TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

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Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft
Gebouw TU Delft.jpg
Type Public
Established 1842
Dean Prof. Peter Russell
Academic staff
Students 2900
Location Delft, Netherlands
Website www.bk.tudelft.nl

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft (Dutch: Faculteit Bouwkunde; abbr. BK ) is the largest faculty of the university with around 2900 students. It is also one of the top faculties of the TU Delft and was ranked 3rd in the world’s top universities for architecture & built environment in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, following the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University College London (UCL).


On January 8, 1842, King Willem II founded the 'Royal Academy for the education of civilian engineers, for serving both nation and industry, and of apprentices for trade'. On the June 20, 1864, a Royal Decree was issued, ordering that the Royal Academy in Delft be disbanded in order to make way for a new 'Polytechnic School'. The School went on to educate architects, and engineers in the fields of civil works, shipbuilding, mechanical engineering and mining. STYLOS, the Student Association for architectural students in the faculty, was established in 1894 and is one of the biggest in the Netherlands.


The Faculty offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Master of Science in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
  • Master of Science in Geomatics
  • Master in Architecture with specialisations in Architecture and Modernity: Dwelling, Architecture and Modernity: Public Building, Heritage, Hybrid Building for the Dutch City, Interiors, Buildings and Cities, Hyperbody: Non-standard and Interactive Architecture, Materialisation, and Architectural Engineering
  • Master in Urbanism with specialisations in Urban Regeneration, Delta Interventions, Complex Cities and Regions in Transformation, Design as Politics, Future Cities, and Vertical Cities Asia
  • Master in Building Technology with specialisations in Climate, Facade and Structural Design
  • Master in Real Estate & Housing with specialisations in Design & Construction Management, Real Estate Management, and Housing
  • Master in Landscape Architecture

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Student Organisations[edit]

With a large international student presence, there are various specialist associations linked to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. These include a study association for students and an alumni association, as well as several active practical associations.

  • Stylos: Established in 1894, the Architecture study association has more than 2,100 members and around 100 active committee members.[1]
  • Argus: The Architecture master Student Association of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology[2]
  • Polis: Platform for Urbanism and Landscape Architecture is the study association for Master students of the Faculty of Architecture specialising in urbanism and landscape architecture[3]
  • Boss: the student association linked to the department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE). It was established in 1993 at the faculty of Architecture[4]
  • BouT: the student and practice association for Building Technology of the Faculty of Architecture[5]
  • Forum: Forum Housing Association is an association which aims to stimulate discussion about living and housing as part of the Real Estate and Housing specialization[6]


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