Professor of Building Technology & Climate Responsive Design, Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Last updated: February 05, 2023
He was appointed Professor of Building Technology & Climate Responsive Design in the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München – TUM) in 2014.
Thomas Auer is an expert on climate responsive building design. The aim of this work is to optimize energy performance and environmental quality while taking into consideration local specifics such as the macro- and micro-climate and the influence of building form and material.
His research focuses primarily on energy efficiency and how it influences the built environment, with reference to building scale (form, material and technology) and district/urban scale (urban form, infrastructure, etc.). Simulation tools are used to assist in analyzing and optimizing the interdependence between buildings and their technical services.
Thomas Auer studied process engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He deals with issues relating to the energy efficiency and user comfort of buildings within the framework of his role at Transsolar Energietechnik. He has held teaching assignments at Yale University (2001-08), and was visiting professor at the University of Kassel, the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the University of Sassari (Università degli Studi di Sassari) in Italy and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
He was a member of the Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winning team for Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub. The project was selected for the strong and important intervention in one of the most conflicted areas of São Paulo. The proposed program has the complexity that brings satisfaction and opportunities to many of the people in the favelas.
Thomas Auer was a member of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for Europe.