The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Joerg Ruegemer

Associate Professor

Jörg Rügemer graduated with a master’s degree of architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Additional studies include his architectural diploma at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany, as well as meteorology at the University of Cologne. Mr. Rügemer is a licensed architect in Germany and eligible to practice in the countries of the European Union. He is an associate member of the AIA. Rügemer has taught in Germany at the University of Karlsruhe, as well as Cottbus University of Technology, where he was the chair of Architectural Design and CAD. Other assignments include the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, and Florida International University in Miami, where he served as the Director for Digital Design. He has taught traditional, virtual, interdisciplinary, and sustainable architectural and urban design studios, architectural and digital representation, multimedia and communication classes, and design fundamentals. Between 2006 to 2012 he taught sustainable architectural and urban design at the School of Architecture, University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Rügemer has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2011 ACSA Creative Design Achievement Award, a 2010 AIA Upjohn Award, the 2009 Professor of the Year Award at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah, and the 2001 Teaching Prize at Cottbus University of Technology, Germany. Furthermore he received a book grant from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, scholarships from the Carl Duisburg Society in Cologne and the German Academic Exchange Service in Bonn, Germany, of which he is a member of the commission of the selection panel for new exchange fellows in the field of architecture. Exhibitions include recent displays at the Design Arts Utah 2010 exhibition in Salt Lake City, the BEA International Gallery in Miami, the Art Museum of Western Virginia, the Bauhaus University Weimar, and the Forum for Current Architecture in Cologne, Germany. Among other things, Rügemer’s portfolio includes 14 placements in international competitions, 5 completed projects, many scholarly publications, and numerous international lectures on sustainable architectural and urban design, design strategies, and virtual design.

In the field of professional architecture, Rügemer has worked with firms like Anshen + Allen Architects, San Francisco, Frank o. Gehry and Associates, Santa Monica, and Bothe Richter Teherani Architects, Hamburg, before he started his own architectural firm in Berlin in 2001. Between 2004 and 2008, he was professionally active in China, where he maintained an office in Shanghai with partners from Berlin. The firm’s focus was on energy efficient buildings and architectural concepts that include all aspects of sustainability as part of the design process. His firm was included in the 2006 Shanghai Ecobuild, an international conference and exhibition on sustainable buildings.

Besides other awarded projects, AJR’s realized case study of a sustainable, contemporary discount superstore in Mannheim, Germany, was distinguished with several German and U.S. architectural and design awards, including a nomination for the Deutscher Architekturpreis (German Architecture Prize); the project got widely published in Europe. The 125 Haus in Park City, Utah, which is AJR’s most recent project, was completed in October 2011. The project is a research-based case study that will become Utah’s most energy-efficient and cost-effective residential building. A two-year post-occupancy monitoring phase will conclude the study. The data is compared to other research findings Prof. Rügemer is involved in at the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center I-TAC, a research center at the University of Utah of which he is Co-Director since 2009.

Jörg Rügemer’s research in highly energy-efficient and cost-effective buildings, design strategies, systems, and post-occupancy building monitoring is funded through grants from the Department of Energy Building America Program, the Boston Society of Architects BSA, the AIA Upjohn Award program, and University grants.