Fostering discovery through three institutes

ENAC researchers work at the crossroads of the built and natural environments. They explore the many facets of our world – from underground microbial networks to complex urban mechanisms – with a clear focus on sustainability-oriented innovative solutions.

Our three institutes and over 70 laboratories are recognized internationally for their research excellence and their cross-disciplinary approach. Our teams also collaborate with the broader scientific community and various public and private partners within prestigious organizations.

Located on three different EPFL sites (Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion), ENAC labs benefit from a state-of-the-art equipment. They are designed to foster open and reproducible science, paving the way to new discoveries and encouraging knowledge sharing.


Institute of Architecture and the City – IA

The Institute of Architecture and the City was established to promote research in architecture and urban planning. This fundamental mission reflects the fact that high-quality architecture, well-constructed structures and buildings that fit in seamlessly with their surroundings, natural and urban landscapes and cultural heritage are clearly in the public interest.

Civil Engineering Institute – IIC

The Civil Engineering Institute performs research in the core disciplines of Civil Engineering : Geo-engineering, hydraulics and fluids, structures and materials, transportation and mobility, buildings and energy systems.

Environmental Engineering Institute – IIE

The Environmental Engineering Institute pioneer adaptation to environmental changes as part of sustainable design, with an emphasis is on translational science based upon rigorous understanding our environment, seamless integration of data and models, humans as integral parts of environmental systems, and development of novel, leading-edge technologies.