Susanne Gosztonyi works in the field of performative buildings with focus on combining renewable energy, energy efficiency, bio-climatic design strategies and user-centered responsiveness in construction measures. Her motivation is to strengthen the interface potentials of facades by linking architecture, construction, solar and building technology, and smart climatic design strategies.
She is interested in collaborating with sectors from economy and applied social sciences to achieve sustainable solutions for refurbishments and new buildings by incorporating the needs of end users and economic interests.
Susanne Gosztonyi holds a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Architectural Engineering and Technology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and a Diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing./MSc) in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. In addition, she did a postgraduate education in the Masterprogramme 'Climate Engineering' with focus on building services engineering, building physics and thermal simulation at the Danube University Krems in Austria, and completed the international project manager education IPMA® Level C and B.
She worked for 10 years in international architectural offices (1993 - 2006) in Europe, Australia and South America as a project architect, site supervisor and project manager. Between 2000 and 2006 she focused on renovation and energy efficient construction by her own office su:ZONE Design in Austria before she moved on to research in 2005.
Before her engagement at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2018, Susanne worked as scientist at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (2005 - 2013), the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (2010 - 2015) in Austria and at the University Lund in Sweden (2014 - 2017) in the field of energy-efficient buildings and urban planning, and performative facade design.
She has participated in international task forces of the IEA (IEA Task 41; Solar Energy and Architecture) and COST (TU1403 Adaptive Facade Network), is active in scientific advisory boards of EU research projects, conferences, expert networks, and conducts peer reviews for scientific journals and EU programme submissions.
More information is available on her blog 'Biomimetics and Performative Facades'.