Spiegelhalter is a registered architect, engineer, town planner and principal of Thomas Spiegelhalter Studio + Associates since 1990. He has realized research demonstration work in Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S. in numerous contextual solar, carbon-neutral, 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 bridges, and revitalization projects.
Spiegelhalter includes in his BIM master planning, research, and consultation projects multiple sustainability measurement criteria systems such as the ISO 9000/14000 standards, IEA Solar City, the European Building Energy Performance Certificate Methodology, the World GBC, UK BREEAM, CASBEE, DNGB, Energy Star, Cascadia, and the USGBC LEED / Wellbeing rating systems.
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” by Franco Angeli Publisher, Rome, in 2008, “Post-Parametric Automation in Design and Construction” with A. Andia in 2014, and “Agent-Based Modelling in the Built Environment” in 2018 with H. Yi. Spiegelhalter also co-founded the local Miami Dynamo-Rhinamo-BIM-360 group of the Intl. Autodesk User Groups (AUGI) to organize monthly cloud workshops in 2017.
He lectured and contributed at over hundred international conferences, design charettes, exhibitions, and workshops about Environmental Design in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Australia since 1989.
Since 1990, he has worked with numerous Universities in Germany, the US, UK, Italy, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile and China to research on multi-disciplinary ecological engineering projects worldwide.
As a result of his 27 years of design and built work, professional consulting, awarded research, teaching, Spiegelhalter has received 54 prizes, awards, and honors in European and US sustainability competitions individual and in collaboration with landscape architects, and engineers.
He was awarded with a tenured University professorship at the University of Hanover and at the University of Applied Science, Leipzig in 1992, and he was an assistant professor at the University of Kaiserslautern, all in Germany. He was a DAAD-visiting professor at the University of Houston and a visiting professor at the Universidad del Desino in San Jose, Costa Rica. He was a professor of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and at the Center of Building Performance, and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and a 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.
He is currently the Co-Director of the Structures and Environmental Technologies Lab and teaches graduate Sustainability and Digital Design Studios, Environmental Systems in Architecture and Carbon-Neutral Building-City-Infrastructure Design courses at the College of Architecture, Florida International University in Miami and South Beach.
CRUNCH (Climate-Resilient-Urban-Nexus-Choices). CRUNCH is a multi-disciplinary project with an international consortium of project partners and cities addressing all three sectors of food, water and energy through the integrative Food-Water-Energy-Nexus approach. It aims to support local decision and policy makers, practitioners and civil society organizations by translating the key findings of a deep review of literature, knowledge and research evidence on the FWE-Nexus into the design of Urban Living Labs (ULL). The Miami proposal aims to create a carbon-neutral, data driven planning and 80 years scenario tool for integrated decision making using the Urban Living Lab (ULL) approach; identifying a data and mapping baseline for the city’s needs, developing the tool and framework, testing and analyzing the data-driven models using different carbon-neutral and resilient scenarios from now to 2100. PI: Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter with research partners at other ULL’s at Keio University, Tokyo (Prof. Wanglin), University of Portsmouth, (UK-project coordinator), City of Portsmouth, Culinova/Expert or Micro Technologies, Ltd. (UK), Aecom Ltd (UK), Knowhow Information Ltd. (UK), Sustainable Food Cities.org (UK), City of Glasgow (UK); Technische Universitaet Eindhoven and City of Eindhoven (NL); Gdansk University of Technology, and City of Gdansk, Poland; City of Gdansk, Uppsala University Sweden, City of Uppsala, Sweden; 100 Resilient Cities New York City (USA): National Taiwan University, and Chinese Taipei City. Sponsors: EU Belmont, EU Commission, Belmont Forum, Intelligent Europe, Sustainable Urbanization Global Initiative (SUGI). Grant: $1,9 Mio ($484,000 for FIU CARTA), Completed in Nov. 2022
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