Points of View

Points of View

“In this whole discussion we shouldn’t forget that the BIM-supported way of working is no more than a tool. The result of integrated design is a lifecycle-oriented building that is created by architects and engineers on the basis of their professional expertise and creativity.”
(Gerald Hulka, in “40 years of integrated design” 01.02.2016)

"Integrated design is also possible without BIM, but BIM isn’t possible without integrated design.”
Manfred Huber in “BIM: against rolling design”, Hochparterre, 13.01.2016

“All of ATP’s 550 architects and engineers work in all offices ... inside common virtual models. ATP’s BIM standard ... is one of the bases of the recently introduced Austrian BIM Norm.”
Christoph M. Achammer in “Building Information Modeling”, AIT online, 28.08.2015

“BIM is the logical tool for the integrated design process and the prerequisite, for... aligning design and building processes with the benchmarks of other industries. Today, we can already see that the productivity gains on the design side are primarily qualitative because, ideally, the amount of work remains unchanged. The executing companies also experience considerable productivity gains… but the greatest improvements are to be expected in building operations.”
Christoph M. Achammer in “Building Information Modeling”, AIT online, 28.08.2015

“Today’s buildings are so complex that only interdisciplinary cooperation between architects and engineers can lead to successful projects.” Christoph M. Achammer in: Teilnahmerekord bei Concrete Student Trophy 2013. APA ots online, 26.11.2013, www.zement.at

“Whether voluntarily or not, the architect has more or less given up the ……. overall responsibility for design and can undisputedly be spoken of as the person responsible for no more than … the artistic aspects of a building.”
Christoph M. Achammer in: “Integrated Design. A coming-together of equals”, a3 Bau, 1-2/2013

“We can see that it works better when teams sit together in one building or in one space.”
Christoph M. Achammer in: “Integrated Design. A coming-together of equals”, a3 Bau, 1-2/2013

"The ability to influence the design process of a building reduces logarithmically as this process proceeds. And the costs of such intervention rise equally precipitously. This means that the key decisions regarding the future construction and – even more significantly – operating costs of a building are made while the client’s requirements are being ascertained and the preliminary design carried out (and this concerns all specialist areas - architecture, structural and mechanical and electrical engineering). This demands professional and responsible clients and an equally professional and competent integrated design team.”
Christoph M. Achammer in: “Nichts gecheckt”, a3 Bau, 06/2012

"We don’t want to leave any scorched earth to posterity. Our vision is that we use our buildings to make things better.”
Horst Reiner in: „Machbar ist alles – wenn der Auftraggeber es will“, Wirtschaftsblatt, 14th February 2013

"The design decisions which are taken at the very start are in reality the most important ones.”
Christoph M. Achammer in Real Estate Circle 2011 quoted in "Planung am Beginn ist entscheidend", Wirtschaftsblatt, 18th November 2011

"The use of an integrated design approach across the entire lifecycle of a building makes it possible to develop a single calculation which addresses the architectural, organisational and service qualities of a building. Only in this way will our buildings truly fulfil their responsibilities to the next generation."
ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer at the founding of the IG Lebenszyklus Hochbau quoted in "Lebenszyklus rückt in den Mittelpunkt", Tiroler Tageszeitung, 17th September 2011

"We must transform ourselves from a heterogeneous society based on mistrust into a homogenous one founded on trust."
Christoph M. Achammer on the subject of "The Culture of Building" in: "ausgesprochen", Report Plus, Page 1, September 2011

"The integrated design of buildings is an essential prerequisite for their sustainable economic management. Professor Achammer has been pursuing this belief since the 1970s".
Comment by the ATGA on the occasion of the naming of Christoph Achammer (on behalf of ATP Architects and Engineers) as “Architect of the Year 2011”, under the title "The future belongs to the clever" or "Against the continuation of traditional roles", 24th May 2011

"Without an integrated approach, sustainability is simply not possible."
Christoph M. Achammer, "Nachhaltig schon beim allerersten Entwurf", Wirtschaftsblatt, 04th October 2010

Integrated Design ... an alternative to the widely used "sequential" method in which architects, structural and mechanical engineers ... work on a building - often independently from each other and, in any case, one after the other. "90 to 95% of all design processes take this form".
Christoph M. Achammer, "Netzwerken für die Nachhaltigkeit", Die Presse, 17th/18th July 2010

"One secret of ATP´s success is the integrated approach in which architects and engineers tackle projects not one after the other but together."
Alois Vahrner, Tiroler Tageszeitung, 24th July 2009

"By taking off their blinkers and cooperating over real problems, architects and engineers can learn with and from each other." 
Christoph M. Achammer, Wirtschaftsblatt, 25th June 2009

"If we architects, structural and mechanical services engineers don´t manage to find a common approach to designing and building we will...continue to play a declining role."
Christoph M. Achammer, Architektur- und Bauforum, 15th June 2009

Refurbishment

“This recognition leads to the obvious conclusion that, in an integrated design team, one understands how to design a building sustainably and another understands how to make it especially user-friendly while another keeps a close eye on the design. These are regarded as equally important tasks.”
Christoph M. Achammer in: “Integrated Design. A coming-together of equals”, a3 Bau, 1-2/2013

Shoppers and shopping centres are going grey together. 40% of all centres are desperately in need of refurbishment."
Christoph M. Achammer in: "Einkaufszentren droht die Vergreisung", Tiroler Tageszeitung, 23rd September 2011

"Refurbishment is the agenda of building for the future. This is the message of Christoph Achammer of ATP (see the enclosed special supplement). ... Resources (including those which we use to build spaces) are, as we know, getting scarce. And this is why we refurbish and extend."
Mathias Boeckl in: "Add-On", Architektur aktuell, Page 1, September 2011

"Europe is fully built. Quantitative growth is no longer possible and now it is time for qualitative growth."
Christoph M. Achammer at the "20th International Industrial Building Seminar" at the TU Vienna, quoted in: "Nachhaltigkeit am Bau ist keine Frage von Gesetzen." Wirtschaftsblatt, 13th May 2011


Sustainability

“We should not forget – that the design process absorbs 1.5 per cent of the total life cycle costs but can seriously influence 50 per cent of these costs. As soon as the design is ready the investment and operational costs are more or less fixed. The notion that a building only becomes expensive when the contractors are commissioned is wrong. This happens much earlier.”
Christoph M. Achammer in: “Integrated Design. A coming-together of equals”, a3 Bau, 1-2/2013

"We don’t want to leave any scorched earth to posterity. Our vision is that we use our buildings to make things better.”
Horst Reiner in: „Machbar ist alles – wenn der Auftraggeber es will“, Wirtschaftsblatt, 14.02.2013

"In order to achieve the best possible results, efficient design tools and a lifecycle-oriented integrated design approach must be used from the very start."
Jens Glöggler, MD of ATP sustain at the 2nd BVL Logistics Day in Tyrol in: "Sustainability as the Management Strategy of the Future", Lager(fläche) www.lagerflaeche.de, 14th November 2011

"Sustainability in building is not a question of laws. Laws can establish the framework but cannot represent complex processes."
Christoph M. Achammer at the "20th International Industrial Building Seminar" at the TU Vienna, quoted in: "Nachhaltigkeit am Bau ist keine Frage von Gesetzen." Wirtschaftsblatt, 13th May 2011

"Four-fifths of the lifecycle costs of a building are covered by the operating costs and just one fifth by the investment costs. And only two of these 20 percent don’t relate to the design process, which means that by doing everything right at this moment we can save half the operating costs."
Christoph M. Achammer at the "20th International Industrial Building Seminar" at the TU Vienna, quoted in: "Nachhaltigkeit am Bau ist keine Frage von Gesetzen." Wirtschaftsblatt, 13th May 2011

"Certification is a support to clients and designers in that it makes it possible to quantify sustainability in the design and building processes. This creates a certain sense of security that the term “sustainability” is more than just hot air."
Matthias Wehrle quoted in: Sustainability will be quantifiable. (Zartes Grün im Werkzeugbau. Nachhaltigkeit im Industriebau. Positiveffekte für Klima und Mitarbeiter.) Der Standard, 26th/27th February 2011

"Aesthetic and socio-cultural expectations about life-cycle oriented buildings are essential parameters for the successful industrial architecture of today."
Christoph M. Achammer in: Integrated Design comes from Industrial Building, Wettbewerbe Architekturjournal, 291/292, December 2010

"The aspect of sustainability must be clearly addressed from the very first preliminary design. … We investigate, for instance, lifecycle costs and the concrete impact of integrated design upon sustainability."
Christoph M. Achammer, "Nachhaltig schon beim allerersten Entwurf", Wirtschaftsblatt, 04th October 2010

"A shift towards closed-loop material cycles is also long overdue in the building industry."
Jens Glöggler, ATP sustain, in: "Gebäudezertifizierung und nachhaltiges Bauen. Ökostandards in Österreich", Zuschnitt 39 attachment, Interview: S. 16-19, September 2010

"The design ... determines after all 30 percent of the investment cost and 50 percent of the entire life-cycle costs. “This is a huge tool over which we have control.”
Christoph M. Achammer, „Netzwerken für die Nachhaltigkeit“, Die Presse, 17th/18th July 2010

“After the completion of the preliminary design, 50% of the possibilities for optimising the life cycle costs of a building have been exhausted; when the detailed design is ready just 20% remain and when the tender documents have been completed the opportunity has gone....”
Christoph M. Achammer, Technikum Kärnten Forschungsgesellschaft

“The key to sustainability lies in space planning; closed building forms have a number of positive effects in terms of resource and energy efficiency.”
Christoph M. Achammer, Konstruktiv, 7th/8th July 2009

“Both the direct relationship between the sustainability of a building and the corresponding increase in its real estate value and the desire of our clients for ways of certifying their workplaces are additional attractions for us.”
Jens Glöggler, ATP sustain in: Die Presse 18th February 2009

“Life-cycle oriented building design regards buildings as systems and this method is a key aid in the calculation of the true costs – and particularly the energy costs – of buildings.”
Architektur und Bau Forum, 9th February 2009


Learning

“I can see that the next generation of my colleagues - who are today around 30 - is already ideally prepared for working in networks.”
Christoph M. Achammer in: “Integrated Design. A coming-together of equals”, a3 Bau, 1-2/2013

“The science of “Building Membranes” (is) one of the few innovation-rich areas of the building industry which, despite its great economic significance, attracts very little research…”
Professor Christoph M. Achammer quoted in: Studying Zero Emissions. The building of membranes as an area of research (“Master of Engineering” - Programme “Membrane Lightweight Structures” of the Centre of Continuing Education of the TU Vienna). In: Die Presse/Bildung, 5th/6th February 2011

Cooperation and networking are, for Christoph Achammer,..., Professor of Industrial Building at the TU in Vienna  (...), essential pre-conditions for sustainable building. … Achammer has already noticed that some of his students are starting to think differently.
Christoph M. Achammer, „Netzwerken für die Nachhaltigkeit“, Die Presse, 17th/18th July 2010

“Investing in employees – that was another of Christoph Achammer´s reactions to the crisis. And as well as expanding training, ATP decided to put more resources into acquisition and research.”
Architektur und Bau Forum, 27th July 2009

“The discussion of the new curriculum is not about learning more but about a basic change in the relationships between the individual disciplines.”
Christoph M. Achammer: Sustainable Designing and Construction – without learning?” Podium discussion of the Sustainability Committee of the Federal Chamber of Architects and Engineers. Vienna, 18th May 2009

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