Structural Design & Building Engineering


The group of Structural Design & Building Engineering (SD&BE) is part of the Applied Mechanics section within the Department of Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3MD) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) at TU Delft.

The main fields of expertise include the structural design of civil engineering (infra-)structures and the engineering of buildings and their envelopes. The group addresses a variety of structural materials (e.g. concrete, steel, glass, timber) diverse fabrication technologies (e.g. flexible formwork, additive manufacturing) and sustainability considerations.

The group has strong collaborative links with other research groups within the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Sciences (CEG) and the Faculty of Architecture (BK). Also (inter)nationally, the group collaborates with renowned research institutes, engineering offices and industry partners.


The research of the group of Structural Design & Building Engineering focuses on the development of novel methods and strategies for the design and construction of safe, smart and sustainable structures. The research includes the following thematic areas:

  • Safety, Resilience & Forensics
  • Digital Design & Production
  • Sustainable Design & Construction

Within these thematic areas a range of topics are currently under investigation, such as Flexible Formwork, Parametric Design, Digital Fabrication, Structural Glass, Floating Homes, Structural Response to Earthquakes, Circular Construction and several others.


The group of Structural Design & Building Engineering is involved in courses during the complete study Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Within the Bachelor the basics of building engineering are integrated in the courses Structural Design 1 and 2. In the Master-stage, the group of Structural Design & Building Engineering is primarily involved in the Master Track Building Engineering, which includes the specialisations “Structural Design” and “Building Technology & Physics”.

More information about the BSc and MSc education offered by the group can be found under education.

Furthermore, the group is involved in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Forensic Engineering.


On both national and international level, the group of Structural Design & Building Engineering is involved in several (norm) committees (e.g. IABSE TG Forensic Engineering, CEN TC250 SC11 Structural Glass), conference organisations (e.g. Challenging Glass) and journal editorships (e.g. Glass Structures & Engineering and Architecture, Structures & Construction).

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