Keynotes

Christoph Reinhart
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the fields of sustainable building design and environmental modeling. He is a Professor in Building Technology at MIT where he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab (SDL), an inter-disciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. He is also the CEO of Solemma, a technology company and Harvard University spinoff as well as Strategic Development Advisor for mapdwell, a solar mapping company and MIT spinoff. Design tools originating from SDL and Solemma – such as DIVA, DAYSIM, UMI and ALFA – are used in practice and education in over 90 countries.
Ardeshir Mahdavi
Technische Universität Wien
Professor Ardeshir Mahdavi is the Director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology as well as the Head of the Institute of Architectural Sciences at TU Wien, Austria. Professor Mahdavi has conducted internationally acclaimed research in the fields of Building Physics, Building Performance Simulation, Building Controls, Building Ecology, and Human Ecology. Professor Mahdavi has authored over 700 scientific publications, supervised over 70 doctoral students. He is a frequent keynote speaker at international scientific symposia. Professor Mahdavi is a fellow of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association) and the recipient of the IBPSA Distinguished Achievements Awards.
Yuguo Li
The University of Hong Kong
Yuguo Li is Chair Professor of Building Environment, Associate Dean of Engineering (Research) and former Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Honorary Professor of School of Public Health, at The University of Hong Kong. His main research interests are on building environment engineering (indoor air quality, city climate, and environment studies of infection). He led the development of 2009 WHO guidelines on natural ventilation. He currently serves as Editor-in-chief of Indoor Air, and was the President of ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. He received John Rydberg Gold Medal from SCANVAC in 2014, and an Honorary Doctor Degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, 2015 and the Inoue Memorial Award from SHASE Japan in 2016. He was elected a Fellow of ASHRAE, ISIAQ, HKIE, and IMechE.
Fabio Viero
Manens-Tifs
Fabio Viero works in Manens-Tifs as Director of Verona business unit and of Building Physics and Sustainability Division. He is LEED AP and BREEAM Assessor. He is a board member of First Q (www.firstqnet.com): an European network of leading MEP & Sustainability engineering companies totalling more than 2700 engineers and 250M€ in turnover.
He served as Chair of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Committee of Green Building Council Italia for 8 years and he was Member of the Integrative Process Working Group of the US Green Building Council in 2015.
Susan Ubbelohde
College of Environmental Design University of California
M Susan Ubbelohde is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Associate Dean of the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley. She teaches graduate design studios and courses on design theory, daylighting and sustainable performance. Ubbelohde is also Principal of Loisos + Ubbelohde, an office of unconventional practice that brings research methods to the practice of high-performance integrated design. The firm has pioneered new methods of simulation, analysis and visualization in daylighting and lighting design; energy conservation and thermal comfort; natural ventilation; design and fabrication of light sculptures; and building monitoring and data visualization. www.coolshadow.com