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 (compulsory) and Master (optional) cycle: ENAC week (4th semester Bachelor), ENAC Teaching unit (6th semester Bachelor), and ENAC Semester Projects (1st and 2nd year Master). For each format, students can choose from a wide range of topics (e.g., reuse of construction materials, construction of refugee camps, design of open areas in cities) offered by multidisciplinary teams of ENAC teachers.

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 Project & ENAC Summer workshop).

Academic director

Dr. Yves Pedrazzini


Marina Nicollier

Design Together courses


Students collaborate and exchange on a common practical project.

Teaching Unit

Students learn to integrate disciplinary knowledge.

ENAC Summer Workshop

Students build on their interdisciplinary experiences and apply their skills to collaborative projects.

ENAC Semester Project

Students conduct autonomously an interdisciplinary research.

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