Architecture for Human Environment with Smart Technologies

Swiss-Korean Academic Exchange Program for master students of EPFL, HEIA-FR and UNIFR: Study of the synergy of architectural design, human factors, and technologies in the office buildings and their combined effect on the indoor environmental quality and human-building interaction in the context of the local culture and architecture.

This ARC-HEST joint pedagogical program in the framework of two-week long Exchange Schools, a Summer School 2019 in South Korea, and Winter School 2020 in Switzerland, will consist of lectures, workshops, and studios. The essential part of each Exchange School is the visit of 3 case study buildings by students and the analysis of the current state of the building design, operation, indoor comfort, occupant’s satisfaction, and behavior by different student groups. The main task of the student groups is to design a building assessment method, and to collect, process, and evaluate data from the existing buildings. Based on the findings, the groups will need to develop innovative solutions for the improvement of the built indoor environment, the satisfaction of the occupants with the building, and human-building interaction in the context of the diversity of occupants and architectural design across Switzerland and South Korea.

Behavior of buildings and indoor environmental quality are generally different for heating (winter) and cooling (summer) seasons. For these reasons, the topic of Summer comfort will be investigated in South Korea during the Summer Exchange School on 18-30 August 2019 and the topic of Winter comfort will be studied in Switzerland during the Winter Exchange School on 2-14 February 2020.

ECTS Credits

The program is equivalent to a semester project and offers 4 ECTS for Master students at EPFL (ENAC), 5 ECTS for Master students at UNIFR, 6 ECTS for Master students at HEIA-FR.

Application Procedure

The students of the Joint Master of Architecture (JMA) at the HEIA-FR need to submit their CV and motivation letter by email until 14 February 2019. Selected students will receive a confirmation by 22 February 2019.

If you are a Master student at the EPFL (ENAC) or at the UNIFR and are interested to be  part of  this unique international program, submit your CV (1-2 pages) and motivation letter (1 page) by email until 3 March 2019. Selected students will be informed by 18 March 2019.




Academic Partners

SungKyunKwan University
EWHA University
Hanyang University



Dolaana Khovalyg

Head of Thermal Engineering for Built Environment Lab (TEBEL)
Tenure Track Assistant Professor - EPFL
-heat recovery
-energy efficient solutions
-heating, ventilation and air-conditioning HVAC

Dusan Licina

Head of Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL)
Tenure Track Assistant Professor- EPFL
-heating, ventilation and air-conditioning HVAC
-human building interaction
-health and comfort in buildings

Raphaël Compagnon

construction and environnement / TRANSFORM Institute
Professor- HEIA-FR
-spatial analysis or planning
-efficient energy strategies and regulation
-renewable energy

Denis Lalanne

Head of Human-IST Research Center
Professor- UNIFR
-data visualization
-human-centered multimodal interfaces
-human-building interaction

Anton Sentic

Co-Head of iimt for the Smart Living Lab
Senior Researcher- UNIFR
-transitions studies
-innovation systems
-renewable energy