Main speaker and workshop leader: “Climate Responsive, Carbon Neutral Architecture Projects”, Formedil & GARANZIA GIOVANI as part of the Built up Skills i-Town conference with workshops cofounded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme and the Puglia Region in Taranto including the Professional Chamber for Architects, Engineers and Town Planners, Italy, Nov. 2015.
Lecturer: Invited on behalf of the U.S. Association of Climate Change Officers and the National 2015 Rising Seas Summit Steering Committee at this year’s 3rd annual National Rising Seas Summit in Boston on November 4th.Panel Discussion panel for “Adaptive Infrastructure” consisted of Chris Dorney (Senior Planner, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff), Robbin Peach (Program Manager of Resiliency, Massachusetts Port Authority), Craig Zamuta (Senior Policy Advisor for Climate & Environmental Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy), and Thomas Spiegelhalter (FIU).
Lecturer: Thomas Spiegelhalter, Shahin Vassigh. Best Practice Net-Zero-Energy Building Design Instructions Methods, 30th International PLEA Conference, category of “Low carbon cities and neighbourhood development” at the CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) University, in Amedabad, India, 2015
PLEA is an autonomous, non-profit, network of individuals sharing expertise in the arts, sciences, planning and design of the built environment. Founded in 1981, PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) organizes international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; scientific and technical publications; architectural competitions and exhibitions. Among the sponsors of the conference are BAYER Material Science, Germany, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Government of India. (Source: PLEA2014). Spiegelhalter is a long-term member of the Scientific Committee of PLEA, along with Prof. Vivian Loftness (CMU-USA), Prof. Alessandro Rogora (Milan’s Polytechnic, Italy), Prof. Dr. Asawa Takashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), Prof. Brian Ford (University of Nottingham, UK), and Prof. Dr. Werner X. Lang (TU Munich, Germany), among others.
Selected Session Topic Chair and Call for Peer Reviewed Papers at the U.S. National Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the 102nd Annual Meeting for the proposal, “Emerging Workflows, Techniques, and Design Protocols for Carbon-Neutral Buildings,” Location: Miami Beach, FL, USA, April 10 - 12, 2014.
Lecture: Carbon Neutral Architecture - Best Case Studies. XI Internacional Congreso Arquitectura 2013, Sostenibildad – Patrimanio – Educacion. Sponsored by Universidad, Collegio de Arquitectura de Costa Rica and Costa Rican Association of Engineers and Architects (Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos-CFIA), San Jose, Costa Rica (May 1-4, 2013) http://www.coarqcr.com/
Lecture: “Micro-Climate Sensitive Carbon Neutral Architecture in the Neotropics – Cases Studies and Experiments” International MUNDANEUM 2013: VIII REUNIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA NECESARIA, Granada, Nicaragua, (June 13-15, 2013).
Lecture: “Carbon Neutral Architecture - Best Case Studies.” XI Internacional Congreso Arquitectura 2013, Sostenibildad – Patrimanio – Educacion, Sponsored by Universidad, Collegio de Arquitectura de Costa Rica and Costa Rican Association of Engineers and Architects (Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos-CFIA), San Jose, Costa Rica (May 1-4. 2013).
"New Industrial Design Protocols for Carbon Neutral Buildings." In: "101_1 Waste(lands) +Material Economies / Practicing Industry" paper session. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture ACSA 101: NEW CONSTELLATIONS / NEW ECOLOGIES. (San Francisco: National ACSA, Conference, March 21, 2013).
Lecture Series: “AIA + 2030 Building Sector Energy Challenge: 10 Sessions,” Sponsored by American Institute for Architects (AIA) Pasadena-L.A., CA, (2010-12).
Lecture Series: “No Architect Left Behind – Carbon Neutral Design: 4 Sessions,” A Sponsored by merican Institute for Architects (AIA) Pasadena-L.A., CA, (2012-13).
“Entropy Processes in Low-Exergy Architecture.” PLEA 2012, Opportunities, Limits & Needs, Towards an Environmentally Responsible Architecture, 28th International Conference on Low Energy Architecture, (Lima, Peru: CIAC/PUCUP-Proceedings, Nov. 7-9, 2012).
“Transforming and Benchmarking a LEED certified University building into a Net-Zero-Energy Building in the Subtropics.” 28th Intl. PLEA Conference 2012, OPPORTUNITIES, LIMITS & NEEDS, Towards an environmentally responsible architecture, (Lima, Peru: PLEA Proceedings, Nov. 7-9, 2012).
“AIA 2030 Carbon Neutral Building Challenge - Designing Net-Zero-Energy Buildings with Parametric 3D/4D-BIM Design Tools.” 28th Intl. PLEA Conference 2012, OPPORTUNITIES, LIMITS & NEEDS, Towards an environmentally responsible architecture, (Lima, Peru: PLEA Proceedings, Nov. 7-9 2012).
“Designing with Parametric 3D-tools, Measuring and Benchmarking Carbon-Neutral-Architecture: Local Examples, Global Perspective.” 2012 ACSA International Conference, CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices, (Barcelona, Spain: ACSA-Proceedings, June 20-22, 2012).
“Achieving the European and North American ‘2020-2030 Targets’ of Net-Zero-Energy-Buildings with Parametric 3D/4D-BIM Design Tools.” 2012 ACSA International Conference, CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices (Barcelona, Spain: ACSA Proceedings, June 20-22 2012).
(Co-Lecture with Alfredo Andia) “Topological and Parametric Temperatures in Architectural Academia.” 2012 ACSA International Conference, CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices (Barcelona, Spain: ACSA Proceedings, June 20-22 , 2012).
"Climatic Tropism in Buildings: Designing with Natural Response Cycles for Better Performance.” The 6th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, UCLA Los Angeles, (January 20, 2012).
"Designing and Manufacturing Zero-Fossil-Energy Buildings with 3D Parametric Performance Tools.” The 6th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. UCLA Los Angeles, (January 21, 2012).
Lecture: “Globally Benchmarked Buildings Versus Green Washed Buildings.” AIA sponsored public lecture series with AIA credits, University of Maryland, College of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Washington D.C., (January 26, 2011).
"Roadmap for Developing Low-Carbon Buildings and Cities in the United States by 2050." Conference on the Constructed Environment. University Center in Chicago, (October 2011).
"GHG Reduction And Self-Actualization Of A New Green Designer Society.” Local-Identities-Global-Challenges, ACSA Fall Conference Houston, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, (October 2011).
"From Theory to Practice in Measuring and Benchmarking Design/Build Sustainable Architecture: Local Examples, Global Perspective.” Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. Rome, Italy, (2011).
"Innovative Building Integrated Micro-Generation Systems for Cooling and Dehumidification in Hot and Humid Climates." Architecture and Climate. The 27th International Conference of “Passive and Low Energy Architecture. PLEA 2011. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, (July 2011).
"Tropical Architecture with Micro-Generation for Cooling and Dehumidification." First International Annual ATINER Conference on Construction, Architecture and Engineering, Athens, Greece, (May 2011).
"From Theory to Practice in Measuring and Benchmarking Design/Build Sustainable Architecture: Local Examples, Global Perspective.” Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, (February 2011).
Lecture and moderated session: “Development and Moderation: Global benchmarking? Taking a Critical Look at the Resource Use and Performance of Sustainable Buildings in the U.S.” Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Chicago, (November 19, 2010).
Lecture: “Energy Efficient Buildings and Cities in the U.S.” The POLYCITY Project - Visions of Sustainable Urban Energy Systems. Stuttgart, Germany. (September 2010), www.polycity.net.
Lecture: “Measuring and Benchmarking: Local Examples, Global Perspective.”Greenbuild 2010, US Green Building Council, International Forum and Federal Summit, Leadership in Sustainability from Coast to Coast. Washington D.C., (May 19, 2010).
“Research Case Studies and POE’s in Germany 1990-2003.” FIU Energy Conference, Department of Engineering and Construction Management. Miami, (March 12, 2010).
"Global Benchmarking? Taking a Critical Look at Eco-Architectures.” Resource Usage, Intl. Conference on Ecological Architecture 2010, Wessex Institute of Technology, (April 13, 2010).
"Biomimicry and Circular Metabolism for the Cities of the Future.” Conference. International Conference on The Sustainable City 2010, Wessex Institute of Technology, La Coruna, Spain, (2010).
"Case Study: German Low-Energy, Passive-House, and Plus-Energy-Buildings with Innovative Energy-Efficient Phase Changing Materials.” BESS 2010: High Performance Building Enclosures – Practical Sustainability Symposium, Pomona, California, (May 2010).
"Innovative Building Integrated, Solar-Assisted Air-Water Space Conditioning Systems with Dehumidification, and Thermo-Active Cooling Systems for Hot and Humid Climates.” National Conference of the American Society for Solar Energy (ASES) 2010, 39th Annual National Solar Conference, 35th National Passive Solar Conference, 5th Renewable Energy Policy, Advocacy and Marketing Conference. 4th Energy Sustainability Conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Phoenix, AZ, (May 2010).
"Energy Efficient Buildings and Cities in the U.S.” International Conference - The POLYCITY Project: Visions of Sustainable Urban Energy Systems, European Commission and CONCERTO Research Initiative, zafh.net - Centre of Applied Research - Sustainable Energy Technology, Stuttgart, Germany, (Sept. 15-17, 2010).
“Designing Cities of the Future with the Principles of Biomimicry and Circular Metabolism.” Virtual Presentation. Fourth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chicago, IL, (Febuary 13, 2010).
“Ecology-Design-Synergy, Form Follows Performance.” 10th International Mundaneum 2009 Symposium. IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Universidad del Diseño, San Jose, FUDEUFoundation for Urban Developments. San Jose, Costa Rica. (June 2009).
O., Kimmon, K. Kensek, Th. Spiegelhalter and Mark Gangi. “BIM (Building Information Modelling) and Sustainability.” AIA Los Angeles Computer Committee, Gin Wong Conference Center, USC, Los Angeles, (May 13, 2009).
“Panelist at the USC Green Development Conference.” Young Leaders to engage members of congress, mayors in 104 town halls nationwide to build clean energy future. Panelist for International Green Building Benchmarking, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, (April 18, 2009).
“International Energy Efficiency in Construction Symposium.” Moderator and presenter of the one-day conference with world leaders in green building design and construction, and advanced industries. German Federal Ministry of Economics, BMI, AHK San Francisco, USC Energy Institute, AIA Pasadena, (March 10, 2009).
“Legislating Green Buildings.” The American Institute of Architecture Pasadena & Foothill and Design Within Reach event.Presentation of a decade of research to compare European, Asian and US developments and discuss the future of green programs as guidelines become integrated as codes and goals that have been set such as 2030 challenge. AIA, (March 6, 2009).
“Sustainability and Construction.” International Sustainability Conference. Organizer Dean Jorge Perez, Centro Nacional de Producción más Limpia, Alcaldía de Medellín, Building Chamber Medellin, Colombia, (Febuary 2009).
“E.U. Energy Performance Certificate Post-Occupancy-Evaluation-Case Studies.” International Conference: The Passive and Low Energy Architecture PLEA 2009, Québec City, Canada, (2009).
“FORUM: Is it possible to build sustainable cities in Central America?” International HABITAT-UN (United Nations) Conference, Environmental Management and Policy Unit Coordinator, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Holcim, Fudeu, IUCN/Mesoamérica, Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos Auditorium, San José , Costa Rica, (Nov. 26-28, 2008).
“Phase Changing Materials in Solar Architecture.” ACSA: Material Ecology & Sustainability - Material Matters Conference, 2008 ACSA Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, USC Los Angeles (2008).
“Sustainability and Zero-Fossil-Energy-Architecture.” Work Report, University of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, (2008).
“Performance based sustainability.” Work Report, Lecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, (March 2008).
“Performance Based Architecture and Systems Integration.” Work Report, University of North Carolina, USA, (2008).
"Creating a Sustainable Infrastructure and Zero-Fossil-Energy-Buildings for Santa Catalina Island.” Solar 2008 Conference, ASES, American Solar Energy Society, San Diego, (2008).
"EMS–Post-Occupancy-Monitoring and Building Energy Passport Implementation for the USC School of Architecture, L.A.” Solar 2008 Conference, ASES, American Solar Energy Society, San Diego, (2008).
"Innovative Phase Changing Materials.” ACSA Material Matters: Making Architecture Fall Conference, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, USC Los Angeles, (2008).
"Solar Powered Zero-Fossil-Energy-Buildings and Infrastructures for Catalina Island in Southern California.” 7th International Conference on Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning “Sun and Sense”, European Commission, German Federal Ministry, European Association for Renewable Energy, the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), Berlin, Germany, (March 2008).
"Solar Architectural Site Alignment Strategies for Performance-Based Design.” 7th International Conference on Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning “Sun and Sense”, European Commission, German Federal Ministry, European Association for Renewable Energy, the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), Berlin, Germany, (March 2008).
“Energy Efficient Architecture.” Work Report, Lecture, Technical University of Applied Research Cologne Germany, (2007).
“GREEN ON GREEN – Celebrating Urban Living. Presenting provocative ideas on Sustainable Urban living, Solar Cities, and Experimental Architecture.” The American Institute of Architecture Pasadena & Foothill and Design Within Reach event, USA, (2007).
“Innovations in Solar and Renewable Energy in Architecture - Transitions to a Renewable Future.” Public Lecture Series at School of Architecture, USC, L.A., USA, (2006).
“Keynote lecture: Look sustainable buildings different?” Lecture. International Summer Academy for Architecture, Reurbanization and Sustainability, ars-Berlin, TFH Berlin and New York City CUNY, Sto-Stiftung, DAAD German Academic Exchange Program, Bauhaus Academy Berlin, Berlin, (2006).
“Opening Keynote Lecture for the Architecture Exhibition 2050 -Visions for Berlin.” Vernisage at the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Berlin, ARS Berlin, Sustainable Designs of TFH Berlin, New York City CUNY, DAAD German Federal Foreign Office, (July 2006).
“Keynote lecture: Innovations in Solar and Renewable Energy in Architecture – Minnesota Architecture Transitions to a Renewable Future.” Lecture. 2nd Annual Earth Day Forum: College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota, CALA, USGBC Mississippi Headquarters Chapter Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Sustainable Development Unit, Center for Sustainable Building Research AIA MN Committee on the Environment, (April 25, 2006).
“Innovations in Green Architecture.” Symposium. Meeting the Sustainability Challenge: USC Center for Sustainable Cities, USC College of Science, Arts and Letters, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Tree People, ULI L.A., USCBG, Lusk Center, (2006).
"Towards Passive, Adaptive Zero-Fossil-Energy-Buildings.” 10th International Passive House Congress, Hanover, Germany, (2006).
“Zero-Fossil-Energy-Building-Design.” Innovation Lecture and Discussion. Green Economy Forum Session 4, Earth Day Symposium, Audubon Society, and Audubon Center, Los Angeles, CA, (2005).
“Sustainable Performative Architecture and Urban Design.” Lecture and workshop discussion. Atelier 1: Residenza, Atelier 2: Aree Industriali, Atelier 3: Vuoti Urbani, Universita degli Studi D’Annuzio, Dipartimento di Technologie per l’Ambiente Costruito, Pescara, Italy, (2005).
“Experimental Architecture.” Lecture. Intl. Symposia States of Mind – Design Evolution, University Tasmania, Launceston, Australia, Tasmania, (2004).
“Performative Urban Architecture.” Lecture. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Design College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona, L.A. CA, USA, (2004).
Honlez, Guillermo and Thomas Spiegelhalter. “The Metropolitan Los Angeles as a Laboratory for the City as a Solar Power Station.” 1st International Solar Cities Congress in Daegu Korea, International Solar Energy Society (ISES), UNITAR, ISCI, the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), (2004).
“Towards Solar-Zero-Fossil-Energy-Urban Building Infrastructures.” SCI-Arc-2GA Lecture, Los Angeles CA, (2003).
“Solar Architecture and Urban Reclamation, International Green Mundaneum Symposium.” III Reunion Internacional de Arquitectura, Contribution: Costa Rica. Lecture, City of San Jose and Universidad del Desino, (other lectures: Emilio Ambaszs, Miquel Adria, Pliny Fisk, Anthony Brown, Charles Jencks, G. Honlez, Clifford Pearson, James Wines), (2003).
“The Solar Multi-Hybrid Home for the Rich and Poor in the Information Age.” La Vivienda Sostenible en la Era Digital Contribution: Congreso Internacional Sobre La Vivienda del Futuro, Catalonian Architects Professional Association, the Catalonian Government, Asociacion Nacional para la Vivienda del Futuro ANAVIF, Barcelona, Spain, (2003).
“Industrial Design and Architecture.” Lecture. Work Report. University of the Arts, Hamburg, Germany, (2003).
“Solar Architecture and Urban Planning.” Innovation Lecture at the International Solar Architecture Symposium, A.I.A. Los Angeles, LA Department of Water and Power, USA, (2002).
“Experimental Solar Architecture and Urban Planning.” Convegno Internazionale, Involucri energetici, Strategy Innovative Per Le Sisterna Fotovoltaico, DiTAC Dipartimento di Technologie per l’ Ambiente Costruito, Pescara, Italy, (2002).
"Towards Zero-Energy Urban Infrastructures.” UIA XXI World Congress of Architecture Berlin, Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA), City of Berlin, Autodesk, Graphisoft, Deutsche Post, Schueco International, Bertelsmann, Germany, (2002).
“Solar Cities of Tomorrow - with or without the U.S.” Lecture, International Architecture Symposium da-vin-ci, Technical University Darmstadt, Schueco International, Hebel Porenbeton, Fels Gmbh, Germany, (2001).
“Solar City Pittsburgh.” PA, San José, Costa Rica, IEA Intl. Solar City Program Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, (2001).
“Under The Sun - With the Wind.” Lecture. Key note innovation lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Rice Design Green Spring Lecture Series, Houston, TX, USA, (2001).
“Climate Tools Architecture.” Lecture. Symposium City of Leipzig with Sister City of Houston, UH Houston, USA, (2001).
“Building a Solar City Framework for Sustainable Communities.” Lecture. Universidad del Desino, San Jose, Costa Rica, (2001).
“Solar City Pittsburgh, PA, San José, Costa Rica.” Lecture. IEA International Energy Agency - Solar City Program Workshop Lecture Series, The Hague, Netherlands, (2000).
“Experimental Solar Architecture.” Innovation lecture, International Jill Watson Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, (1999).
“Experimental Solar Architecture.” Innovation Lecture. Intl. Congress of Experimental Architecture, V Encuentro Internacional de Arquitectura +UDLA, Puebla, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla V Congreso, Mexico, (1999).
“Nachhaltige Architektur.” Lecture. Work Report. University of Applied Science Stralsund, Germany, (1999).
“Sustainable Architecture.” Lecture. University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Department of Interior Architecture, UK, (1998).
“Climate Tools - Solar Buildings.” Lecture. National Scientific Expert Conference on Energy and Building Technology with Prof. Dr. Wagner, TU Munich, Department of Machines and Energy Technology, HTWK Leipzig, Germany, (1998).
“Main Street Reclamation.” Lecture. University of Houston, G. H. School of Architecture, USA, (1998).
“Architecturale Visie of Antwerpse, Droogdokken.” Lecture. Gallery De Grote Wite Arend Antwerpen, Belgium, (1997).
“Critical consideration of former East German Architecture (DDR) by the example of the Karl-Marx-Allee.” Intl. Workshop Lectures, Hessian and Berlin Chamber of Architect Organization, Federal German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, (1996).
“Tell me how you will build.” Lecture. Panel Discussion. Suedbaden Architect Organization, Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Germany, (1996).
“The creation of Solar Hybrids.” Lecture. Universita degli di Napoly,”Federico II,” Dipartimento di Porgettazione Urbana Sezione Technologia e Ambiente, Italy, (1995).
“Climate responsive architecture - Solar energy forms in environmental design.” Lecture. Environmental Institute Leipzig, Germany, (1995).
“Aus Zwei mach Drei - neue Konzepte des Holzbaus.“ Lecture. Deutscher Werkbund Frankfurt am Main, Germany, (1994).
“Nachhaltige Architektur.” Work Report - Lecture. University Stuttgart and Cottbus University, Germany, (1994).
“Lifestyle and Design.” Lecture at Symposium Solar Cultural Center Breisach am Rhein, Gallery Blau, Freiburg, (1993).
“Experimental Housing – Between Laboratory and Playground.” Lecture, Intl. Symposium Lebensmittel Wohnung, Architects Day, European Academy of the Arts in Trier, Germany, (1993).
“Houses of the Future - Buildings and Environment - Low Energy Houses.” Work Report. Lecture. University of the Arts, Hamburg, Germany, (1993).
“Innovative Holzbauweisen im Wohnungsbau (Innovative wood construction methods in housing.” Lecture. Holzbau 1993 (Wood Constructions 1993), Holzbautagung (Conference) Leipzig, Germany, (1993).
“Recycling in Civil Engineering and Architecture.” Lecture. Sustainability Symposium, Nachhaltigkeits-symposium, Frankfurt Airport GmbH, German Federal Ministry of Building and Housing, Bonn, (1992).
co-organised, hosted, and funded conferences
session development and moderation at acsa, u.s. national association of collegiate schools of architecture and the 102nd annual meeting for the proposal, “emerging workflows, techniques, and design protocols for carbon-neutral buildings,” location: miami beach, fl, usa, (april 10 - 12, 2014).