Karin Stieldorf studied architecture at the Universities of Technology in Innsbruck and Vienna. She holds master and doctoral degrees from the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) in architecture and building science and is appointed associate professor at VUT. Before starting her work at VUT with Prof. Panzhauser, she gained practical experience in architecture offices in Innsbruck and Vienna. Her research projects and publications have focused on holistic design methods in architecture, based on building physics & building ecology and using building simulation systems as design-decision support. She founded the “Sustainable Building and Design Working Group” at VUT and runs her own office for energy-efficient building and design.
In 2010 she started at VUT with “INEX Sustainability Challenge”, an inter-university program on sustainability, set up and directed the international “Vienna Green Summer Academy” and the postgraduate course “ecoTECTURE”. She gained international experience by working for the International Energy Agency (integration of PV in buildings) and on research projects of the EU. She is Executive Board Member of IG Passive House, member of several committees of the Austrian Standards Institute and gained several awards.