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


Melanie Studer

Design Together courses


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.

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© 2019 Smart Living Lab

Winter School in Fribourg to study comfort in coworking spaces

— With the support of the Science and Technology Office Seoul, the Smart Living Lab and its three partner institutions (EPFL, School of Architecture and Engineering of Fribourg, and University of Fribourg) launched an academic exchange program between Switzerland and South Korea on the issue of sustainability and comfort of the built environment, together with the SungKyunKwan, EWHA, and Hanyang Universities from South Korea. The program followed by 30 students, called “ARC-HEST Architecture for human environment with smart technologies”, started in South Korea with a Summer School in Seoul, in August 2019. It successfully continues with a Winter School in Fribourg, from 2 to 14 February 2020, and focuses on comfort in coworking spaces.

© 2020 EPFL

HOBEL takes part in the new Swiss-Korean Exchange Program

— Swiss-Korean Academic Exchange Program for master students of EPFL, HEIA-FR and UNIFR: Study of the synergy of architectural design, human factors, and technologies in the office buildings and their combined effect on the indoor environmental quality and human-building interaction in the context of the local culture and architecture.

The prototype built at the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg in September 2019. © Greg Eaves

EPFL students push the boundaries of concrete engineering

— Students from EPFL and Brazil have built a ground-breaking concrete structure that sets a new benchmark for lightness and static resistance. This interdisciplinary teaching project, at the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, is set to continue in the coming years. 

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