Programme

The Building Technology track focuses on research, technological design and innovation, dealing with the newest technology and interacting with the current market. This programme offers a balance between applied research and design of buildings and building elements.  

Academic year 2022 - 2023

First year      
1st semester   2nd semester  
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
Bucky Lab Design (10 EC) Choose two (5EC) Technoledge electives from:  Choose one design project from:
Sustainable Architectural Materials and Structures
(5 EC)

Climate Design (5 EC)
 
Research and Methodology (5 EC)


Introduction to Computational Design (5 EC)
 

- Structural Design 
- Facade Design 
- Health and Comfort 
- Design Informatics
- Zero Energy Design
- Bridge Design
- Circular Product Design
- Eco-friendly material choices 
- Computational Intelligence for Integrated Design
- CSI – Heritage

EXTREME technology
(15 EC)
MEGA (15 EC)
Solar Decathlon Design
(15 EC)
Sustainability project – design and elaboration
(15 EC) 
 
Free electives (5 EC)

In the first semester students deepen their academic skills and technical knowledge through core building technology subjects, seminars and the Bucky Lab engineering and design studio. This gives students the opportunity to construct their own project in a 1:1 scale. 

In the second semester students can choose from technical electives offered by the building technology track. In addition they choose 5 ECTS free electives for the purpose of broadening their academic perspective, knowledge and skills. They also follow EXTREME technology or MEGA (or approved equivalent), projects for integrated design. The design project EXTREME technology is about building in an extreme situation, in respect to climate, location and function. The design project MEGA is about buildings of a large size with engineering challenges. Essence of both is the interaction between the extreme circumstances and/or large sizes, the technical solutions, and the architecture.  

Detailed information on EXTREME technology (pdf)
Detailed information on MEGA (pdf)
Detailed information on Solar Decathlon Design (pdf)

Additional information
For detailed information on all courses, please visit the study guide: 
First semester
Second semester

Second year      
3rd semester   4th semester  
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
Choose one from:
SWAT studio (15 EC)
CORE (15 EC)
Building Technology Graduation Studio (45 EC)

SWAT studio / CORE

In the first quarter of the third semester students can choose for the SWAT studio or CORE.

The SWAT studio is a sustainable urban design intervention project that responds to various urban city scaled challenges with technical innovation. The SWAT studio takes the form of an intense two-week workshop, focusing on a particular location from which students develop individual projects. In case the workshop is abroad, students should anticipate expenses.
Detailed information on SWAT studio (pdf)

CORE (COmputational REpertoire for Architectural Design and Engineering) focuses on design computation to integrate building technology-related architectural and structural design in an urban context including social, cultural, and ethical aspects.

Graduation
In the final three quarters students develop a graduation project. The Building Technology track offers one graduation studio. The studio covers the following themes: Structural Design, Climate Design, Façade & Product Design and Design Informatics. Students graduate on a combination of (at least) two themes, in research and design.

Detailed information on the graduation studio and themes


One academic year = 60 EC (1680 hrs study, 1 EC 28 hr)
EC = European Credits 
Total amount of credits MSc programme = 120 EC
For more information on all courses, please visit the study guide.
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