Brian Cody

Univ. Prof. BSc(Eng) Hons CEng MCIBSE

Prof. Brian Cody is founder and CEO of Energy Design Cody and a chartered engineer with 30 years of experience in the analysis and design of energy efficient cities, buildings and systems. He is also full professor and head of the Institute of Buildings and Energy at Graz University of Technology in Austria and visiting professor and head of the energy design unit at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Prior to his appointment at Graz University of Technology in 2003, he was associate director of the international engineering consultancy Arup with over 13 000 staff in over 35 countries and design leader of their offices in Germany. His focus in research, teaching and practice is on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities. He is a Chartered Engineer  (CEng MCIBSE) and speaks fluent English, German and Turkish. Prof. Cody serves on many advisory boards and juries. In 2014 his contribution to the design of the NRW state archive building in Duisburg, Germany was recognized with the Balthasar Neumann European Award for Architecture and Engineering.



1989  Degree in Engineering with First Class Honors, University of Dublin, Ireland

1989  practice and research and development in the USA, England and Germany

1993  Arup Germany, subsidiary of the international engineering consultancy Arup

1996  registered as Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council UK

1997  Associate of Arup

1997  teaching appointment at the architectural faculty of the University of Hanover

1999  Design Leader, Arup Germany

2002  Associate Director of Arup

2003  Business Development Leader, Arup Germany

2003  appointment as Full Professor at Graz University of Technology

2004  consultant to Arup

2004  Director of the Institute for Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology

2005  Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna

2010  Founder and Principal of Energy Design Cody

2012  Appointed to the Convent of Building Culture in Germany

2014  Balthasar Neumann Award




Selected Projects


Ecole Centrale Paris, France, OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Fudan University Campus, Shanghai, China, Miralles Tagliabue architects

Bank Austria Campus, Vienna, Atelier Podrecca architects

Central Bank of Azerbaijan, Baku, Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

Parliamentary Building of Albania, Tirana, Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

Medical University Campus Graz, Austria, Riegler Riewe architects

Energy Masterplan for Bigova Bay, Montenegro, Ortner & Ortner architects

Government archive building NRW, Duisburg, Germany, Ortner & Ortner architects

Fronius office and laboratory building, Wels, Austria, Schneider Schumacher architects

OEVAG headquarters building, Vienna, Austria, Carsten Roth architects

Dalian International Conference Center, Dalian, China, Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning, Shenzhen, China, Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

Busan Cinema Complex, South Korea, Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

European Central Bank HQ,  Frankfurt, Germany, Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

Duales System Pavilion, EXPO 2000, Hanover, Germany, Atelier Brückner architects

Braun AG HQ, Kronberg, Germany, schneider + schumacher architects

Sunbelt Management Office Building in San Diego, USA, Schneider Schumacher architects

GSW Tower, Berlin, Germany, Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten

Low Energy Building, Berlin Marzahn, Germany, Assmann Salamon und Scheidt architects




Selected Publications


“Form follows Energy”, using natural forces to maximize performance, Birkhäuser, 2017

“Role of Technology in Sustainable Architecture“, Wolkenkuckucksheim, Internationale Zeitschrift zur Theorie der Architektur 2014

Keynote Lecture, Conference Proceedings, Clima 2010 – 10th REHVA World Congress, May 2010, Antalya, Turkey

„Architektur, Bewegung und Energie“ in „Move, Architektur in Bewegung“, Schumacher, Schaeffer, Vogt, Birkhäuser, 2010,

„Form follows Energy“, „der architekt“, 3/09, Bund Deutscher Architekten

„Urban Design and Energy“, GAM 05, „Urbanity not Energy“, Springer

“Exploring the potential for natural ventilation of tall buildings”, Conference Proceedings, 29th AIVC Conference, Kyoto,2008

“BEEP, Development of a method to determine the true energy efficiency of buildings”, Proceedings, Clima 2007, Helsinki, 2007

„Energieeffiziente Lüftung von Bürogebäuden“, HLH Fachzeitschrift, Springer-VDI-Verlag, Düsseldorf, 2005

“Double skin building envelopes and their impact on the HVAC systems and energy efficiency of Buildings”, Conference Proceedings, 8th REHVA World Congress Clima 2005, Lausanne

“Form follows Energy, Building Energy Performance and Architecture”, UIA 2005 World Architecture Congress, Istanbul


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