A.UD Lecture Series 2017-18: Thomas Auer


Monday, November 6
Thomas Auer
Managing Director and Partner, Transsolar, Stuttgart

Thomas is partner and managing director of Transsolar, an engineering firm with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York. He collaborated with world known architecture firms on numerous international design projects. He is a specialist in energy efficiency, user comfort and sustainable urban design. Thomas has developed concepts for buildings around the world noted for their innovative strategies – an integral part of signature architecture. Thomas taught at Yale University and was a visiting professor at the ESA in Paris, Ryerson in Toronto and other Universities. Since 2014 he is full Professor at the TU of München. 


In order to get to a carbon neutral building stock – which is e.g. required by the EU Carbon roadmap by 2050  – our efforts need to be smart and holistic on all scales of design. At the same time it is essential that a transformation process provide great environmental qualities – indoor as well as outdoor (public realm). This requires mitigation and adaptation strategies, which can only be accomplished by transforming the design process: “Form Follows Process” (Chris Bangle, chief of design at BMW between 1992 and 2009). Integrated design strategies and a performance driven design process is the basis to find answers on the question how the challenges of our time will transform and change our built environment. A transformation, which needs to be radical to achieve a full de-carbonization of our building stock and to provide a highly comfortable. However, to be convincing as a profession we need to be aspirational and at the same time inspirational. The level of aspiration must be determined by research, whereas exemplary lighthouse projects should inspire the industry and the public.

This, Not That invites thought-provoking speakers to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Their arguments will be supported by presentations of their creative efforts in research, pedagogy or professional practice.  This series stages an ongoing debate around the shifting perspectives that frame creative practice.

Perloff Hall is located on the UCLA Campus.

Perloff Hall, M-F, 9am – 5pm

Info: 310.267.4704

Lectures take place at 6:30pm in Perloff Hall Decafé (unless otherwise indicated)
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