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Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences at Delft University of Technology
Berlageweg 1
2628 CD Delft
Tel:015 - 278 45 30
Tel:015 - 278 47 27
General information
For general information of The Faculty Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences please contact Ms Liliane van der Meer, International Relations,

Delft University of Technology is the largest, oldest, most complete university of technology in the Netherlands. For more than 150 years scientists and students have worked here on the most modern developments in the field of technology.

The Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences, established in 1905, derives its uniqueness from this long tradition and from the broad orientation in the field of study. It offers academic education a nd carries out research in the field of building and the built environment. It has established a reputation in training architects and planners. The Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences is the largest Faculty of the Delft University; it has approximately 3.300 students (30% of whom are female, 125 are international MSc students and approximately 150 are foreign-exchange students).
The curriculum focuses on design and research in the field of building and the built environment, with emphasis on the integration of design, research and technology. Characteristic of the study is its wide scope and content of subjects. Foreign students who want to apply for admission must have a diploma, which qualifies them for enrolment at a university of technology in their country of origin. Mathematics and physics are basic requirements for admission as a student at Delft University of Technology. The language of instruction during the Bachelor programme is Dutch. The Master programme is taught both in English and in Dutch. Teaching materials such as lecture notes are in Dutch and/or English. As soon as September 2006 the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences intends to offer all Master courses fully taught in English.
The Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences is situated on the Delft University campus near the historic city centre of Delft, which is famous for its eighteenth-century architecture. Owing to its central position Delft has played an active role in the history of the Netherlands, not only in science (Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek) and culture (Hugo de Groot and Johannes Vermeer), but also because it was the residence of the first Prince of Holland Willem van Oranje. The Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences houses all the facilities needed for teaching and research. It has a ‘study centre’ for self-study, a library with 41,000 titles and subscriptions to numerous periodicals, a slide library, a map archive containing a great variety of topographical maps, fully equipped CAD studio’s, a modelling-workshop, a laboratory for product development where students can build prototypes, and a physics laboratory to test models by means of simulated external influences.
Educational programme
With the start of the 2002-2003 academic year, the curriculum has changed. The programme comprises of two phases:
  • a three-year (6 semester) Bachelor of Science degree (BSc);
  • a two-year (4 semester) Master of Science degree (MSc).
Bachelor of Science
In Delft students acquire their basic knowledge during the Bachelor’s programme, including courses which are part of the university-wide institutional package. The development of design skills is central to the programme: a semester-long integral design-project forms the core of the six semesters where the knowledge and skills taught in other programme-elements (fundamentals of Architecture, Technology, Media, Management) are applied in the design-process. The final sixth semester offers an elective programme oriented at orientating the student to one of the specialized Master programmes. A successful completion of the Bachelor grants admission to the four Master of Science programmes of the Faculty. Additional admission requirements can be needed if one chooses to apply for a Master programme in a university other then the DUT.
Master of Science
The four Masters are: Architecture (in English), Urbanism (in English), Real Estate & Housing (in English in 2005/06), and Building Technology (in English: 2006/07).

Each specialisation offers one or more programmes and electives, culminating in a final project and finally leading to a Master of Science degree.
Post graduate programme
Research is indispensable for analysing, understanding and solving design issues in a technical, formal and spatial sense. Research is also a precondition if education is to remain vital and up-to-date. The Faculty offers a four-year course for trainee research assistants (AIO), leading to a doctorate degree (equivalent to PhD). After a selection procedure, trainee assistants participate in the Faculty research programme. The Faculty collaborates with various Dutch and international universities (such as ALFA IBIS Programme).
Research programme
The different Master programmes are directly linked to the research-portfolio of the Faculty.
The Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences has four domains and research themes for Urbanism, Architecture, Building Technology and Real Estate & Housing: research, design and research-by-design (at three scale levels: U, A, Bt), plus the aspect of the functional, technical and economic lifecycle of the building stock (RE&H). Design plays a part in each domain, but not always with the same level of intensity. In both Architecture and Urbanism, nearly all research is design-related. The power of the Building Technology portfolio lies in its combination of design with such classic fundamental engineering-sciences disciplines as building physics, mechanics and structural engineering. The portfolio of Real Estate & Housing contains mainly traditional research methods combined with design research. The research programmes of Architecture and Urbanism are part of the Delft School of Design, in collaboration with the Berlage Institute. The research of Building Technology and Real Estate & Housing is connected with the research-portfolio of other faculties in Delft. The objective of Delft School for Design (DSD) at the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences: design methodology, design research, research by design is to provide a stimulating scientific environment for high-grade design-oriented research in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism.
Student activities
The student association Stylos is actively involved in matters concerning the curriculum; it also establishes contacts with the professional world and organizes many extracurricular activities. Stylos has been awarded the 1998 Maaskant prize for its continuous and stimulating approach to architecture and urbanism, aimed both at students and the professional world.
Since 1985 students have organized the yearly Indesem workshop, held alternately in Delft and abroad. It is a week-long event during which international students and practising architects meet to exchange ideas and information. The week comprises of workshops, lectures and other activities. The Archiprix Foundation is collaboration between higher educational institutions in the Netherlands in the fields of architecture, planning and landscape architecture. Archiprix organizes annually the judging, awarding and presenting of the best graduation projects from the participant institutions. The plans submitted to Archiprix present the state of affairs in Dutch architecture.
International cooperation
The strategy of the faculty is rooted in the concept of the Network Faculty. Because university is first and foremost a matter of people, and believes that the key to high-quality results lies in collaboration. The Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences enjoys contacts with 57 universities in 20 European countries and 19 universities in 11 countries outside Europe, and is affiliated with UNESCO, ACSA, EAAE.

The Faculty is also home to the Institute of History of Art, Architecture & Urbanism (IHAAU), Docomomo NL and the Centre of People & Buildings.
Cooperation with India
Since 1993 the Faculty has a student exchange programme with Center for Environmental Planning & Technology - CEPT of Ahmedabad. As part of this programme 2 students get the opportunity to spend one academic semester in CEPT and 2 students from CEPT to study at the Fac-AUBS. Exchange programmes over the years have proved to be more and more beneficial in terms of available academic exposure, travel and other personal pursuits.

Students from India have studied successfully in the Faculty’s degree programme in Architecture.