The group understands architecture in a wide sense to include the technological, economic, environmental, and societal dimensions of urban areas. We use design and planning methods to deal with functional, infrastructural, and the aesthetic issues pertaining to the built environment and landscape at various scales.

The Architecture Group conducts research, undergraduate education and postgraduate education with a focus on sustainable and good physical environments. This is achieved by integrating building, urban and traffic planning, where aesthetic design combines functional, technical, practical and economic dimensions in relation to people, sustainability, the landscape, and the already built environment.

We investigate issues and develop innovative knowledge that are applicable to the planning processes, urban and building performances, and transport solutions. Our research places a special focus on local climate, participatory processes, urban health, heritage and transformation, sustainability, road safety, accessibility and security in urban areas for all (including children, youth, elderly, disabled, and cyclists).

We work in an interdisciplinary fashion, collaborating with health science, economy, climatology, energy engineering, and social science. The scale of our research varies from the very detailed level to larger structural planning on regional, national and international level.

The architecture group is also responsible for the education program, Master of Science in Architectural Engineering which is, by number of students, the largest in the department (SBN). We have a large network of visiting lecturers that participate to the educational activities within our courses. Our group is a full member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

The group is made of about 15 senior staff (teachers and researchers) and 5 doctoral students with expertise in urban design and planning, building design, traffic planning, landscape architecture, and heritage conservation. The current, acting chair of the group is Agatino Rizzo.