Faculty of Built Environment
The built environment is closely linked to the wellbeing and safety of people and has a significant impact on the social, economic and environmental aspects of our society. Considering the long lifespan of buildings and public infrastructures, the decisions made about their construction and maintenance have long-term consequences.
The Faculty of Built Environment conducts high-quality scientific and applied research in the fields of architecture and civil engineering and provides higher education based on this research. Our unique environment promotes collaboration and innovations and offers opportunities to pursue new avenues of multidisciplinary research and education. Our mission is to establish a reputation as a pioneer of teaching and research in civil engineering and achieve international visibility in our areas of expertise.
We maintain close ties with the broader society and engage in extensive collaboration with industry and business. We keep a keen eye on recent developments in our fields and allocate resources accordingly. Our priority areas include, for example, sustainable build environment and the maintenance thereof, structures and their behaviour, earth, foundation and railway structures, new technologies as well as new design and modelling methods.
We provide education in civil engineering in close collaboration with Tampere University of Applied Sciences, which is part of the Tampere university community. This collaboration enables us to set up unique new multidisciplinary teaching and research teams and lead the way also in the development of teaching.
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Our unit is a pioneer of modelling architecture, buildings and urban spaces. Our research activities cover topical themes in architecture, construction design, urban planning and urban studies. Our research groups share an interest in the ecological sustainability of the built environment and the social significance of space and are open to new techniques of analysis and design. We offer our doctoral students an international work environment.
We conduct high-impact, multidisciplinary research that encompasses the following broad areas:
Urban planning and design
Architectural design and sustainable housing
History of architecture, renovation and architectural construction
Urban Planning and Design
The Urban Planning and Design research group explores the development of cities and city regions as well as urban planning and design from multiple perspectives. The research interests of the group include, among others, planning systems and practices, complex processes, critical view to power in planning, public space and experiential urbanism, innovative co-development methods, planning history and urban heritage.
The group conducts multidisciplinary research that combines urban planning and design with architecture, geography, traffic planning, sociology, administrative sciences, economics and environmental psychology. The researchers carry out comparative case studies and critically examine the transfer of practices from one context to another.
The researchers working in our Urban laboratory located in Seinäjoki, Finland, take a holistic and future-oriented approach to the development of the built environment. They seek to identify new operational models and methods that will help make our built environment more user-centred and promote the effective use of resources. They often carry our multidisciplinary projects in collaboration with cities, municipalities, companies and other research organisations. The regional context of the laboratory is ideal as it enables the researchers to conduct different experiments and promote the use of interactive approaches to research and teaching.
Architectural Design and Sustainable Housing
The Architectural Design and Sustainable Housing research cluster merges practice-based and research-based national and international knowledge and expertise of several different research fields, SPREAD (Spatial & Speculative Research in Architectural Design) and ASUTUT (Sustainable Housing Design). The research cluster investigates architectural knowledge, design processes, public building design and sustainable housing design through theoretical, historical, practice-based, social and scientific methods to make meaningful societal change. This includes new thinking about sustainable housing design and public building design, innovative solutions to societal challenges and contributions to architectural theories, methods and design processes.
History of Architecture and Built Heritage
The History of Architecture and Built Heritage group aims to preserve and develop our built environment in a culturally and environmentally sustainable manner. The researchers who focus on the history of architecture mainly explore topics ranging from traditional wooden buildings to building preservation and the history of modern architecture. The group’s research on renovation and redevelopment supports the sustainable reuse of our existing building stock. In this area, the group’s research interests focus on suburban renovation and redevelopment and the reuse of concrete elements. Currently, the main research goal of the group in the field of architectural construction is to find ways to improve the competitiveness of Finnish industrial-scale timber construction as part of bioeconomy and sustainable development.
Education and research activities in the field of civil engineering involve about 120 teachers and researchers who carry out roughly 100 research and development projects on an annual basis. We maintain a holistic approach to research and combine theory with practice to maximise the impact of our research on society.
Our research groups maintain close collaborations with research partners in Finland and abroad. Our staff is actively involved in the preparation of various norms and design guidelines as well as in bodies and organisations that guide the development of the civil engineering sector. We also carry out various experimental building projects and, for example, develop civil engineering software.
Our research groups are:
- Building Physics
- Concrete and Bridge Structures
- Construction Management and Economics
- Earth, Foundation and Railway Structures
- Metal and Lightweight Structures
- Renovation and service life engineering of structures
- Structural Mechanics
- Transportation Engineering Verne
- Water and Sanitation Services CADWES
Our research interests cover the four main areas described below.
Our structural engineering research covers a broad spectrum of areas concerning structures and their design and behaviour, including the mechanics of structures, concrete and bridge structures, steel and light-weight structures, building materials and the hygrothermal and acoustic performance of building structures, the physical phenomena affecting indoor air quality, the life cycle engineering of structures, renovation and structural fire engineering. We frequently perform experimental testing in laboratory and field conditions and employ computational modelling.
Our research on infrastructures focuses on infrastructure construction and the development of the foundation structures of buildings. Research is conducted by three groups, which specialise in railway, earth and foundation structures and aim to improve the life-cycle efficiency of these structures in which utilization of the digitalization is one significant focus. The groups have access to state-of-the-art laboratory and measurement services and tailored structural monitoring systems. Our CADWES group’s research interests focus on ageing water infrastructures and their institutional development and resilience. CADWES hosts the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Services.
Construction Management and Economics
The research of Construction Management and Economics Group focuses on the construction management and the sustainable development of built environment. Our research interests include the construction project management and contracting, the construction management, real estate development, regional development, and the development of learning and work environments. Digitalization is a significant cross-cutting topic in our research.
The Transport Research Centre Verne
The Transport Research Centre Verne supports and promotes the development of safe and efficient transport systems. Verne’s research areas include integrated transport systems, human-centred urban transport, and efficient logistics and freight transport. Verne explores these areas from the perspectives of traffic as part of society, the future, energy efficiency, climate change and smart solutions.
Architects have a key role in addressing the increasingly complex challenges of the built environment in areas ranging from digitalisation, globalisation and urbanisation to energy consumption, climate change and the depletion of natural resources. Architects enjoy a high level of respect in Finland, as our built environment lays a foundation for the wellbeing and competitiveness of our society: more than 70% of Finland’s national wealth is tied to the built environment.
It takes five years of study to earn the required bachelor’s degree and master’s degree to become an architect. Our degree programmes combine theory and practice and place a special emphasis on the development of creative design skills. Our students and staff form a close-knit community with a warm and welcoming environment.
After completing a master’s degree in architecture, you will be qualified to work as an architect and will possess a broad understanding of your field that combines science, art and technology. While the majority of architects work for companies or are self-employed, the public sector is also a major employer. In Finland, architects have traditionally pursued design-oriented careers but the scope of their activities has since expanded to include, for example, the environmental, real estate, teaching and cultural sectors.
Expertise in civil engineering is crucial for maintaining the safety, security and the environmental, social and economic sustainability of our society.
You earn a master’s degree in civil engineering by completing a three-year bachelor’s programme and a two-year master’s programme. While pursuing your bachelor’s degree, you will specialise either in building construction or in municipal engineering. As you continue your studies towards a master’s degree, you will major in structural engineering or construction management, if you chose building construction during your BSc studies. If you opted for municipal engineering, you may major either in infrastructures or in traffic and transportation systems.
Graduates with a master’s degree in civil engineering have a broad range of career opportunities. They typically go on to pursue expert or executive-level careers in Finland or abroad. Potential employers include consulting companies, manufacturers of building materials and construction products, construction companies, the traffic and logistics industry, public organisations, universities and universities of applied sciences.
A career in civil engineering requires a broad understanding of phenomena related to construction, strong problem-solving skills and the ability to develop, implement and apply new technologies.
Doctoral Programme in Built Environment
Doctoral students who complete the Doctoral Programme in Built Environment may earn the degrees of Licentiate of Science in Technology (LTech), Doctor of Science in Technology (DTech) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The LTech and DTech degrees may be completed by graduates who already hold a degree in engineering. As their major, our doctoral students select either civil and infrastructure engineering or architecture and urban planning and design.
The Doctoral Programme in Built Environment provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue high-quality research and become influential experts in their field. Doctoral education allows students to acquire more in-depth scientific knowledge and more extensive skills in research and their practical application than master's programmes. Research training, which focuses on research and its practical application, is a key element of doctoral education. High-quality research is an integral part of doctoral education and research training. Full-time doctoral students are able to complete their degree in four years.
Upon completion of the programme, our graduates typically go on to pursue academic careers in universities and research institutions or expert and management careers in the private and public sectors.
Cooperation and partnerships
The Faculty of Built Environment is committed to building strategic partnerships and collaboration with research institutions, companies and public organisations. We foster an active culture of collaboration that enables us to effectively respond to our society’s changing research needs and skill requirements.
We maintain extensive networks of contacts and cultivate long-term collaborative relationships.
In the field of civil engineering, we engage in long-term research collaboration, for example, with the Finnish Transport Infrastructures Agency, SSAB, Ruukki Construction and the Association of Concrete Industry in Finland. We also have important funding, collaboration models and digitalization in the service life of infrastructures relating to the work of our tenure-track faculty and Industry Professors. We regularly conducted extensive research projects that are funded by the public sector or companies.
In the field of architecture, our recent research partners have included, among others, cities and municipalities, construction companies and associations, ministries, ARA, the Finnish Transport Agency, Business Finland, the Academy of Finland, regional councils and centres for economic development, transport and the environment.
Administration of the Faculty
Email address of Faculty: ben.tau [at] tuni.fi
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p. +358 40 544 6288
antti.lonnqvist [at] tuni.fi
Vice Dean for Education
p. +358 44 524 7245
juho.rajaniemi [at] tuni.fi
Vice Dean for Research
p. +358 40 765 8085
tim.lansivaara [at] tuni.fi
Head of the Unit (Civil Engineering)
p. +358 40 535 2305
matti.pentti [at] tuni.fi
Support of the Management
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pirjo.kuhanen [at] tuni.fi
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People and Culture
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Head of Study Services
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Composition of the Faculty Council (BEN)
Members and deputy members between 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
Koponen Olli-Paavo (Karjalainen Markku)
Lehtovuori Panu (Lahdelma Ilmari)
Pentti Matti (Malaska Mikko)
Saari Arto (Kähkönen Kalle)
Teachers, researchers and other staff:
Huuhka Satu (Vanhatalo Jaana)
Luomala Heikki (Leppänen Minna)
Poutanen Jenni (Sorri Jaakko)
Pöllänen Markus (Viri Riku)
Rundgren Aatu (Pakkala Toni)
(term 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2020)
Heininen Aleksi (Hyvärinen Sohvi)
Keskinen Victoria (Viitikko Ulla)
Koski Lauri (Tervala Ida-Maaria)
Sahramaa Lauri (Pitkäkoski Niklas)