2017 Report – Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

By on May 30, 2017
General Information
Delft University of Technology

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Netherlands Delft

Person filling out the report
Frank van der Hoeven PhD MSc

Associated UNI Thematic Hubs
Informal Urbanism
Climate Change
Urban Regeneration
Safer Cities
Urban Accessibility
Urban Governance
Urban Form

Other academic network affiliations
4TU.Federation, EAAE, IDEA League

Other research network affiliations

Collaborations with UNI members in academic activities

Collaborations with UNI members in research initiatives


Undergraduate Programmes
Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences

The Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences introduces you to the various fields in which architectural engineers work. The scope of the programme is broad. In three years you will learn all the basic skills and techniques you need for this. The Bachelor's degree programme is in Dutch.

In this degree programme you will be combining technology, theory and design, and your own creativity and spatial insight play a major role in this. Your education will be technical and scientific and you will learn how to analyse complex issues in a clear and structured way. You will work on a range of different design projects, either individually or in groups, and will learn about the way technology, culture and the living environment interact with each other.


Master Programmes
Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
The Master's programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences has five tracks: Architecture, Urbanism, Management in the Built Environment, Building Technology, Landscape Architecture

The MSc Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences programme at TU Delft is underpinned by the renowned Dutch experience in architecture, spatial planning and the built environment professions and has an international orientation drawing on the multinational faculty of staff and students. The teaching approach borrows from the Dutch tradition of working in a multi-disciplinary way with students working in groups to create integrated solutions for the built environment.

Geomatics for the Built Environment provides vital spatial knowledge about the built environment. Students learn to use advanced techniques in data collection and analysis, spatial information modelling and the visualisation of data. They learn about the use, governance and application of geographic data for solving real-world problems in an innovative way. Geomatics professionals easily find jobs in (international) companies, universities and governmental institutes.

Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA)
MSc GIMA is a two-year Master's programme (parttime & fulltime mode), helping you become an all-round manager, researcher and/or application specialist in the field of geo-information.

Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MADE)
The Master programme Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE)* focuses on our cities and metropolitan regions, which face the challenges of sustainability and quality of life in a fast urbanising world. Issues of mobility and logistics, water and waste management, energy and food security, health and wellbeing are at risk. Therefore, MSc MADE brings together multidisciplinary teams of students in Amsterdam to address questions such as: How to keep our metropoles connected? How to safeguard its vitality? How to aim for the circular city ? MSc MADE aims to provide innovative education and deliver excellent, interdisciplinary engineers with the theoretical grounding and practical skills to deal with the complex challenges of cities. The two-year master programme will be offered as a joint degree programme in Amsterdam by Wageningen University & Research and Delft University of Technology.

PhD Programmes
Graduate School for Architecture and the Built Environment
The Graduate School for Architecture and the Built Environment [A+BE] is one of the eight Graduate Schools at the TU Delft. At A+BE PhD candidates obtain a doctorate in architecture, building technology, urbanism, landscape architecture, geomatics, management of the built environment and housing, covering aspects such as history, cultural heritage, and sustainability.

Other Programmes
European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU)
The European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU) is an advanced master degree that engages with the complexities of the design and planning of cities and landscapes, in a jointly run programme by TU Delft, KU Leuven, UPC Barcelona and Università IUAV di Venezia. All four universities adhere to the specifically European tradition that views urbanism as a collection of socially responsible disciplines, which aim to improve the living conditions of all citizens.

The Berlage Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design
The Berlage Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design focuses intensively on how architects and urban designers practice in a globalized world, concentrating on the complex development of the built environment within different contexts.

Produced Materials

AP2 Riedijk, Michiel (ed.). (2010). Architecture As a Craft: Architecture, Drawing, Model and Position. Amsterdam, SUN Architecture Publishers.

Cavallo R, Komossa S, Marzot N, Berghauser Pont MY (eds) (2014). New Urban Configurations. Amsterdam, IOS Press.

Marc Schoonderbeek (ed.). (2010). Border Conditions. Amsterdam: Architecture & Natura Press.
Swenarton, M, Avermaete, TLP & Heuvel, D van den. (2015). Architecture and the welfare state. London, Routledge.

Kaminer, Tahl, Miguel Robles-Durán, Heidi Sohn (eds) (2010). Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization. Rotterdam, 010 Publishers.

Biloria, N. (2011). Interactive Corporate Environments: Developing realtime interactive corporate environments incorporating computational techniques (Paperback), VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Publishers

Oosterhuis, K. (ed.) (2012). Hyperbody: First Decade of Interactive Architecture. Jap Sam Books, Heijningen.

Oosterhuis, K and Bier, HH (eds.) (2013). Robotics in Architecture, IA#5, Jap Sam Books, Heijningen.

Bluyssen, Philomena M. (2013). The Healthy Indoor Environment: How to assess occupants' wellbeing in buildings. Routledge, Abingdon.

Stremke S. & Dobbelsteen A. van den (eds.). (2012). Sustainable Energy Landscapes – Planning, Design & Development. CRC Press.

Portugali, J., Meyer, H., Stolk, E. & Tan, E. (eds). (2012). Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age. Springer.

Koutamanis, A. (2013). Computer-mediated briefing for architects, Hershey, USA: IGI Global.

Squires, Graham, & Heurkens, E. (2015). International Approaches to Real Estate Development. Routledge, UK.

Doling, John & Marja Elsinga (2013) Demographic change and housing wealth. Springer.

Jansen, Sylvia J.T, Henny C.C.H. Coolen & Roland W. Goetgeluk (2011). The Measurement and Analysis of Housing Preference and Choice. Springer.

Ham, M van, Manley, D., Bailey, N., Simpson, L. & Maclennan, N. (2012). Neighbourhood effects
research: new perspectives. Springer, Dordrecht, 2012, ISBN 9789400723085.

Tasan-Kok, MT & Baeten G. (2012). Contradictions of Neoliberal Planning: Cities, Policies, and
Politics. Springer, Dordrecht.

Geerlings, H., Shiftan, H. & Stead, D. (eds. 2012). Transition towards sustainable mobility:
the role of instruments, individuals and institutions. Ashgate, Farnham.

Eraydin, A & Tasan-Kok, M.T.; Resilience thinking in urban planning. Springer, Dordrecht, 2013.

Mason, C. Reuschke, D., Syrett, S. & van Ham M. (eds). (2015). Entrepreneurship in cities: neighbourhoods, households and homes. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.

Lemmens, M.J.P.M. (2011). Geo-information, Technologies, Applications and the Environment. Springer.


Climate Proof Cities

Climate Proof Cities has yielded insights into how to make Dutch cities climate proof, with a focus on urban heat and increased precipitation in built-up areas. The consortium worked for four years together with municipalities, water boards and the national government to provide answers to questions from practice. At the beginning of the programme, municipalities and water boards outlined their five most important questions. These formed the point of departure for five work packages in the research programme:
• How does the local climate work in Dutch cities?
• How vulnerable are Dutch cities to the effects of climate change?
• What measures can be taken to better adapt cities to a future climate?
• How can these measures be implemented in urban areas?
• What is the final cost–benefit balance of the adaptation measures?

To answer these questions, the group worked closely with Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, Rijswijk, Tilburg, the province of North Brabant, STOWA (Stichting Toegepast Onderzoek Waterbeheer; Foundation for Applied Water Research), Delfland High Water Board, Waternet, Waterschap Hollandse Delta, Schieland District Water Control Board, and the Krimpenerwaard, as well as the New Construction and Restructuring Delta Programme. Three of the faculty’s departments were involved in the programme: Architectural Engineering + Technology, Urbanism, and OTB. Three PhD studies were funded, together with two smaller research projects.

Team: Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Henk Visscher, Frank van der Hoeven, Ab Straub, Laura Kleerekoper, Martin Roders, Leyre Echevarria Icaza, Alexander Wandl.

Grant: €710,000

4TU.BOUW Lighthouse projects

Knowledge will increasingly be produced in networks rather than institutes. Academic cooperation requires us to develop specific formulas to enable staff members to work together. The 4TU.BOUW Lighthouse projects is a good model of a successful collaboration formula.
TU Delft is part of a federation of Dutch universities of technology: the 4TU.Federation (it was the 3TU until May 2016, when Wageningen University joined the federation). The overall goal of the federation is to promote close collaboration in order to increase competitiveness in international research and education, and to concentrate research and education efforts to improve efficiency and scientific excellence. One of these areas of collaboration is the built environment. The 4TU.BOUW Center of Excellence for the Built Environment was setup to face its grand challenges using an effective and multidisciplinary approach. The 4TU.BOUW Center of Excellence consists of:
• University of Twente;
• TU Delft;
• TU Eindhoven;
• Wageningen University.

Projects led by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment:
• Double Face: Michela Turrin;
• Robotically Driven Construction of Buildings: Henriette Bier;
• The LIGHTVAN: Truus Hordijk;
• Architectures of the Black Gold: Carola Hein;
• PD Lab: Marcel Bilow;
• Polyarch: Eric van den Ham.

METABODY Media Embodiment Tékhne and Bridges of Diversity

METABODY develops technologies, tools, techniques and devices that will be integrated in the first fully intra-active architectural pavilion, which will tour throughout Europe as an observatory of diversity and a laboratory of cultural diversity that will highlight the importance of non-verbal communication and embodied expressions as a primary substrate of nature cultures. The project will elaborate a critique of the tendencies of both homogenisation and pre-emption (adaptation to the new, assimilation of the new and programmed diversification) that information technologies operate in perceptions, affects and subjective formations, where the irreducible and changing differences of embodied expressions and relations are reduced to linear patterns of simulation and standardised processes of media contagion, within a mechanistic tradition where movement is reduced to measurable coordinates. At the same time, new concepts and pragmatics of space–time, relations, corporeality, cognition, perception and affection will be elaborated for new technological paradigms exceeding mechanism and computation, which will take into account movement as multiplicities of intracorporeal sensations and affections irreducible to localisable points and trajectories, to measurable coordinates of space-time or form-pattern.
Metabody (EU Culture grant, Media Lab Prado, Madrid, Spain): Performance artists interacting with a multi-modal wall component which responds in real time to body movement and gestures via tactile, sonic and light based modulations.
• Funds/Grant: €2.5 million, of which €200,000 was allocated to hyperBODY
• Role of hyperBODY: Associate partner
• Principal Researcher: Dr Nimish Biloria
• Coordinator: Reverso
• Duration: July 2013–July 2016.
• METABODY started in July 2013, with the support of the European Commission (EU Culture).
• www.metabody.eu
• http://www.hyperbody.nl/research/projects/metabody/

ADAM – Acoustics by parametric Design and Additive Manufacturing
ADAM focuses on geometry-related sound absorption, customised to meet specific requirements. Design Informatics plays a major role in the project, focusing on computational tools (parametric modelling, performance simulation and optimisation) that enable the design of highly customisable performance-driven solutions for noise and reverberation control, and on the field of additive manufacturing (3D printing), which allows for the industrial manufacturing of complex geometries and products in unique pieces.
• Funds/Grant: €523,000, of which €112,000 was allocated to Design
Informatics for personnel
• Duration: January 2015–January 2019
• TU Delft team: Prof. Arjan van Timmeren (leader – Environmental Technology); Dr
Martin Tenpierik (co-applicant – Building Physics); Dr Michela Turrin and Prof. Sevil
Sariyildiz (co-applicants – Design Informatics); Foteini Setaki, MSc (PhD candidate
funded by STW – Environmental Technology); postdoc funded by STW.
• Users committee board: Materialise, Petuz, Merford, Arup.
• http://www.stw.nl/nl/content/acoustics-parametric-design-and-additive-manufacturing

DoubleFace & DoubleFace 2.0

The aim of DoubleFace is to develop a new Trombe wall system that will passively improve the thermal comfort of indoor and semi-indoor spaces by means of lightweight materials for latent heat storage, while allowing as much daylight as possible to pass through. The first phase of the project (DoubleFace) was a 4TU Lighthouse project that focused on the performance of the new product (proof of concept). Based on the outputs of the first phase, DoubleFace 2.0 continues the project with more emphasis on the generation of design alternatives. While few architectural works gain an aesthetic advantage from technical aspects (which are often seen as constraints limiting creativity rather than as inspiring principles that become part of the design identity),
DoubleFace 2.0 aims at designing the novel Trombe wall system to have high technical performance and to show that its engineering performances are an integral part of the design identity of the product. Advanced materials like PCM and aerogel are used in combination with novel rapid prototyping techniques (like additive manufacturing) and advanced computational means (like evolutionary algorithms) along with design intuition. The contribution of Design Informatics focuses on the digital design process and manufacturing, to support a deeper integration between design generation and engineering performance assessment and to allow for freedom in realising complex geometries as well as production of customised design variations.
• DoubleFace – Lighthouse project, 4TU.Federation
• Funds/Grant: €50,000, of which €34,000 was allocated to Design Informatics
• Duration: July 2014–February 2015
• https://www.4tu.nl/bouw/en/lighthouse2014/doubleface
• DoubleFace 2.0 – STW Research Through Design Programme
• Funds/Grant: Granted €250,000, of which €95,000 was allocated to Design Informatics for personnel
• Duration: 2016–2018
• http://www.stw.nl/nl/content/double-face-20
• Principal Researchers: Michela Turrin (Design Informatics), Martin Tenpierik (Building Physics)

Glass in architecture is usually limited to the use of float glass sheets. From a mechanics of materials point of view, thin sheets of glass are not suitable for compressive application because of the buckling risk. Cast glass in the form of specially shaped blocks is more appropriate for compressive loads. The study of cast glass in compression started with the PC Hooft project, which provided a clear research objective and funding for research, as well as industrial partners in the fields of adhesives and glass casting. It has evolved into several successful research projects, including stacked columns of cast glass elements, precision cast glass blocks that require no post-processing, and the use of specially designed glass blocks to fill in missing stone parts during the restoration of monuments. The acquisition of a glass melting oven in 2015 allows the group to conduct its own casting and do independent research.
• Funds/Grant: Funding has been obtained for the research by Warenaar BV; at the end of 2015 a €50,000 grant was obtained from the 3TU Lighthouse projects; a Horizon 2020 FET application is being prepared.
• Duration: Start October 2013–ongoing
• Principal researcher: Dr F.A. Veer
• Researchers: Christian Louter MSc PhD, Ate Snijder MSc, Prof. Rob Nijsse MSc,
• F. Oikonomopoulou MSc, T. Bristogianni MSc and L. Barou MSc (CiTG).

Robotically Driven Construction of Buildings

Robotically Driven Construction of Buildings (RDCB) was an exploration into holistic/ integral design-to-production solutions for the robotically driven construction of buildings by involving the disciplines of architecture, robotics, materials science, construction and building technology, and structural design. The team integrated knowledge from the individual disciplines in order to develop new numerically controlled manufacturing techniques and building design optimisations for adding creative values to buildings in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
• Funds/Grant: €50,000
• Duration: February 2014–February 2015
• Team: TU Delft: Henriette Bier (leader – Robotic Building), Sina Mostafavi (Designto-Robotic-Production), Ana Anton (Design-to-Robotic-Production), Serban Bodea (Design-to-Robotic-Production) and Peter Rem (Resources and Recycling). Eindhoven University of Technology: Theo Salet (Structural Design).
• https://www.4tu.nl/bouw/en/lighthouse2014/roboticallydrivenconstructionofbuildings/

Prêt-à-Loger project for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Participation of the TU Delft team (GBI in cooperation with the MBE department) in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in Paris with the design and building of an additional skin to a typical 1960s terraced house (in Dutch: rijtjeshuizen, literally row houses) to improve the dwelling's performance in energy, comfort and space. First prize for Sustainability and for Communication & Social Awareness; and second prize for Energy Efficiency and for Construction Management, Health & Safety.


City-zen supports and demonstrates the development energy-efficient cities. A methodology and tools are built for cities, industries and citizens to reach the EU's 20–20–20 targets. GBI was leading partner in the acquisition of the project and is now leading WP4 and the City-zen Roadshow, which brings the City-zen approach, methods and technology to cities across Europe. The Roadshow is linked to the SWAT Studio course of the Building Technology master's programme.

2ndSkin – Façade Refurbishment for Multifamily Social Housing

This pre-fabricated and lightweight building envelope acts as a building's second skin. This low-carbon solution allows existing buildings to be easily upgraded and meet ecofriendly building requirements.

Mass Customised Building Systems

Subtractive techniques (like 2.5D CNC milling/printing) already have significant applicability in the realisation of buildings. MaCuBs is developing and applying building systems created by these subtractive digital fabrication techniques. Through research, design, prototypes and pilot projects, MaCuBs explores the potential of these digitally fabricated building systems. Many aspects of the new industrial revolution are involved: open-source knowledge, fab-labs, mass-customisation, local production, file-to-factory, new business models, new collaborations between architect and client, and new kinds of ornamentation.

Taskforce Real Additive Manufacturing

MSc programme from the AE&T chair groups of Design of Construction, Design Informatics, Hyperbody and Structural Design, with the PD lab.
As a result of several active PhD and MSc projects, 3D Printing for buildings has become a focus point. This task force combines the activities of an interesting triple session in Darmstadt, Eindhoven and Delft with a lot of material specialists, engineers and designers developing concepts for building components or complete buildings being made by a new generation of printers. The programme will be developed towards a European Training Network application in 2017.

REPAiR: REsource Management in Peri-urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism

The H2020 Research & Innovation Action project REPAiR will develop and implement a tool to help local and regional authorities reduce waste flows in peri-urban areas. A shift towards a more circular economy is crucial to achieving more sustainable and inclusive growth. The REPAiR project will provide a geodesign decision support environment (GDSE) that will assist local and regional authorities to reduce waste flows by helping them create integrated spatial development strategies that are specific to the place at hand and are transdisciplinary and eco-innovative. The GDSE will be developed and implemented in “living labs” in six metropolitan areas, namely Naples, Ghent, Hamburg, Pecs (Hungary), Lodz (Poland) and Amsterdam.

Smart campuses

Dr Alexandra den Heijer, Monique Arkesteijn and Prof. Hans de Jonge have been studying campus management since 1995. From the very first project, the goal of campus management research has been to generate decision-support information for universities in practice and to use the insights to build real estate management (REM) theory. Since 1999, all 14 Dutch universities have been actively involved in REM research and have co-funded a long series of research projects, collectively building up a knowledge base with the campus research team, led by Associate Professor Alexandra den Heijer.
In the period 2010–15, four projects worth a total of over €500,000 were acquired and executed or partially executed for and with Dutch and European campus managers. In 2011, Alexandra den Heijer published her dissertation "Managing the university campus", which has been an academic bestseller with more than 1500 printed copies and a popular eBook version. This also enlarged the international campus network: more than 100 lectures were delivered to international groups at Delft and abroad.

COHERENO, Intelligent Energy Europe 2013-2016

The EU project 'Collaboration for housing nearly zero energy renovation', abbreviated to COHERENO, made a valuable contribution to achieving the EU's energy efficiency and climate protection goals. Nine institutions from five European countries were involved in the project. They developed proposals and concepts for promising cross-sector and company business models for high efficiency refurbishment of single-family houses to nearly zero-energy housing. From financing, consulting and planning, right through to implementation – all parties in the construction process are involved. A major goal of COHERENO was to improve the quality of the construction measures by providing specific support to all stakeholders, thus increasing customer confidence. With these two key aspects, nearly zero-energy houses can gain credibility and acceptance.

DEMHOW, FP7 SSH, 2007-2011

Demographic change leads to an EU-wide shrinking and ageing of populations, accompanied by EU-wide changes to housing systems. The co-incidence of these two leads to the question of the extent to which home ownership provides a potential cure for some of the consequences of ageing populations. DEMHOW undertook research and other activities in order to investigate how the composition of wealth has changed with respect, in particular, to changes in population, housing systems, state pension arrangements, and financial institutions. It also investigates the attitudes toward the acquisition of housing assets and their use in old age are changing, particularly given equity release products in the eight participating countries.

Housing and social exclusion, EC DG Employment, 2009-2010

This project studies the link between welfare policies, housing provision and labour markets. The project consists of a quantitative part, analysing EU-statistics and a qualitative part. The latter implies a number of focus groups held in each of the six countries participating in the project. The group was involved in the management team and responsible for the Dutch contribution.

NEUJOBS, FP7 SSH, 2011-2015

NEUJOBS is a research project financed by the European Commission, under the 7th Framework Programme. The objective is to analyse future possible developments of the European labour market(s) under the main assumption that European societies are now facing or preparing to face four main transitions that will have a major impact on employment, in particular for some groups in the labour force or sectors of the economy. The group is involved in the housing part of this project and studies the effect of the energy efficiency polies and the links between the housing market and the labour market.

Pilot project eviction, EC DG Employment, 2014-2015

This project studies the link between housing evictions and homelessness and is led by Padraic Kenna, at the School of Law, NUI Galway, Ireland. The project was awarded following a competitive tendering process by the European Commission. Funded by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Europe 2020: Social Policies, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction, this pilot project supports the EU poverty reduction and active inclusion strategy through combatting homelessness, reducing housing vulnerability and promoting access to quality and efficient social services as underpinned by the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Social Investment Package. The group is responsible for the Dutch part.

SHELTER, Intelligent Energy Europe, 2010-2013

The social housing sector faces a significant challenge. Housing operators have to implement energy renovations, but have difficulties in implementing them with the professionals on their portfolio. SHELTER starts from the current situation: the lack of coordination of professionals as the main obstacle to reach high efficiency in buildings and the ineffective use of information and tools available. The integrated design approach is applied, thus changing the way different professions work together along the supply chain. In SHELTER this approach is analysed in the frame of the renovation programmes of social housing operators in 5 countries and applied in practice.

SUSLABNWE, Interreg IVB North West Europe, 2012-2015

SusLabNWE is an international infrastructure of living labs that enables innovation processes in which users and other actors actively participate. SusLabNWE provides the context in which they can interact with and report on sustainable innovations in the home environment, while sharing practices with other households and stakeholders. These innovation processes are examined using observational techniques.

TENLAW, FP7 SSH 2009-2015

Private tenancy law is existentially affecting the daily lives of European citizens, as about one third of them depend on rental housing. That notwithstanding, it constitutes a nearly blank space in comparative and European law. At the same time, however, different parts of EU law and policy do affect tenancy law significantly, albeit indirectly. Thus, EU social policy against poverty and social exclusion extends to selected issues of housing policy. This project studies tenancy law in Europe from a law and a housing perspective. The group was, together with law experts from URS, involved in the study of Dutch and French tenancy law from a housing perspective.

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