European DesignBuild Knowledge Network

European DesignBuild Knowledge Network

The ‘European DesignBuild Knowledge Network (EDBKN)’ promotes the implementation, distribution, and sustainability of the DesignBuild methodology. The research project is funded by the European Union, 2013 – 2016 and is conducted by the Technische Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology, Associazione Archintorno, the German University Cairo and the Dalhousie University.

DesignBuild-Studios (DBS), a teaching and research model enabling students to take responsibility for developing balanced future living environments, are undertaking architectural projects from design to realisation. In recent years they became a new paradigm in architectural education in Europe and all around the world. However, despite the fact that DesignBuild-Studios show an exemplary way to combine the synergistic potentials of teaching, research, practice, and development cooperation, they remain a young and changing field that is far from being exhausted. The innovative EDBK Network will stimulate the sustainable, practise related, international and interdisciplinary knowledge-transfer, foster multinational, interdisciplinary cooperation and promote research related to DesignBuild activities.



The dbXchange.eu platform of the EDBKN was officially launched at the closing conference HandsOn. Enhancing Architectural Education at the Vienna Institute of Technology! Please visit and share your comments, ideas and suggestions for further development with us:






Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany
School VI Planning Building Environment
Department of Architecture

Habitat Unit – Chair of Architectural Design and International Urbanism
CoCoon – sector for contextual construction


Members of the consortium:

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria - Design Build Studio 

Associazione Archintorno, Non-Profit Association, Italy - Archintorno 

German University Cairo (GUC), Architecture and Urban Design Programme, Research Group Sustainable Urbanism, Egypt – Nile Island Initiative 

Dalhousie University School of Architecture; Canada – Coastal Studio 



Portland State University, USA – BaSiC Initiative



Zentrum für internationale und interkulturelle Kommunikation, Germany – ZIIK