Susanne Hendel_ research & analysis


Susanne Hendel (Council Member) is a research associate with the chair of building physics & technical services at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. She studied architecture at both the University of Applied Science in Würzburg & the University of Wuppertal where she earned her Master’s degree in 2014.
In 2011, Susanne’s career took off as an intern at Studio Matteo Thun in Milan where she applied her skills to several architectual competitions. Her contribution led to two first prize awards for projects in wellness & luxury resorts (Swiss Wellness Resort at the Lake Lugano; luxury resort on the Sacca Sessola Island in the Venetian lagoon). While completing her B.Eng at the University of Applied Science, Susanne worked for GKT Architects in Würzburg. During that time she won a architectural competition for a social housing project in Würzburg; based on her original designs, new social housing was realized in 2013. In a second —national — competition for the New Digestion Tower her team at the GKT Office reached third place. During her Master’s degree at Wuppertal, she specialised in environmental building design. Susanne was part of an interdisciplinary team in the nationwide VDI – Energy Efficient Airplane Hangar competition, making it to second place. A true teamplayer, Susanne has been working at the Chair of Professor Karsten Voss since 2013, joining several other teams from different German institutes & universities on the EnOB – Research for Energy Optimized Building project. A natural fit, Susanne is now part of the Solar Decathlon community reaching into its history to document the technologies, systems & materials revealed through the formidable world-wide SD house designs.