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“Through rigorous exploration, the power of imagination and a focus on emerging opportunities architectural design can play a crucial role to bring more sustainable futures into the present.”

Research profile

Torsten Schröder is currently Assistant Professor at the Chair of Architectural Design and Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key research interests are sustainability, resilience and circular economy within architecture and cities.

Torsten’s interdisciplinary ‘theory in practice’ approach helps identify new opportunities and analyses how architects, engineers, clients and others apply the concept of sustainability to their design projects, in their studios and on-site. Drawing on Science and Technology Studies (STS), he shifts attention to the ways design challenges are framed, knowledge is produced, design strategies assembled and how controversies and conflicting priorities are settled. In this way, Torsten aims to develop innovative, comprehensive and compelling design strategies for sustainability in specific architectural and urban design projects. Currently, he is investigating how STS and ‘Research by Design’ can make crucial contributions to the vital question: How or in what kind of a world do we want to live in the future?

Academic background

Torsten Schröder graduated in the Architectural Department of the University of the Arts Berlin with excellent (‘sehr gut’). In 2014, he obtained his PhD in the Cities Programme, Department of Sociology, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, winning the prestigious RIBA PhD research award in 2015. In March 2015 he was appointed as Assistant Professor at TU/e in the Department of the Built Environment. Torsten offers a unique blend of practical and research expertise, partly based on his extensive experience working with private clients, corporations, city councils and cultural institutions. He is a Senior Architect with 10 years of experience in designing and realizing a wide range of outstanding architectural projects for leading design practices. From 2000 to 2006, he worked for Rem Koolhaas / Office for Metropolitan Architecture as an architect and project leader on projects in the USA, Germany, South Korea and China.

Torsten is the organiser of the 15th annual Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) annual conference 2018: ‘Smartness? Between discourse and practice’ at TU/e. He is a member of the Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA) and member of several scientific committees of academic conferences.

Affiliated with

  • Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA)
  • Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)

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architectural design Earth & Environmental Sciences
Architectural design Engineering & Materials Science
Sustainable development Engineering & Materials Science
sustainability Social Sciences
Facades Engineering & Materials Science
analytical framework Earth & Environmental Sciences
documentation Social Sciences
environmental impact Social Sciences

Projects 2018 2019

Bio based composite materials in Pavilion and Canopy design

Schröder, T., Klein, C., Klein, C., Gerrits, E., Blok, R., Teuffel, P. & Kuit, B.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2005 2019

Exploring the potential of colored glass in the south façade for optimizing visual comfort

Hosseini, S. M., Mohammadi, M., Rosemann, A. L. P. & Schröder, T. W. A., 2018, 2018 International Forum on knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2018), Delft, Netherlands, 4-6 July 2018. p. 155-171 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

1 Citations

Giving meaning to the concept of sustainability in architectural design practices: Setting out the analytical framework of translation

Schröder, T., 24 May 2018, In : Sustainability. 10, 6, p. 1-15 15 p., 1710

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
architectural design
Architectural design
analytical framework
Sustainable development
Open Access

Sustainable architecture in urban historic contexts: A systematic literature review

Peng, Y., Roders, A. R., Schröder, T. W. A. & Colenbrander, B. J. F., 2018, 2nd International Conference on Heritage of China: Continuity and Celebration of Living Heritage of China.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

literature review
protected area
architectural design
buffer zone
sustainable development


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

Torsten Schröder (Recipient), 2 Dec 2015

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Architectural design
Sustainable development

Activities 2002 2018

Buildings (Journal)

Torsten W.A. Schröder (Peer reviewer)
24 Oct 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Sustainability (Journal)

Torsten W.A. Schröder (Editorial board member)
21 May 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

UMA 2018 Round Tables / Conversations on Architecture - from the local to the global: On having Agency

Torsten W.A. Schröder (Keynote speaker)
30 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific


2018 Workshop Research through Design Studio

Torsten W.A. Schröder (Participant)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

2018 DR_SoM (Design Research Series on Method) (Event)

Torsten W.A. Schröder (Member)
1 Apr 20181 Apr 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific


Student theses

Adaptable education center of the future: programming education and housing in an adaptable building for Siemens through architecture

Author: Kuilman, R., 20 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, J. (Supervisor 2) & Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A just form

Author: Kniest, R., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2) & Brodruck, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Architecture, justice and sustainability: more than just a skycraper : design for a supreme court in Brussels, Belgium

Author: van Nieuwland, R., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2) & Willems, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Authority and architecture

Author: Pluijm, R., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2) & Kuit, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A workshop of justice

Author: den Otter, M., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2) & Kuit, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master