Tuesday / May 08, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Ideas Are Not Black and White: Attitudes for Successful Climate-responsive Design

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250, Chicago

The Environment KC/COTE is very pleased to welcome Erik Olsen back to Chicago to hear about his firm's latest projects around the world.

Erik will use focused case studies from Transsolar’s portfolio to illustrate fundamental attitudes toward collaboration that are critical to successful climate-responsive design. This focus on the design process will show how these attitudes influence diverse design outcomes and ultimately lead to progressive, climate-responsive projects.

  • 5:30 pm social time
  • 6:00 pm presentation; ends at 7:00 pm


Speaker: Erik Olsen, PE, is a managing partner at Transsolar KlimaEngineering, an international climate engineering firm determined to create exceptional, highly comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces with a positive environmental impact. He leads the New York office in working collaboratively with architects worldwide to develop and validate low-energy, architecturally integrated climate and energy concepts. The result is celebrated projects around the world that simultaneously enhance human comfort and minimize resource use. Passionate and highly-skilled, Erik is a firm believer in innovation adding value to the human experience wherever possible.

Erik has been a lecturer and guest critic at universities including Harvard University, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. In addition to his specialist work at Transsolar, he has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer on a wide variety of building types, including the launching and administration of the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program. Erik is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University. He works in Transsolar's New York City office.

About Transsolar: Transsolar KlimaEngineering is a diverse team of engineers focused on creating climate-responsive built environments. They collaborate with their clients and partners to enhance the human experience while minimizing resource use following their self-declared attitude: High Comfort, Low Impact. In partnership with the world’s leading architects their unique approach has led to numerous breakthrough projects including Chicago-area projects at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago. Their collaborative style has earned their projects many AIA Honor, COTE Top Ten, and other international awards; a recent high point is the 2015 AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.Transsolar has been operating for 25 years with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris, and New York.


Photos: Avasara Academy, Lavale, India (left) and Hyundai Motor Studio, Beijing, China (right)

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Environment KC/COTE and Illinois Green Alliance

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