The architects' contribution to the clean energy transition

With David Nelson, head of design of Norman Fosters' Foster + Partners, Reinier De Graaf, Partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and Julien De Smedt, Founder and Director of JDS Architects. How can the EU build its energy system of tomorrow?

The clean energy transition has ramifications across all aspects of the citizens' daily lives and our economies. Architecture will be at the heart of this transformation: energy use in buildings represents 40% of the EU's total energy consumption. New, decentralised and smart modes of production and consumption mean that buildings are becoming increasingly active elements of the energy system. Moreover, the development of batteries and of electric transport offer new opportunities to conceive cities in a fully integrated way and to combine efficiently all activities and sectors.

What is the role of architects in driving this process? And how can architectural and urban planning solutions contribute to solving specific challenges, such as the energy transition on islands or on industrial regions in transition? How can buildings contribute to balancing small electric systems based on renewable energy, maximise the use of local resources and contribute to a more efficient use of energy in all aspects of the life of citizens and communities?

In this high-level session, architects from leading firms will present the way they are tackling the challenges of the clean energy transformation and showcase their projects.


Head of Design
Foster + Partners
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Founder and Director
JDS Architects
Head of the Renewable Energy Division
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Director General
European Commission, Directorate General for Energy