Architectural Design and Sustainable Housing

Faculty or school: Faculty of Built Environment

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.

Research focus and goals

The Architectural Design and Sustainable Housing research cluster aims to make societal and architectural contributions by combining practice-based, theoretical, artistic and scientific research to investigate design-thinking and propose new approaches and solutions to societal challenges. The research cluster uses and develops design theories and methods to support architectural and spatial innovations and societally relevant changes. The research cluster focuses on architectural design, public building design, architectural practice, architectural theory, adaptable, flexible, collaborative  and integrated housing design, building performance and energy efficiency, health and well-being and sustainable architecture.

Contact persons

Ilmari Lahdelma



Fernando Nieto

Associate Professor (tenure track)


Sofie Pelsmakers

Assistant Professor (tenure track)