Innovation and Sustainability for the Built Environment
About Building Technology education – By Peter Teeuw (Master Coordinator)
[As published in Rumoer #62: Sustainability]
Imagining and inventing the future built environment, that is what Building Technology is all about. Therefore two years ago the track of Building Technology of the master Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences was completely revised. The current Building Technologyn education encompasses a broad spectrum of engineering and building design skills that lead to one of the dominant professions of the future: the sustainable designer.
The emphasis of the programme is on designing innovative, future-oriented and sustainable building components and on their integration into the built environment. Not only does it focus on the technological aspect, but also on the context in which these technical solutions are applied. Digital design tools are a backbone of the programme.
Students are also able and encouraged to follow the TU broad TiSD annotation (Technology in Sustainable Development) when they focus their graduation on elaborating sustainable development to a next (higher) level. We are proud to tell a lot of students of the track of Building Technology do go for this annotation!
Building Technology stands out internationally because of the integration of the architectural design in technical disciplines, filling in a gap between architecture and engineering. The education program is well suited for both designers looking to strengthen their technical qualifications and for those with a technical background wanting to acquire design skills. Building Technology graduates are designers and engineers embodied in one person, which is what the front runner market asks for today.
Another unique characteristic of the track of Building Technology is the interaction with current and future markets. This is also reflected in design projects actually executed, in research, education, as well as in important international competitions such as the Solar Decathlon, another ‘sustainability highlight’ in which Building Technology had a dominant share in TU Delft’s team.
Through focusing on innovative structural, façade and climate design, students learn how to contribute to smart buildings that are sustainable, comfortable and environmentally intelligent.
Graduates are perfectly trained to take on the challenges of today’s and the future’s built environment.
More information about the TiSD annotation can be found here.