​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Institute of Architecture: Heritage, Construction and Users 


TRANSFORM Institute seeks comprehensive, integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to transforming the natural and built environment architecturally. The aim of TRANSFORM is to find intelligent ways of integrating innovative processes and technologies into the transformation of inhabited environments, taking into account use and cultural values. TRANSFORM seeks to achieve a dynamic balance between the human factor, inhabited environment and technical progress on the one hand and an optimum use of resources and methods on the other, in order to meet the challenges facing architecture today.

TRANSFORM is a key player in transforming the built environment, providing a link between fundamental research, professional practice and production. In order to take safety, sustainable development and energy efficiency into account, we need intelligent and reliable systems with very low power consumption. TRANSFORM focuses its research on innovation and technological development in order to make these available to industry and to the world of tomorrow.


Core competences

TRANSFORM focuses on the theme of "transformation" through all phases of the architectural process and the ongoing dynamics of architectural intervention.

Transformation is understood as change, adaptation, optimization, variation, evolution and transition. It also finds expression more usually as renovation, restoration, extension, conversion and redevelopment, which take into account and enhance existing structures.


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​​Collaboration at the smart living lab

​​The TRANSFORM Institute is one of the research groups that collaborate at the smart living lab in Fribourg. The smart living lab is a research and development center dedicated to the built environment of the future​​. It conducts interdisciplinary and interinstitutional projects and combines the expertise​ of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the School of engineering and architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR) and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR).​ 

More information is available on the official website of the smart living lab