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, is
organizing a three-day forum with international speakers from different professions. Lectures 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.
Digital and Innovation Policy Expert, President Italian national innovation Fund | francescabria.com
Francesca Bria is the President of the Italian National Innovation Fund. She is Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public
Purpose at UCL in London and a Senior Adviser to the United Nation (UN-Habitat) on digital cities and digital rights. She is leading the DECODE
project on data sovereignty in Europe, and is a member of the European Commission high level expert group Economic and Societal Impact of Research and
Innovation (ESIR). She is leading member of the European Commission New European Bauhaus high-level roundtable. She is the former Chief Digital
Technology and Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain. Francesca has been listed in the Top 50 Women in Tech by the Forbes Magazine,
and in the World’s top 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. She has also been featured in the Italian Magazine Repubblica “D”,
amongst the 100 Women Changing the World. In 2020 she has been nominated “Culture Person of the year” by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Landscape Architect, Founder of Topotek 1 | Topotek1, Berlin | topotek1.de
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.
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.
Architect, Senate Planning Director and State Secretary for Urban Development | Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, Berlin | stadtentwicklung.berlin.de
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.
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.
Member of the SIGNA Group Executive Board | SIGNA Real Estate | signa.at
SIGNA Real Estate has been developing sophisticated real estate projects in cooperation with outstanding architects in central locations in Germany and
Austria for over 20 years. The benchmarks are economic efficiency, technology and sustainability. Digital strategies are created in the in-house SCAX
units (Signa Concept Architecture Experience) and with individual investments in start-ups. SIGNA’s portfolio includes the Crysler Building in New York,
the KaDeWe and the Upper West Tower at the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, and the Elbtower high-rise project with Chipperfield in Hamburg’s HafenCity.
Timo Herzberg has been a member of the SIGNA Group Executive Board since December 2018. He looks back on more than 20 years of experience in real estate
investment and development business with national and international, private and institutional real estate investors.
Head of Section at Construction Department and BIM Competence Center | Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Construction and Equality, Düsseldorf
Dr. iur. Thomas Wilk, PhD in law, Diplom-Verwaltungswirt, since 2018 Head of
the Construction Department at the Ministry of Construction of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Born in 1971 in Dortmund, he worked for almost 15 years in responsible positions in municipalities,
among others as district director, treasurer and head of the legal department.
One of his key activities in recent years has been the nationwide implementation
of Building Information Modeling, the introduction of the digital building permit
procedure and the promotion of innovative construction methods (3D concrete printing and others).
He has a teaching assignment at TU Dortmund University on digital construction and public law.
Architect, Digital Expert, Managing Director of the Swiss National Research Focus (NCCR) Digital Fabrication | DFAB, Zürich | dfab.ch
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.
Architect, Founder and director for individualized construction production RWTH Aachen | RWTH Aachen | ip.rwth-aachen.de
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.
Architect, Visionary, Managing Director and Partner at Snøhetta | Snøhetta, Innsbruck | snohetta.com
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.
Researcher | Tenure Track Professorship for Digital Building Fabrication TU Braunschweig | tu-braunschweig.de
Norman Hack is an architect and a researcher in the field of digital fabrication. He holds a degree in architecture from Technical University Vienna
and the Architectural Association in London. His interest in seamless digital design and fabrication processes led him to peruse a doctorate with
Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich as part of the NCCR Digital Fabrication. Since 2018, Norman holds a Tenure Track Professorship for Digital
Building Fabrication at the Institute of Structural Design at Technische Universität Braunschweig.
Architect, Director Berlin Office blocher partners | blocher partners, Berlin | blocherpartners.com
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.
Architect, Visionary | David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin | mariawyller.com
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.
Architektin, Director Berlin Office blocher partners | blocher partners, Berlin | blocherpartners.com
Wiebke Ahues studierte Architektur an der Universität Dortmund und der Technischen Universität Dresden.
Seit 2015 ist sie im Berliner Büro von David Chipperfield Architects tätig, wo sie seit 2017 Associate ist.
Dort zeichnet sie sich verantwortlich für ein interdisziplinäres Akquise-Team. Unter dem Einsatz digitaler
Planungs- und Konstruktionsmethoden entstehen Holzhybridkonstruktionen, parametrisch entworfene Fassaden und
praktische Ansätze zu Reuse & Robotik mit Maria Wyller. Sie unterstützt das Forschungsprojekt "shaping space"
von Prof. Christoph Gengnagel, udk anhand ihres praktischen KnowHows. Seit März 2021 ist sie als Director Berlin Office
bei blocher partners tätig.
Maria Wyller studierte nach ihrem Architekturstudium in Norwegen Computerbasiertes Entwerfenund Digitale Fabrikationan der
Universität in Stuttgart unter Prof. A. Menges und Prof. J. Knippers. Während Ihres Studiums konnte Sie bereits Berufserfahrung
bei Wulf Architekten in Stuttgart sammeln und seit 2020 ist Sie als Architektin beiDavidChipperfield Architects in Berlin tätig.
Maria Wyller publizierte Werke unter Anderem zum ThemaAdaptive Architektur, mobiler Roboterund integrativerDesign Methoden.
Architect, Member of the Board and Partner at Werner Sobek AG | Werner Sobek AG, Stuttgart | wernersobek.com
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 manager, 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.
Architect, Partner J.Mayer H Architects and Partners | J.Mayer H Architekten und Partner, Berlin | jmayerh.de
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.
Civil Engineer, Head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart | Jan Knippers Ingenieure, Stuttgart | janknippers.com
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.
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.
Lighting Design, Founding Partner a · g Licht | a·g Licht, Cologne | aglicht.de
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.
February 15: Society + City
Buildings, places and urban quarters need an identi-ty, 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.
February 16: ArtificialIntelligence + Production
Today, society, science and industry cannot be imagi-ned 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.
February 17: Academic 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
disciplines from architecture, structural design, materials science, computer science,
control engineering and robotics will have their say to explain building of tomorrow.
15-17 February 2022 - Guided Tours
We are currently working on the program for the Guided Tours and it will be available shortly. Please find an insight
to the digitalBAU 2022 in the following video and to the guided tours here:
Impressions digitalBAU 2020