Edgar Stach, Dr. -Ing, AIA/IA

Professor, High Performance Building Envelopes and Design, Smart and Healthy Cities

Edgar Stach, Dipl-ing, AIA, IA


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Edgar Stach, Dr. -Ing, AIA/IA

Professor, High Performance Building Envelopes and Design, Smart and Healthy Cities

Areas of Specialization

Architecture, High Performance Building Envelopes and Design


Dr. -Ing, Architect, RWTH Aachen Univeristy

Prof. Edgar Stach, PhD. ( Dr.-Ing.), AIA/IA, RA (Germany) is Professor (tenured) at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Architecture and the Build Environment and the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and joint Faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratories USA (ORNL), Building Technologies Research and Integration Center. Before joining the faculty at Philadelphia University in 2012 he was from 1999 to 2012 faculty (tenured) at The University of Tennessee (UT), College of Architecture and Design and from 1995 to 1999 at the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. From 2007 to 2009 he was visiting research Professor at the Department of Building Technology at the TU Delft, Netherlands. 

From 2014-2015 Prof. Edgar Stach was the Program Manager at K.A.CARE for Energy Efficiency and Building Efficiency and responsible for establishing EEBE's strategic direction and research portfolio in Energy Efficiency and to develop the roadmap, implement policies and provide leadership for a multinational and multi-organizational team of experts and organizations. Main objectives were to develop a strong R&D platform for Saudi Arabia to support economic growth through development, implementation and commercialization of new technology. He also guides a team of planers and architects who will develop and execute in the next 5-8 years the new K.A.CARE city with 80,000 habitats and the new K.A.CARE National Laboratory for 1500 researches.

He is founding director of the UT Institute for Smart Structures (ISS), a multidisciplinary research unit focusing on building technologies and high performance buildings. From 2009 to 2012 he was the principle investigator at UT for the Project ‘Living Light’ an award-winning design build project sponsored by the Department of Energy [DOE]. (www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/ team_tennessee.html)

In 2008, he founded UT-Zero at UT. UT-Zero provides a platform and umbrella for research and development projects in the areas of passive and active solar energy harvesting, sustainable architecture, prefab home prototyping, eco-materials, and government policies. UT-Zero is connected to social science, economics, outreach, and other constituencies and stakeholders. 

His current research centers on new developments, innovative techniques, and advanced technologies in architecture for advanced energy-efficiency. He has more than 20 years of experience in high performance building design and building envelopes and worked with government organizations, universities and companies such as the US Department of Energy, NREL, TU Delft, University Kassel, Tsinghua University, Metropolia University Helsinki, TVA, Kawneer, AGC Glass, Schneider Electric, Sharp Solar and others.

 In 2017 he published the book ‘Mies van der Rohe. Space – Material –Detail’, (Stach, E. Birkhäuser 2017). He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific papers and technical publications and lectured at universities in Europe, Asia and America. He received 5 UT Chancellor's Awards, 2 AIA Design Awards and the 2008 AIA Award.

Professor Edgar Stach is a licensed architect with 25 years experience in city planning, building design and high performance building technologies. He established his architecture office 1995 in Germany and 1999 in the USA. His focus on materials, technology, and sustainability is supported through a mode of working that combines practice, teaching, and research. He actively takes part in the discourse of contemporary architecture through participation in international design competitions and collaborations. His work focuses on efficiency, ecological sensitivity, and responsibility and reflects his concern for the built environment. He has received national and international design awards and recognition for his accomplishments in this area. 

He holds a terminal degree in architecture from the RWTH-Aachen, one of Germany's leading research universities, is a registered architect in Germany and Europe, and has practiced in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

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