The need for new forms of housing, the growing inequality in the housing market, reuse of the existing building heritage, the energy transition, the increasing cultural diversity, handling ecological challenges as a result of global warming, … Several pressing social challenges are largely spatial issues. This changes the position of architecture and expands the architect’s field and profession.
A versatile engineer-architect
Many socioecological challenges are the domain of specialists. Precisely because of this increasing specialization, there is an increasing need for broadly trained experts who maintain an overview and can initiate, lead and shape the conversation between these specialists. The engineer-architect is this kind of expert: trained to deal with complex spatial problems in a creative and response-oriented way, from construction details, to building, to city. In practice but also in theory. With a solid foundation in and great interest in the exact sciences and in social-cultural issues. The program aims to train a widely employed engineer-architect and also explicitly wants to focus on critical reflection among its students. In short, an architect-designer in the full sense of the word.
The program implements this broad-based, interdisciplinary approach by building the bachelor’s program around three balanced pillars. Thoughtful disciplinary learning lines offer students thorough training in each of the pillars. New knowledge is added step by step and skills are practiced.
- Pillar ‘engineering’
– Curriculum ‘mathematics and basic science’
– Teaching line ‘structural constructions’
– Teaching line ‘building materials’
– Curriculum ‘building technology’
- Pillar ‘architectural designs’
– Teaching line ‘architectural design’
– Curriculum ‘design science’
- Pillar ‘Architecture Science’
– Study line ‘architectural theory and history’
– Study line ‘city planning and urbanisation’
In order to keep its program future-proof, the program decided to carry out a thorough reform. This also makes it possible to coordinate subjects in the same learning track even better.
Increased focus on sustainability
Today, there are already quite a few sustainability accents in the bachelor’s program (including the energy performance of buildings, the lifetime of structures, etc.). The revamped program aims to further broaden these perspectives to better prepare students to tackle sustainability issues. Different dimensions of the sustainability theme are discussed. Some examples:
- How to design circular structures that can be taken apart and reused?
- What impact does the growing demographic diversity have on urban structure today?
- How do you assess the bearing capacity of existing concrete structures?
- How have urban planning issues such as mobility, energy and food, more relevant than ever in the face of climate change, been tackled in the past and what can we learn from this for the future?
- Which materials have a high recycling potential?
- In what way can designers influence a complex social context in formulating and interpreting design tasks?
The importance of a broad view
The bachelor’s program offers a multitude of perspectives from different domains. The course wants to bring out these different perspectives more clearly, for example by creating more connections between subjects and thus strengthening their mutual interaction.
Perspectives such as cultural diversity, globalization and gender will be more strongly anchored in the curriculum. This multi-perspective view should invite students to question and gradually determine their own position throughout the course.
New program from the academic year 2023-2024
* Annual course
After the bachelor’s degree, a two-year master’s degree follows. The master’s program will also be reformed in the coming years (from 2025-2026). Students who start in the academic year 2023-2024 follow the new Master’s programme. The two specializations disappear.