our jury

At our event, expert juries award points in seven of the ten contests. The SDE 21/22 jury is made up of renowned international experts from science and practice. The different competencies and specialisations of the jury members ensure a balanced evaluation of the team projects.

The jury consists of three members per contest. They distribute their points based on inspections of the buildings, project presentations by the teams and documents submitted by the teams in the competition. In all disciplines, the jury evaluates the House Demonstration Unit (HDU) built on the Solar Campus (Building Challenge) and the teams' overall building design (Design Challenge).

The points in the contest Innovation are awarded by the jury members of the contests Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Sustainability, Affordability & Viability and Urban Mobility.

The public award ceremonies for the winning teams per discipline are one highlight of our event programme. They will occur on the Solar Campus between 12 and 23 June 2022 (to the event calendar). Expert presentations from jury members will introduce each ceremony.

The public award ceremonies for the winning teams per discipline are one highlight of our event programme. They will occur on the Solar Campus between 12 and 23 June 2022 (to the event calendar). Expert presentations from jury members will introduce each ceremony.

international experts from science and practice

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architecture

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Prof. Dietmar Eberle
Baumschlager Eberle Architekten | Austria

Dietmar Eberle was born in 1952 in Hittisau (Austria) and studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna. He is the co-founder of the “Vorarlberger Baukünstler”. From 1984 to 2009, he worked with Carlo Baumschlager. Eberle directs the internationally acclaimed company of baumschlager eberle, with ten offices in eight countries. Since the 1980s, Dietmar Eberle has taught at different universities in Hanover, Vienna, Linz, Syracuse (N.Y.), Darmstadt, Madrid, Jerusalem and Hong Kong.

Dietmar Eberle was born in 1952 in Hittisau (Austria) and studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna. He is the co-founder of the “Vorarlberger Baukünstler”. From 1984 to 2009, he worked with Carlo Baumschlager. Eberle directs the internationally acclaimed company of baumschlager eberle, with ten offices in eight countries. Since the 1980s, Dietmar Eberle has taught at different universities in Hanover, Vienna, Linz, Syracuse (N.Y.), Darmstadt, Madrid, Jerusalem and Hong Kong.

Since 1999 he has been professor for architecture and design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). He also directs the ETH Wohnforum—ETH CASE (Centre for Research on Architecture Society and the Built Environment). Eberle has received many national and international awards and honours and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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Jette Cathrin Hopp
Snøhetta | Norway

Born 1971 and growing up multilingual with Norwegian, German and Danish, Jette Cathrin Hopp is a graduate architect and has been working with Snøhetta since 2005. She is director and part of the management group, with responsibility for acquisition and new projects. Jette Hopp has extensive experience in complex both Norwegian and international projects, leading major international project developments and competitions.

She regularly lectures at architectural symposia, conferences and international institutions, sharing Snøhetta’s philosophy and design ideas, and she is also a jury member for several architecture competitions and prizes. Jette is also regularly invited as a critic to international architecture universities.

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Fuensanta Nieto
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos | Spain / Germany

Fuensanta Nieto has worked as an architect since graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York in 1983. She is a founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and was professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Fuensanta Nieto lectures on architecture and participates in juries and symposia at various institutions around the world.

 From 1986 to 1991, she was co-director of the architectural journal ARQUITECTURA, published by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos was founded in 1985 by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano andhas offices in Madrid and Berlin. Along with being widely published in international magazines and books, the firm’s work has been exhibited worldwide and has won international professional prizes and honours.

engineering & construction

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Dr-Ing. Markus Lichtmeß
Institute for Building Energy Research | Germany

Markus Lichtmeß, born in 1973, is the owner of the Institute for Building Energy Research, which he founded in 2021. He is involved in applied energy efficiency and sustainability research and mainly advises ministries. For Luxembourg, he has accompanied the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) since 2005, the development of the sustainability certification system LENOZ and he represents Luxembourg as a national delegate at the Concerted Action.

After training as an industrial mechanic (1993), Markus Lichtmeß first studied Supply Engineering at Trier University of Applied Sciences (graduating in 1999). He worked as a project manager at Watertec (1999-2000) and at the Institute for Social and Environmental Research (2000-2001). While working, he completed his marketing studies in economics at the Koblenz – University of applied Sciences in 2005. Markus Lichtmeß worked for Goblet Lavandier & Associés Ingénieurs-Conseils S.A. in Luxembourg from 2001 to 2020 (from 2006 as partner/associé) and was head of the energy & building physics department. In 2010, he completed a part-time doctorate in engineering at the University of Wuppertal.

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Prof. Dr-Ing. Nathan Van Den Bossche
Ghent University | Belgium

Nathan Van Den Bossche is associate professor of building science at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University in Belgium. He graduated as a civil engineer-architect at Ghent University in 2005. In 2008 he obtained a teacher's degree in Art Science, and in 2009 a certificate as carpenter. He earned his PhD in Engineering Sciences at Ghent University in 2013. Since then, he followed a post-graduate program in law for court experts and a bachelor in real estate. He was appointed associate professor at Ghent University in 2016.

He is Director of the Test Centre for Façade Components at Ghent University. He is author and co-author of over 130 research articles published in international journals, international conferences, and book proceedings and won several best paper awards. He was involved as organiser in 10 scientific conferences and is editorial board member of the Journal of Building Physics. In 2019 he participated in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Budapest, where his team won five prizes, including the first prize for Engineering and Construction. As a consultant, he was involved in projects by Zaha Hadid Architects, Neutelings Riedijk, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Ian Simpson, Stephane Beel, and others.

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Prof. Dr-Ing. Maria Wall
Lund University | Sweden

Maria Wall is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design, Lund University. She has a MSc in Architecture and a PhD in Engineering, and more than 35 years of experience in energy-efficient buildings with a whole building approach, combining architecture and engineering. Maria Wall is presently leading the international research project IEA SHC Task 63 on Solar Neighborhood Planning, including both passive and active solar energy strategies (2019-2023). 

She was leader of the SHC Task 41 on Solar Energy and Architecture (2009-2012) and then leader for the SHC Task 51 on Solar Energy in Urban Planning (2013-2018). Maria Wall was main initiator and developer and is Director of the 2-year Master’s Programme in Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design at Lund University. This programme is enrolling international students from different backgrounds, both in architecture and in engineering, since interdisciplinary teamwork is needed when designing sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods.

‘It will be very exciting to see how the international teams tackle the challenge to create future urban districts. It will be very encouraging to see the cooperation across disciplines to find ideas, test them and create solutions. I am looking forward to the enthusiasm and the hope for the future!’

affordability & viability

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Anne Lacaton
Lacaton & Vassal | France

Anne Lacaton was born in France in 1955. She graduated from the School of Architecture, Bordeaux, in 1980 and obtained a Diploma in Urban Planning at the University of Bordeaux in 1984. In 1989 she founded the international architecture studio Lacaton & Vassal in Paris together with Jean-Philippe Vassal. Lacaton and Vassal decided early on to focus on sustainable architecture, working with existing structures wherever possible. The duo has received numerous international awards. Recently, they have been awarded the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize, regarded as the Nobel Prize of the architecture world.

The duo has received numerous international awards. Recently, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been awarded the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize, regarded as the Nobel Prize of the architecture world. Anne Lacaton is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich. She was Visting professor at various universities worldwide, for example, in Madrid, Oslo, at EPFL Lausanne, Harvard GSD and TU Delft. In 2020, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal were appointed co-chairs of the inaugural, three-year Rothwell Chair at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning.

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DI Bahanur Nasya
Eutropian | Austria

Bahanur Nasya is an architect, researcher, and film producer. She is project manager and director at Eutropian. Eutropian is an organisation providing support with advocacy, research and policy to support inclusive urban processes. Bahanur Nasya has studied in Vienna and Barcelona where she has specialized in sustainable architecture and future proof development concepts.

She is working on the COST actions “Underground 4 Value” (EU funded), with the aim to support communities throughout Europe to valorize their heritage collectively, to serve everyone and not just a selected few, as well as Rural Youth NEET Observatory to increase chances for youth and create opportunities for social integration. In “Open Heritage” (H2020 funded), the aim is to extract successful models out of European best practices while also creating knowledge sharing products (manuals, films, stories, webinars, and training). She is the international project manager of “Place City” (JPI Urban Europe funded). The international consortium develops frameworks to revitalize neighbourhoods to create local central hubs for the stakeholders by using placemaking tools and methods.

‘I am very curious about the projects, the people behind them and the exchange. Sustainability can be achieved only collectively, and having the chance to interact with so many similar minded people is an honour for me. I would like to see how the work of young colleagues can contribute to our collective aims, where we can collaborate and where we can support each other’s work. I am offering the practical and urban background of such projects.’

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Prof. Dr Guido Spars
Bundesstiftung Bauakademie | Germany

Guido Spars is the founding director of the Bundesstiftung Bauakademie since September 2021. As founding director, Guido Spars is developing a programmatic concept for the Federal Bauakademie Foundation and a strategy for enhancing its profile in the regional, national, and international professional community. Guido Spars holds an undergraduate degree in economics and a doctorate in engineering and earned his habilitation as an urban and regional economist.

During his appointment as founding director of the Federal Bauakademie Foundation, he is on leave from his position as head of the Department of Economics of Planning and Building at the University of Wuppertal. He received his doctorate from the Technical University of Berlin in 2000 and earned his habilitation there in 2007.

communication, education & social awareness

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Richard King
Founder of the Solar Decathlon | United States

Richard King, CEO, Creative Energy LLC, is the founder of the Solar Decathlon (SD). For more than three decades, King has initiated and participated in award-winning competitions all over the world. In 2002, he created the first Solar Decathlon for the U.S. Department of Energy on the National Mall in Washington, DC, with roughly 100,000 visitors. While employed at DOE, King served as Director of six more successful SD competitions in Washington, DC and Orange County, CA.

Over a 20-year period, King has inspired and energised more than 20,000 participating students and 300 professors from 128 SD teams that represent 170 universities across the country. Their impressive work and leadership continue to drive research and development of energy-efficient products and sustainable solutions for the building industry. In addition, King promoted and supported the international expansion of ten SD competitions in Europe, China, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. Since leaving DOE, King has been working as a consultant for SD events worldwide.

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Jakob Schoof
DETAIL | Germany

Jakob Schoof studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe (now KIT) and the ETSAV in Sant Cugat del Vallès/Spain. After graduating in 2000, he first worked for the architecture magazine AIT and, since 2009, for the editorial team of DETAIL. He was responsible for the special issue DETAIL Green, the book series DETAIL Green Books and the magazine structure, among others. Since 2018, Jakob Schoof has been deputy editor-in-chief of DETAIL.

Jakob Schoof studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe (now KIT) and the ETSAV in Sant Cugat del Vallès/Spain. After graduating in 2000, he first worked for the architecture magazine AIT and, since 2009, for the editorial team of DETAIL. He was responsible for the special issue DETAIL Green, the book series DETAIL Green Books and the magazine structure, among others. Since 2018, Jakob Schoof has been deputy editor-in-chief of DETAIL.

‘I am looking forward to the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 because the competition offers a unique opportunity not only to discuss forward-looking architectural concepts but to implement them. The verve with which the teams take on the task and the quality of their contributions already impressed me at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles. My respect to all those involved for continuing to think architecture forward, despite all the adversity caused by the Corona pandemic!’

 

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Asst. Prof. DI Dr Karin Stieldorf
TU Wien | Austria

Karin Stieldorf holds master and doctoral degrees from the Vienna University of Technology in architecture and building science, is appointed associate professor and director of the master course “Sustainable Construction” at TU Vienna. Her research projects and publications have focused on holistic design methods in architecture, based on building physics & building ecology, using building simulation systems as a design-decision support.

Karin Stieldorf founded the “Sustainable Building and Design Working Group” at TU Vienna and runs her own office for energy-efficient building and design. In 2010 she started with the “Sustainability Challenge”, an inter-university program on sustainability, set up and directed the international “Vienna Green Summer Academy”, the “Green .Building.Solutions” (GBS) and the postgraduate (master)courses “ecoTECTURE” and “Nachhaltig Bauen”. She gained international experience by working for the International Energy Agency (IEA) and on research projects of the EU. She is Executive Board Member of IG Innovative Houses, member of the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI) and gained several awards. In 2013 she won the Solar Decathlon in the US (together with her students) with the 1:1 project LISI – a sustainable energy+ home. Presently her focus lies on mud architecture like the Vivihouse, a design-build project which is currently shown at the IBA. Her favourite teaching is the design and master courses at TU Vienna, following and merging ecologic (and mud) architecture and sustainability issues.

sustainability

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Dr Anna Braune
German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) | Germany

Since September 2015, Anna Braune is head of the research and development department of German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The DGNB is a non-profit-organization that is committed to the transformation of the built environment to more sustainability. Anna’s responsibilities include the development and updating of the “DGNB Certification System”, which provides incentives for districts and buildings to be more sustainable. 

Since September 2015, Anna Braune is head of the research and development department of German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The DGNB is a non-profit-organization that is committed to the transformation of the built environment to more sustainability. Anna’s responsibilities include the development and updating of the “DGNB Certification System”, which provides incentives for districts and buildings to be more sustainable. 

Anna Braune studied technical environmental protection at the Technical University of Berlin and worked from 2004 to 2007 as a research assistant at the Chair of Building Physics at the University of Stuttgart. She is co-initiator and co-founder of the DGNB and headed its office from its foundation in 2007 until the end of 2008. At the consulting firm thinkstep (now Sphera), she then worked in various responsible positions until 2015. In 2014 she received her doctorate on the subject of “Life Cycle Assessment Benchmarks for Real Estate”.

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Prof. Andrea Klinge, Dipl.-Ing. Architecture, M.Sc. Architecture, Energy & Sustainability

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland | Swiss

Andrea Klinge studied at the TU Berlin and London Metropolitan University, where she specialised in sustainable building. She worked in various architectural offices in London, Rome and Berlin. Since 2013, Andrea Klinge has been working for ZRS Architekten, where she established and heads the research department.

Andrea Klinge studied at the TU Berlin and London Metropolitan University, where she specialised in sustainable building. She worked in various architectural offices in London, Rome and Berlin. Since 2013, Andrea Klinge has been working for ZRS Architekten, where she established and heads the research department.

Andrea Klinge’s research focus is on circular, low tech construction as well as the use of natural building materials (clay, wood, natural fibres) to improve the indoor quality of buildings. As a member of the supervisory board of TRNSFRM eG since 2018, she has been supporting the construction projects on the Rollberg areal in Berlin Neukölln to implement circular, social as well as sustainable projects there. Since 2021, Andrea Klinge has been part of the AG Management for DIN roadmap for circular economy for buildings and communities.

In 2021, Andrea Klinge was appointed Professor of Circular Building at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in Basel and has been working at the Institute of Sustainability and Energy in Building since 2022 to advance the topic of circular building in research and teaching and to implement the necessary building turnaround in the building sector. Due to her background as a carpenter, Andrea Klinge always works practically to bring research results into direct application. She has implemented several international projects with clay, bamboo and wood with students and colleagues from various universities.

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Søren Nielsen
Vandkunsten Architects | Denmark

Søren Nielsen is a partner at Vandkunsten Architects, Copenhagen, a firm that was established in 1971 and is regarded as one of the country's leading socially and environmentally engaged businesses. He received his MArch from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen (KADK). Vandkunsten is devoted to design strategies for sustainability, in particular resource protection, reuse, social, and cultural aspects. The firm undertakes its own research, and considers architectural design at all scales.

Responsible for Vandkunsten’s R&D activities, Nielsen initiated the innovation project Nordic Built Component Reuse, which explores new ways of repurposing waste building components as a strategy for preserving embodied energy. Nielsen holds a position as external assistant professor at KADK and has lectured at universities and professional organisations in Scandinavia, Germany, the UK, Portugal, USA, Russia and was recently visiting professor at TU Wien.

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Sabine Oberhuber
Turntoo | Germany / The Netherlands

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Urban mobility

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Dr Jörg Beckmann
Mobility Academy | Swiss

Jörg Beckmann is a Vice-Director at the Touring Club Switzerland (TCS) and the founding CEO of the Mobility Academy in Bern. Since 2012, he is also the General Secretary of the national association for electric mobility “Swiss eMobility”. In 2015 he founded “carvelo2go”, the world's first and still biggest Sharing-Platform for electric cargo bikes, which he has directed ever since. Jörg Beckmann has an extensive background in European transport policy-making, urban transport planning and the social science of mobility.

Jörg Beckmann is a Vice-Director at the Touring Club Switzerland (TCS) and the founding CEO of the Mobility Academy in Bern. Since 2012, he is also the General Secretary of the national association for electric mobility “Swiss eMobility”. In 2015 he founded “carvelo2go”, the world's first and still biggest Sharing-Platform for electric cargo bikes, which he has directed ever since. Jörg Beckmann has an extensive background in European transport policy-making, urban transport planning and the social science of mobility.

He holds a PhD in Sociology from Copenhagen University as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Dortmund. Before his current position, Jörg has been the Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) in Brussels. He has also worked for the European Federation for Transport & Environment, the Danish Transport Research Institute and the Institute for Urban and Regional Development of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.

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Prof. Dr-Ing. Heather Kaths
University of Wuppertal | Germany

Heather Kaths (36) is head of the Department of Bicycle Traffic Planning at the University of Wuppertal. She studied Civil Engineering (Bachelor) at the University of Calgary in Canada and Transportation Systems (Master) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She also completed her doctorate there in 2017. In her dissertation, she analysed the behaviour of cyclists in an urban context and developed corresponding simulation models.

Heather Kaths (36) is head of the Department of Bicycle Traffic Planning at the University of Wuppertal. She studied Civil Engineering (Bachelor) at the University of Calgary in Canada and Transportation Systems (Master) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She also completed her doctorate there in 2017. In her dissertation, she analysed the behaviour of cyclists in an urban context and developed corresponding simulation models.

Heather Kaths was a research assistant for several years in Munich and most recently headed the “Urban Traffic Simulation” research group at TUM. She has been at the University of Wuppertal since April 2021. Heather Kaths’ research focuses on simulation, real-world laboratories and transformation. She aims to develop tools that enable the planning, design and evaluation of functionally differentiated, self-contained cycle path networks with high performance.

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Prof. Dr John Whitelegg
University of York | United Kingdom

John Whitelegg is Visiting Professor, School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University and an Associate of the German transport research organisation Zentrum fuer Mobilitätskultur in Kassel in Germany. He authored eleven books on sustainable transport and related issues. He has worked on sustainable transport projects in India, China, Australia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia and on the same subjects with the European Parliament and European Commission. 

John Whitelegg is the technical author of the world’s first technical standard on reducing demand for private motorised transport and published by the British Standards Institution. He is a former member of the International Advisory Board of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and an adviser on road safety and promoting “active travel” to reduce obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to the World Health Organisation in Geneva. He is a board member of the Californian organisation “Transport Choices for Sustainable Communities” and founding editor of the journal “World Transport Policy and Practice”. In September 2020 John Whitelegg was appointed to the position of Fellow in Transport and Climate Change by the (UK) Foundation for Integrated Transport.

‘The Solar Decathlon has been an important source of inspiration and best practice for many years. In the context of COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow 2021) and the much strengthened awareness of why we must transform all aspects of living, buildings and mobility to maximise carbon reduction it is more important than ever. I am delighted to be part of this transformational and inspiring process.’