Sustainable Design Graduation Studio
The Sustainable Design Graduation Studio continues the build-up of Bucky Lab, Technoledge, Innovation & Sustainability, EXTREME, and SWAT Studio to your own graduation project in the Building Technology master track. In the Sustainable Design graduation studio students work on their individual graduation project comprising a preparative technical-scientific study (until the P2, this first part) and design, design by research or research by design (after the P2, the second part of the graduation studio).
The studio intends to be in strong coherence with themes from the research programmes of Green Building Innovation and Computation & Performance, so students can benefit from and contribute to the research activities by staff of the AE+T department. While the graduation project’s subject can relate to any of the disciplines represented by the Building Technology master track, emphasis lies on sustainability-related topics of structural design, façade design and climate design. These may be interlinked. The student project’s content is reflected by the supervisors chosen. The student will choose two supervisors from different sections of AE+T, possibly with a third supervisor if that’s desired thematically.

While the graduation project’s subject can relate to any of the disciplines represented within the department of Architectural Engineering & Technology, the themes of Structural Design, Climate Design and Facade Design are especially emphasized. The individual graduation project starts in the second quarter of the MSc 3 and continues into the MSc 4. To be able to enroll in the MSc 3/4 graduation studio, you are obliged to successfully have finished the MSc 1 & 2 BT.

Structural design

Structural Design is the backbone of any architectural design. Without the structure no building would stand, no canopy would shelter and no bridge would span. In some cases a structural design can be serviceable to the architectural concept, in the best of cases the structural design can inspire the entire project and form and define the space around it. Airports, skyscrapers, sport stadiums, bridges and train stations form the playfield for those architects with a mind for structure as well as those structural engineers with a passion for architecture. Teamwork and an integrated sustainable approach are essential in this process. Key topics are typological studies, global design, modelling, form finding. To accomplish this a whole range of materials is at our disposal; traditional materials such as steel, concrete and wood as well as innovative materials such as glass, ultrahigh performance concrete or fibre reinforced polymers.

Graduation topics:

  • Integral Building Design
  • Innovative Materials
  • Infratecture Design


Climate design

Climate Design covers the indoor environment, the outdoor environment and the dividing skin in-between, as well as the essential flows that enable living, working and travelling: energy, water and materials. Strongly founded on the existing knowledge and experience, Climate Design focuses on themes that are currently significant in terms of societal and scientific value. These are: climate and energy planning and design (in relationship to climate adaptation and carbon neutral redevelopment of cities and buildings), e-novation (energy renovation of existing buildings), autonomous housing concepts (self-supporting building designs), closed and connected cycles (control of the essential flows), comfort and health (in buildings and the built environment) and green product development (building skin, elements and services).

Methodology: Meso (district/block/building scale) & Micro (building façade/component scale)
Focus: Sun
Graduation themes:

  • Heliotrope
  • Solar City Form
  • Solar Decathlon 2014
  • CLIMATISING CITIES: Climate design of buildings extended to city scale
  • SYMBIOSIS: together-living
  • Health & Comfort
  • Parametric Manufacturing


Facade design

Façades are one of the most technically chal¬lenging, complex and multidisciplinary parts of a building. A façade defines not only a build¬ing’s appearance and its architectural expres¬sion, but also how well it functions with regard to comfort, safety, pleasant ambience and sustainability. Within this context students will learn how to design and develop façade structures on an academic level. Key topics are energy consump¬tion and sustainability, typology, materialization, fabrication and assembly of façades. Education is strongly connected to the Façade Research Group and linked to an international network of universities. Also students can benefit from close relations with professional practice.

Graduation themes:

  • Adaptive systems and building services integration
  • Production and material technologies – Design for disassembly
  • Facade refurbishment
  • Architectural design process and product development.