar returned to his roots with the opening of his second office in downtown Toronto. Omar’s work has not gone unnoticed. Recognized as one of the world’s top 20 young architects by Wallpaper* Magazine, one of Canada’s 20 most influential people by Monocle Magazine, and as one of 2016’s ‘Emerging Voices’ by The Architectural League of New York, the sessional instructor at his Alma Mater, Dalhousie University, is most definitely leaving his mark on the architecture community.


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.


Henning Larsen Architects
Anne Iversen currently acts as a Senior Sustainability Engineer at Henning Larsen. She holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, specialized in energy-efficient buildings with emphasis on daylight performance. She demonstrates a broad experience in the implementation of complex temporal parameters such as light, shade and sun, supported by her former position as a researcher for SBi (Staten’s Byggeforskningsinstitut) – internationally recognized to provide advanced research for the built environment. She has contributed to numerous publications, including Daylight Calculations in Practice for Sbi and Investigation of Architectural Strategies in Relation to Daylight and Integrated Design for Journal of Green Buildings. Anne underlines both quantitative metrics from daylight simulations and qualitative experiences of the indoor environment, as the basis premise for high building performance.

Anne holds an important role in the Department of Sustainability, and forms the unique link between state-of –the-art research and practice. She is a key figure in the design of the new Nordea Bank HQ in Copenhagen, as well as in the extension of Herlev Hospital in Denmark, where her sustainable visions has secured and corroborated high quality design results.


Durham University
Dr Laura Johnston is an artist and researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She established her studio in 1996 and since then she has completed numerous public art projects across the UK.

In 1997 Laura completed the UK’s first practice-led PhD, exploring the artistic application of coated glass in architecture. She worked with Pilkington UK, experimenting with thin film coatings that alter the refractive and reflective properties of glass. In 1998 she installed the UK’s first dichroic glass sculpture in the National Glass Centre, Sunderland and has gone on to complete numerous sculptural installations in public spaces which combine glass and other light responsive materials. 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.

Currently Artist in Residence at Durham University and working with Biomedical Scientists, she has embarked on a detailed study with light and wellbeing as its focus. The project is exploring the beneficial effects of colour and natural lighting phenomena, examining ways in which this can be interpreted within architecture to bring texture and delight to the buildings we inhabit.


The University of Nottingham
Michael Kent is a researcher and architectural engineer working in the field of lighting and daylighting, indoor environmental quality and human factors in building design. During his doctorate, he explored the relationship between glare response and the time of the day. Currently, his focus lies on human (psycho) physiological responses to luminous stimuli and the advancements in experimental methodology and statistical techniques in built environment research.


Technical University of Denmark
Mandana Sarey Khanie is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at Technical University of Denmark at the Building and Energy section of civil engineering department where she is focusing on energy and daylight question in residential buildings. Mandana completed her PhD Thesis at interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) at EPFL focusing on the development of a novel gaze-driven photometry for observing natural gaze behavior in relation to conditions implicitly constrained by real world luminous environment. The research was funded thereafter by Swiss National Foundation (SNSF) and continued towards development of a preliminary mathematical model (GRL) for gaze response predictions in relation to light compositions in architectural spaces. Mandana has experiences as scientific consultant for Smart-living lab, Switzerland, Daylight specialist at Åf groups, Sweden, and architectural lighting consultant.


Technische Universität Berlin
Martine Knoop is Lecturer at the Chair of Lighting Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. In this role, she is responsible for research and education on indoor lighting, daylighting and colorimetry. After studying architecture and building physics at Delft University of Technology, she finalized her PhD in 2000, dealing with glare from windows and acceptance studies in daylit rooms. Before taking up her assignment at the TU Berlin, she was a senior application specialist of Philips Lighting, the Netherlands and part-time visiting professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her current research focuses on the unique characteristics of daylight responsible for the user preference for this light source, in order to promote and improve daylight design, as well as to develop new adaptive electric lighting solutions, to enhance user well-being and performance in indoor spaces.


Lacaton & Vassal
Anne Lacaton born in France in 1955. Graduated from the School of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. Diploma in Urban Planning at the university of Bordeaux in 1984. Visiting professor at the University of Madrid, Master Housing 2007-2013, at the EPFL Lausanne, 2004, 2006 and 2010-11, University of Florida, Ivan Smith Studio in 2012, University of NY-Buffalo, Clarkson Chair in 2013, at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013-2014, at University of Sassari, Alghero in 2014, at Harvard GSD : Kenzo Tange 2011 & Design critic 2015, at theTU Delft winter sem 2016-17.


Paula Longato is a lighting designer with the Arup team in Berlin. Paula studied Architecture and Urbanism in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After her studies she worked as an architect for leading construction firms and later as a lighting designer. In 2006 she moved to Germany to do her master degree in Architectural Lighting Design, which she concluded with her thesis on Daylighting in Office Buildings. Since 2008 Paula works with the Arup lighting team in Berlin and has since delivered several international projects, including buildings in the educational, commercial, transportation, private and public sectors. Some of these projects received lighting design awards from recognized organizations. Paula’s passion for daylight and lighting can be seen in her continuous effort to create sustainable and human centric designs.


Loughborough University
John Mardaljevic (PhD, FSLL) is Professor of Building Daylight Modelling at the School of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University. Mardaljevic pioneered what is now known as Climate-Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM). Founded on rigorous validation work, CBDM is now the basis for research and, increasingly, industry practice worldwide. Mardaljevic’s practice-based research and consultancy includes major projects such as the New York Times Building and The Hermitage (St. Petersburg). He currently serves as the ‘UK Principal Expert on Daylight’ for the European Committee for Standardisation CEN / TC 169 WG11, and on a number of International Commission on Illumination (CIE) technical committees.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Professor Barbara Szybinska Matusiak has seven years architectural practice. During this period she won several closed architectural competitions in Norway. She joined the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 1994 as a research fellow. Her doctoral project, supervised by Professor Øyvind Aschehoug, was devoted to daylighting in linear atrium buildings at high latitudes (finished 1998).

Since then she has been involved in many Norwegian and international scientific projects dealing with daylighting and artificial lighting in architecture, e.g. project manager of the “Visual environment in apartment buildings”, partner in the “Translucent Façade” project and a partner/member of SYN-TES, the Nordic network. Nowadays she leads two RCN projects: “DayLighting” and “HOME”. She is also strongly involved in the activities of the international organizations: CIE, AIC and IEA and is the Norwegian representative in the CEN group working with the proposal of a new European standard for daylighting in buildings. She designed the artificial sky and artificial sun for the Daylight laboratory and the newest version of the full-scale room laboratory ROMLAB.

Her teaching activities (master courses) are devoted to daylight, artificial light and colour in architecture. She is the supervisor for two PhD-candidates and one post.doc. at the Faculty of architecture and design and is organizing the international PhD-course: Nordic light and colours. She has been opponent for many PhD-projects and reviewer for a number of international scientific journals and conferences. She has established Light & Colour Group at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 2011 and has been guiding the group since then. Since the group has produced research at high scientific level, is very active in research dissemination and has developed large national and international network, it became a centre: Light & Colour Centre, NTNU. Professor Barbara Szybinska Matusiak is the member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.


Aarhus University
Werner Osterhaus is an architect and Professor of Lighting Design Research at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University in Denmark. His passion lies in applying design, technology and science to architectural (day)lighting to ensure well-being and pleasant experiences for building occupants and a sustainable built environment. Werner has been involved in daylighting research and design since he first started working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Windows and Daylighting research group in 1987. Since 1994, he has been a full-time academic in schools of architecture in the USA, New Zealand and Germany, and since 2009 in a school of engineering in Denmark. He focuses on lighting design, sustainable architecture and building environmental science. Werner has lead and contributed to numerous national and international research projects, published many scientific articles, and regularly serves as reviewer for research funding agencies and international journals.


University of Toronto
Terri Peters is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Toronto in Canada. Her research concentrates on sustainable architecture, in particular the human experience of green buildings including cultural and architectural qualities, health and wellbeing, and new design tools for measuring and evaluating building performance. She is the editor of Architectural Design journal “Design For Health: Sustainable Approaches to Therapeutic Architecture” (March 2017) and author of Computing the Environment: Digital Design Tools for the Simulation and Visualisation of Sustainable Architecture (In Press, John Wiley and Sons). She holds a professional degree in architecture and is a registered architect in the UK where she worked professionally before undertaking her PhD. She earned a PhD from Aarhus Architecture School in Denmark in 2015.


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.


École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne
Siobhan Rockcastle is a researcher exploring topics at the intersection of architectural design, human perception, environmental dynamics, and building performance. She is in the final stages of completing her PhD at at the LIPID Lab of EPFL. Siobhan earned her professional BArch from Cornell University in 2008 and her SMArchS degree in Building Technology from MIT in 2011. Siobhan has held teaching positions at Cornell and Northeastern, where she taught courses on architectural design, daylight performance, and environmental systems. Her professional work experience includes positions at KVA matX, Snøhetta, Epiphyte Lab, and Gensler. She currently consults on daylight design integration and environmental performance for a number of architectural and urban-scale projects in Switzerland and the US. Siobhan’s research proposes new metrics that predict the impacts of daylight and spatial composition on perception and emotion in architecture.


BAU Architects
Paul Rogers is an architect and Sustainability Coordinator at BAU Architects in Stockholm. A registered BREEAM assessor, he leads a division of three daylight specialists working with daylight certification of buildings. He is founder of the LinkedIn discussion forum ‘Svensk dagsljusberäkning’ (Swedish daylight calculation) which has nearly 300 members. Along with select members of this group, he is working to advance domestic daylight certification methodologies and to help Swedish Building code authorities modernize the country’s daylight regulations. He is also founder of an ongoing initiative which challenges Swedish urban planning authorities to better integrate daylight into municipal planning process.


Alexander Rotsch is leading the Lighting Design Unit for Arup in Germany. The experienced, passionate and multiple award-winning lighting designer joined Arup in Berlin 2012. Over the last 16 years he has been working as a team leader and project manager successfully executing more than 50 national and international projects. Alexander studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar and at the École Nationale Supérieure d ‘Architecture in Paris. He specialized in daylight and architectural lighting design and the development of high quality custom solutions for lighting and luminaires. The Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which has won six lighting design awards worldwide, or the new headquarters for Amorepacific in Seoul, a large Korean cosmetics company, are both projects bearing his mark for sophisticated lighting design.


Association of Danish Architectural Firms
Peter Andreas Sattrup is a Danish architect MAA PhD and a senior advisor on sustainability to the Association of Danish Architectural Firms. He works to promote sustainability in the built environment by consulting on policy making, communication, competence building and innovation in business models for architecture, drawing on his previous experience as a practicing architect working in Denmark and Great Britain, and as an associate professor in design methods at the Technical University of Denmark. He is an experienced communicator, having given presentations at universities and conferences internationally and having co-curated the seminal exhibition ‘Green Architecture for the Future’ at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art coinciding with the UN COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen. Architects wield great powers through their design skills and the choices they make in each project, but that is often little understood and even less appreciated, which is why Peter Andreas Sattrup is working on documenting and communicating how architectural design creates value based on Danish cases. The initial results demonstrate some surprisingly powerful effects that architectural design may have on social activities as well as environmental and economic performance, but there is plenty of research to be done in order to understand value creation by architectural design with greater precision and to develop tools and methods that can assist enhanced design performance.


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.


Henning Larsen Architects
Jakob Strømann-Andersen is partner, and Head of Sustainability Engineering at Henning Larsen. Jakob holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering and he is recognized for his extensive involvement in state-of-the art research, focusing on sustainable and energy-efficient urban developments through daylight. Jakob works to develop data-driven solutions to daylight renovation and retrofitting strategies in urban perspectives, in order to create energy-efficient future communities. He is an experienced communicator of innovative and integrated design processes and daylight schemes, where he strives to connect engineering, architecture and modern technology – essentially forming the basis for successful sustainable results.


Laura Thuillier is part of the Energy Performance of Buildings and Daylighting group at the Chantereine Research and Development Center (CRDC) of Saint-Gobain since 2016 as a Development Engineer. Before that, she was an intern for the modeling Competence Center at CRDC. She received a Master of Engineering in Materials Science from the Ecole Européenne d’ingénieurs en génie des matériaux in 2015. Laura is in charge of Visual Comfort and Daylighting activities at CRDC, developing measurement and modeling capacities as well as monitoring comfort criteria with respect to energy performance and daylighting in green building labels and the academic community.


Lacaton & Vassal
Jean Philippe Vassal was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1954. Graduated from the school of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. Worked as urban planner in Niger (West Africa) from 1980 to 1985. Professor at the UDK in Berlin since 2012. Visiting professor at the TU in Berlin (2007-11), at the Peter Behrens School of architecture in Düsseldorf 2005, at the EPFL Lausanne in 2010-11, at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013-2014, at University of Sassari, Alghero in 2014.


CF Møller
Lone Wiggers is an architect maa and has been partner since 1997 in C.F. Møller, at present with a staff of approx. 325 employees divided between six departments in Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and London. Lone Wiggers has taken part in a large number of projects with a broadness ranging from housing, domiciles, schools, senior institutions, hospitals, museums to planning and design. The projects have been conducted as sketching, project supervisor and design responsible partner. Furthermore, Lone Wiggers has participated in various professional associations as teacher, censor, speaker and chairman of among others the public art society’s architectural board and the Ministry of Culture’s canon. Lone believes in fundamental architectural values, such as: Man in the center, The spirit of Place (Genius Loci), Sustainability in all aspects, timelessness, sensibility in form, space, order and matter, as well as Culture,  history and innovation combined.

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