Master of Science in Architectural Engineering
The Department of Architectural Engineering offers in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) a two-year international master program.
The degree of ‘Master of Science in Architectural Engineering' aims at educating people who can practice architecture and technology both in the professional as well as in the academic world. The academic degree is embedded within BRUFACE (Brussels Faculty of Engineering) and it is characterised by a close relationship with the scientific research. The programme prepares students for a wide range of job profiles such as architectural and structural engineer, construction management, project manager or leader, consultant, employee or executive in an architectural or engineering office, supervisor of the built heritage, policy maker for urban planning, scientific researcher and others.
More specifically the programme of ‘Master of Science in Architectural Engineering' aims for an advanced level of knowledge and analysis in scientific work in general and in the field of engineering and architectural sciences in particular, the acquisition of a broad scientific training in the creative and inventive approach to the basic sciences, engineering sciences and architecture, and the adoption of an attitude of lifelong learning. The main objective is to implement the interaction between the architectural and engineering culture through architectural design.
The subject-specific minimum requirements are acquiring basic knowledge in the involved disciplines: architectural sciences, engineering and design:
- (1) the architectural sciences involve the knowledge of the history of architecture, architectural theory, the social context in which an artifact is created and critical interpretation of the architectural discourse;
- (2) in terms of engineering it involves the knowledge of construction methods and technologies, as well as more specialised knowledge for calculating and simulating all technical aspects related to the execution of an artifact, ranging from acoustics, stability of the structure, foundation engineering, building physics, heating, lighting, material properties, the use of new materials and lightweight structures, reuse and renovation of existing structures and the design of structures with a transformation capacity;
- (3) for the design it is expected that the student acquires knowledge and methods to integrate this extensive knowledge and resources and to communicate and integrate them in space and time.
These skills are acquired through academic, professional, social and reflective integration. Attitude formation involves the ability to relate to both personal character as well as to a societal challenge. Being able to take responsibility in order to contribute to sustainable transformations in a rapidly evolving society based upon strategic insight is an important objective.
The programme consists of a fixed number of compulsory courses and a number of optional courses. The assessment of learning outcomes is done through log and portfolio evaluation and the successful completion of a master thesis in the second year.