The “Architectural and Structural Engineering and Design” research focus includes engineering and design-based research projects in architecture and civil engineering and is linked to the “Building for Climate Change” research focus, amongst others. Work in the research area is focused in the areas of Design, Construction and Manufacture of Structures and on Facility Management in the sense of the holistic handling of the planning, construction and maintenance process. The development and use of computational methods for design, optimisation and calculation is another topic in the research area.
One focus is on design research: This includes research projects in Proposal Drafting, Digital Design (including Autonomous Building, Reverse Engineering Methods, etc.), Research on Design, Design Methods and Design Processes, Design-based Research / Artistic Research and Designing as a Research Activity.
In other research projects, methods for improving building design and the economic efficiency of buildings are developed from the original planning idea to commissioning, going through the entire life cycle of the project. The research examines the social and economic conditions in the construction industry, the people involved in construction and the work they do. The issues investigated include areas of performance, remuneration models and structures, economic planning and the way buildings are used (including future trends in Germany and Eastern Europe).
Other areas of focus include Materials Research (research into concrete, aggregates, mineral bonding materials, innovative building materials, the use of renewable raw materials, for example), Optimisation of Structures, Constructions and Composites (such as active and hybrid lightweight constructions) and Development and Optimisation Methods and Theories (such as simplified flow-zone theory, and Non-destructive Testing Methods). The subject areas involved work with regionally and internationally based companies (such as Vattenfall, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, Deutsche Bahn, and LAUBAG) or in various research networks with partners from science and industry, in networks such as REDUMAD, which is a coalition for “CO2-reduction material design” or, MICROMIN, a research network for micro minerals, or in R&D projects developing innovative building materials in the collaborative network set up as part of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) to develop new building materials (CAFISTA), or work on cross-faculty projects on fibre-reinforced plastics (with the Institute of Production Research in Faculty 3, for example). The research area allows for close collaboration with SMEs and regional partners in particular.
The laboratories in Building Physics, Building Chemistry, Fire Protection, Construction Engineering and Hydraulic Engineering, and the Research and Materials Testing Institute (FMPA), are available to support both basic and applied research in the current research areas with modern, well-equipped laboratories and technological and construction design facilities.