KU Leuven / Architectural Engineering
Departement Architectuur
Leuven,Belgium
Address
KU Leuven / Architectural Engineering
Departement Architectuur
Kasteelpark Arenberg 1 – box 2431
BE – 3001 Heverlee (Leuven)
Belgium

N50° 51' 47.07'', E50° 51' 47.07''

https://eng.kuleuven.be/ingenieur-architect/ingenieurswetenschappen-architectuur
Contact
 Department of Architecture  

e: ir.arch.secretariaat@kuleuven.be
t:+32 16 32 13 61
Representative
Prof.  Bruno  De Meulder 
Head of Department of Architecture
Degree programmes
Bachelor:Dutch
Master:Dutch/(English)
Advanced Master:English
Post-graduate:English
Faculty profile

The Faculty of Engineering Science in Leuven is responsible for the bachelor & master program in architectural engineering. With this program, you get a broad and fundamental basis in architecture. In its broad sense architecture stands for the domain of the built space.

Our 3 postgraduate programs have an (inter)national audience and are interdisciplinary:

We also offer an additional education module International Module for Spatial Development Planning.

The Department of Architecture is responsible for research on architecture, interior architecture, urban design and regional planning.

The Department of Architecture is located in the Arenberg castle (1562) at the outskirts of the mediaeval town of Leuven in the Arenberg park. The city is known for its gothic townhall (1448), its gothic St-Peter church (1425), its Beguinage (12th-18th century), the old market, the age-old university colleges. The city of Leuven is 22 km distant from the centre of Brussels.

KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors. KU Leuven ranks among the best 50 universities worldwide!

KU Leuven is dedicated to education and research in nearly all fields. Its fifteen faculties offer education, while research activities are organized by the departments and research groups. These faculties and departments, in turn, are clustered into three groups: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), and Biomedical Sciences. Each of these groups has a doctoral school for its doctoral training programmes.

 

Student Activities

Student centre, students association, student activities (architecture visits, Existenzweek,..), ombudspersons, student counselling service for first year students.

Facilities

3D-printing
Blackboard learn platform
Cafeteria
Computer Room
Computing service
Conference auditorium
Digital Fabrication Lab
Laser Cutter
Library

Accommodation

KU Leuven rents rooms, labels private rooms, has special housing facilities for foreign students and researchers

Admission Requirements
  • For Bachelor degrees: diploma of higher secondary education.
  • For Master degrees: Bachelor degree.
  • For Advanced Masters programmes please contact the school for more information.
Tuition fees

See websites

  • https://eng.kuleuven.be/ingenieur-architect/ingenieurswetenschappen-architectuur
  • https://set.kuleuven.be/rlicc
  • https://set.kuleuven.be/icou
Bachelor,Bachelor of engineering science: architecture,3-year programme,Bachelor,Dutch,180,

Bachelor degree in architecture as a prerequisite to admission to the Master in architecture degree. Title: Bachelor of engineering science: architecture.

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Master,Master of engineering science: architecture,2-year programme,Master,Dutch/(English),120,

Three master options: architectural design, urban project, construction design Title: Master of engineering science: architecture.

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Advanced Master,Conservation of Monuments and Sites (MCMS),2-year programme,Advanced Master,English,90,

The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation embraces social, human and technical sciences at an international level in its educational and research program.

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Advanced Master,Human Settlements (MaHS),1-year programme,Advanced Master,English,60,

The Master of Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanisation in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations. Architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and spatial planning are the core disciplines underpinning the programme.

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Advanced Master,Urbanism, Landscape and Planning (MaULP),2-year programme,Advanced Master,English,120,

The programme develops a critical understanding of the contemporary conditions of settlements, cities and urban regions. It introduces students to innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through projects, plans and policies across different scales.

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Post-graduate,European Module for Spatial Development Planning,140 hours,Post-graduate,English,

The module extensively draws from the social sciences in the broadest sense, adopts a pluralist approach, both in analytical focus and planning methodology, and is strongly anchored to principles of equity, social innovation and sustainability.

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The Faculty of Engineering Science in Leuven is responsible for the bachelor & master program in architectural engineering and offers 3 postgraduate programmes (Conservation of Monuments and Sites / Human Settlements / Urbanism, Landscape and Planning).

The Department of Architecture is responsible for research on architecture, interior architecture, urban design and regional planning.

The Bachelor’s programme in Engineering Science: Architecture offers a broad foundation in engineering, architecture, humanities and design. These three components are covered:

  • Engineering basic sciences (50%): you will immerse yourself in exact basic sciences, construction and building technology. Think of course units such as mathematics, materials science, mechanics or building physics.
  • Architecture and Humanities (25%): you learn to look at architecture from a humanities perspective. This includes course units such as Theory of Architecture, History of Architecture or Theory and History of Urban Design.
  • Design (25%): from the first bachelor, you integrate theory and application in design assignments that gradually become more complex. You can always count on the guidance of experienced designers and engineer-architects.

The bachelor’s programme provides you with a good basis for preparing for a professional career in architecture (or at an engineering firm, e.g. stability calculation, building techniques, etc.) or a specialisation in the care of monuments, urban development and spatial planning.

The Master’s programme in Engineering Science: Architecture is a further specialisation after the Bachelor’s programme. You can choose from three options:

  • In the architectural design option, you will further develop your design talent in dialogue with the technical and architectural science components.
  • In the urban project option, you explore the interaction between architectural design and the urban environment and are prepared for advanced urban design training.
  • In the construction designoption, you learn to further develop the technical and constructive possibilities of a building on the basis of architecture and design.

The master’s thesis focuses on a theme that ties in with one of the research disciplines of the Department of Architecture or the Department of Civil Engineering, or on a project supervised by staff members who are involved in design practice.

Doctoral Program

Our Department of Architecture has a long tradition in granting a doctoral degree in architecture. Because of it’s link with the Faculty of Engineering Science, this doctorate is named: “ PhD in Engineering/Architecture”. It takes minimum 2 years, usually 4 to 5 years of research work. The doctoral programme also includes a number of courses and seminars.  Foreign students can start a PhD via a pre-doctoral track, or via the first year of one of the postgraduate programmes and switching after one year to the pre-doctoral test.  The doctoral degree is granted after public defence of an original thesis. This thesis is a study pushing back frontiers of knowledge and scientific insight. Visit our website for more info.

Advanced Master Programmes

The Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites (MCMS)  is the master’s degree offered by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for the Conservation (RLICC).  The programme is a specialisation in the field of conservation and restoration of monuments and urban and rural historical sites.  Students from different disciplines are accepted: architecture, engineering, archaeology, art history.  The programme is to a large extent taught by invited specialists from all over the world. The first year is a generalist approach to conservation,  interdisciplinary and international. The second year is almost completely devoted to the thesis.
Visit the website for more info, admission conditions, tuition waivers and scholarships.

The Master of Urbanism, Landscape and Planning (MaULP) focuses on multi-faceted and -scalar issues of contemporary urban development. The course develops a critical understanding of the contemporary conditions of settlements, cities and urban regions. It introduces students to innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through projects, plans and policies across different scales. The course offers three possible specializations: urbanism, planning or landscape.
Visit the website for more info, admission conditions, tuition waivers and scholarships.

The Master of Human Settlements (MaHS) addresses rapid urbanisation in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations.  Architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and spatial planning are the core disciplines underpinning the program. Contributions from economics, geography and anthropology, among others, complement the core, to better understand the interplay of human and natural ecosystems. The program thrives from its truly international body of students and the faculty’s long-standing research expertise in worldwide contexts.
Visit the website for more info, admission conditions, tuition waivers and scholarships.

The Department of Architecture’s research takes place in the broad field of architecture, i.e. the built environment created by people. Design plays a vital role in this. From theory and history to structural engineering and construction, and from heritage preservation to urban planning, regional planning and landscaping we have only one goal in mind: excellence.

The Department of Architecture is responsible for research on architecture, interior architecture, urban design and regional planning that is carried out in the Faculty of Architecture (Brussels and Ghent) and the Faculty of Engineering Science (Leuven).

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