Thomas Spiegelhalter

Thomas Spiegelhalter | Sustainability, Systems, Design, Co-Director of the Structures and Environmental Technologies Lab | Florida International University

A renowned architect and engineer, Thomas Spiegelhalter has dedicated his career to providing his services, conducting research, developing and executing designs and software, lecturing and writing about his work, and lending his expertise as an educator across many institutes of learning. Since 1989, he has served as the owner, founder, and a professor at Studio Thomas Spiegelhalter and Carbon-Neutral Design Projects L.L.C., an interdisciplinary group of collaborating professionals and researchers focused on finding solutions to create sustainable, carbon neutral and resilient built environments; he and his team offer their wide range of services in architecture, engineering, and urban planning to private, institutional, and commercial clients around the world—from Asia to Europe. He has studied machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to excel and link a more data-driven design and planning process. In addition to this decades-long endeavor, he has excelled as the co-director of the Structures and Environmental Technologies Lab at the College of Architecture + the Arts at Florida International University since 2009.

Mr. Spiegelhalter previously found success as part of the faculty at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles from 2003 to 2009 and was active as a Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor for Innovations in Sustainable Solar and Renewable Energy in Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 2006. Between 1999 and 2003, he taught as a visiting professor at the University of Houston and Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducted research and gave presentations on advancing the sustainability and performance of buildings and communities. He launched his career in Germany as an assistant professor within the Department of Architecture and Engineering at Technical University of Kaiserslautern from 1990 to 1991 before eventually becoming a Tenured Professor of Architecture at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences from 1992 to 1996.

Over the course of his innovative career, Mr. Spiegelhalter’s projects have been published in such international anthologies as Contemporary European Architects, Volume V, The Architectural Review on Ecology and Architecture, and Solar Architecture in Europe. He has authored and co-authored countless published works surrounding his impeccable research and developments in the field, found in books, chapters, magazines, and papers, as well as appeared on radio and TV. His books include “Post-Parametric Automation in Design and Construction,” “Best Practices in Sustainable Building Design,” “Climate Resilient Urban Nexus Choices for Carbon Positive City Scenarios,” and “Crunch Design Research – Food, Water, Energy Nexus,” among numerous others; he also served as the editor of a series of “Building Technology” books. Among his projects, he considers his current works in progress to be his notable, including a hybrid 3D-printed pedestrian and bike bridge in Duisburg, Germany and his participation in a design collective in Kigali, Rwanda, where they planned and are building a 46-hectare solar-powered new city district.

Mr. Spiegelhalter prepared for his career by earning a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in design and architecture from the Berlin University of the Arts and a Diploma in Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Bremen. Additionally, he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Genoa in Italy. As a testament to his work in the field, he has been recognized with more than 50 prizes, awards, and honors in both the United States and Europe, including Design Vanguard and the Karl Friedrich Schinkel Prize. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, diving, and running.

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