TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft (Dutch: Faculteit Bouwkunde; abbr. BK ) is the largest faculty of TU Delft with around 2,900 students. It is also one of the top faculties in the world: it was ranked 2nd in the world's top universities for architecture & built environment in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, following the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and 3rd in 2015, 2017 and 2018 an 2019.[5][6]

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft
Faculteit Bouwkunde
Gebouw TU Delft.jpg
Other name
BK City
DeanDick van Gameren[2]
Academic staff
Students2,593 (2016)[4]
Undergraduates1,073 (2016)[4]
Postgraduates1,515 (2016)[4]
Other students
5 (2016)[4]
Location, ,
2628 BL
Coordinates: 52°00′20.7″N 4°22′13.7″E / 52.005750°N 4.370472°E / 52.005750; 4.370472
Front side of the building at night


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 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.[7]


In 2008, the faculty of Architecture almost completely burned down in a fire.[8] The current building is TU Delft's former main building.[9][10]

Chair CollectionEdit

The Faculty is home to a famous chair collection. It was originally housed in the old building and it narrowly escaped destruction in the fire in which that building burned down. Having so narrowly escaped the fire, the value of the collection became much more apparent. The free-to-enter museum showcasing a large collection of chairs throughout history, is currently[11] housed as a permanent exhibit in the new faculty building.[12][9][11]


BkBeats [nl] started in 1972 when it was called 'Bouwkundefeest' and was hosted at the faculty then also, however back then it was the old faculty[13] which burned down in 2008.[8] Since then it is hosted in the new faculty building. It is the largest student festival hosted in an educational faculty in the Netherlands. It is hosted biennially,[14] and organised by STYLOS, one of the faculties student organisations.[15] The festival is so popular that it has been sold out many consecutive editions to date.[16] As of the 2018 edition of the event, regular tickets costed 16 euro.[17] For the festival the faculty is rebuilt from the inside and the festival takes place inside the faculty building.[18][19]


The Faculty offers the following degrees:[20]

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Master of Science in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
  • Master of Science in Geomatics for the Built Environment
  • 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 Planning complex cities, Transitional territories, Design of urban fabrics, Urban metabolism & climate and Urban ecology & Eco-cities.
  • Master in Building Technology with specialisations in Climate, Facade and Structural Design
  • Master in Management of the Built Environment (MBE) with specialisations in Design & Construction Management, Real Estate Management, and Housing
  • Master in Landscape Architecture
  • PhD in Architecture and the Built Environment


The following are associated with the Faculty.[citation needed]

Notable graduatesEdit

Notable facultyEdit

Student organisationsEdit

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.[21]
  • Argus: The Architecture master Student Association of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology[22]
  • 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[23]
  • 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[24]
  • BouT: the student and practice association for Building Technology of the Faculty of Architecture[25]
  • 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[26]
  • GEOS: Study association of the M.Sc Geomatics Programme.[27]


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  6. ^ "Architecture / Built Environment". Topuniversities.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
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  8. ^ a b "The Making of BK City". Tudelft.nl. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Van Wijk, C (1 April 2011). "Archives, Collections and Curatorship. The Delft Chair Collection". Journal of Design History. Oxford University Press. 24 (1): 79–84. doi:10.1093/jdh/epq047. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  10. ^ Bais, Jorik (29 April 2013). "De geschiedenis van BK City in een notendop". Objectuur.nl. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b "de geschiedenis van de stoelencollectie". Stoelencollectiedelft.nl. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  12. ^ gje (18 November 2010). "Finally: Wall of Designer Chairs at BK City, TU Delft". ChairBlog.eu. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  13. ^ "BkBeats 2016". Festivalinfo.nl. 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  14. ^ "FESTIVAL: BKBEATS 2012". Festivalinfo.nl. 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  15. ^ "BK BEATS". Bkbeats.stylos.nl. Stylos. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Kaartjes". Bkbeats.stylos.nl. Stylos. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  17. ^ "BkBeats 2018 | Distortion". Stylos.nl. Stylos. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  18. ^ "LOCATION". Stylos.nl. Stylos. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Bk Beats - Lustrum Editie". Delft: Stylos. 7 October 2013. p. 25. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  20. ^ "Masteropleidingen". Tudelft.nl. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "ARGUS". Argus.cc. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  23. ^ "About Polis - Polis". Polistudelft.nl. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  24. ^ "BOSS Students - BOSS Students". BOSS Students. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  25. ^ "BouT". BouT. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Vereniging - Forum". Vhv-bulletin.nl. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  27. ^ "GEOS Geomatics Study Association of the TU Delft". www.geostudelft.nl. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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