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International Research

ENSA Grenoble has long been recognized as a major national research centre. With four research units authorized by the Architectural, Urban and Landscape Research Office (BRAUP), it develops educational, scientific and cultural cooperation supported with numerous countries.

Architecture, Environment and Constructive Culture research unit (AE&CC)

The result of the combination of the CRAterre-ENSAG and constructive cultures labs in January 2011, as part of the latest AERES assessment and accreditation campaign, this research unit works on issues of economical eco-housing and sustainable towns, matter and materials, and conservation and development of real estate assets (archaeological sites, architectural sites of outstanding universal value). These 3 research themes are developed in close cooperation with international organizations (UN-habitat, UNIDO, CDE/EU, UNESCO World Heritage centre, ICCROM), government organizations and NGOs, as well as with the government (Rhône-Alpes, council, associations of municipalities). The inclusion of students from the “Earthen Architecture” DSA in foreign universities and international organizations helps set up concerted actions : the Africa 1998-2009 program, the central Asia 2001-2012 program and the Earthen Architecture 2017 world program.

Thanks to its international positioning, the research unit works increasingly on local reconstruction and development following natural disasters (earthquakes, cyclones, floods): Iran, Morocco, Bangladesh, Ivory Coast, Algeria, and Haiti. The research unit also develops a doctorate program in which it hosts or co-supervises PhD students from foreign countries (Algeria, Brazil, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Romania).

A graduate program : The earthen architecture DSA

This advanced specialized degree, specializing in “heritage”, created in 1984, is an international high-level course on sustainable development, economic housing in developing countries and conservation issues as well as valorisation of earthen architectural heritage. It is so far unique and attracts entries from all around the world.

The UNESCO Chair on earthen architecture

ENSA Grenoble is hosts the Chair “Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures, and Sustainable Development” which acknowledges the challenges of a sustainable future for the planet. It coordinates a network of 26 institution partners (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe). Through its ConsortiumTERRA, it amplifies the relocation of international education on this topic.

The Cresson Lab

Cresson Lab has been working for several years with many countries: joint supervision of theses with Universities of Gdansk, Madrid and Tunis, European research projects and hosting of foreign researchers. It is the source of an international network of architectural and urban environments. These exchanges allow a scientific, educational and professional confrontation around a theme for the future. The conference “Creating an Atmosphere”, held in September 2008 at the ENSA Grenoble marked the launch of this interdisciplinary network.

The International Network “Ambiances”

This network takes into account the sensitive area in the ways of thinking and designing the living space. It currently consists of twenty partner teams (France, Brazil, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Tunisia, United States, Sweden) and more than 250 members. The network regularly organizes seminars and conferences, publishes a newsletter and editorials, and brings together a field of knowledge and practices on atmospheres.

Network website

Careers in the History of Architecture Lab

The Careers in History of Architecture – Building-City-Territory lab has developed over many years scientific collaborations with academic partners from various European countries (Belgium, Italy, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey), America (North and South, Canada, U.S.A., Colombia), Africa (Burkina Faso), and Asia (Korea and Japan). They are part of international research projects (eg MIT-France Seed Fund for Collaborative Research program), co-supervision of PhDs (Russia), visiting scholars (Columbia, MIT, and Romania), organization of international conferences, as well as boosting the teaching of Master’s Degrees (organization of international workshops with Istanbul, Ouagadougou, etc.).

Researchers from the laboratory are members of various international research networks including architects, architectural historians, as well as urban planners, geographers, all examining from their field of reference the relations between building, city and territory and the thoughts that give form to the various modes of contemporary living.

The Mountain, Landscape and Architecture Team

This team develops a double research program focused on the diversity of mountain architecture and methodology for landscape projects. It has established educational and scientific relations with research programs in other architecture schools around the Alps and various professional partners from this area.

Contact :

Hélène Casalta