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Circular Systems for the Built Environment
10 dec. 2020 09:00 – 13:00
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Advanced Technologies for Older Adults’ Housing

We are glad to start a forum for professionals across the globe and proud to announce the international virtual Symposium of “Circular Systems for the Built Environment; Advanced Technologies for Older Adults’Housing”, organized by the chair of Smart Architectural Technologies at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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Prof. Masi Mohammadi


Prof. Patrick Teuffel


Prof. Christopher Robeller


Dr Shore Shahnoori

Board of the Symposium


Integration is an effective strategy, which adds to the planned value in any purposeful program. As a consequence of the challenging new perspectives in the building sector for more than three decades, the Circular Economy (CE) became the emerging solution, qualified to be taken into the action. Although we as professionals in the field are proud of the three decades of environmentally concerned discussions, due to the lack of action plans, the environment was continuously destroyed. Hence the inhering potentials of the CE caused an enormous velocity of publicity. Research shows that, for example, in the Netherlands, many universities, institutions, companies, etc. have already started a movement in CE; this is similarly taking place in some other countries as well. However, we may have common subjects that could come together and result more efficiently instead of separate individual and similar activities. Especially the broad framework of the CE provides a large variety of possibilities for different subjects, which also brings researchers and practitioners together for earth’s (/Universe’s) nature. To achieve this purpose, we need to recognize these activities and get to know each other; and the different perspectives to involve in setting task groups in common areas and to engage people across the globe in our research and practice clusters. Let’s come together and get to know our activities and find a common point to work together to learn from each other; this is also the purpose of organizing this Symposium. The group is seeking integration of various aspects and efforts in collaboration with the ones who are aiming at achieving a healthy living circumstance for mankind as well as all the creatures on the planet whilst proving opportunities for economic benefits.

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Prof. Masi Mohammadi

Masi Mohammadi has a PhD on smart homes for active ageing, holds the chair of ‘Smart Architectural Technologies’ at Eindhoven University of Technology, and heads the KIVI-chair of ‘Architecture in Health’ at HAN University of applied sciences, in the Netherlands.
As a senior researcher and project manager in different nationwide projects based in the field of smart healthy cities, she gained large experience in interdisciplinary studies. In this regard, she has served as chair and/or board member of more than 20 (inter)national committees and research networks, e.g. a member of the Board Science, Technology and Society of The Royal Institution of Engineers (KIVI), and as visiting professor at University of Technology Sydney. She has contributed to various publications on interdisciplinary domains of smart healthy homes, and is a well-known speaker who has delivered more 120 academic and professional keynotes or invited talks at national and international level.


Prof. Patrick Teuffel

Patrick Teuffel is a Full Professor and Chair of Innovative Structural Design (ISD) at the Faculty of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Patrick’s vision for the research of ISD focuses on lightweight and adaptive structures, as well as the application of innovative materials, such as smart materials or bio-based materials. In the context of lightweight and adaptive structures, he is using numerical and experimental models to optimize the design and construction processes. In addition, he is conducting research for the development of 'smart skins' using textiles with integrated smart materials, which have variable properties in shape, stiffness, viscosity and transmission. Based on this research, he is building a connection between structural design to building physics criteria such as light, acoustics and wind. The research on bio-based materials focuses on innovative composite materials, based on hemp, flax or mycelium, in order to find new application in the built environment, such as the world-wide first pedestrian bio-based bridge, realised in Eindhoven in 2016.


Assoc. Prof. David Peck

David Peck is an Honorary Associate Professor, University College London (UCL), The Bartlett, BSEER, London, UK. He is also Associate Professor, Circular Built Environment and Critical Materials, Climate Design & Sustainability, Department of Architectural Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (BK), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft),


Dr Shore Shahnoori

Shore Shahnoori is a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of sustainability in architectural engineering, building performance, construction, and materials. in addition to the managerial roles that she has in her portfolio, Shore has years of experiencing academic and practical works in the Built Environment. She currently works for the chair SAT (Smart Architectural Technologies) at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The subject of her research is Circular Building Systems for the Houses of Older Adults, and she also teaches the building technology and engineering courses related to her expertise.


Dr Pablo van der Lugt

Architectural engineer Pablo van der Lugt (MSc PhD) is senior sustainability consultant in the wood- and bamboo industry as well as senior lecturer biobased building at Delft University of Technology (Environmental Technology & Design) and AMS institute. Van der Lugt is the author of 5 books on biobased building, including Tomorrow’s Timber (2020) and Booming Bamboo (2017). He regularly publishes his research findings in popular magazines and scientific journals. Van der Lugt is a highly demanded speaker following several formats, ranging from TED and Pecha Kucha talks, to keynote presentations at high-level international conferences, including the International Climate Conference in Paris, COP 21 and COP 24 in Katowice Poland (2018).


Dr Emma Campbell

Emma is a Research Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast. She works within the Innovate UK- funded Ideal Home Project which applies a transformative, multidisciplinary approach to achieve net-zero emissions in the poultry sector by 2040. Emma’s recently completed PhD uses a similarly innovative approach to consider the development and future of supermarket shopping. During her PhD, she presented her work at conferences and workshops in Doha, Vancouver, Nottingham, Nicosia and Belfast. Emma also teaches architecture on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Queen’s.

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Dr Elma Durmisevic

Dr. Elma Durmišević architect BNA, head of 4D Architects office in Amsterdam and founding director of Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings in the Netherlands, holds a PhD at Delft University of Technology on Transformable Building Structures-Design for Disassembly in Architecture.  As Associate Professor at the University of Twente, Durmisevic developed a master program for dynamic and sustainable buildings that introduced green engineering in industrial design of architecture. Durmisevic formed a consortium for the development and construction of a innovation platform for circular green buildings in The Netherlands and established Dutch national hub for circular buildings, is a member of number of juries and scientific comities, reviewer of scientific books and journals, EU expert on EU Urban Innovative Actions circular building project, leads development of EU Digital Deconstruction Platform for circular economy in construction, head of reversible building platform, has lead EU H2020 BAMB Reversible Buildings research. Durmisevic developed circularity tools assessing building’s and products circularity such as reuse potential tool, transformation capacity tool including virtual simulator and Reversible BIM module.

As head of 4D architects, Durmisevic is architect of two EU circular building demonstration pilots which demonstrate implementation of reversible/circular building design approach in real construction projects as well as designer and developer of number of innovative reversible building systems and products.

Durmisevic developed reversible building measurement tools, design guidelines and protocols for circular buildings and advises EU cities and regions on circular building strategies.


Dates and Times Announced

We’re happy to share the full schedule of everything that’s taking place during our Online Conference. Feel free to reach out with any general questions or for specific details about Circular Systems for the Built Environment.

Prof. Masi Mohammadi

09:00 am


Dr Shore Shahnoori

09:10 am

Welcome and research summary on Circular Systems (CLT)

Ing. Joris Boer

09:20 am

Introducing the Lister Buildings

Dr Hein van Tuijl

09:30 am

Cradle to Cradle; how to realize healthy buildings in a circular economy


09:55 am

Dr Elma Durmisevic

10:05 am

Reversible (circular) buildings and the tool that supports the design of buildings with embodied high transformation capacity

Assoc. Prof. David Peck

10:30 am

Circular Economy and Materials - EU policy and the Built Environmnet

Prof. Patrick Teuffel

10:55 am

Circular Structural design


11:20 am

Prof. Christopher Robeller

The role of digital fabrication for sustainable buildings

11:30 am

Dr Pablo van der Lugt

Circularity in the built environment - a revolution in mass timber

11:55 am

Dr Emma Campbell

12:20 pm

Circular Supermarket: A research-by-design methodology to close loops across systems and space


12:30 pm

13:00 pm

Closing the Symposium and the invitation to the next year's event

Organising Committee
Masi Mohammadi
Shore Shahnoori
Berrak Kirbas Akyurek
Peyman Najafi


This international event is a collaboration between the TU Eindhoven and the Lister Buildings

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