The Building Technology track encompasses a broad spectrum of engineering and architectural design skills that lead to one of the dominant professions of the future: the sustainable designer. Through focusing on structural, façade and climate design, students learn how to contribute to smart buildings that are sustainable, comfortable and environmentally intelligent. The emphasis of this programme is on the design of innovative and sustainable building components and their integration into the built environment.

Focus on innovation and sustainability


This programme stands out internationally because of its integration of architectural design with technical disciplines, filling the niche between architecture and engineering. Rather than focusing on one or two specialisations, students investigate the whole breadth of building technology, looking at climate design, façade design and structural design, producing designers that know how engineers work.

Students have the option to participate in the TiSD colloquium, an interdisciplinary, university-wide course in engineering for sustainable development, which leads to the special annotation Technology in Sustainable Development (TiSD, or TiDO in Dutch) to their degree. This includes the TiSD boat week where students participate in an intensive workshop, exploring, discussing and experiencing sustainability, while travelling through the Dutch canal system on a boat. Prospective students must show both technical and architectural skills, interest and understanding.

The programme is well suited to architectural graduates looking to strengthen their technical qualifications and those with a technical background that want to strengthen their design abilities.

The Building Technology track is one of five specialisation tracks within the Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences master programme. On graduation, students receive Master of Science degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences (Building Technology track).

Master’s programme
The Building Technology track focuses on research 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. Core building technology subjects are offered in the first semester, with students given the opportunity to specialise in different building technology electives in the second. The final year begins with an on-site workshop before concluding with individual graduation projects.

Programme specialisations
The Building Technology track offers one graduation studio: sustainable design. In this studio students are given the possibility to specialise in one of three themes that are related to sustainability and not strictly separated from each other.

  • Structural Design deals with innovation in building structures and materials, employing tools such as prototyping and computational design of bearing structures.
  • Climate Design investigates smart and bioclimatic design, with a focus on closing material cycles, novel building services, energy performance, and user comfort and health.
  • Façade Design concerns innovation in building envelopes, investigating different typologies, materialisation, climate- and user-responsive façades, fabrication and assembly of façade systems.