Biography of Thomas Spiegelhalter (Principal)
Spiegelhalter has been a registered architect, engineer, town planner, and principal of "Thomas Spiegelhalter Studio + Associates" since 1990. He has realized built research work in Europe, North, Central, and South America, Asia, and Africa in numerous contextual solar, carbon-neutral, near zero-fossil-energy, passive, and low-energy building realizations projects; large-scale sustainability master planning, and consultancies, redevelopment projects for abandoned post-industrial architectures and landscapes, engineered suspension and 3- printed bridges and objects, sustainable retrofit and revitalization projects.
Many of his completed projects have been published in International anthologies of European and American Architecture such in "Contemporary European Architects, Volume V," 1997, Building a New Millennium 1999-2000″, both Benedict Taschen Publisher, in "Solar Architecture for Europe, Publisher Birkhäuser, 1996, in "The Architectural Review, on Ecology and Architecture," in 1998, in "Architectural Record- "DESIGN VANGUARD AWARD 2003 or in the monograph "Adaptable Technologies – Le tecnologie adattabili nelle architetture di Thomas Spiegelhalter," or Carbon-Neutral High-Rise projects by Franco Angeli Publisher, Rome-Milano, in 2008, 2020 and 2021, and hundreds of book chapters, journals, and research papers. Notable publications include "Post-Parametric Automation in Design and Construction" with A. Andia in 2014, and Winner of the International Award for Excellence for Volume 3 of The International Journal of the Constructed Environment on "New Design Protocols for Industrial-scaled Modes of Production for Carbon Neutral Buildings" in 2015.
From 1990 on, he has worked with numerous Universities in Germany, the US, UK, Italy, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, and China to research multi-disciplinary ecological engineering projects worldwide. As a result of his 31 years of design and built work, professional consulting, and awarded research, teaching, Spiegelhalter has received 57 prizes, awards, and honors in European and US sustainability competitions individual and collaboration with landscape architects engineers..
Currently, he is a full professor, researcher, and the Co-Director of the Structures and Environmental Technologies Lab (SET) at the College of Architecture at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. In addition, he teaches graduate Sustainability, Resiliency and Digital Design Studios, Environmental Systems in Architecture, and Carbon-Neutral Building-City-Infrastructure Design courses at FIU and the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) in South Beach.
Academic Appointments since 1990
2009 - ongoing ,Professorship at Florida International University, College of Architecture, Co-Director of the Structures and Environmental Technologies Lab, Miami, Florida, USA
2003-2009, Professorship at the University of Southern California (USC), School of Architecture, and Affiliate of the USC Energy Institute, USC Sustainable Cities Program, and USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina, L.A., USA
Spring 2006, Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor for Innovations in Sustainable Solar and Renewable Energy in Architecture, University of Minnesota, Center for Sustainable Building Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Spring 2000 - F 2002, Visiting Professor, Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, Intelligent Workplace, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), School of Architecture and College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Summer 2000, Guest Professor, Universidad del Desino, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, San Jose, Costa Rica
Spring 2000, Call/Appointment for Tenured University Professor Position at the University Hanover Germany, Department for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Development, Germany
-Fall 1999, DAAD Visiting Professor at the University of Houston, G. Hines College of Architecture, Houston, TX, USA
-Fall 1992 - Spring 2000, Tenured Full-time C3-Professor at the University of Applied Science Leipzig (HTWK), Department of Architecture and Engineering, Germany
-Fall 1990 - Fall 1992, Half-time University Assistant Professor at the University of Kaiserlautern, Department of Architecture, Town & Environmental Planning and Civil Engineering, Germany
Multidisciplinary Professional Education (University Degrees)
-Master of Design, (Meisterschueler) University of the Arts in Berlin, Department of Architecture and Design, Germany
-Diplom-Designer, University of the Arts Berlin, Department of Design and Architecture, Germany
-Diplom-Ingenieur, Architecture, Engineer, and Town Planning, University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Department of Architecture and Town Planning, Germany
Other Professional Education (Degrees in the European Guild System )
-UNESCO Certificate ”Pro Venetia Viva”, Centro Europeo di Venezia per i Mestieri della Conservazione del Patrimonio Architettonico (European Foundation for Historic Preservation, Culture and Art), Venice, Italy, 1977