Architectural Design Crossovers

Current transformation dynamics of cities and territories, and the many challenges related to the future of urban agendas are increasingly becoming multifaceted. We therefore need designs that actively engage several disciplines within and beyond the design fields relating to the built environment. In this framework, Architectural Design Crossovers considers architecture at the centre of these intersecting disciplines. Architectural Design Crossovers aims to further explore, produce and disseminate knowledge on the ways architectural design has a central role in creating synergies and on how architecture takes the lead in the search for suitable pathways of interventions.

Zaryadye Park in Moscow, CC BY 4.0, photo ©

Focus and approach

Architectural Design Crossovers explores the potential of architectural design to enclose ideas and experiments, while simultaneously balancing several heterogeneous components and entities. Within the programme of Architectural Design Crossovers, we focus on urban areas and conditions that are characterised by a variety of challenges. These are places where (future) transformations are not just urgent. They also provide rich contexts for experimentation for future agendas. The design studios and seminars within the programme investigate and probe the different roles of the architectural project, which we see as an interscalar projection and the synthesis of different standpoints of inquiry.


MSc1 Studio Architectural Design Crossovers
Cities of the Future Revisited
Fall semester 2019 

Architectural Design Crossovers MSc1 studio is structured as an introduction to the study program’s ambitions within the larger framework of a multi-disciplinary approach. The project sites and scopes within the studio intersects not only disciplinary boundaries but also provides a temporal and material widening of the scope of the architectural project.

The built environment can be considered as the (im-)material accumulation of the past. However, architectural design almost always entails an ideal future yet to come. Through an interdisciplinary focus, MSc1 studio takes the real and imaginary, envisioned or materialised futures of the past as its sites of investigation. Students start with a non-linear reading of the urban history and learn from the realised and un-realised projects, to uncover their contemporary relevance. Through an interdisciplinary focus, the studio scans and investigates the built environment within the European context, where potential sites are recognised for architectural constructs of cultural, technological, and material experiments of future scenarios.

Programme MSc 1 fall semester 2019 (pdf)

MSc2 Studio Architectural Design Crossovers
Intersections: From Site-Constructs to Design-Instruments 
Spring semester 2020

MSc2 studio considers experimenting as a central axis of architectural design investigation. Sharing the same etymological origin with the words “experience” and “expert,” the term “experiment” defines the investigative, yet formative characteristics of the architectural design process. Architectural Design Crossovers MSc2 studio provides a different central theme each semester, through geographical displacement, international collaboration, workshops and biennales. The studio engages in a process-based design inquiry that starts with, or leads to, site-specific interventions across spatial and temporal scales. 

The studio operates with a multidisciplinary and interscalar approach within different geographical and territorial contexts.

Programme MSc 2 spring semester 2020 (pdf)

The content of the Architectural Design Crossovers MSc1 studio is linked to the City of the Future graduation studio.

Additional information

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide:

MSc 1 (only in fall semester)
MSc 2* (only in spring semester)

* The MSc 2 semester of the Architecture track consists of 5 credits of compulsory courses and 25 credits of electives, of which an approved MSc 2 Architecture design project. See also the MSc 2 design projects page for an overview of MSc 2 Architecture design projects. 





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