Today it is clear that the qualities of the built and open environment have a decisive effect on the well-being and quality of life of the people who live and work in it. In the face of population growth and increasing density, growing social disparities, a housing crisis, climate change and energy crisis, the rapid depletion of open spaces alongside existing threats to natural resources, the coming years will have to witness critical decisions in design and urban planning in Israel and globally.
The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion has a central role and a vision for the design of a sustainable future to improve people’s lives through research that will create groundbreaking knowledge and technology through expansive and inspiring teaching by architects, landscape architects, planners and designers – committed, curious, critical and innovative.
The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning is built upon a synergistic combination of teaching and research in four complementary fields covering the full gamut of solutions provided by spatial design: industrial design, landscape architecture, architecture, and urban and regional planning. In recent years, we renewed the curricula in all four tracks and strengthened the teaching and research infrastructures in the faculty by establishing advanced teaching and research laboratories, emphasizing the social, ethical, cultural, technological, and environmental dimensions of human intervention in the physical environment. These changes allow the faculty to take a clear critical and professional position toward the local and global challenges that its graduates are expected to meet in the near future.
We intend to continue leading the research and training of the design and planning professions for the benefit of humanity. The creative professionals trained in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning will become central figures in good design and planning, relating to beauty, experience, joy, well-being and justice. They will be in charge of promoting the preservation of the environment alongside physical and economic development for the benefit of the public and future generations.
Prof. Guedi Capeluto, Dean