Conference programme

Keynote speakers

On 25 June 2024, during informal opening of PLEA 2024 in Wrocław, in Museum of Architecture, Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves will have a lecture ‘Sustainable Cities- South meets Central’ on issues of sustainable urban development and renovation of cities in Latin America and Europe.

The lecture is free of charge, and it is open to all PLEA participants, as well as to anyone interested in sustainability and climate resilience.



Hans Joachim Schellnhuber studied physics and mathematics and completed his doctorate at the University of Regensburg. After a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, he held professorships at the Universities of Oldenburg and Potsdam, as well as at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. In addition, he held numerous visiting professorships (e.g. Oxford University, University of California, Santa Cruz; Oxford University; and Santa Fe Institute).

As founding director of PIK, Schellnhuber led the institute from 1991 until 2018. From 2001 to 2005, he was also research director at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Great Britain. As leading scientist, he was appointed various positions, such as Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Governing Board Chair of the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Chair of the Standing Committee on Climate, Energy and Environment of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). Schellnhuber has been a long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He served as Chief Government Advisor on climate and related issues during the German G8/EU twin presidency in 2007 and as scientific advisor to a number of eminent political and religious leaders, including the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Pope Francis. He is a member of numerous national and international panels addressing scientific strategies and sustainability issues. Since 2019, he has been intensively engaged in the creation of a „Bauhaus of the Earth”.

Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves

Arch & Urbanist, MSc., PhD.

Joana´s interests in environmental design has led her to the involvement with research, teaching and practice focusing on the applicability of technical knowledge and design methods in creative architectural and urban design solutions, for various geo-political and socioeconomic contexts and environmentally-related challenges.

Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves is an Architect and Urbanist graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1993. As a young practicing architect, she worked in Oscar Niemeyer´s office, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1996 she was awarded her master’s degree in Environment and Energy from the AA Graduate School in London and in 2003 she earned her PhD degree from FAUUSP.

Currently, Joana is a Course Master at the Master in Sustainable Environmental Design, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and the Course Tutor at the AA Environmental Technical Studies. In London, she also contributes to the Bartlett School of Architecture (BSc in Architecture) and is a visiting Associate Professor at the School of Architecture in Central Saint Martins, where she teaches environmental design disciplines.

Joana Gonçalves was an Associate Professor of Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP), where she taught between 1998 and 2019 and was the Head of the Technology Department between 2015 and 2019 and where she still contributes to the graduate programme of Architecture and Urbanism. In 2011 she was a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Harvard University.

She is the author of a number publications including the book The Environmental Performance of Tall Buildings (2010) with Earthscan; Joana was one of the coordinators of the Buildings’ chapter in the UNEP Green Economy Report (2011). She contributed to various technical publications, including Buildings for Extreme Environments: Tropical (2017), organized by CIBSE-UK.
She is also the author of more than 50 scientific articles and is currently working the book The Environmental Architecture of Brazilian Modernism: Culture, History and Performance in São Paulo, to be published by Routledge in 2024. In environmental and sustainability consultancy, one of the recent and prominent projects is the Methodology for Retrofit of Social Housing in Brazil, for the Brazilian Ministry of Housing (2021); among others dealing with offices and residential buildings, as well as urban design.

In January 2022, Joana was made Vice-President of the PLEA international network – Passive and Low Energy Architecture.

Mattheos Santamouris

Scientia Distinguished Professor of High-Performance Architecture at UNSW Sydney; former professor at the University of Athens, Greece; PhD on Energy Physics

Mat Santamouris is the Anita Lawrence Professor of High Performance Architecture in the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is a past a professor at the University of Athens, Greece and visiting Professor at the Cyprus Institute, Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Bolzano University, Brunnel University and National University of Singapore. Past President of the National Center of Renewable and Energy Savings of Greece.

Editor in Chief of the Energy and Buildings, Past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Advances Building Energy Research, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal and actual or past Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solar Energy, Journal of Buildings and Environment, Journal of Sustainable Energy, Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Journal of Open Construction and Building Technology, Sustainable Cities and Society and of the Journal of Ventilation. Editor of the Series of Book on Buildings, Energy and Solar Technologies published by Earthscan Science Publishers in London.

Editor and author of 15 international books on topics related to heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings published by Earthscan, Springer, etc. Guest editor of twelve special issues of various scientific journals. Scientific coordinator of many international research programs and author of almost 290 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international scientific journals. Reviewer of research projects in 15 countries including USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Sweden, etc. Expert in various International Research Institutions. Highly Cited researcher according to Clarivate in 2017 and 2018.

Grand Award, Professional Green Building Council, PGBC, 2006, Hong Kong IA Research Award, 2006, National Energy Globe Award 2006, Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2007, Best and Outstanding Paper Award published in Solar Energy Journal during 2005-2006, Nominated for The Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award’, London, 1997, National Award for Environmental Research, ECOCITY 2008, PROSE Award 2012, Reference Work: Best Multivolume Reference/Science, by the American Association of Publishers, 2013, European Award on Energy Efficient Buildings, European Competition, 2014, ECOCITY Award for Best Scientific Study on Environment, 2015

Member of the following International Research and Development Commitees :

Advisory Group of the European Union on Energy, Advisory Group of the European Union on Science for the Society, National Committee preparing the Greek Mitigation and Adaptation Plan to Climate Change , Working Committee of the European Community on the „Energy Efficiency and Indoor Environment”, European Commission, JRC Ispra, National Representative to the European Standing Committee : „Indoor Air Quality and Its Impact on Man”, European Commission, JRC Ispra, European Thematic Network on Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality, of the European Commission, (JRC Ispra), Environmental Committee of the European Network Building Research Institutes, ENBRI, European Working Committee on 'Critical Review of Ventilation Requirements’, JRC Ispra, European Commission, European Working Committee on 'Economic Implications of Inappropriate Indoor Air Quality’, JRC Ispra, European Commission, Coordinator of the EEC Task on Research Indicators for the Sector of the Built Environment

Former Vice President of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Center, International Energy Agency, United Nations, 2007.Vice President of the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies, 2008, Invited Research Expert to the Chinese University and to the Government of Hong Kong on Urban and Built Environment, Invited Theme Editor of the UNESCO – EOLLS Encyclopaedia on Natural Sciences , Invited Expert by the International Solar Energy Society Group to prepare the State of the Art on ‘Solar Energy in Buildings’Invited Associate to the PLEA, (Passive and Low Energy Architecture), Organisation, Invited Member of the National Committee to prepare the Building Energy Program, Greece, Invited Expert of the World Health Organisation on Heat Protection, 2006, Invited Member of the Scientific Committee του Canadian Solar Buildings Research Network, Canada, 2006, Invitation to the Konwakai meeting of experts of Daikin Co, JAPAN, 2008-2015

More info: Professor Mattheos Santamouris | UNSW Research


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Architect
MLA Landscape Architecture Harvard GSD
MDesS History & Theory Harvard GSD

Klaus Klaas Loenhart is passionate eco-innovator, founder of terrain: integral designs, and Professor at ia&l Landlab TU Graz, Austria. As a multi-disciplinarian, he and his teams are envisioning nature-inspired and impact-focused design solutions for reconnecting urban society with our living world.

Klaus considers urban agglomerations to be a living biome. His systemic and passionate mission for an integral and eco-based societal practice was established during his multidisciplinary studies at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Current projects of his studio terrain: integral designs envision living systems of people, space and ecosystem performance, that aim for transformative co-creation between ecological agents and human endeavors to inform the fields of human health, biodiversity, and social urban practices in times of changing climates.

As proof of the concept ‘imagining cities that grow air,’ he and his team.breathe.austria implemented the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 EXPO World Fair in Milan—a natural/techno-logical hybrid, whose ecological and atmospheric performance takes center stage—and were recently awarded the UNESCO City of Design Award – Grand Award. ​

Ewa Maria Kuryłowicz

Eng. Architect PhD HDr Professor

General Designer, V-ce President at the Architectural Studio APA Kuryłowicz & Associates. Chairperson of Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation Council, member of Scientific Award Chapter of POLITYKA, member of Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of Polish Academy of Sciences, member of the National Accessibility Council at the Ministry of the Economy.

Graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology and Faculty of Architecture Iowa State University, Ames Iowa, USA, visiting professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, USA.
From 2000 to 2008 Director of the Working Programme „Spiritual Places” of the International Union of Architects UIA, based in Paris. President of numerous national and international competitions juries, including SARP jury.
Author of multiple publications (book and journal articles). Co-author, together with the Kuryłowicz & Associates design teams, of many projects (completed and under construction): Building of the Faculty of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw (2022); Research Station of the Polish Academy of Sciences on the King George Island, Antarctica (completion deadline: 2024), public utility buildings, office buildings, housing estates, single-family houses, industrial infrastructure facilities, etc. Winner of many national and international architectural competitions
(with the teams of APA Kuryłowicz & Associates ).
Laureate of numerous prestigious awards, including:
Accessibility Leader competition for lifetime achievement (2022), Honorary Award of SARP (2021), Special Award for lifetime achievement in the field of architecture of the PTPW portal (2018), Gold Badge of SARP (2017), Bene Merentibus medal of SARP (2014), Polish HERKULES medal (2012), Silver Cross of Merit of the President of the Republic of Poland (2008), Medal „Friend of Children’s Health Centre (2007), Medal Friend of Integration (2002).