Departments

 

Architectural Representation

The Department of Architectural Representation provides geometry and IT education in the field of traditional and modern architectural representation. Ever since the founding of the Faculty of Architecture, the main task of the department is to improve the students’ apprehension of spatial relations and to develop their comprehensive geometrical and constructional knowledge as well as their competence in CAD modelling. The department also prepares students to convert the spatial skills and IT knowledge necessary in architectural practice into an instinctive ability. The department provides internationally competitive knowledge for it's students, enabling them to handle geometry and informatics related problems in their designing and engineering practice at a high level. Besides regular education, our teachers provide professional support to our students in a number of successful scientific student work. The research work at the department is based on the development and adaptive integration of architectural representation and visual technical communication.

 

Building Constructions

Architectural work, the task of erecting a building materializes in constructions, so being familiar with them is essential for our entire profession. On the basis of teaching essential constructions and technical-scientific foundations our aim is to develop a constructional way of thinking and to help unfold the skill of designing structures.

Our department’s activity comprises design, providing expertise and consultation, moreover the collection and evaluation of experience related to the above, as well as of other experience gained during building and constructional developments, plus develop and foster this accumulated knowledge. We participate in international research and development projects. We are proud of that our staff members are nationally known specialists of their specific fields. We maintain good relations with domestic building contractors, manufacturers and professional organisations.

We do our educational and professional work with self-conscious corporate social responsibility based on the relationship between nature and human beings and on our scientific background.

 

Building Energetics and Plumbing

Department of Building Energetics and Building Services Engineering’s responsibility is to present, research and educate energy efficient, environmentally conscious, healthy and economical building service systems. As a consequence, the Department plays an important role of the building energetics, comfort theory (thermal comfort, indoor air quality, visual comfort and acoustics), building physics and ecology, to ensure the implementation and renovation of sustainable and healthy buildings. One of the major responsibilities of the Department is to educate heating, cooling, air conditioning, lighting and water supply systems to ensure the indoor environmental quality of buildings. In the education an important roles are the renewable energy supply, decentralized heat and electricity production, fire protection, building management and control systems as well as computer simulation of complete building service systems and its equipment. These subjects and knowledge are part of the full-time Hungarian and English education and postgraduate engineering training courses of the Department of Building Energetics and Building Services Engineering and offered for all the students of the Faculties but primarily for the students of the Faculty of Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. Apart from the education activity, the Department of Building Energetics and Building Services Engineering takes part of national and international research projects in area of the building energetics, sustainable buildings, nearly zero, zero and positive energy buildings of various public and residential buildings.

 

Construction Technology and Management

The Department of Construction Technology and Management was founded in 1951. The department belongs to the Faculty of Architecture, but we have courses at the Faculty of Civil Engineering as well. Our main topics are the social, legal and economical environment of construction, technologies, know-how, theoretical and practical aspects of construction processes and management. Our specialities are: construction management, scheduling, construction cost estimation, construction technologies, construction heavy equipment, law, economy and decision support in construction, facility management and real estate development.

 

Design

Our mission is the essential appreciation of the beauty of natural order in the spirit of artistic freedom. The Department focuses on artistic depiction with both traditional and digital graphics. According to the old phrase: "Aesthetics lies in the balance of external qualities and internal values. The harmony of intuitive and rational thinking defines our built environment." Our teaching practice is based on intuition, where the human factor is considered determinant and is favored over material resources. "Learning by doing": The creators: our staff consisting of practicing architects, visual and applied artists - and our students of architecture, industrial design and visual environment design.

 

History of Architecture and Monuments

The Department for History of Architecture and of Monuments of the BUTE through it's predecessor department founded in 1870 is nearly as old as the scholarly organized architectural education in Hungary: his name, his task, his staff has been changed significantly, yet it has always been being the leading scientific institution of teaching history of architecture at national level. Beside the education of history of architecture the department initially has also played a part in teaching building design, later - and today - has become also a prominent workshop of the scientific research and education of theory of architecture and of monument preservation. The task of modern university level architectural education is to train his students to give adequate answers to the problems of contemporary architecture and in this context the future architects have to be given or have to found appropriate responses in every phase of their work relating to professional problems on the field of history of architecture, theory of architecture or monument preservation. Through contemporary approaches of the department’s education system of history of architecture and of monument preservation future building designers well qualified in architectural and engineering terms will acquire an in-depth knowledge on architectural history and preservation by which their planning works being sensitive for the historical values of built environment or even tasks to be performed in the national monument preservation institutions may be carried out with outstanding professional liability. Accordingly, the educational and research profile of the department shall reflect this complex multi-faceted approach: teaching in a structure based on the historical and theoretical knowledge integrating architectural and engineering sciences and open to contemporary design approaches. The department plays a major role in leading PhD research and training programmes on the field of history and theory of architecture and monument preservation, and through the postgraduate engineering course specialised in the preservation of historic buildings takes also responsibility in the recruitment and training of monument specialists.

 

Industrial and Agricultural Building Design

Strength of our Department is the wide architectural praxis and education activity integrated with high degree technical skills. During the last 60 years – along the educational-scientific tasks – (as a result of the tasks) a special dual image of the Department has developed. Architectural: based on the work of successful architect tutors with extended praxis whether in or outside the department. Technical: that represents the comprehensive knowledge of establishments with complicated technology, complex (wide span) bearing structures and complicated building constructions and the integrated, determined and sober use of these. This character is a serious value well connected to the tradition of the Technical University and the Faculty of Architecture merging the architectural and technical knowledge.

 

Mechanics, Materials and Structures

Our department aims to teach the basic principles and methods of structural mechanics, and to present the methodology and trends of structural design to students of architecture. We prepare our students to be able to to communicate with structural engineers and also to make good decisions themselves in simple cases. Our goal is to educate architects who synthetize architectural designs in which functionality, aesthetical value and engineering creativity are all important. Our classes cover introductory classes (statics, strength of materials), advanced classes in structural design (Design of load-Bearing Structures and special loadbearing structures) and we also offer more specialized classes for those who are interested (finite element method, calculation and construction of reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber structures, etc.). Some of our elective classes foster research activity of students. Members our faculty are involved in structural design as well as in scientific research in the field of applied mechanics.

 

Public Building Design

Since its foundation the Department of Public Building Design has been a prominent place of architectural education in Hungary. The prestige of the department is established by the outstanding professors who determine the intellectual directions, the number of famous architects graduated from here, the high number of researchers taking part in the doctoral school programs and the prospect of success in competitions and professional life for all students. The education of design is characterized by a balance of practical and theoretical knowledge, working in small groups and an informal atmosphere. Our working method is based on openness, collaboration and the respect of creative freedom. Besides concentrating on the functional operation of public buildings the characteristic features of the department are a concern for the relationship of the building and its environment, the urban context, the ecological and social aspects of architecture, sustainability, and the synthesis of engineering and artistic points of view. Dealing with the general aspects of design we aspire to reveal the connections between architecture and its the wider cultural context too, without which, we believe, the fundamental aspects of architecture are unrecognisable.

 

Residential Building Design

The main task of Department of Residential Building Design is education and research related to flats and residential buildings. The Department is particular attend to students do their works with high social sensibility, creativity and with adequate technical content. Teachers are creators, they work in Architecture also in practice, and they do researches in Department’s profile. We offer a lot of subjects, most of them are available in English. Topics continuously react for changes and needs in the world, and that helps for students to gain the useable knowledge and to decide with responsibility in built environment. We work out our research themes with doctoral and regular students, in frame of perpetual discuss. Our results insure the innovation in our education.

 

Urban Planning and Design

The Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Faculty of Architecture in BME has been one of the most important urban education and research centres in Hungary since 1929. The shaping of the urban and rural environments in various scales requires a multidisciplinary approach, creativity and an interactive as well as a cooperative perspective that is ready to react to the social and economic changes. In the field of the architectural education at masters level we instruct environment-sensitive architecture and urban design that bears specific reference to both space and time while at the doctoral schools of the faculty and at the advanced professional training courses we focus on passing on necessary and important knowledge to be used in urban planning, based on the complexity of urbanism. Our education is continuously being updated and relies strongly on our researches, practical experiences and on our international connections emphasising the open relations between architecture and urbanism and strengthens the unity of planning and research. We support and see our students through with all our forces and practical knowledge to enable them to explore their field of professional interest by themselves that is adequate to their talents and scopes to acquire the planning intelligence together with a complex and interactive manner that are indispensable for architect and urbanist practices and to raise the permanent demand in them for applying the new and ever-changing domestic and international knowledge.