Using digital tools as a catalyst for better and more sustainable design.

This blog represents our ongoing findings on vision and reality about utilizing digital tools in the architectural and urban design field.
We believe that in sustainable design the really significant decisions happen in the early stages. Hence the focus of this blog is on green building design tools for architects and planners that are easy to learn and apply. To be successful in the architectural community these tools shall be interactive and provide visually comprehensible output. They shall enable the designer to make informed decisions based on simulation results and support clear client communication.

Form Follows Performance is written by Jens Voshage and Kerstin Müller. The opinions expressed on Form Follows Performance are our own; they do not reflect the views of our employers with whom this blog is not affiliated. For more details, you are welcome to visit our profiles on LinkedIn (Kerstin, Jens) or use the form below to contact us.

About Jens Voshage

Jens Voshage, Dipl.-Ing., LEED AP BD+C is a graduate Architect from Stuttgart, Germany.
He has moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2004. He has worked in multi-disciplinary collaborative environments on a wide variety of projects ranging from Olympic sports facilities, large transportation projects, healthcare, educational and research buildings to multi-family housing, renovations, air supported exhibition structures and interior design. He had a leading role in several design competitions that were awarded prizes. His experience includes architectural design and documentation, 3D simulation and analysis, 3D modelling, rendering, animation and multimedia presentations as well as architecture and real estate marketing including architectural illustration, web development and photography. He is involved in training and tutoring, developing CAD, BIM and graphic standards for design and presentation integrating a range of computer technologies into the design process. In 2007 he has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professional Accreditation by the Canada Green Building Council.
Since 2011 he teaches BIM + Integrated Performance Analysis for Early Design at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
His design focus is on thoughtful appropriate and responsive architecture. His interests include sustainability, the built environment, design, economics, technology and social politics.

About Kerstin Müller

Kerstin received her degree in Architecture from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. After living and working in Stuttgart, Lyon, Seattle and Vienna she is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work experience ranges from design, project management, construction administration and visualization of low-energy housing developments to working as a researcher at Fraunhofer Institut. Kerstin is committed to sustainability in her private and professional life. She is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) and is enrolled in the NaSBAP, the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program. Kerstin is currently looking for part-time or contract work in the field of sustainable architecture. Check out her personal website www.kemu.tv for detailed information on her background and work experience.