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Prof. Dr. Michael Laar, M.Eng., Architect


  • Course Coordinator Master Course “Healthy & Sustainable Buildings”
  • Head of Laboratory HSB
  • Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer DIT
  • Member of Faculty Board ECRI
  • Delegate DIT BayZen - Bavarian Center for Sustainability at Universities

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see "Area of research/education"


Healthy & Sustainable Buildings - Laboratory

core competencies

  • "Green Buildings”: Sustainable, healthy & smart
  • Building Performance Simulations
  • Climate adapted Building Design worldwide
  • Green building certification: LEED AP, Certified expert on BNB, member of DGNB expert pool
  • Languages: German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Forschungs- und Lehrgebiete

  • LivingLab! – Improved Indoor Environmental Quality in Lecture-rooms and classrooms & Energy Efficiency/SMART buildings 2020 - ongoing
  • Healthy & Sustainable Hotel rooms 2021 - ongoing
  • Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection at Universities of Applied Sciences (NKI/BMUV - project) 2020 - 2023
  • Climate Management at Universities (NKI/BMUV . project) 2023 - 2025
  • American Journal of Climate Change AJCC | Member of Editorial Board

Publications see Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=list_works&hl=de&hl=de&user=Mo2n2UcAAAAJ




Prizes, Recognitions & Exhibitions

2022/23 Exhibition “Vernacular Architecture worldwide - what we can learn from our ancestors”, Pfarrkirchen & Massing/Germany

2006 Exhibition: Approach on Sustainability in Architecture & Urban Design in Brazil - Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative,

      Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C./USA, 2006

2006 FINALIST (shortlisted) - ENERGY GLOBE AWARD - The world award for sustainability

      Low cost climatization project for the "Flying Circus" in Rio de Janeiro

2006 Finalist HOLCIM Global Award for Sustainable Construction, Bangkok/Thailand

      Best 15 projects out of 3,000 entries from 118 countries, Best school project

2005 Prize for Outstanding Participation – ZERO-Energy-School - 6º Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura, São Paulo/Brazil

2005 Silver Award Latin America Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction – Escola Mínima Energia

2005 VI. International Biennale for Architecture in São Paulo/Brazil – Participation with the project „ZERO-Energy School

2004 Architecture Prize from the Institute of Brazilian Architects in Rio de Janeiro (IAB-RJ) for the ZERO-Energy-College in Rio de Janeiro

2004 1. Prêmio PROCEL – National Brazilian Prize for Energy Efficient Buildings for the ZERO-Energy College in Rio de Janeiro

2004 Exhibition „Sustainable Architecture“ & „Innovative Air Conditioning Systems“, “Woche der Umwelt”, Villa Hammerschmidt, Bonn/Germany

2002 „Diploma“ – Honouring of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (Instituto dos Arquitetos Brasileiros) – Rio de Janeiro IAB-RJ

1998 1 Year Scholarship by the “Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft CDG” - „Future Executives/Brazil” Assigned architect & consultant for Bio-climatic Studies at the STA arquitetura, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil

1998 Honor Award - BDA (Association of German Architects) - Competition „Auszeichnung guter Bauten“ Residential-Office-Building Troisdorf-Oberlar by Dipl.-Ing. Karl Jankowkski/Architect; (Team member)

1998 Architecture Prize - Prize of the state of Thuringia/Germany - Honor Award für “Ökologischer Wohnpark Zeulenroda” by “Institut Ökologische Architektur & Stadtplanung”, Köln - R.Stewen (Team member)

1997 1. Prize from the DAAD (National) for overall presentation ”Foreign marketing of the ITT” (Project leader)

1996 Prize - Contest “Inner-City Landscaping against urban heat islands” in Munich; realized project from 1992 (Project leader)

1994 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) - Scholarship

1993 3. Place (Honour Award) Competition “Das gesunde Haus” (the healthy house) . North Rhine-Westfalia – Denmark. International Competition - for “Institut Ökologische Architektur und Stadtplanung”, Cologne/Germany (Project leader)

1992 Honour Award (Ankauf) – Arche Nova – Hebel Student Competition - National - Germany

1992 2. Prize - Arche Nova -Hebel Student Competition - South Germany | Germany