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Department of Building Typologies and Design Basics
Department of Structures and Structural Design

RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstr. 1, Reiffmuseum
D-52056 Aachen


Telephone: +49 (0)241 8093855
Telefax: +49 (0)241 8092243


Since 2006, the Departments of Building Typologies and of Structures and Structural Design of RWTH Aachen University offer courses, which integrate practical experience of the concrete realization of building projects into university education in the context of aid projects in South Africa.
Within one year, the students go through all the phases of a building project from the first design drafts to the development of models, building plans and 1:1 mock-ups to realization; besides execution planning and quantity determination this also includes scheduling, financing and cost control.

The direct experience of the project has left a lasting impression on the teachers and students of RWTH Aachen University, but also on the South African teachers, students and their families by the principle of »Build together, Learn together«. The identification with one’s own activity produces a new quality of appreciation of self-dependent work in both the local and the European contributors. The cooperation of students, teachers, pupils, their parents and all sponsors contributes to the intense experience of the project development and at the same time to a new social accountability which goes beyond the pure (project)completion.