Master’s degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Sustainable Architecture

– Staff

Course Coordinators:

Luca Finocchiaro
After a Master degree in Building engineering at the University of Catania (Italy), Luca Finocchiaro moved to Scotland where he earned a Master of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. He has been visiting researcher at the UPC in Barcelona (during his PhD in environmental performance and bioclimatic design) and later practicing architecture. Luca is today Associate Professor in “Climate and built forms” and coordinator of the MSc program in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU. His main interest and research focus is the analysis and understanding of climate and its implementation into the architectural design of buildings able to passively address their environmental performance towards comfort.

Aoífe Houlihan Wiberg
Aoífe Houlihan Wiberg completed her Ph.D. degree in 2010 at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge. She also graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1998 with the M.Phil. Degree in Environmental Design. She completed her architectural training with Professor Dean Hawkes at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and graduated with the B.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Arch. Degrees in 1994 and 1996 respectively. She was elected Chartered Member of The Royal Institute of British Architects in 2001 and has over six years experience working in practice.

Inger Andresen
Inger Andresen have more than 20 years of experience from research and development within the fields of energy efficient buildings and renewable energy. She is currently the leader of the research on pilot and demonstration buildings within the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings. Andresen also has experience from consulting and construction practices. She has been engaged as a researcher at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, she has been an environmental manager at LINK architecture, and an energy advisor at Skanska Norway. Andresen has also been engaged by the Norwegian Green Building Council for developing BREEAM-NOR within the areas of energy and indoor environment, and is certified as BREEAM AP and LEED AP.

Barbara Szybinska Matusiak
Professor Barbara Szybinska Matusiak has seven years architectural practice. During this period she won several closed architectural competitions in Norway. She joined the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 1994 as a research fellow. Her doctoral project was devoted to daylighting in linear atrium buildings at high latitudes. She has been involved in many Norwegian and international scientific projects dealing with daylighting and artificial lighting in architecture, e.g. project manager of the “Visual environment in apartment buildings”. She is also strongly involved in the activities of the international organizations: CIE, AIC and IEA and is the member of the CEN international group working on the proposal of a new European standard for daylighting in buildings. She designed the artificial sky and artificial sun for the daylight laboratory (constructed 2000-2002) and the newest version of the full-scale room laboratory ROMLAB. She has established Light & Colour Group at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 2011 and has been guiding the group since then.

Adjunct professors:

Per Monsen
Per Monsen graduated in Architecture in 1979 at the Oslo School of Architecture. In 1980 he established GASA Architects and has worked with all aspects of complex architecture projects, including planning, design, research and programming, and is a highly experienced architect. He is often invited as jury member in architectural competitions, and has worked in Norwegian Architect Association with educational programs. He has been connected to NTNU, Oslo School of Architecture and Bergen School of Architecture as teacher and sensor. Since 2004 Per Kr. Monsen is Adjunct Professor at NTNU.

Tommy Kleiven
Tommy Kleiven is currently the leader of the Trondheim branch of the architectural office Tegn3, with 18 employees focusing on architecture, planning, landscape and interior design. He has a master in Architecture from NTNU in 1999 and a PhD from NTNU/Cambridge in 2003 on natural ventilation and passive energy design in architecture. Kleiven has worked as an architect and consultant and as a researcher at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, focusing on sustainable architecture and energy efficient buildings.


Anne Grete Hestnes
Anne Grete Hestnes is an architect educated at M.I.T. and UC Berkeley. Anne Grete Hestnes has been full professor of building technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology since 1985. Her main scientific interest is in the areas of energy conservation and the use of solar energy in buildings. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Chalmers University for her work within the field of sustainable development, and in 2011 she received The Farrington Daniels Award for her contribution to the advancement and knowledge of solar energy in the built environment. During its first three years of operation (2009-2012) she was director of the National Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research – Zero Emission Buildings.

Chiara Bertolin
Chiara Bertolin obtained a master degree and a PhD in Astronomy at the Padua University, Italy and worked for 9 years at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC). Since 2011, she is member of the Scientific Committee of the National Standardization Body "Environment" of the Cultural Heritage Commission and of the European Committee for Standardisation CEN/TC 346 - WG7 “Specifying and measuring Indoor/Outdoor Climate”. Chiara has been Scientific advisor for UNESCO. Chiara is today Associate Professor in “Zero Emission Refurbishment of the Built Environment” at NTNU in Trondheim (Norway) where she looks at providing "sustainable solutions" in term of low energy consumption and carbon footprint, to improve the living comfort in existing buildings without further damaging the aged materials. 

Francesco Goia
Francesco Goia is Associate Professor in Building Physics and Material Science at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts, NTNU. He holds a Ph.D. in Energetics from the Polytechnic University of Turin and a co-jont Ph.D. in Architecture from the NTNU. Francesco was educated in the field of architecture and architectural engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin and Polytechnic University of Milan (joint M.Sc.), Italy. He also obtained the Diploma from the High Polytechnic School (Alta Scuola Politecnica). Further specialization includes a master in Materials for Energy and Environment. His main research activity concerns the ideation and assessment of strategies, technologies and systems for energy efficient buildings, with a focus on the dynamic behaviour and operation of building envelope components and integration of technologies and systems for renewable energy source harvesting. Per Monsen

Gabriele Lobaccaro
Gabriele is an architectural engineer working on urban planning strategies, energy building and architectural design decisions support using dynamic simulation tools and conducting environmental climate analyses. He graduated in 2008 in MSc Building Engineering and Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He has a PhD in Building Engineering developed partly in Politecnico di Milano and partly in Sydney, Australia, at UNSW University of New South Wales on a topic of «Solar Potential and microscale climate interactions in urban areas». Since 2013 he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NTNU.

Maria Coral
Maria Coral was educated as architect in Spain and later was a student at MSc in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU. During her studies she spent one year in Vienna (landscape planning at TU/BOKU) and another one at NTNU (diploma project). She practiced architecture at NSW in Oslo, from the Urban Planning Department in the Regional office of Upper Austria in Linz and as a drawing assistant to the architect Antonio Gonzalez in Valencia. Today Maria is PhD student on «Principles and tools for bioclimatic architecture – an applied review and analysis in Norwegian context».