Susanne Gosztonyi works in the field of performative building envelopes with focus on combining renewable energy, energy efficiency, bio-climatic design strategies and user-centered responsiveness. Her motivation is to strengthen the interface potentials of facade engineering with architecture, construction, solar and building technology, and smart climatic design, and thus to create sustainable solutions for adaptive facades.
Cooperation interest lies in linking up with economic and social sciences topics in order to be able to better implement facade innovations in the market and for end user needs.
Susanne Gosztonyi holds a Diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing./MSc) in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and completes currently a PhD in "Thermo-adaptive facade functions by modelling biomimetic principles" at the Delft University of Technology, Department Architectural Engineering and Technology in the Netherlands. In addition, she has 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 (1995 - 2006) in Europe, Australia and South America as a project architect, site supervisor and project manager. Between 1999 and 2005 she focused furthermore on renovation and energy efficient construction with 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 in 2018, Susanne worked as scientist at the national research centre 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 building and urban planning and performative facade design.
She has participated in international task forces of the IEA (International Energy Agency) and in the 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'.