Talks & Tours on architecture, design and planning – DOMOTEX 2020

Hannover, 10-13. January 2020

in cooperation with Deutsche Messe


AIT-Dialog presents on DOMOTEX 2020 from 10th to 13th of January 2020 Talks & Tours with international referees.



Gone are the days when architecture was just about creating atmospheric spaces. Globalization, digitalization, finite resources, affordability, densification, the merging of town and country, worklife balance, responsibility for nature and future generations – these are just some of the factors that are changing the way we relate to architecture. Architects, interior designers and planners need to embrace a new consciousness in order to realize their visions, while at the same time responding in a thoughtful and considered way to the needs and constraints of users and their environment. No matter what our point of view, the focus is on change and transformation (SHIFT), development and renewal, and atmosphere and space – and the focus of DOMOTEX is on ATMYSPHERE, both symbolically and as the show’s keynote theme, as made real and tangible by the special “Framing Trends” showcase. The emphasis here is on the floor as an essential, space-defining element which has a vital role to play in interior design.


Friday, 10. January 2020: SHIFT digital & connected

Saturday, 11. January 2020: SHIFT social & ecological

Sunday, 12. January 2020: SHIFT living & care

Monday, 13. January 2020: SHIFT specific & diverse


On all four days of the show, at 12 p.m. and 3.00 p.m., AITDialog will be offering Guided Tours for architects, interior designers and design experts. Each tour focuses on a specific topic, such as care, acoustics, sustainability and digital, or showcases general product innovations for the contract business. They are led by internationally renowned architects and interior designers, with commentary alternating between German and English on successive tours.

All tours start from the info counter in Hall 8.

Thems and program

Friday, 10. January 2020

10:00 – 11:00 Uhr Exhibitors & partners on stage

12 – 1.30 p.m. Tour (in German)
Niki Szilagyi, niki szilagyi interior architecture, DE-München

3 – 4.30 p.m. Tour (in English)
Alexander Deutschmann, Nickl & Partner, DE-München


Digitalization is now a major and ubiquitous theme, which is changing both architecture itself and the working practices of architects and interior designers. Technical innovations are creating countless new opportunities in building design. Connected working, building information modelling (BIM), parametric design, modular construction, prefabrication, customization of products – these are just some of the buzzwords of the digital transformation. Alongside our enthusiasm for all these impressive options, however, we must not lose sight of the impact on costs, production, scheduling, etc. in order to keep things in perspective.

11 a.m. Introduction by the moderator Prof. Moritz Fleischmann, Department of Architectural Informatics, PBSA Düsseldorf

11:15 a.m. “Beauty in the digital age” (in German)
Markus Giera, Kaulquappe AG, CH-Zürich

12 noon „Beyond BIM – optimizing communication and cooperation with the digital twins“ (in German)
Stefan Kaufmann, ALLPLAN Deutschland GmbH, DE-München

12:45 p.m. Panel discussion

1 p.m. Lunch break

2 p.m. „Non-Linear Parametric Workflows – a Knowledge-Based Design Approach” (in English)
Jürgen Heinzel, UNStudio, NL-Amsterdam

2:45 p.m. „Digital construction“ (in German)
Oliver Hans, Schüco International KG, DE-Bielefeld

3:15 p.m. „Security on a architectural journey of discovery“ (in German)
Philipp Wieting, Werknetz Architektur, CH-Zürich

3:45 – 4 p.m. Panel discussion

Saturday, 11. January 2020

10 – 11 a.m. Uhr Exhibitors & partners on Stage

12 – 1.30 p.m. Tour (in German)
Simone Haar, Holzer Kobler Architekturen, CH-Zürich

3 – 4.30 p.m. Tour (in Englisch)
Sylvia Schellenberg, Atelier ST, DE-Leipzig


There has been an unmistakable transformation in the consciousness of architects and interior designers. The limits of what is possible have shifted, and new developments are happening at breakneck speed. But does that make everything more indefinable and arbitrary, or – on the contrary – more individual and intentional? Because interdisciplinary work crosses boundaries and thinks outside the collective box, does it therefore form the basis of a new way of working, characterized by a growing sense of social responsibility and a new attitude among designers? At all events, the important thing is to have an influence and to create an identity, outside the mainstream, and always with an eye to better, environmentally aware design.

11 a.m. Introduction by the moderator, Julia von Mende, architecture critic, DE-Berlin

11:15 a.m. „About the Engawa“
Assemble, UK-London

12 noon “The Possible Architecture” (in English)
Lera Samovich, Fala Atelier, PO-Porto

12:30 p.m. “Eagles of Architecture” (in English)
Bart Hollanders, Eagles of Architecture, BE-Antwerpen

1 p.m. Lunch break

2 p.m. „Nachhaltigkeit = Schönheit / sustainability = beauty” (in German and English)
Dr. h.c. Anna Heringer, Studio Anna Heringer, DE-Laufen

2:45 p.m. „Functionality and aesthetics” (in German)
Stefanie Wögrath, illiz architektur ZT GmbH, AT-Wien

3:30 p.m. „From A to B“ (in English)
Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, CL-Concepcion

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Panel discussion

Sunday, 12. January 2020

10 – 11 a.m. Exhibitors & partners on stage

12 – 1:30 p.m. Tour (in German)
Joachim Stumpp, raumPROBE OHG, DE-Stuttgart

3 – 4:30 p.m. Tour (in Englisch)
Agnes Morguet, DE-Köln


Social changes, demographic shifts, the climate debate, developments in mobility and infrastructure, housing shortages and scarcity of resources – these are just some of the factors that are changing architecture and interior design, and driving the search for new possibilities. For progressive and alternative housing, for temporary and permanent interventions, for infill development and the densification of existing residential areas. Here the focus is not least on healthy living and working, sympathetic use of innovative materials, and the recycling of the existing architectural fabric.

11 a.m. Introduction by the moderator, Julia von Mende, architecture critic, DE-Berlin

11:15 a.m. „ZOOMING in – ZOOMing out” (in German)
Dr. Peter Haimerl, Peter Haimerl . Architektur, DE-München

12 noon  „Poolology of living“ (in German)
Mathias Heinz, pool Architekten, CH-Zürich

12:30 p.m. “Architecture in Search of Questions” (in English)
Koen Baeyens / Basile Graux, GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten, BE-Gent

1 p.m.  Lunch break

2 p.m. „Architecture in a Time of Multiple Contexts“ (in English)
Bolle Tham & Martin Videgard, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, SE-Stockholm

2:45 p.m. „High Tec – High Nature: ideas and concepts for an architecture in the year 2050“ (in German)
Martin Haas, haas cook zemmrich Studio 2050, DE-Stuttgart

3:30 p.m. “the optimism of commons” (in English)
Marc Jay / Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, WE Architecture, DK-Kopenhagen

4:15 – 4.30 p.m. Panel discussion

Monday, 13. January 2020

10:00 – 11:00 Uhr Exhibitors & parterns on stage

12 – 1:30 p.m. Tour (in German)
Katrin Jacobs, Henn Architekten, DE-München


The job profile of architects and interior designers has become increasingly complex in recent years. Students in these disciplines no longer have to follow the traditional career path after they graduate. Digitalization and global working and thinking are driving a transformation that is creating a seemingly endless variety of possible specializations. New forms of collective working are emerging, which are less about a specific person and more about a concrete attitude or approach. Young architects and interior designers are crossing over traditional boundaries, and discovering the many new opportunities open to them.

11 a.m. Introduction by the moderator, Dr. Gesche Grabenhorst, ahrens & grabenhorst und Fachhochschule Bielefeld, DE-Hannover

11:45 Uhr  “Shaping Space – Shaping Future” (in German)
Dr. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gengnagel
Structural Design and Technology, University of the Arts, DE-Berlin

12:15 Uhr “The architect – the unknown being” (in German)
Dr. Jan Krause, „Architektur Media Management“, Department of Architecture at Bochum University of Applied Sciences, DE- Bochum

12:45 p.m. Panel discussion

1 p.m. Lunch break

2 p.m. “Digital rethinking in architecture: Integrative computer-based design and construction” (in German)
Dr. AA Dipl. (Hons) Achim Menges, ICD- Institut for Computer-based Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart and Menges Scheffler Architects, DE-Stuttgart

2:30 p.m.  “Dream job civil service – the prospect offered by the town of Nordhorn to architects and engineers“ (in German)
Thimo Weitemeier, Stadtbaurat Nordhorn, DE-Nordhorn

3:00 p.m. “also refer to position” (in German)
Nathalie Bräuninger, RKW Architektur+, DE-Düsseldorf

3:30 p.m. „Nature meets Technology“ (in German)

4 – 4:15 p.m. Panel discussion


Members of the Chambers of Architects may receive continuing education credits for participation. Several registrations for different events are possible.

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    Friday, January 10th 2020

    from 11 a.m: Talks: SHIFT //// DIGITAL & CONNECTED IN THE CONTEXT OF ATMYSPHERE12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Tour3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Tour

    Saturday, January 11th 2020

    from 11 a.m: Talks: SHIFT //// SOCIAL & ECOLIGICAL IN THE CONTEXT OF ATMYSPHERE12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Tour3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Tour

    Sunday, January 12th 2020

    from 11 a.m: Talks: SHIFT //// LIVING & CARE IN THE CONTEXT OF ATMYSPHERE12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Tour3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Tour

    Monday, January 13th 2020

    from 11 a.m: Talks: SHIFT //// SPECIFIC & DIVERSE IN THE CONTEXT OF ATMYSPHERE12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Tour

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