Three Instituts to perform cutting-edge research


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 innovative, sustainability-oriented 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.

ENAC’s labs are located across three different EPFL campuses (Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion) and benefit from 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 (IA) addresses the systemic challenges posed by the ongoing climate crisis, rapid urbanization, digitalization and the threat of ecosystem collapse, as they relate to our built environment. Its ambition is to use transdisciplinary design-focused research to develop coherent, progressive and inclusive visions and solutions for our future, operating as catalysts for the ecological transition that is vital for human habitation on the planet.

Civil Engineering Institute – IIC

The Civil Engineering Institute (IIC) conducts multidisciplinary research with a primary focus on the sustainability of infrastructure and geosystems, new sources of energy, distributed energy systems, and mobility and transportation. Through multi-scale experimental and computational research, IIC embraces technological literacy and promotes open science.

Environmental Engineering Institute – IIE

The Environmental Engineering Institute (IIE) pioneers adaptation to environmental changes as part of sustainable design. Its emphasis is on translational science based on a rigorous understanding of the environment, seamless integration of data and models, humans as integral components of environmental systems, and the development of novel, leading-edge technologies.

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ENAC’s Labs

AcronymeNom completprofesseur responsableInstitutlieu
SOILSoil biogeochemistry laboratoryAeppli MeretIIESion
BUILD-OBuilding 2050Aguacil SergiIAFribourg
VITAVisual lntelligence for TransportationAlahi AlexandreIICLausanne
MACEMicrobiome Adaptation to the Changing EnvironmentAltshuler IaninaIIESion
LHEEnvironmental Hydraulics LaboratoryAncey ChristopheIICLausanne
LIPIDLaboratory of Integrated Performance in DesignAndersen MarilyneIALausanne
GR-ACMACM GroupAprea SalvatoreIALausanne
TPODTheory and Project of Domestic SpaceAureli Pier VittorioIALausanne
MANSLAB-COLaboratory for spatial manufacturing – GeneralBakker & BlancIALausanne
ECOLEcological Engineering LaboratoryBarry D. AndrewIIELausanne
RIVERRiver Ecosystems LaboratoryBattin TomIIESion
LTEEnvironmental Remote Sensing LaboratoryBerne AlexisIIELausanne
EMLEnvironmental Microbiology LaboratoryBernier-Latmani RizlanIIELausanne
EESDEarthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics LaboratoryBeyer KatrinIICLausanne
TRANSP-ORTransportation and Mobility LaboratoryBierlaire MichelIICLausanne
HERUSLaboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban SystemsBinder Claudia R.IIELausanne
CHANGELaboratory of Catchment Hydrology and GeomorphologyBonetti SaraIIESion
LAPISArts of sciences laboratory – Archives of imaginaryBraghieri NicolaIALausanne
GR-CELCEL GroupBreider FlorianIIELausanne
MCSStructural Maintenance and Safety LaboratoryBrühwiler EugenIICLausanne
CNPALaboratory of Digital Culture for Architectural ProjectsCache BernardIALausanne
SENSESmart Environmental Sensing in Extreme EnvironnementsChappellaz JérômeIIESion
CEATUrban and Regional Planning CommunityChenal JérômeIIELausanne
ALICEDesign Studio on the Conception of SpaceDietz DieterIALausanne
IMOSIntelligent Maintenance and Operations SystemsFink OlgaIICLausanne
SXLStructural Exploration LabFivet CorentinIAFribourg
EAST-COLaboratory of Elementary Architecture and Studies of Types – GeneralFröhlich Martin & AnjaIALausanne
LUTSUrban Transport Systems LaboratoryGeroliminis NikolaosIICLausanne
TSAMLaboratory of Techniques and Preservation of Modern ArchitectureGraf FranzIALausanne
PERLPlant Ecology Research LaboratoryGrossiord CharlotteIIELausanne
MICROBELaboratory of microbial physiology and resource BiorecoveryGu WengyuIIELausanne
LBELaboratory for Environmental BiotechnologyHolliger ChristofIIELausanne
LDM2Media and Design Laboratory (ENAC/IC)Huang JeffreyIALausanne
LASURUrban Sociology LaboratoryKaufmann VincentIALausanne
CCLABComposite Construction LaboratoryKeller ThomasIICLausanne
ICELaboratory of Integrated Comfort EngineeringKhovalyg DolaanaIICFribourg
LCEEnvironmental Chemistry LaboratoryKohn TamarIIELausanne
TOXLaboratory of Environmental ToxicologyKristin SchirmerIIELausanne
RPGLRock Physics and Geofluids LaboratoryKushnir AlexandraIICLausanne
LMSSoil Mechanics Laboratory – Chair gaz naturel PetrosvibriLaloui LyesseIICLausanne
TEXASTheory and Experience Architecture StudioLapierre EricIALausanne
GELGeo-energy Laboratory – Gaznat Chair on Geo-energyLecampion BriceIICLausanne
CRYOSLaboratory of Cryospheric SciencesLehning MichaelIIESion
GR-URBDEMOUrban DemographyLerch MathiasIALausanne
HOBELHuman-Oriented Built Environment LabLicina DusanIICFribourg
RESSLABResilient Steel Structures LaboratoryLignos DimitriosIICLausanne
GR-LUDLudwig GroupLudwig ChristianIIELausanne
RIOTResearch and development for innovation on architecture, urban design and territoryMalterre-Barthes CharlotteIALausanne
URBESLaboratory of Urban and Environmental SystemsManoli GabrieleIALausanne
DISALDistributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms LaboratoryMartinoli AlcherioIIELausanne
LGBLaboratory for Biological GeochemistryMeibom AndersIIELausanne
LSMSComputational Solid Mechanics LaboratoryMolinari Jean-FrançoisIICLausanne
IBETONStructural Concrete LaboratoryMuttoni AurelioIICLausanne
LAPILaboratory of atmospheric processes and their impactsNenes AthanasiosIIELausanne
THEMATheory of Environment, Material, and ArchitectureNichols SarahIALausanne
CRCLLaboratory for Creative ComputationParascho StefanaIALausanne
PL-LCHHydraulic Constructions PlatformPerona PaoloIICLausanne
WIREWind Engineering and Renewable Energy LaboratoryPorte Agel FernandoIIELausanne
LASTLaboratory of Architecture and Sustainable TechnologiesRey EmmanuelIALausanne
ECHOLaboratory of EcohydrologyRinaldo AndreaIIELausanne
CONSTRUCTConcrete Behaviour and Structural Design LaboratoryRuggiero DavidIICLausanne
EERLExtreme Environments Research Laboratory – Ingvar Kamprad ChairSchmale JuliaIIESion
NanosolarNanotechnology for Solar Energy ConversionSchueler AndreasIICLausanne
ETHOSCivil Engineering and Technology for Human Oriented Sustainability LabSonta AndrewIICFribourg
LIFLaboratory of Imagination and FabricationTaillieu JoIALausanne
LEURELaboratory of Environmental and Urban EconomicsThalmann PhilippeIALausanne
HITAMHistory and Theories of Architecture, Technology and MediaThiermann AlfredoIALausanne
FARLaboratory of Construction and ArchitectureTombesi PaoloIALausanne
ECEOEnvironmental Computational Science and Earth Observation LaboratoryTuia DevisIIESion
ACHTArchitecture, Criticism, History and Theoryvan Gerrewey ChristopheIALausanne
LAB-ULaboratory of UrbanismViganò PaolaIALausanne
LEMRLaboratory of Experimental Rock MechanicsViolay MarieIICLausanne
WR-LABWatershed Research Labvon Freyberg JanaIIELausanne
LTQELaboratory for Water Quality and TreatmentVon Gunten UrsIIELausanne
IBOISChair of Timber ConstructionWeinand YvesIICLausanne
UPHCEProf. Hering Group in Environmental ChemistryAckermann MartinIIE(Lausanne)
UPJESSELProf. Jessel GroupJessel BeateIIE(Lausanne)
LIMNCLimnology CenterTofield-Pasche Natacha IIELausanne