DigitalBAU 2022 - 15.-17. February - Cologne

digitalBAU from 15. - 17. February 2022 at Koelnmesse – digitalBau is an important trade fair for digitization in the construction industry. It is dedicated to new applications and technologies that changes the processes of planning, realization and operation. In the course of the fair, World-Architects, in cooperation with C.FATH architecture communication, are creating a three-day forum with 18 international speakers from different professions. Keynote speeches will be given on topics from urban development, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) as well as research and science. In addition, World-Architects organizes guided tours with experts who have extensive knowledge on various aspects of digitization.

15.-17. February 2022 – Forum

  • 15. February: Society + City

  • Buildings, places and urban quarters need an identity, a tangible story, a narrative. More than ever, project developers and planners are exchanging ideas about the future of the city: Revitalisation of brownfield sites, transformation of existing buildings and reuse strategies require tools that translate the analogue with digital instruments. From big data to multidisciplinary analyses of places and urban space to urban consulting: Best practice for decision-makers and for strategic urban development.
  • 16. February: Artificial Intelligence (AI) + Production

  • Today, society, science and industry cannot be imagined without artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. Concrete applications can be found in almost every area of public life: public safety, traffic, transport and logistics to manufacturing, maintenance, service and support. Recent developments in the AI industry for architectural applications will be presented: Innovative fabrication enabling architecture by coupling digital technologies with the physical building process.
  • 17. February: Research + Practice

  • At the universities, the effects of digital change are researched and simulated and the impact on social and societal contexts as well as on architectural and planning contexts is examined. The development of tools and the collection of mass data for sound analysis and simulation are also research and development topics at universities. A link between science and practice and an interdisciplinary exchange are the focus of this thematic block: disciplines from architecture, structural design, materials science, computer science, control engineering and robotics will have their say to explain building of tomorrow.

Programm, Lectures

Lectures of the forum from 15.-17. February will be held in english language (morning) and german language (afternoon), followed by a panel-discussion and a Guided Tour.

We are currently coordinating the program in exchange with the following speakers:

Our Speakers

Portrait Wiebke Ahues © Marion Schoenenberger

Wiebke Ahues

  • Architect, Director Berlin Office blocher partners | blocher partners, Berlin |
  • Wiebke Ahues studied architecture at the University of Dortmund and the Technical University of Dresden. Since 2015, she has been working in the Berlin office of David Chipperfield Architects, where she has been an associate since 2017. She is responsible for an interdisciplinary acquisition team. Using digital planning and construction methods, she creates timber hybrid constructions, parametrically designed façades and develops practical approaches for reuse and robotics with Maria Wyller. She supports the research project “shaping space” of Professor Christoph Gengnagel, Berlin University of the Arts (udk), with her practical know-how. Since March 2021 she works for blocher partners as Director Berlin Office.

Portrait Prof. Dr.-Ing. M.Arch. Lucio Blandini © Rene Mueller

Prof. Dr.-Ing. M.Arch. Lucio Blandini

  • Architect, member of the board and partner at Werner Sobek AG | Werner Sobek AG |
  • The Italian Dr Lucio Blandini is managing director and partner at Werner Sobek AG in Stuttgart. His focus is on innovation & knowledge management, making use of various digital methods and digital interfaces. Since 2018, he has been in charge of the digital research project DigitalTwin as project mana- ger, in which renowned partners from industry and research further develop digital tools and techniques to network services, processes and workflows along the construction value chain. In addition, he has been heading the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart since 2020 as Werner Sobek‘s successor.

Portrait Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan © IP RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan

  • Architect, Founder and director for individualized construction production RWTH Aachen | RWTH Aachen |
  • Sigrid Brell-Cokcan is founder and head of the Chair of Individualized Production in Architecture (IP) at RWTH Aachen University and president of the Association for Robots in Architecture (RiA), which was founded in 2010 and is dedicated to research into industrial robots for applications in architecture, design and art. Together with Johannes Braumann, she has pioneered the easy operation of industrial robots for the creative industries in recent years and has collaborated on international research and industry projects. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan co-founded the cross-faculty Center for Construction Robotics (CCR) and together with her IP Team nominated for the KUKA Innovation Award 2021.

Portrait Francesca Ferguson © Francesca Ferguson

Francesca Ferguson

  • Reviewer, Consultant | CEO Make_Shift GmbH |
  • Francesca Ferguson, CEO of Make_Shift GmbH is a critic and advisor on urban change management. She is Founding director of MakeCity – the biggest international trans-sectoral festival on architecture and urban alternatives in Germany. Her expertise is process management – designing cultural re-use projects and developing mixed use concepts in cooperation with municipalities. Managing multiple stakeholders – architects, planners, the civic initiatives and city administrators - to rethink and solve the urgent issues of empty real estate and to reactivate urban quarters.

Portrait Prof. Christian Heuchel © Tim Löbbert

Prof. Christian Heuchel

  • Artist, Architect, | O&O Baukunst Architektur, Berlin, Cologne, Vienna |
  • Christian Heuchel is an artist, architect and university professor. He studied architecture in Karlsruhe and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where he has taught since 2000. He is founder of the rheinflügel architects’ association, the bureau Heuchel Klag artists’ office and the ULTRASTUDIO artists’ collective. He is managing partner of O&O Baukunst in Cologne and Vienna. At the Complutense University of Madrid he has been a member of the Advisory Board at the Art and City Department since 2020.

Portrait Jan Knippers © IntCDC University Stuttgart

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers

  • Civil engineer, Head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart | Jan Knippers Ingenieure, Stuttgart |
  • Jan Knippers studied civil engineering at TU Berlin, where he earned his doctorate in 1992.From 2001 to 2017 he was a partner at Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering. Key projects from this period include the EXPO Axis in Shanghai, the Thematic Pavilion in Yeosu and the Gallery of the Berlin State Opera. Since 2000 he has been director of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart. In 2018 he founded Jan Knippers Ingenieure, based in Stuttgart.

Portrait Wilfried Kramb © Wilfried Kramb

Wilfried Kramb

  • Lighting design, founding partner a · g Licht | a·g Licht, Cologne |
  • Wilfried Kramb studied interior design in Wiesbaden and subsequently worked in lighting design and interior design offices in Germany and Australia. In 1996, he founded the lighting design office a•g Licht in Bonn together with Klaus Adolph and has now been running the firm in Cologne with his office partner Daniel Walden since 2018. At digitalBAU, he presents implementations of his projects in which digitalisation has had an influence on lighting design. Theoretical possibilities and research are often much further advanced than the user wants them to be in practice: how far can you go? How far do you actually go? And, why not go further? A critical examination from the lighting designer’s point of view.

Portrait LOMA © LOMA


  • CEOs. Architects, landscape architects, urban planners LOMA | LOMA, Kassel |
  • The architects Petra Brunnhofer and Ilija Vukorep together with landscape architect and urban planner Wolfgang Schück have been running the planning office LOMA architecture. landscape.urbanism since 1999. From the beginning, the interdisciplinary team has specialised in a field of work that results from the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. In recent years, the team has intensively focused on digital design methods and the interfaces to construction; „parametric design“ is regularly used in their daily work. The example of the Summer Island project for the Federal Garden Exhibition (BUGA) 2019 in Heilbronn is a good illustration of the entire process: in the planning phase, the entire landscape formation was created parametrically; in the construction process, the data from the digital model was transferred to the control system of the excavators and implemented directly. There were no classic plans for this project.

Portrait Dr. Russell Loveridge © M. Lyrenmann

Dr. Russell Loveridge

  • Architect, Digital expert, managing director of the Swiss National Research Focus (NCCR) Digital Fabrication | DFAB, Zürich |
  • Russell Loveridge studied civil engineering and architecture, completed his professional bachelors degree in Toronto, Canada, his MAS Diploma in Architecture at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and obtained his doctorate at the EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. He has worked professionally in construction and architecture, but also has extensive experience in academia and was previously the Research Director at the Laboratory for Architectural Production (LAPA) at the EPF Lausanne. His research focuses on innovative manufacturing processes and material systems as well as novel construction methods, in consideration of the design process.

Portrait Regula Lüscher © Nora Blum

Regula Lüscher

  • Architect, Senate Planning Director and State Secretary for Urban Development | Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, Berlin |
  • Since 2007, she has been Senate Planning Director and State Secretary for Urban Development at the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing. Born in Basel in 1961, she worked as an architect in Zurich and Vienna after studying architecture at ETH Zurich. From 1989 to 1998, she ran an architectural practice in Zurich with Patrick Gmür and held teaching positions at the ETH. In 1998 she was appointed to the Office of Urban Planning in Zurich, and in 2001 she was appointed Deputy Director before taking up a post in the Berlin authorities in 2007. Her credo is to develop the city in cooperation with public and private stakeholders in a spirit of solidarity, innovation and consideration of history. Since 2012, she has been an honorary professor at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Portrait Patrick Lüth © Thomas Schrott

Patrick Lüth

  • Architect, visionary, managing director and partner at Snøhetta | Snøhetta, Innsbruck |
  • Architect Patrick Lüth has headed Snøhetta‘s studio in Innsbruck since 2011. In 2005, after studying architecture in Innsbruck, he started as an intern at the office in Oslo. Since then, he has been involved in numerous international architectural competitions and some of Snøhetta‘s best-known design submissions. Due to his in-depth interest in complex 3D programmes, the trained carpenter found Snøhetta‘s way of working, which places as much emphasis on traditional craftsmanship as it does on the latest digital technologies, very appealing. Among other things, he is responsible for the Swarovski projects „Crystal Worlds Evolution“, Manufaktur, an innovative building for production and creative collaboration, and the new wooden building for ASI Reisen.

Portrait Dipl.-Ing. Martin Rein-Cano © Hanns Joosten

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Rein-Cano

  • Landscape architect, founder of Topotek 1 | Topotek1, Berlin |
  • Landscape architect Martin Rein-Cano, founder of the Berlin-based office TOPOTEK 1, is one of the most important representatives of his generation in the field of urban design. Since 1996, TOPOTEK 1 has been working and implementing projects in interdisciplinary teams on an international scale. In addition, the designer, who works with a communicative, associative approach, established a successful architecture unit at two locations, Berlin and Zurich, in 2018. The best practice example for digital application in his projects is the groundbreaking collaboration with BIG Architects and Superflex in Copenhagen: Superkilen. The project illustrates his attitude and approach to city and society: always thinking outside the box, critically and playfully at the same time.

Portrait Dipl.-Ing. Hans Schneider © Tom Wagner

Hans Schneider

  • Architect, partner J.Mayer H Architects and Partners | J.Mayer H Architekten und Partner, Berlin |
  • J. MAYER H. was founded by Jürgen Mayer H. in 1996 in Berlin. Since 2014 Andre Santer and Hans Schneider are partners of the office. J. MAYER H. und Partner works at the interfaces of architecture, communication design and new technologies. The use of interactive media and responsive materials plays a central role in the production of space. This is clearly reflected, among other things, in their IGZ Campus project in Falkenberg, where the focus is on innovative building technology, Working 4.0 and the creation of regional ties with the brand „IGZ - Die SAP Ingenieure“ as an innovative and responsible employer.

Portrait Maria Wyller © Marion Schoenenberger

Maria Wyller

  • Architect, Visionary | David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin |
  • Maria Wyller studied architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and computational design and digital fabrication at the University of Stuttgart under Professor A. Menges and Professor J. Knippers. During her studies she gained professional experience at Wulf Architekten in Stuttgart, and since 2020 she has been working as an architect at David Chipperfield Architects in Berlin. Maria Wyller has published papers on topics such as adaptive architecture, mobile robotics, and integrative design methods.

Guided Tours 15.-17. February 2022

We are currently working on the program for the Guided Tours and it will be available shortly. Please find an insight to the digitalBAU 2020 in the following video and to the guided tours here: Impressions digitalBAU 2020

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