Design Together

As the core element of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), the interdisciplinary teaching program Design Together enables the next generation of engineers and architects to integrate disciplinary knowledge to tackle complex challenges in a changing world.

Working together in multidisciplinary project teams, students from environmental sciences & engineering, architecture, and civil engineering acquire the abilities to design innovative solutions for a more sustainable future and become aware of their social and ecological responsibilities.

The interdisciplinary program comprises different teaching formats throughout the Bachelor and Master cycle: ENAC week (4th semester Bachelor), ENAC Teaching Unit (6th semester Bachelor), and ENAC Semester Projects (1st, 2nd or 3rd semester Master). For each format, students can choose from a wide range of topics, which are offered by multidisciplinary teams of ENAC teachers. The proposed themes are relevant for a sustainable development of the natural and built environment, addressing different spatial scales, human activities and environmental resources.

The Design Together program is currently developing different formats accompanying the ENAC week, ENAC Teaching Units and ENAC Semester Projects with the aim to support the interdisciplinary learning process of the students. These offers may also be extended to support interdisciplinary Master projects as well as PhD projects.

The program enables students to develop different types of “intelligences” and thus prepares them for solving complex real-world problems:

Practical intelligence Collaborating, communicating, organizing, self-monitoring & self-managing, decision making, taking leadership.
Creative intelligence Designing, problem-solving, creative & innovative thinking, risk-taking, developing entrepreneurial spirit.
Analytical intelligence Systems thinking, breaking down a problem, critical thinking, computational thinking, analyzing quantitatively & qualitatively.
Reflective intelligence Perspective taking, reflecting on norms & values, developing self-awareness, dealing with complexity, anticipatory & adaptive thinking, developing global mindset.

These intelligences evolve progressively throughout the program from beginner-level (ENAC week) to medium-level (ENAC Teaching Unit) towards advanced-level (ENAC Semester Projects).

Academic director
Prof. Claudia R. Binder

Coordinator
Melanie Studer

Design Together courses

ENAC Week

Students collaborate and exchange on a common practical project.

Teaching Unit

Students learn to integrate disciplinary knowledge.

Semester project

Students conduct autonomously an interdisciplinary research.