Master Classes

Building Sense Now initiative has joined forces with MISEREOR, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation, to offer the following virtual Master Classes. By this, our aim is to offer access to country-specific building expertise – not only in line with climate-friendly and culturally sensitive practice, but also so that ideas can be implemented directly worldwide. Please feel free to register for the events you’re interested in. You’ll find actual construction examples from all over the world. The scheduling of all Master Classes will take place promptly.

Upcoming events:

Activism through architecture
  • Rosie Paul (Masons Ink Studio, Co Founder and principal architect)
  • Date: 13 September 2023, 11:30 am CEST
  • Register here

Further dates will be published shortly.

Past events:

Master Classes 2023

How bio-based concrete can create synergies between urban growth and rural development

  • Wolfram Schmidt (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) and Angela Tetteh Tawiah (Università degli Studi di Padovak)
  • Date: 11 May 2023

Master Classes 2022

Experiences from the network of earthen construction actors in the Sahel
  • Odile Vandermeeren and Mariam Sy, Architects and Co-founder of the FACT Sahel+ network
  • Date: 5 May 2022
The role of women in construction with earth and other locally available building materials in Mesoamerica
  • Sandy Minier, Red MesoAmeri-Kaab
  • Date: 22 February 2022
Bahareque Ceren: A ancestral construction technique to create modern and sustainable architecture from El Salvador
  • Wilfredo Carazas Aedo, Architect, Research Unit Architecture, Environment & Constructive Cultures – CRATerre (International Centre on Earthen Architecture)
  • Date: 24 January 2022

Master Classes 2021

Post disaster reconstruction in Haiti based on Local Building Cultures
  • Alexandre Douline, civil engineer, CRAterre (International Centre on Earthen Architecture)
  • Date: December, 16
COP 26: How to reach a zero carbon built environment
  • Edward Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030
  • Date: November, 29
Affordable Housing and Sustainability – housing typologies, low embodied energy construction systems, ecological resilience – Chennai and Ambur
  • Ashok Lall, Ashok B. Lall Architects
  • Date: October, 26
‘Re-inventing Growth through Strategic Design’
  • Professor Peter Sharratt, Founder and Managing Director of Fhoras Consulting, a specialist in sustainability strategy practice
  • Date: October, 1
Urban Village Regeneration; – Building with earth and local recycled materials, climate responsive dense typology, low energy cooling systems – Resilience Centre, Delhi
  • Ashok Lall, Ashok B Lall Architects
  • Date: September, 24th
Climate Responsive Building and Construction in Development Cooperation – Experiences from Latin America
  • Marcelo Waschl, former Desk Officer Urban Development for Latin America at MISEREOR
  • Date: August 13th
Low Tech Design
  • Thomas Auer, Managing Director of Transsolar
  • Date: August 6th
Building Sense Now – an introductory conversation between Christine Lemaitre and Prashant Kapoor, two of the Building Sense Now initiators
  • Christine Lemaitre, CEO German Sustainable Building Council – DGNB e.V.
  • Prashant Kapoor, Chief Industry Specialist, IFC Climate Business Group, World Bank Group
  • Date: July 22nd
Building Sense Now Global Award – Leading by example: Building with ramped earth
  • Anna Heringer, architect at Studio Anna Heringer Austria and 1st Building Sense Now Award Winner
  • Date: July 27th


July 19th to 20th in Auroville, Centre for Indian Studies / Pondicherry, India


Building Sense Now open round table, took place in October 19, 2018 at the University of Westminster Marylebone Hall. Read an article about the event here.

Join now and become a supporter of the initiative

Since Building Sense Now is an initiative from individuals to individuals we would like to invite you to present yourself and your motivation to support the initiative on our website.
We would like to invite you to join our initiative and actively support this in your own practice.

Meet the Initiators
Christine Lemaitre,
Chief Executive Officer, DGNB e.V.
Prashant Kapoor,
IFC Climate Business Group, World Bank Group
Peter Sharratt,
Founder and Managing Director of Fhoras Consulting
Ashok Lall,
Design and Technology, Chair at KRVIA, Mumbai
Bruno Sauer,
Chief Executive Officer,
Green Building Council España
Michael Braungart,
CEO EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung Hamburg
Thomas Auer,
Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, TU Munich
Edward Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030
Ipsita Mahajan, Principal Consultant, Real Estate Development, Mumbai

Master Classes 2022