Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22

Our jury

At our event, expert juries award points in seven of the ten contestsThe SDE 21/22 jury is made up of renowned international experts from science and practice. The different competencies and specialisations of the jury members ensure a balanced evaluation of the team projects. 

The jury consists of three members per contest. They distribute their points based on inspections of the buildings, project presentations by the teams and documents submitted by the teams in the competition. In all disciplines, the jury evaluates the House Demonstration Unit (HDU) built on the Solar Campus (Building Challenge) and the teams' overall building design (Design Challenge).

The six juries are:

  1. Architecture
  2. Engineering & Construction
  3. Affordability & Viability
  4. Communication, Education & Social Awareness
  5. Sustainability
  6. Urban Mobility

The points in the contest Innovation were awarded by the jury members of the contests Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Sustainability, Affordability & Viability and Urban Mobility.


Prof. Dietmar Eberle ● Baumschlager Eberle Architekten ● Austria

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Dietmar Eberle was born in 1952 in Hittisau (Austria) and studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna. He is the co-founder of the “Vorarlberger Baukünstler”. From 1984 to 2009, he worked with Carlo Baumschlager. Eberle directs the internationally acclaimed company of Baumschlager Eberle, with ten offices in eight countries. Since the 1980s, Dietmar Eberle has taught at different universities in Hanover, Vienna, Linz, Syracuse (N.Y.), Darmstadt, Madrid, Jerusalem and Hong Kong.

Jette Cathrin Hopp ● Snøhetta ● Norway

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Born 1971 and growing up multilingual with Norwegian, German and Danish, Jette Cathrin Hopp is a graduate architect andhas been working with Snøhetta since 2005. She is director and part of the management group, with responsibility foracquisition and new projects. Jette Hopp has extensive experience in complex both Norwegian and international projects.

Fuensanta Nieto ● Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos ● Spain

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Fuensanta Nieto has worked as an architect since graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York in 1983. She is a founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and was professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Fuensanta Nieto lectures on architecture and participates in juries and symposia at various institutions around the world.

Fuensanta Nieto unfortunately could not be part of the jury due to the pandemic.

Engineering & Construction

Dr.-Ing. Markus Lichtmeß ● Institute for Building Energy Research ● Luxembourg

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Markus Lichtmeß, born in 1973, is the owner of the Institute for Building Energy Research, which he founded in 2021. He is involved in applied energy efficiency and sustainability research and mainly advises ministries. For Luxembourg, he has accompanied the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) since 2005, the development of the sustainability certification system LENOZ and he represents Luxembourg as a national delegate at the Concerted Action.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nathan Van Den Bossche ● Ghent University ● Belgium

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Nathan Van Den Bossche is associate professor of building science at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University in Belgium. He graduated as a civil engineer-architect at Ghent University in 2005. In 2008 he obtained a teacher's degree in Art Science, and in 2009 a certificate as carpenter. He earned his PhD in Engineering Sciences at Ghent University in 2013. Since then, he followed a post-graduate program in law for court experts and a bachelor in real estate. He was appointed associate professor at Ghent University in 2016.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maria Wall ● Lund University ● Sweden

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Maria Wall is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design Lund University. She has a MSc in Architecture and a PhD in Engineering, and more than 35 years of experience in energy-efficient buildings with a whole building approach, combining architecture and engineering. Maria Wall is presently leading the international research project IEA SHC Task 63 on Solar Neighborhood Planning, including both passive and active solar energy strategies (2019-2023).

Affordability & Viability

Anne Lacaton ● Lacaton & Vassal ● France

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Anne Lacaton was born in France in 1955. She graduated from the School of Architecture, Bordeaux, in 1980 and obtained a Diploma in Urban Planning at the University of Bordeaux in 1984. In 1989 she founded the international architecture studio Lacaton & Vassal in Paris together with Jean-Philippe Vassal. Lacaton and Vassal decided early on to focus on sustainable architecture, working with existing structures wherever possible. The duo has received numerous international awards. Recently, they have been awarded the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize, regarded as the Nobel Prize of the architecture world.

DI Bahanur Nasya ● Eutropian ● Austria

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Bahanur Nasya is an architect, researcher, and film producer. She is project manager and director at Eutropian. Eutropian is an organisation providing support with advocacy, research and policy to support inclusive urban processes. Bahanur Nasya has studied in Vienna and Barcelona where she has specialized in sustainable architecture and future proof development concepts.

Prof. Dr. Guido Spars ● Bundesstiftung Bauakademie ● Germany

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Guido Spars is the founding director of the Bundesstiftung Bauakademie since September 2021. As founding director, Guido Spars is developing a programmatic concept for the Federal Bauakademie Foundation and a strategy for enhancing its profile in the regional, national, and international professional community. Guido Spars holds an under graduate degree in economics and a doctorate in engineering and earned his habilitation as an urban and regional economist.

Communication, Education & Social Awareness

Richard King ● Founder of the Solar Decathlon ● USA

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Richard King, CEO, Creative Energy LLC, is the founder of the Solar Decathlon (SD). For more than three decades, King has initiated and participated in award-winning competitions all over the world. In 2002, he created the first Solar Decathlon for the U.S. Department of Energy on the National Mall in Washington, DC, with roughly 100,000 visitors. While employed at DOE, King served as Director of six more successful SD competitions in Washington, DC and Orange County, CA.

Jakob Schoof ● DETAIL ● Germany

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Jakob Schoof studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe (now KIT) and the ETSAV in Sant Cugat del Vallès/Spain. After graduating in 2000, he first worked for the architecture magazine AIT and, since 2009, for the editorial team of DETAIL. He was responsible for the special issue DETAIL Green, the book series DETAIL Green Books and the magazine structure, among others. Since 2018, Jakob Schoof has been deputy editor-in-chief of DETAIL.

Ass.-Prof. DI Dr. Karin Stieldorf ● TU Wien ● Austria

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Karin Stieldorf holds master and doctoral degrees from the Vienna University of Technology in architecture and building science, is appointed associate professor and director of the master course “Sustainable Construction” at TU Vienna. Her research projects and publications have focused on holistic design methods in architecture, based on building physics & building ecology, using building simulation systems as a design-decision support.


Dr. Anna Braune ● DGNB ● Germany


Since September 2015, Anna Braune is head of the research and development department of German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The DGNB is a non-profit-organisation that is committed to the transformation of the built environment to more sustainability. Anna’s responsibilities include the development and updating of the “DGNB Certification System”, which provides incentives for districts and buildings to be more sustainable.

Prof. Andrea Klinge ● University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland ● Switzerland/Germany

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Andrea Klinge studied at the TU Berlin and London Metropolitan University, where she specialised in sustainable building. She worked in various architectural offices in London, Rome and Berlin. Since 2013, Andrea Klinge has been working for ZRS Architekten, where she established and heads the research department.

Søren Nielsen ● Vandkunsten Architects ● Denmark

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Søren Nielsen is partner at Vandkunsten Architects in Copenhagen, a firm that was established in 1971 and is regarded as one of the country's leading socially and environmentally engaged businesses. He received his MArch from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen (KADK). Vandkunsten is devoted to design strategies for sustainability, in particular resource protection, reuse, social, and cultural aspects. The firm undertakes its own research, and considers architectural design at all scales.

Urban Mobility

Dr Jörg Beckmann ● Mobility Academy ● Switzerland

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Jörg Beckmann is a Vice-Director at the Touring Club Switzerland (TCS) and the founding CEO of the Mobility Academy inBern. Since 2012, he is also the General Secretary of the national association for electric mobility “Swiss eMobility”. In 2015 he founded “carvelo2go”, the world's first and still biggest Sharing-Platform for electric cargo bikes, which he has directed eversince. Jörg Beckmann has an extensive background in European transport policy-making, urban transport planning and the social science of mobility.

Prof. Dr-Ing. Heather Kaths ● University of Wuppertal ● Germany

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Heather Kaths (36) is head of the Department of Bicycle Traffic Planning at the University of Wuppertal. She studied Civil Engineering (Bachelor) at the University of Calgary in Canada and Transportation Systems (Master) at the Technical Universityof Munich (TUM). She also completed her doctorate there in 2017. In her dissertation, she analysed the behaviour of cyclists in an urban context and developed corresponding simulation models.

Nicolas Saunier, ing. DrSc / Ph.D. ● Polytechnique Montréal ● Canada

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Nicolas Saunier has an engineering degree and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in computer science from Télécom Paris (2005). He has been hired in 2009 at the Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering Department of Polytechnique Montréal and is currently a full professor in Transportation Engineering. His interests include intelligent transportation, road safety, and data science for transportation..

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