Thomas Lützkendorf (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.) – born 1957 – studied at Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar (1977-1981) and graduated as a civil engineer (Diplom-Bauingenieur). Subsequently, he was a Research Fellow at the Department of Economics in the Construction Sector at Bauhaus-Universität and completed his PhD-study in 1985 on the Description, Assessment and Optimisation of Buildings’ Energy Demand.
Following a period of practical work in construction project management and as a visiting researcher at ETH Lausanne, Thomas was post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Building Ecology and Building Climate at the Department of Architecture, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar. He received his postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in 2000 with a Habilitation treatise on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Principles within the Construction Sector.
Also in 2000, Thomas became professor at Universität Karlsruhe – today’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since then he is the director of the Institute of Sustainable Management of Housing and Real Estate. The Institute belongs to the KIT Department of Economics and Management but is also associated with the Department of Architecture.
Within his research and educational work, Thomas is concerned with questions relating to the implementation of sustainable development principles within the construction and property (real estate) industries. An emphasis of his work is on the further development and application of life cycle analyses (LCA / LCC); on the design / conceptualisation of information flows along the construction value chain; and on the integration of sustainability aspects into the methods and tools of the property industry (notably portfolio management and analyses, risk analyses and valuation). Thomas was and currently is involved in the development and testing of sustainability assessment systems for buildings (BNB, DGNB, NaWoh).
Thomas is a founding member of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and a member of the Editorial Board of Building Research & Information.