Architectural Design Crossovers

Current transformation dynamics of cities and territories, and the many future challenges urban agendas face, are increasingly multifaceted. We therefore need novel approaches that actively engage multiple disciplines within and beyond the built-environment design fields. Within this framework, Architectural Design Crossovers considers architecture right where these disciplines intersect. The programme further explores, produces and disseminates knowledge on the central role of architectural project in creating synergies and leading the search for suitable pathways for enduring interventions.

Zaryadye Park in Moscow, CC BY 4.0, photo ©

Focus and approach

Architectural Design Crossovers explores how architectural design can enclose ideas and experiments while simultaneously balancing several heterogeneous components and entities. Within the programme, we focus on urban areas and conditions that are characterised by a variety of challenges. These are places that not only require (future) transformations urgently, but 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 multidisciplinary design inquiries. ADC design studios and seminars tie in to design (thinking) methods beyond their current state in order to align the scopes of architectural projects to address the rising complexity of challenges in the ever-changing world.


MSc 1 Studio: “City of Flows”

Focusing on the implications of the material and immaterial flows, the MSc1 studio explores the new configurations of the spatial programs and architectural constructs for a civic life in the age of pervasive changes in the built environment and society.

Programme MSc 1 fall semester 2020 (pdf)

MSc 2 Studio: “Intersections”

Questioning the temporal and physical limitations of the object-oriented approaches, the MSc 2 studio focuses on the critical design practices. The studio work takes experimenting as a central axis of the architectural design investigation via a trans-disciplinary approach in different disciplinary, geographical, and territorial contexts.

Programme MSc 2 spring semester 2020 (pdf)

MSc 3/4 Graduation: “Heterogeneous City”

The MSc 3 graduation studio examines the urban environment from the point of view of urban heterogeneity where the emergent urban issues demand a novel approach to the architectural project. The studio explores these complexities to reach beyond the material conditions of a site where a multidisciplinary approach is needed for future-proof and novel design solutions.

Programme MSc 3/4 2020-2021

Please note: The MSc 1 and MSc 3 studios are only offered in the fall semester.  


Dr. Roberto Cavallo, MArch. Alper Semih Alkan, ir. Cécile Calis, ir. Niklaas Deboutte, ir. Joran Kuijper, ir. Steven Steenbruggen

Additional information

Additional information about the projects and student work can be found here.

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide:

MSc 1 (only in fall semester)
MSc 2* (only in spring semester)
MSc 3/4 (only in fall 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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