Architectural Urban Design and Engineering

What characterizes Dutch design is its careful avoidance of stock-in-trade solutions and its willingness to consider radical possibilities. That is not, of course, an aim in itself. The high quality built environment that emerges from the careful consideration of issues specific to a situation requires an innovative attitude. Moreover, this high quality built environment does not just serve a specific group of interested users but has to serve humanity and its environment as a whole. To achieve this, our educational and research programs, clustered under the title Architecture of The Living City, have become increasingly integrated. We look at how design at different scales from technological product, the architectural object, all the way to the urban assembly can support and inform each other.

With regard to the design of the built environment in the Netherlands, a country with little available space, an extraordinarily high population density and a dear love of its distinctive landscape, it is a real challenge to find the right balance between good science, adequate technology and properly responsive design. This course is about finding the right fit between economic, social, political and environmental demands. The building industry needs to come up with innovative answers that can help the markets and governments move towards an appropriate model for future development without throwing out the wealth that we have built up.

In this major, you develop an in-depth, innovative design attitude based on the architecture with which you orient yourself in collaboration between the different architectural disciplines.