The Slovak Green Building Council, the key ambassador of sustainable construction in Slovakia, and the Slovak Chamber of Architects, an organisation associating authorised architects and authorised landscape architects in Slovakia, are organising a conference GREEN BUILDING SUMMIT 2023.

The conference is a top event in the CE region on the topic of future-proof urban districts and takes place under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová and the Mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo.

The purpose of the event entitled FUTURE-PROOF URBAN DISTRICTS is to provide the audience with inspiration and case studies on sustainable solutions and transferable international experience how to build future-proof districts and create a future in architecture and construction.

The program is structured to reflect sustainability as a pathway to resilience of city districts and consists of three topical blocks with presentations and following discussion panel and networking.

27 April 2023

10:00 – 10:30  REGISTRATION



  • Zuzana Čaputová – President of the Slovak Republic (video speech)
  • Pavol Kukura – Chairman of the Board at Slovak Green Building Council
  • Iľja Skoček – President of the Slovak Chamber of Architects


10:45 – 12:00   BLOCK I.



Creating Prototypes


  • Patrick Lüth – Partner and Managing Director, Snøhetta, Norway

11:30 – 12:00  DISCUSSION PANEL:


Host: Oľga Miháliková – Chief Executive Officer, SKA


  • Patrick Lüth – Partner and Managing Director, Snøhetta
  • Marián Hlavačka – CEO, CORWIN
  • Milota Sidorová – Vice President for Spatial Planning, Authority for Spatial Planning and Construction of the Slovak Republic

12:00 – 13:00  LUNCH

13:00 – 14:30   BLOCK II.



Rebirth of Wood and Timber in Architecture

  • Mads Kaltoft – Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Denmark


Pushing the Boundaries in Timber Construction

14:00 – 14:30  DISCUSSION PANEL:


Host: Marek Kremeň – Vice Chairman of the Board, SKGBC


  • Mads Kaltoft – Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Johannes Rebhahn – Head of International Timber Projects, Wiehag
  • Pavol Kukura – Chairman of the Board, SKGBC

14:30 – 15:00   COFFEE BREAK

15:00 – 17:00   BLOCK III.



Climatic City – Recent City Planning by Philippe Rahm architectes

  • Philippe Rahm – Architect and Principal, Philippe Rahm architectes, France


  • Ondřej Chybík – Architect and Partner, CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated architects, Czech Republic


What is Livability? 3 Cases from Denmark

  • Mia Scheel – Architect and Director of Markets, Sweco Architects, Denmark

16:30 – 17:00  DISCUSSION PANEL:


Host: Oľga Miháliková – Chief Executive Officer, SKA


  • Mia Scheel – Architect and Director of Markets, Sweco Architects
  • Philippe Rahm – Architect and Principal, Philippe Rahm architectes
  • Ondřej Chybík – Architect and Partner, CHYBIK+KRISTOF architects
  • Martin Stohl – Architect and ESG Manager, J&T Real Estate


17:30 – 22:00   RAUT AND NETWORKING

The language of the conference is English and Slovak – simultaneous interpretation will be available.

The conference and networking will take place in the premises of Ponton on the river Danube. The professional part of the conference will be available online. It is necessary to register for the conference in advance.


Conference Prices:

EUR 249 + VAT – Normal Price
EUR 149 + VATExtra Price for V4 GBC and SKA Members

EUR 99 + VAT – Normal Price – Online
EUR 79 + VATExtra Price for V4 GBC and SKA Members – Online


The conference is included in the Professional Education System of Architects of the Slovak Chamber of Architects as event A (20 credits).





Patrick Lüth – Partner and Managing Director, Snøhetta

Patrick has been managing the Snøhetta Studio in Innsbruck since 2011. In 2005, after studying architecture in Innsbruck, he started as an intern in the Oslo office. There he participated in numerous international architectural competitions and some of Snøhetta's most popular design submissions. He is responsible, among other things, for the Swarovski projects "Crystal Worlds Evolution" and Manufaktur, an innovative building for production and creative collaboration, for the design study for a new museum quarter in Bolzano, the master plan for a new city quarter in Budapest, the conversion of the site of an old tobacco factory in Verona, the winning design for the university campus and building in Klagenfurt and for hotel and tourism projects. In March, he and his team won Penta's Southbank Bratislava international design competition in cooperation with Studio Egret West and local partner Gro Architekti.

Mads Kaltoft – Architect and Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Mads graduated as an architect from a background as a carpenter and architectural technologist. This forms his interests, skills and mission in architecture as a holistic range that span from conceptual design to the fine details in construction work. He has special attention to feasibility and experience with industrial (pre-)fabrication, which he uses to create solutions that can be delivered efficiently both in terms of time and money. In recent years he has increasingly developed this approach within new methods for building in wood – a material that carries great potential both with regards to environmental factors, building physics and aesthetics. Since joining Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in 2001, Mads has been involved in several large-scale projects across Scandinavia and is currently managing and leading the project of Rocket & Tigerli, the world’s tallest residential building with a load-bearing timber structure.

Johannes Rebhahn – Head of International Timber Projects, Wiehag

Johannes was born into a traditional sawmill family in Austria which explains the sawdust in his veins! He studied structural engineering at TU Graz and Lisbon, before joining leading Glulam provider’s Wiehag in 2002. After a few years of purely structural timber engineering, he started to develop the international markets for Wiehag and is currently Head of International Projects with responsibility for all jobs outside of Austria and Germany. He is helping to constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible with Glulam timber and his passion for timber is clearly demonstrated by his involvement in some of the most important milestone timber projects ever constructed. His famous projects include the UK’s longest timber building, the largest clear span in the Middle East (105m dome structure), Asia’s largest wooden building (13,000m³ of mass timber), Australia’s tallest timber office building, the world’s tallest timber building (90m) and Scandinavia’s’ largest and most complex timber structure.

Mia Scheel – Architect and Director of Markets, Sweco Architects

As an architect Mia thrives to create “livable cities”. Key is to have diversity, safety, nature, healthy materials and well being in focus. Future proof city planning is something she has worked with for years in the Nordics. Her expertise covers planning in relation to housing, business, retail, transformation and conservation. She is involved in “UN17 Village” in Copenhagen, the world’s first neighborhood that incorporate all 17 UN Sustainable Development goals. Mia has a background from prize winning offices such as BIG, COBE and REX New York. As a sustainability consultant and teacher in real estate, she has expanded practical experience with the implementation of SDG and various certifications. Mia ensures dialogue between developers, government offices, citizens and politicians, ensuring that architectural quality, economics, legal requirements and political vision are all taken into account.

Philippe Rahm – Architect and Principal, Philippe Rahm architectes

Philippe is a swiss architect, principal in the office Philippe Rahm architectes based in Paris. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. His recent work includes the first prize for the Farini competition (60 ha) in Milan in 2019, the 70 hectares Central Park in Taichung, Taiwan, completed in December 2020, the Agora of the French National Radio in Paris, a 2700 m2 Exhibition architecture for Luma Foundation in Arles, France. He has held professorships at GSD Harvard University, Columbia, Cornell or Princeton Universities. He is a tenured associate professor at the National Superior School of Architecture in Versailles, France (ENSA-V). In 2020, he was the curator and author of the exhibition and book Natural History of Architecture at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris. Climatic architecture, a monographic book will be published for Spring 2023.

Ondřej Chybík – Architect and Partner, CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated architects

Ondřej studied architecture and urban planning at BUT in Brno, in Austria and Switzerland, where he studied urban strategies for Mumbai in India and the Brazilian city of Parauapebas. His work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of the collective exhibition Uneven Growth. During his studies, he worked in several studios and the Viennese collective PPAG. In 2010, together with Michal Krištof, he founded his own studio. Among their significant realizations are the Czech pavilion at the EXPO world exhibition in Milan, the Lahofer Winery in Dobšice near Znojmo, the restoration of Mendel's greenhouse or the Furniture Gallery in Brno, for which the studio won Grand Prix OA. Currently, he works as the chief architect of Valašský Meziříčí, prepares a monograph, judges architectural competitions and guests at universities.

Milota Sidorová – Vice President for Spatial Planning, Authority for Spatial Planning and Construction of the Slovak Republic

Milota worked as Director of the Office of Participatory Planning at the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava until August 2022 . She co-hosted the show on urbanism and architecture “Live City FM” on Radio FM. She worked on the Green Foundation, WPS Prague and Punkt and Goethe-Institut Prague projects and co-founded the international urban planning festival reSITE. During her time at the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava, she was the Vice-president of the Nomenclature Committee of Bratislava and jury member of various competitions. She actively participated in numerous workshops, lectures and seminars on urban planning. In 2019, she was nominated for the Personality of the Year in the field of architecture and construction.

Marián Hlavačka – CEO, CORWIN

Marián is the founder of CORWIN, a real estate company focused on sustainable development. As a former student of economics in Bratislava, Wien and St. Gallen, Marian started his career in banking and later moved into real estate management. However, his true passion was in nature, sustainability and people-centred urbanism. That is why he decided to start his own development company CORWIN with one mission – Creating a natural environment for people. Since its inception in 2010, the company has delivered many placemaking projects and turned multiple brownfields into living, breathing parts of the city. Among their well-known creations is the company’s headquarters - Blumental, Einpark Offices – the greenest office building in Slovakia, or Vilharia - the largest commercial building in Ljubljana. Staple elements of their projects are green roofs, vibrant public spaces and energy efficient technologies.

Martin Stohl – Architect and ESG Manager, J&T Real Estate

Martin worked for 11 years as an architect in Canada, where he participated in several complex projects. He has been a LEED AP since 2004, and a WELL AP since 2019. He worked as an architect at HB Reavis and participated in the Forum BC project in Bratislava, which received the BREEAM Excellent certificate in 2013, and founded the department of sustainability and well-being at HB Reavis in 2015. Since 2012, he participated in BREEAM, WELL and BREEAM Communities certifications for HB Reavis projects in V4 countries, Germany and London. Martin is the co-author of the company's ESG strategy and standards. Since May 2022, he is working as ESG Manager at J&T Real Estate, where he prepares a new ESG strategy and supervises certifications. Martin is an active member of the SKGBC Board of Directors. He is the vice president of Manifest2020 initiative, which is a partner of the New European Bauhaus initiative in Slovakia. Martin is a member of the team that prepared the Presidential Green Seal project.