Dissemination, Future Research and Education: Adaptive Facade Network


Uta Pottgiesser, TU Delft; Ulrich Knaack, TU Darmstadt; Christian Louter, TU Delft; Andreas Luible, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts; Thaleia Konstantinou, TU Delft; David Metcalfe, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology; Thomas Henriksen, Kingspan Facades


This booklet is one of three final documentations of the results of the COST-Action TU 1403 ‘ADAPTIVE FACADE NETWORK’ to be published next to the proceedings of the Final COST Conference ‘FACADE 2018 — ADAPTIVE!’ and a Special Issue of the Journal of Façade Design & Engineering (JFDE).

While the proceedings and the journal present current scientific research papers selected through a traditional peer review process, these three final documentations have another focus and objective. These three documentations will share a more holistic and comparative view to the scientific and educational framework of this COST-Action on adaptive facades with the objective to generate an overview and a summary — different from the more specific approach of the proceedings and connecting to the first publication that was presenting the participating institutions. The three titles are the following and are connected to the deliverables of the responsible Working Groups (WG):

Booklet 3.1 Case Studies (WG1)

Booklet 3.2 Building Performance Simulation and Characterisation of Adaptive Facades (WG2)

Booklet 3.3 Dissemination, Future Research and Education (WG4)

Booklet 3.1 concentrates on the definition and classification of adaptive facades by describing the state of the art of real-world and research projects and by providing a database to be published on COST TU 1403 website (http://tu1403.eu/). Booklet 3.2 focusses on comparing simulation and testing methods, tools and facilities. And finally, Booklet 3.3 documents the interdisciplinary, horizontal and vertical networking and communication between the different stakeholders of the COST-Action organised through Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM), Training Schools and support sessions for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) / Early Career Investigators (ECI), industry workshops, and related surveys as specific means of dissemination to connect research and education. All three booklets show the diversity of approaches to the topic of adaptive facades coming from the different participants and stakeholders, such as: architecture and design, engineering and simulation, operation and management, industry and fabrication and from education and research. The tasks and deliverables of Working Group 4 were organized and supported by the following group members and their functions:

— Thomas Henriksen, Denmark ESR/ECI

— Ulrich Knaack, The Netherlands Chair (2015-16)

— Thaleia Konstantinou, The Netherlands ESR/ECI

— Christian Louter, The Netherlands Vice-Chair, STSM Coordinator

— Andreas Luible, Switzerland Website, Meetings

— David Metcalfe, United Kingdom Training Schools

— Uta Pottgiesser, Germany Chair (2017-18)

As editors and Chairs, we would like to thank the Working Group members and authors from other Working Groups for their significant and comprehensive contributions to this booklet. Moreover, we sincerely thank Ashal Tyurkay for her great assistance during the whole editing and layout process. We also want to thank COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Author Biographies

Uta Pottgiesser, TU Delft

Since 2004 Professor of Building Construction and Materials at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture at Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (TH-OWL), Germany. 1984 - 91 studies of architecture and diploma at Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany; 1998 - 2004 research assistant at Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden), Germany, at the Institute of Building Construction where she obtained her PhD (Dr.- Ing.) in 2002 in the field of “Multi-layered Glass Constructions”. Since 2017 Professor for Interior Architecture at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and since 2018 Chair of Heritage & Technology at TU Delft (The Netherlands). Since 1994 practicing architect for office, administration and high-rise buildings and a member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects and with a multidisciplinary background in architecture, civil engineering and interior architecture; as a vice-chair of DOCOMOMO Germany and member of DOCOMOMO she is concerned with the protection, reuse and improvement of the built heritage and environment, since 2016 she is Chair of the International Specialist Committee of Technology (ISC-T). Numerous national and international research projects and teaching and research stays, including the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles; she is a member in juries of architectural competitions and PhD commissions and a reviewer and author of international journals and book publications, in particular on constructive and heritage topics.

Ulrich Knaack, TU Darmstadt

Professor Dr. Ing. Ulrich Knaack (1964) was trained as an architect at the RWTH Aachen / Germany. After earning his degree he worked at the university as researcher in the field of structural use of glass and completed his studies with a PhD. In his professional career Knaack worked as architect and general planner in Dí¼sseldorf / Germany, succeeding in national and international competitions. His projects include high-rise and offices buildings, commercial buildings and stadiums.

In his academic career Knaack was professor for Design and Construction at the Hochschule OWL / Germany. He also was and still is appointed professor for Design of Construction at the Delft University of Technology / Faculty of Architecture, Netherlands where he developed the Façade Research Group. In parallel he is professor for Façade Technology at the TU Darmstadt / Faculty of Civil engineering/ Germany where he participates in the Institute of Structural Mechanics + Design. He organizes interdisciplinary design workshops and symposiums in the field of facades and is author of several well-known reference books, articles and lectures.

Christian Louter, TU Delft

Dr. ir. Christian Louter is Assistant Professor on Structural (Glass) Design at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft. Christian obtained his PhD Cum Laude from TU Delft in 2011 and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at EPFL in Switzerland before returning to TU Delft in 2015. Next to his research and teaching activities, Christian is Research Coordinator at the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology, an Editor-in-Chief of the Glass Structures & Engineering journal, an Organizer of the Challenging Glass Conference series and a Core Group member of the European COST Action TU1403 on Adaptive Facades.

Andreas Luible, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Since 2010 Andreas Luible is head of the Competence Center for Building Envelopes CCGH and responsible for the field of study on building envelopes at Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts in Switzerland. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University Munich and received his diploma in 1999. In 2004 he finished his doctorate at the EPF Lausanne. From 2004 until 2010, he was working as a senior façade engineer for the international façade companies Schmidlin Fassaden Technologie AG, Josef Gartner Switzerland AG and YUANDA Europe Ltd. He is an active member of several national and European standards commissions on curtain walling and glass. His research investigates glass design, new façade technologies and materials, design of energy efficient building envelopes and adaptive facades. Since 2014 Andreas Luible is the chairman of COST Action TU1403 “Adaptive Facades Network”.

Thaleia Konstantinou, TU Delft

Dr.- Ing. Thaleia Konstantinou studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. Since 2006, she has been a certified architect as a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. In 2008, she graduated with distinction from the Master of Science programme on Environmental Design and Engineering at The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London. During and after her studies, she has worked as an architect in greek and international practices.

In September 2014 she concluded her PhD research at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Her research on the topic of façade refurbishment strategies was part of the research programme “Green Building Innovation”. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology of the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. Her activities are related to research and education, focussing on energy efficiency, façade design and building products.

David Metcalfe, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology

David Metcalfe is a physics graduate with a Master’s degree in Façade Engineering. As Director of CWCT he is responsible for all of the Centre’s technical and training output. David lectures extensively on the subject of building physics, glass and fire. Past research has included collaborating with industry on many building physics related topics including thermal bridging, facilitating natural ventilation with double-skin facades and the practical implementation of automated facades. Recent work has included guidance on fire and facades, the writing of a comprehensive guidance document on the use of built-up walls in modern construction, and establishing a new Master’s course in Façade Engineering at the University of the West of England. He is part of the Construction Products Association technical expert panel following the fire at Grenfell Tower. He is a board member of the Society of Façade Engineering and is currently chairing the Society’s fire committee.

Thomas Henriksen, Kingspan Facades

Technical director for Kingspan façades, joining in 2018. Previous roles include Technical director and global façade leader at Mott MacDonald Ltd (2016-2018), technical director at Waagner Biro (2011-2015) and Seele (2010-2011), project manager façade package at IAV Construction (2007- 2010), senior structural façade engineer at Arup (2004-2007). A high level of experience in design across a wide range of buildings and infrastructure projects including; architectural competitions, direct liaison with clients, interpreting the clients’ requirements, developing and presenting design proposals; Contract negotiations; design development and detailing; coordinating interfaces between subcontractor packages and overseeing construction onsite; reviewing progress against contractors’ programmes and maintaining onsite quality.



December 12, 2018

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