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This is the jury of the Solar Decathlon in Wuppertal

10.01.2022|15:30 Uhr

The jury of the SDE 21/22. © SDE 21/22

The jury for the Solar Decathlon in Wuppertal has now been decided - from the originator of the competition to the winner of the "Nobel Prize for Architecture". The international experts from science and practice come to NRW in June to honor the most convincing concepts for climate-friendly building and living in our cities.

The jury of the SDE 21/22.
© SDE 21/22

In five months, the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 (SDE 21/22 for short) will be: Experience sustainable building and living! From June 10th to 26th, the most important university architecture competition in the world will take place in Wuppertal. 18 student teams from eleven countries are building 18 fully functioning houses on the Solar Campus, which combine climate protection and sophisticated architecture.

This is how the competition works

As part of the competition, the teams measure their projects in ten disciplines. In three disciplines, the quality assessment is carried out by measurements - e.g. in energy consumption, the room climate and solar technology. In seven disciplines, an expert jury evaluates the projects that the teams have been planning for more than three years. In the end, the team that scores the most points in total wins the SDE 21/22. The jurors decide who can take home the victory of the first Solar Decathlon competition held in Germany.

“Our jury guarantees the high quality of the competition thanks to their many years of experience and expertise. All jury members are specialists in their fields and bring special skills to the jury work,” explains competition director Prof. Karsten Voss from the University of Wuppertal.

The members of the SDE 21/22 jury are:


  • Prof. Dietmar Eberle
    Baumschlager Eberle Architekten | Austria
  • Jette Cathrin Hopp
    Snøhetta | Norway
  • Fuensanta Nieto
    Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos | Spain / Germany

Building technology & building physics

  • Dr.-Ing. Markus Lichtmeß
    Institute for Building Energy Research | Germany
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nathan Van Den Bossche
    Universität Gent | Belgium
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maria Wall
    University of Lund | Sweden

Feasibility & Socio-Economic Context

  • Anne Lacaton
    Lacaton & Vassal | France
  • Prof. Dr. Guido Spars
    Federal Foundation Building Academy | Germany

Communication & Education

  • Richard King
    Founder of the Solar Decathlon | USA
  • Jakob Schoof
    DETAIL | Germany
  • Ass.-Prof. DI Dr. Karin Stieldorf
    TU Wien | Austria


  • Dr. Anna Braune
    German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) | Germany
  • Søren Nielsen
    Vandkunsten Architects | Denemark

Urban mobility

  • Jörg Beckmann
    Mobility Academy | Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heather Kaths
    University of Wuppertal  | Germany
  • Prof. Dr. John Whitelegg
    University of York | Great Britain

In addition, the jury members jointly evaluate the innovation of the projects in a seventh discipline.

Public award ceremonies as a program highlight

The houses and the varied supporting program on the topics of climate protection, renewable energies, building culture and sustainable architecture can be explored free of charge from June 10th to 26th. "Visitors can look forward to a glimpse into the future of our cities at the event," says project director Dr. Daniel Lorberg.

A program highlight are the award ceremonies, which take place in public for each discipline. The projects of the teams are awarded according to the respective criteria in front of the audience and the jury. On June 24th, the winning team as well as the second and third place winners of the SDE 21/22 will be awarded.

More information about the jury members:

Program of events:

Press contact:
Phd. Marion Wittfeld | Press SDE 21/22
E-Mail wittfeld[at]
Phone: 0151 57405105

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