Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Faculteit der Bouwkunde
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Faculteit der Bouwkunde
Department of the Built Environment
PO Box 513

N 51° 26' 54.63'', E 51° 26' 54.63''
International Office

t: 31040-247 3960
f: 31040-245 2432
Representative E. (Elphi) Nelissen
Dean of School
Degree programmes
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Faculty profile

The department of the Built Environment consists of four units:
- Architectural Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE) focusses in spatial design like architectural design and engineering, architectural history and theory, urbanism and Uuban architecture and building production technology
- Building Physics and Systems (BPS), focusing on physical aspects and processes such as heat and mass transfer in constructions, indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
- Structural Design (SD) deals with the design of the structure of a building, for which not only creativity and technical understanding are important, but also scientific knowledge related to structural mechanics and materials science.
- Urban Science and Systems (USS) deals with teaching and research in the field of planning, development and management of cities and large-scale urban artefacts, for example shopping malls, urban green spaces and offices.

The department of the Built Environment is located at the Vertigo Building at the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, close to the train station of Eindhoven Central and the lively center of Eindhoven. The department houses a well-equipped workshop where students can work on their projects. Also, during the whole year Vertigo accommodates several exhibitions.

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Bachelor program, Bachelor of Science, 3-year programme, Bachelor,

Graduate program, Master of Science degree., 2-year programme, Graduate,

During the Bachelor, students get familiar with architecture, building and planning topics in an interdisciplinary way. This interdisciplinary approach is a unique facet of the department of the Built Environment. The master offers both new insights to areas of interest and further specialization. Offering 2 masters and a lot of specializations, students will be prepared to work in practice. The department has two main teaching methods: courses (60% of the curriculum) and project work (40% of the curriculum).

By designing construction elements, structures, buildings, and the urban environment, building engineers determine to a great extent what the world around us will look like. But it is not enough for a building just to please the eye. It also has to remain standing, as well as be pleasant, comfortable, and efficient. Whereas building engineers allow for creativity, social-societal involvement and emotions, they also have to apply math, physics and technology. The basis for all this is laid in the Bachelor’s degree programs in Architecture, Building and Planning at TU/e.

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Human behavior is influenced by the built environment, and certainly in a small country like the Netherlands this environment is subject to long-term planning. This means that building engineers have a high degree of responsibility in finding the right balance between science, technology and design. However, the conflicting interests also include economic, political and environmental aspects.

The Netherlands is changing in demographic terms and in its social structures. Society will have to provide constant stimulation for building with innovative and market-oriented concepts. One of the characteristics of the built environment is that its physical lifetime is usually longer than the economic lifetime. This means that one of the focal research areas is the development of durable, flexible, environmentally-friendly and safe buildings and installations.

Within the Architecture, Building and Planning Graduate program of the TU/e Graduate School  the following programs are available:
Architecture Building and Planning
Construction, Management and Engineering

After your Master’s you can choose to take a PhD to get more deeply involved in research. The department of the Built Environment offers two-year (post-Master’s) designer’s programs:

Architectural Design Management Systems (ADMS)
The ADMS program focuses on improvement and innovation in building design processes. The emphasis is on both the remodeling of these processes and the organization of their management.

Smart Energy Buildings and cities
The SEBC program trains MSc graduates to become a technological designer. They are capable to integrate relevant knowledge in a process of Integral Designing to a dedicated, Smart Energy system for the built environment.

Currently, the department of the Built Environmenty six formal research programs:
1. Structural Design, concerning the design of building structural systems and structural components. Structural Design has well-equipped structural laboratory.

2. Building, Physics and Services, concerning the development of tools for designing and conserving a good indoor. BPS has a well-equipped laboratory as well as a specialized acoustical laboratory

3. Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, concerning decision making and choice behavior under bounded rationality and interactions between actors.

4. Urbanisms, concerning history and theory of urban design and planning. The Architectural Design Management Systems (ADMS) program is a bi-annual postgraduate designers program. The course is meant for graduated academics who wish to develop competences in the field of process design and design management.

5. Innovation in Building Technology. This program is focused at integrated sustainable building product and process innovation.

6. Public Health Engineering for Built Environments