Clever Design, Affordable Comfort: a challenge for low energy architecture and urban planning

Breakfast video-conference with PLEA 2006: Passive and Low Energy Architecture in Geneva.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 07, 2006 from 5:00 am to 7:30 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

This breakfast video-conference with Geneva, Switzerland is held in collaboration with PLEA 2006: Passive & Low Energy Architecture and AIA’s program “Architecture and the City“.

It features a case studies roundtable on theory to practice with local and international architects and planners.

PLEA 2006 aims to emphasize the importance of considerations and experiences favorable to the development of an intelligent, sustainable built environment, accessible to all.


7:00 am: Doors open, breakfast & coffee
7:30 am: Video-conference panel presentations
Remote Speakers (in Geneva, Switzerland)

  •   Alexandros Tombazis, moderator
  •   Thomas Herzog
  •   Mario Cucinella
  •   Bureau Baumschlager-Eberle
  •   Dorothée Dettbarn, Metron AG
  •   Local speaker (in San Francisco)
  •   John Andary, Stantec Consulting Inc.

8:30 am: Q&A;’s
8:45 am: Breakfast & Networking


Alexandros Tombazis, Principal, A. Tombazis and Associates, moderator

Alexandros N. Tombazis studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, with honors, and has worked as an assistant at the National Technical University of Athens afterwards.
As Principal of Alexandros N. Tombazis and Associates Architects, he has participated as a member of different juries of international and national architectural competitions, for example E.C. DG XII Competition, EUROPAN Competitions, PLEA Competitions etc.
Alexandros N. Tombazis is a member of different committees related to the use of alternative energy  sources and bioclimatic architectural design. There are a number of references on his work in numerous books and magazines in Greece as well as abroad.

Dorothée Dettbarn, Metron AG

An interdisciplinary Swiss planning firm which covers the fields of architecture, spatial planning, traffic planning and landscape architecture.
Metron will be represented by its energy and ecology consultant Dipl.-Ing. M. Arch. Dorothée Dettbarn.

Thomas Herzog

Prof. Dr. (Univ. Rom), Dipl.-Ing. Architect BDA chair of building technology.
Thomas Herzog studied architecture at Technische Universität München TUM.
1972: dissertation on ‘Pneumatic Structures’, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
1973: professor of Architecture at University of Kassel, 1986 Darmstadt,
1993 Munich.
Guest professor in Lausanne (EPFL), Beijing (TSINGHUA),
Philadelphia (PENN), Copenhagen (Royal Academy)
Since 2000 he is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at TUM
In 1971 he founded his own practice. Since then Thomas Herzog has worked jointly with different partners (housing, administration, industrial and exhibition buildings, etc.), and is in partnership with Hanns Jörg Schrade since 1994.
1982 marks the beginning of his research and development work on SOLAR-ENERGY in architecture and urban planning.
Major Honors and Awards:
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Prize, Gold Medal of the Bund Deutscher Architekten,
Auguste-Perret-Prize, Award of ‘International Union of Architects’,
UIA for Technology in Architecture,
Den grønne Nål of the Federation of Danish Architects, Grand médaille d’or,
Académie d’Architecture Paris, Fritz-Schu­ma­cher-Pri­ze for European Ar­chi­tec­tu­re.
Thomas Herzog is the author and editor of a series of books including monographs in different languages.

John Andary, PE, LEED AP, Stantec Consulting Inc.

John Andary is Managing Principal of the San Francisco office of Stantec Consulting. He is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of mechanical system design and project management experience in every sector of the built environment. This diverse design experience, coupled with his passion for sustainable, resource-efficient design, provides John with the requisite knowledge to lead Stantec San Francisco, an office focused on green buildings and sustainable development. John believes that sustainable design is an engineer’s social responsibility and has served as the Project Manager and Principal In Charge on numerous LEED and green projects. He is active in green building industry, contributing his sustainable design experience to various organizations, including the United States Green Building Council, while constantly presenting and lecturing on green building topics.
Stantec Consulting provides professional design and consulting services to public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets. Stantec’s services are offered through more than 6,000 employees operating out of over 70 locations in North America and the Caribbean. The Stantec staff includes over 250 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Continually striving to balance economic, environmental, and social responsibilities, Stantec is recognized as a world-class leader and innovator in the delivery of sustainable solutions.


Photo: Myleen Hollero