Matthias Sauerbruch takes the stage at IIDEX/NeoCon 2011 tomorrow

Currently underway until Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada features an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including Architecture Keynote Matthias Sauerbruch, Founding Director of Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin.

Tomorrow morning, Sauerbruch tackles The Practice of Sustainability, from 11:00am to 12:00 noon on Friday, September 23, 2011. Despite increasing know-how and expertise, sustainable architecture and design still finds itself in an experimental phase, according to the groundbreaking Berlin-based architect Matthias Sauerbruch. Through his work with Sauerbruch Hutton, the firm he founded with Louisa Hutton in 1989 that now employs 90 people, Sauerbruch has been pushing the shift to sustainability forward for decades. The projects and buildings of the office are internationally known for their serious engagement with issues of sustainability, effortlessly combined with architecture of the highest standards. As he points out, perfect insulation cannot compensate for a lack of sensuous spaces, and a good heating system cannot replace a building’s careful integration into its context. Only buildings that are accepted and loved by users and citizens can sustain in the long run.In his keynote, Sauerbruch will discuss how architects, designers and clients must persistently take on pioneering roles in sustainability in order to bring us closer to the answers we so urgently need.

Matthias Sauerbruch graduated from the Berlin Hochschule der Künste and from the Architectural Association in London. He worked with Rem Koolhaas as a partner at OMA in London. Since 2006, he has been a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Known for its distinctive use of colour, Sauerbruch Hutton has completed award-winning projects in Germany and abroad. For more information on the firm, please visit This keynote presentation is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

The presentation takes place in the Keynote Theatre at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.