Katrin Scholz-Barth is an internationally recognized expert in Green Roof technology. She received her Masters of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Rostock, Germany in 1992 and has practiced for nearly 20 years in the United States of America and Qatar. Her expertise focuses on sustainable landscapes, green infrastructure and low impact development for water conservation, energy efficiency, and air quality control – to reduce the ecological footprint of the built environment with an entrepreneurial spirit and keen business sense – subjects she has taught at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania and has presented at numerous international conferences.
As Director of Sustainable Design for the HOK Planning Group, a business unit of Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK), the world’s largest architecture firm, Katrin challenged the status quo of conventional landscape design. Instead, she recognized that a functional, practical, integrated landscape design lends itself for water retention, water filtration, cleansing and treatment, natural slope stabilization, sediment and erosion control that simplify installation, operation, and maintenance at a low cost.
Her book “Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure”, coauthored with Susan Weiler, was released by Wiley and Sons in April 2009.
Katrin moved to Doha, Qatar in August 2008 and has since become the first president of SustainableQatar. She is a member of the Qatar Green Building Council and a contributing author to the Qatar Better Buildings Guideline by UNESCO. Her most recent work in Qatar is a QR+1Mill playground design for the American School of Doha. Katrin just completed with Honors the executive course Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Qatar Science and Technology Park, working on solar water purification.