Since its foundation, the Department has distinguished itself with its focus on current social issues, combining expertise in ecology, economy and culture to develop sustainable architecture and living environments.

„In researching we set our focus on the development of new paradigms in the entire field of building culture. In doing so, we concentrate less on predefined solutions but rather on situation-related goals.“

Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Arch. ETH Dr. Christian Hanus

The Department’s functional core competencies include 

  • Energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive building optimization
  • Blending constructional expertise with findings from human sciences
  • Calculating and analyzing lifecycle costs of buildings and
  • Questions on how to preserve and develop UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 


The specialist fields particularly include, among others

  • Daylight planning
  • Energy efficiency of old buildings and structures
  • Cultural property protection in accordance with the Hague Convention 1954 and
  • Assessing the value of heritage-protected buildings.
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