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General intro

SARC provides research-based teachings for the architectural programs at Aalborg University, Denmark. Aalborg University has Problem Based Learning (PBL) as an overall teaching approach and is the highest ranked European university in the field of engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).

The bachelor program in Architecture and Urban Design has an integrated design-approach combining architectural and engineering mindsets through all phases of design. Students develop course teachings and hard knowledge into design skills and competencies through studio work. SARC plays a leading role in the 5th semester facilitating integrated design-programming and low energy-design.

SARC is particular engaged in the master program of architecture. The first semester has a strong focus on environmental sustainability and climate mitigation: A technical focus on zero energy design and indoor climate; a socio-functional focus on housing and fulfilling the needs of specific user groups; and an aesthetic focus on adapting to the context of site and climate while addressing all human senses. The optional second semester has a strong focus on social sustainability: Designing for Health and Well-being addressing exposed and vulnerable user groups, while applying circular economy and developing material detailing of sustainable buildings. On the third semester, most students are in internship but may alternatively do architectural research also in sustainable fields. On the forth semester students do their master thesis combining all previous learned knowledge, skills and competencies. SARC provides research-based teaching and supervision for all four master semesters.

Architecture, Health and Wellbeing (MSc02 ARCH SUS)

A transformation of the Danish healthcare and welfare sector is currently going on. This influence the everyday practice of public settings like hospitals, hospices, elderly homes/nursing homes, community health centres, residential care centres, rehabilitation, childcare, schools, and psychiatry. However, it also triggers a growing political, design professional, and academic interest in how the built environment and architecture of such settings should not only be more sustainable, but can possibly also help promote healthier lifestyles, prevent future diseases, improve social relations, enhance public health, and help improve overall wellbeing or quality of life. As part hereof, an increasing demand for evidence-based research and detailed knowledge on how the built environment influence health and wellbeing of the different user-groups is key. This because these user groups often are very different in their specific spatial and functional demands or needs.

The AHW-course focus on providing the student with an integrated design thinking perspective and in-depth knowledge, skills and competencies in the sustainable design of buildings for health and wellbeing. As well as, a more profound understanding of using different research methods to understand various user behaviour, so the students can begin describing, analysing and explaining the elements of social sustainability and the various user contexts, before they plan their health related design strategies.

Course responsible: Associate Professor Tenna D. O. Tvedebrink

Integrated Design of Sustainable, Tectonic Architecture (MSc1 ARCH)

The course teaches integrated design methodology and approaches, also for the international students entering the master education at this stage. The course evolve around a minor, individual design project; a small building designed for a specific site applying off-grid sustainable solutions and focusing on passive means and low-tech solutions to establish desired climates.

Course responsible: Associate Professor Michael Lauring

Sustainable Architecture (MSc1 ARCH)

The project module encompasses the design of a zero-energy, mixed-use housing complex of high urban density in order to aim for dense, sustainable cities. Though dense the complex must establish a pleasant micro climate providing both private and public space outdoor as well as indoor and addressing the question of modern sustainable lifestyle. Students develop the design in groups of five while applying the knowledge obtained in previous courses.

Project responsible: Associate Professor Michael Lauring