Susanne Gosztonyi works as a researcher, university lecturer and project manager in the field of energy efficient buildings with focus on responsive building envelopes, integration of renewable energy technologies and biomimetics. With many years of professional experience in practice and in research, Susanne combines practical knowledge and novel research methods to investigate principles for energy efficiency and climate-responsiveness in various fields and to explore their transferability to architectural engineering and design. Her interest is also to combine these findings with modern digital design and manufacturing techniques that enable novel sustainable solutions.
Susanne works as guest researcher at the TU Delft, Architectural Engineering and Technology, Design of Construction, and has been working as a researcher and teacher at Lund University, Architecture and Built Environment, in the field of ‘Energy and Building Design’. Prior to that, she worked for many years at the Energy Department of the research institute ‘AIT Austrian Institute of Technology’ in Vienna. Being a trained architect, she worked also many years as an architect for international architectural offices in Europe, Australia and South America before moving to the applied and basic research area. Susanne holds a Master degree in architecture and urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and completed post-graduate studies in the Master programme 'Climate Engineering' at the Danube University Krems, Austria. She developed specific knowledge in Biomimetics due to her doctorate research at the TU Delft, Architectural Engineering and Technology, and is currently completing her PhD. in ‘Biomimetic exploitation of thermal adaptability for adaptive façade systems’ at the TU Delft. She is member in scientific boards of international conferences, the international association BIOKON, the façade research group FRG at TU Delft, and does regular peer-review for scientific journals.