Sustainable-Tectonic Architecture: Integrating Social Sustainability and Climate Impact


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this project module is to develop a preliminary building design for a sustainable-tectonic building using advanced integrated design methodology. As part hereof a sub-thematic introduction to social sustainability and climate impact. The building typology is complex and large of scale, with mixed programming and with a socio-functional focus aimed at diverse stakeholder perspectives and user groups with different functional demands. Content-wise the project focuses on developing a creative-iterative design process synthesizing climatic/environmental, structural, spatial, social, functional, and aesthetic parameters. The module PBL-pedagogically focuses on an advanced problem-based intercultural learning environment training students to apply scientific and research-informed knowledge into their project work. 

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of advanced integrated design and social sustainability in built environments.

  • Must have knowledge of different strategies in the field of sustainable and tectonic architecture and relevant scientific literature and theory.

  • Must have knowledge of technologies, strategies and design principles in relation to climate/environmental impact.

  • Must have knowledge of methods to address human well-being, needs and behaviour related to architectural design.


  • Must be able to include relevant scientific literature/research-informed knowledge and critically discuss best-practice related to the topic of social sustainable architecture, sustainability and tectonics.

  • Must master an advanced integrated design process applying analouge/digital tools and develop a sustainable-tectonic building design with architectural qualities that combines social, structural, and climatic/environmental aspects.

  • Must be able to choose, implement and combine strategies for the use of passive as well as active energy technologies, as part hereof evaluate solutions in relation to climate mitigation and climate adaptation.

  • Must be able to identify and target the building design for a defined user group and critically address their demands and well-being in the building.


  • Can critically discuss and reflect on potentials and limitations in social sustainability and integrated design for sustainable buildings.

  • Can handle the planning and management of an advanced integrated design process as part of a team and participate in interdisciplinary/intercultural team-collaborations.

  • Can communicate proper terminology in oral, written and graphical communication and documentation of problems, process and solutions in the integrated design of buildings and building services.

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed at the start of § 17; Structure and contents of the programme



Name of examSustainable-Tectonic Architecture: Integrating Social Sustainability and Climate Impact
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtig-tektonisk arkitektur: Integration af social bæredygtighed og klimapåvirkninger
Module codeAODAM1P223
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Architecture)
Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design