The focus of this minor is the study of spatial and formal concepts, specifically in the domain of housing design, in the light of changing cultural, societal, ecological, and technological conditions. An emphasis is placed on the evolvement of insights and skills on the level of design exploration, representation, and communication. 

Minor code: BK-MI-123

Language: English

Participating institutions: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Maximum participants: 60

Education methods: Design projects, workshops, lectures and portfolio

Selection minor: No

The central theme is ‘the House of the Future (past and present)’. In three interrelated study trajectories, working individually as well as in groups, design based and -driven studies are carried out, making active use of the Form Studies and Modelling facilities of the faculty. In a series of lectures and precedent-based studies, the minor will address evocative utopian projects and boundary-shifting housing prototypes of the past.

For whom?

  • BSc students from TU Delft: BSc programme of Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design.
  • BSc students from Leiden University and Erasmus University: this minor is open to students from a few specific BSc programmes of Leiden University and Erasmus University. For the exact BSc programmes from Leiden University and Erasmus University with which you can apply for this minor please check
  • BSc students from other Dutch universities: you are asked to provide a portfolio to establish whether you have sufficient design skills and the right frame of reference. 
  • BSc students from HBO: you are asked to provide a portfolio to establish whether you have sufficient design skills and the right frame of reference.  

What will you learn?

At the end of the minor you:

  • have acquired knowledge, insights, and skills in the domains of architectural design, analysis, and presentation;
  • have developed new insights and knowledge concerning the realization of designs, specifically relating to housing concepts and innovative approaches to lifestyle, materialization, and production;
  • have acquired an active, inquisitive attitude concerning architectonic and architectural issues of design;
  • have developed abilities in the targeted analysis of design precedents and the effective representation and communication of findings, using various representation techniques as well as digital and physical models;
  • have the ability to work individually and in a team, carrying out designerly studies, documenting results, visualizing proposals and bringing these across to a professional audience.

Course overview

The programme consists of three courses with a total of 30 ECs.

  • Project House of the Future – Design (BK7800): Quarter 1 and 2
  • Analysis and Model Study – Design Analysis (BK8710): Quarter 1 and 2
  • Imaging and Communication – Form Study (BK7820): Quarter 1

For course descriptions, please visit the study guide.


Peter Koorstra

Ir. Geert Coumans

Student about this minor:

“Looking back on half a year of House of the Future, I am glad to have chosen this minor. It was sometimes very busy and I had to learn to focus on each to the three different subjects that make up the minor. I found the tutors of each of these subjects to be enthusiastic and supportive. In all, I had an interesting and stimulating semester and would personally recommend the minor House of the Future.”

- Frank van Boheemen