Explorations and Experiments in Sustainable-Tectonic Architectural Design


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to knowledge, skills and competencies within the architectural design and engineering field corresponding to the completion of the MSc01 level at the Architectural Design-engineering education.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the project is to provide the students with the opportunity to explore and experiment with the development of a sustainable-tectonic architectural element/building design. This by using an advanced integrated design approach synthesizing perspectives of sustainable and tectonic design thinking. Further with the aim to achieve an authenticity of innovative design of the structural and architectural-aesthetic expression. Also, by ensuring a continuity and integrity between the intended aesthetic experience and socio-cultural purpose with form, structure, construction, material use and energy performance. Finally, the project module PBL-pedagogically focuses on an advanced problem-based learning environment training students to independently choosing and applying different techniques of experimentation and prototyping/fabrication into the creative-iterative design process and their project work.  As well as, to critically assess their own professional development and further specialisation.

Learning objectives


  • Must master knowledge of advanced integrated design, tectonic thinking and sustainable assessment in an international level.

  • Must have knowledge of sustainable- and tectonic scientific literature/theory and design methods.

  • Must have knowledge of complex spatial structures and a critical understanding of the interplay between aesthetic experience, form, structure, materials, energy performance and detail in relation to the integrity of architectural design.


  • Must master relevant digital tools for analysis/simulation of technical parameters in quick feed-back loops during the design process.

  • Must be able to synthesize complex technical, functional, environmental and aesthetic demands, in a coherent sustainable-tectonic solution of substantial architectural quality.

  • Must master critical reasoning to the innovative engineering and architectural design issues that arise through project development and to demonstrate independent thinking and informed judgment.

  • Must be able to evaluate the sustainability standard of the element/building according to acknowledged assessment methods.


  • Can handle the planning, implementation and management of an advanced creative-iterative and experimental design process with a professional responsibility.
  • Can prepare a design proposal for a sustainable-tectonic element/building, of high complexity and with substantial aesthetic, architectural, constructive, structural, material, and functional qualities.
  • Can present the project in a professionally competent way by means of relevant media, analogue/digital tools, models, and  techniques.
  • Can take responsibility for own professional development and specialization.

Type of instruction

See the general types of instruction in §17; Structure and Contents of the Programme.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


Name of examExplorations and Experiments in Sustainable-Tectonic Architectural Design
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesignrelateret undersøgelser og eksperimenter i bæredygtig-tektonisk arkitektur
Module codeAODAM2P205
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design