Comments from the minor’s former students

Alexandra Cropt
Environment Engineer
Head of the Energy and Environment Division
Swiss Farmer’s Union, Bern
Session 2007-2008
 “The minor in territorial development has allowed me to become familiar with and recognise the stakes and challenges linked to land management. Analysing a region on different scales, offering solutions that incorporate the wishes of multiple stake holders as far as possible and adapting to the evolutions in usage are some of the things that I took away from the minor. The theoretical course, linked to concrete projects allowed me to apply concepts learnt in class. The combination of the minor in territorial development with my education as an environmental engineer allowed me to approach the concept of the territory in a sensitive way from a generalist perspective.”
Joël Vetter
Engineer in Urbanism for the Nyon region district council
Session 2009-2010
“Where the Master in environment gives more depth to knowledge acquired during the bachelor, the minor in territorial development opens new horizons thanks to frequent contacts with representatives from civil engineering and architecture. Less technical than most specialisations, the minor in territorial development provides the keys for understanding and including economic, social, cultural, political and environmental aspects, with an aim to creating a space that is pleasant to live in.”
Patrick Astori
Environment Engineer with MGI Partenaires in Châtel-St-Denis
Session 2009-2010
After my bachelor in environment, obtained in 2008, I chose the minor in territorial development in order to widen my vision and my competences in the fields of land planning and mobility. Studies in SIE already require broad knowledge in different disciplines, and I chose to further widen my domain of knowledge by specialising in domains that were little touched upon in normal SIE classes. Currently at the end of my Master, I look back positively on my studies: the diversity and richness of the subjects taught (sociology, land planning, urbanism, mobility, political policies, etc) and the accent placed on interdisciplinary project work have created a wealth of experience for me, and prepared me well for the issues encountered in the domain of territorial development.”

Mathieu Pochon
Environment Engineer
Intern with Mobilité Piétonne (Fussverkehr Schweiz), Zürich
Session 2009-2010
“This minor offers a very enriching cross-curricular exchange between architects, environment and civil engineers. I particularly appreciated the projects on offer, which allowed me to discover the practical side of the subject and meet many professional and political actors. I also appreciated the possibility for working in groups in almost all of the classes taught in the DT minor. This minor also allowed me to discover the engineering professions from a new angle, that of providing services to the population. Finally, I think that this cross-curricular minor is necessary for all students hoping to begin a territorial planning oriented career.”

Laetitia Bettex
Civil Engineering graduate EPFL
Session 2009-2010
 “This minor gave me the opportunity to meet people outside of my domain (architecture), in particular gerographers, transport engineers and biologists. I am very happy to have has the chance to take a minor that allowed me to change context, professors, classes and discussions. I learned much more by going to classes on the territorial dispersion of frogs than in going to yet another class on the history of such and such a building. As part of my studies, the minor gave me a new way of understanding territories than that provided by the architecture department.
However, on a professional level, nobody on the job market (at least in French-speaking areas) seems to have heard of this minor, or even of the type of course that is called a “minor”. In addition, the only proof I received of having completed the course was a “Diploma supplement”, where the minor was noted in maximum size 7 script under the heading “Additional Information”! Nothing to get overly excited about!”
Valentin Kuník
Architect EPFL
Kunik & de Morsier Architectes
Session 2007 – 2008
“The themes covered in the minor (theoretical, technical, social and legal approaches) allowed me to understand the complexity of a territory’s diversity, its key figures and stakes.”