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.

2020 Winter School Closing Event

The case studies on coworking spaces will be presented on Friday 14 February 2020 at Bluefactory, Fribourg. More information

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.




Academic Partners

SungKyunKwan University
EWHA Womans University
Hanyang University



Dolaana Khovalyg

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

Dusan Licina

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

Raphaël Compagnon

Professor- HEIA-FR
-spatial analysis or planning
-efficient energy strategies and regulation
-renewable energy

Denis Lalanne

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

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Julien Nembrini

Human-IST Institute
Senior research and teaching collaborator- UNIFR
-modeling, simulations and algorithms
-human-building interaction
-user-centered interfaces