University of Ljubljana’s Summer School: Sustainable Heritage 2021
Responsible Renewal of Cultural Heritage Buildings as the Basis of Sustainable and High-quality Living
21–24 June 2021

A series of webinars

The Interdisciplinary and Interfaculty Institute of the University of Ljubljana for Sustainable Protection of Heritage organizes the first University of Ljubljana’s Sustainable Heritage summer school entitled Responsible Renovation of Cultural Heritage Buildings as the Basis of Sustainable and High-quality Living. The summer school is organized in the cooperation of ICOMOS Slovenija and under the honourable auspices of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO.

The topic is focused on the current practice of improving the energy performance of 20th-century residential buildings, representing an important potential of sustainable development as well as opportunities for effective implementation of circular economy in practice.

As in many cases these buildings are an important part of architectural heritage, our focus will be on the questions of how to preserve the values of this heritage and how to introduce the qualities of contemporary living therein.

To achieve the sustainable development goals, created through a just balance among social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspects, we need to establish comprehensive solutions and draw together all stakeholders. The renovations must not address one aspect only, as such solutions lead to inadequate and superficial solutions at the expense of heritage and the quality of living.

The summer school will include talks by renowned international and Slovenian experts. Dr. Ege  Yildirim and Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Haspel will focus on presenting the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the significance of preserving the 20th-century architectural heritage; professors and researchers from TU Delft, Prof. Andy van den Dobbelsteen and Dr. Leo Oorschot, will present the Dutch activities in this field, and through the workshops the activities undertaken in the Netherlands in relation to efficient renovations and improving the energy performance of multi-dwelling buildings, in order to achieve the goals of a carbon-free society by 2050 and preserve the significant architectural heritage.

This summer school is intended for students as well as everyone dealing with the problems in question in practice: experts in heritage protection and energy performance improvement, apartment owners, and various decision-makers both in Slovenia and beyond.

The languages of the summer school will be English and for workshops partly Slovenian.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the summer school. Please indicate in the Application Form if you wish to present a problem from your own environment during the afternoon workshops.For their participation at the summer school, the students enrolled in the Master’s study programme will be awarded 3 ECTS, the students enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Architecture of FA will be awarded 5 ECTS.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Ege Yildirim is an urban planner and heritage conservation specialist with 20+ years of experience working in Turkey and internationally. Based in Istanbul since 2013, she is an independent consultant and scholar. She previously worked at KA-BA Architecture, Ankara; Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage; site management of the Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu; and the EU-Turkey Anatolian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Institute project, Gaziantep. Ege was a Fulbright Scholar at Pratt Institute, New York and a Kaplan Fellow at Koç University, Istanbul, and most recently, ICOMOS Focal Point for the SDGs. She is currently coordinating the Sustainability Thematic Debate of the Our World Heritage Initiative. See also:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Haspel was Berlin's state curator from 1992 to 2018. After graduating in architecture and urban planning in Stuttgart, he studied art history and empirical cultural studies in Tübingen and worked from 1982 to 1991 at the monument office in Hamburg. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Haspel headed the monument authority at the responsible Senate Department in Berlin. He worked as a lecturer at Hamburg and Berlin universities and has been teaching monument science at the Technical University of Berlin since 2002 as a honorary professor.
Jörg Haspel is chairman of the board of the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalpflege and president of the German national committee of ICOMOS. He is one of the founding members of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee of 20th Century Heritage (ISC 20C) and has been a member of the “Expert Group on Urban Monument Preservation” at the Federal Ministry responsible for urban development since 2019. The former Berlin state curator sees himself as an intermediary between architecture and monument culture. His publications and lectures are primarily devoted to the architectural and urban heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries and the tasks of urban monument conservation and world heritage issues.

Dr. ir. Leo Oorschot is currently architect and researcher at atelier PRO architekten, teacher of practice and PostDoc researcher at Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment. He studied architecture and urban design at TU Delft Architecture & Built Environment, worked as an assistant with Alexander Tzonis and as an architect with KCAP and Geurst-Schulze architects, among others.  He did his PhD at Urbanism TU Delft (January 2010- June 2014), this study is about the continual stride between 1860 and 2010 amongst the various interest groups involved with what the city of The Hague should look like. The thesis of the study states that the fragmented image that people in the city have or experience is the result of the wide variety of urban ensembles and public buildings, whether or not they are crowded together or even completed, that were successively presented and implemented by the interest groups involved. After that he did a PostDoc (May 2016-May 2018) at Beyond-the-Current-research-team of AE+T/MBE in the TU Delft. This work is part of the research program Research through Design which was financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and Taskforce for Applied Research SIA. An integral research group of the faculty that deals with housing shortage in the urban regions of the Netherlands.

Prof. dr. ir. Andy van den Dobbelsteen is full professor of Climate Design & Sustainability at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft. He is Principal Investigator with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). He is active in various boards, committees and juries. Together with his team Andy has led and conducted many research projects, among which Climate Proof Cities (on urban climate adaptation), Better Airport Regions (on circular airports), City-zen (on energy transition of European cities), and Moveable Nexus (on integrated urban facilities for food, water and energy). Recently he presented a carbon roadmap for TU Delft and wrote an advisory report for the sustainable renovation of the historic Dutch parliamentary buildings. Andy is faculty advisor to the TU Delft Solar Decathlon teams. The Prêt-à-Loger team, demonstrating a sustainable renovation of a terraced house, won 5 awards in Versailles, 2014. In Szentendre, 2019, his MOR team, providing a solution for vacant offices, won a world record of awards. Andy is responsible for the Zero-Energy Design MOOC (massive open online course) and ProfEd (professional education course), teaching people around the world how to (re)design zero-carbon buildings. The courses include mini-documentaries and the short film Energy Slaves (please watch Youtube), about the energy consumption of a common household. Andy’s approach in education, research and valorisation is based on the optimal use of the local circumstances and potential of renewable sources. He lectures and participates in workshops, nationally and internationally, and has written numerous publications; in his limited leisure time he writes thrillers and performs several sports. In 2018 Andy became Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and in 2019 he received the Academic Society Award from KIVI, the Dutch Royal Institute of Engineers.

Tatjana Adamič, ZVKDS, ICOMOS Slovenija
izr. prof. dr. Sonja Ifko, Fakulteta za arhitekturo UL, ICOMOS Slovenija
Alenka Korenjak, Prostorož
Ana Kosi, Fakulteta za arhitekturo UL, Kosi in partnerji, d.o.o. 
Tomaž Krištof, Studio Krištof arhitekti, d.o.o.

Dr. Marta Lombardi was born in Gorizia (Italy), where she also attended slovenian schools and the classical high school »P. Trubar«. She got a Bachelor of Architecture in 2010 presenting an analysis of the architectural elements of Gorizia's psychiatric complex aimed at its preservation. The work was later included in a ministerial research on Italian mental hospitals published in 2013 by the Politecnico Milano. After the internship at the Regional Architectural and Cultural Heritage Superintendency - Gorizia she graduated in 2012 discussing a thesis on heritage preservation methodologies. She participated as a lecturer at the Urban Heritage conference in Zagreb (HERU 2015) and at the FEED.EU »Future Environscapes« seminar at the Politecnico Milano (2016). Thanks to an agreement between the University of Ljubljana and the University of Trieste, she developed a joint supervision doctoral dissertation on the topic of sustainable preservation of buildings and sites, the results of which were presented in June 2017. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the University of Trieste, during the Restoration courses in particular, while teaching in public schools in Gorizia.

Asist. dr. Martina Malešič; Martina Malešič is an art historian, employed as a teaching assistant and researcher associate at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She studied art history, graduated in 2008 and defended her PhD thesis in 2013. Her research field covers theory and history of architecture, design and urban planning of 20th century (her PhD thesis was focusing on Scandinavian influences on Slovenian dwelling culture after WWII). She is actively involved in the field of promotion and popularization of modern architecture, by organizing workshops, guided tours, lectures and exhibitions. She has curated several exhibitions, among others At Home - Architects Marta and France Ivanšek (co-curator Anja Planišček, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, 25.03. – 16.05.2010) and Streets and Neighbourhoods: Vladimir Braco Mušič and Large-Scale Architecture (co-curators Luka Skansi, Bogo Zupančič, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, 17.5 – 20.11.2016).

Marija Režek Kambič, Zavod za varstvo kulturne dediščine Slovenije, ICOMOS Slovenija

Mag. Miha Tomšič holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and has been employed at the Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK since 1998. Before that, he was a researcher and university assistant at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. The basic areas of his professional activity are building physics, efficient use and renewable energy sources, development of sustainable building indicators, preparation of expert bases for national technical regulations, guidelines and policies in the building sector for the transposition of EU directives into the Slovenian acquis, energy renovation of cultural heritage buildings, design of quality assurance protocols in design and construction, and participation in national and international thematic projects. He is a member of the evaluation committee for the award of the Quality Label in Buildings and Construction (ZKG) and a lecturer in training programmes for independent building energy certification experts, energy consultants, auditors, and managers, inspectors and building managers. He participates in numerous professional organizations, including the ICOMOS Slovenia. Until 2019, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Green Building Council Slovenia. Since 2015, he has the status of a DGNB Consultant, awarded by the German Sustainable Building Council.

Thematic workshops:
a more detailed description of the work in the thematic workshops follows

Summer school programme ...more

The application deadline to participate at the University of Ljubljana’s summer school Sustainable Heritage 2021 is 15 May 2021. Please send a filled-in application form with a proof of payment to

Participation fee:
- students 20.00 EUR
- others 70.00 EUR
- Students and employees at universities of the EUTOPIA network
- ICOMOS Slovenia members
- groups of 3+ participants.

You are kindly invited!