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.