Department of the Built Environment

Smart Architectural Technologies

Smart Architectural Technologies (SAT)

Smart Architectural Technologies focuses on embedding innovative technologies in the built environment to create responsive buildings. In particular, the chair focuses on the balance between architecture, technology and user, brought together within the integral concept of the ‘Empathic Environment‘.

Meet some of our Researchers

A closer look at Smart Architectural Technologies (SAT)

“For me, a brick and a sensor are equal – both are simply elements in my toolkit.” M. (Masi) Mohammadi

“Current social en technological developments are having a profound effect on the ways in which we build and think about architecture. An Empathic Living Environment combines efficiency, effectiveness and empowerment into a total solution. Smartness is introduced as an instrument to realize this solution, which could be applied in healthcare processes, human interaction, living or other areas. Our approach brings practical improvements, such as efficiency enhancements and cost reduction, whilst also improving engagement and quality of life. It’s exciting to see how the synergy between technology and sociology can produce new solutions for living quarters as well as shared and public spaces, allowing functionality to change independently of construction.”

“The basis is always finding the best possible solution for the user through architecture and design, introducing technology only where a simpler solution won’t suffice. If you can design a building in such a way that every occupant can see the front door, for example, you won’t need to introduce complicated intercom and CCTV systems. Making the best use of natural lighting could mean you won’t need artificial light at certain hours. By introducing vegetation inside a building, people could be stimulated to farm. There are countless possibilities. Of course, we’re happy to use technology, which can be very complex and advanced, but only as part of an overall approach.”