• Rendsburggade 14

    9000 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile


SARC aims to develop sustainable built environments that enrich human life.


SARC researches the design of sustainable architecture while integrating concerns for environment, climate, energy and materials with the purpose of strengthening the quality of human life.


SARC regards integrated design as a cornerstone in research, education and practice and aims to fully integrate engineering aspects in architectural approaches. SARC is critical towards the division of technical and aesthetical mindsets in the building practice and researches to integrate all relevant aspects of building also in early design phases. SARC works inter-disciplinary often with mixed methods. 

SARC applies a human-centered approach to architecture with the aim of enhancing health and quality of life in built environments. SARC researches human use and psychophysiological impacts of buildings while addressing multi-sensuous qualities moving science to the field of aesthetics. SARC addresses human beings as capable agents in sustainable development and researches user-centered design and building operation.

SARC works environmentally and regards climate and urban context as main drivers of building design. SARC researches climate mitigation and adaption of build environments; design of micro climates and exergy conditions and acknowledges that architectural integration of water and greenery in dense urban space will improve the city as human and natural environment.

SARC aims for architecture that is ambitious concerning energy efficiency and for indoor environments enriched by the changing forces of light and climate. SARC researches to develop architecture as a passive means of comfortable indoor environments, sustainable human activity and fossil free building operation. SARC researches to integrate active energy systems in the architectural approach and outcome.

SARC regards building as a long-term dynamic flow of material resource. SARC researches life cycle-oriented tactics of applying materials and components to architecture and to make the constructions support passive strategies of energy and climate meeting sustainable certification standards. SARC researches environmental tectonics to develop tactile, acoustic and visual qualities of architecture.

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Output 1995 2020

The Memory in Bodily and Architectural Making: Reflections from Embodied Cognitive Science

Jelic, A. & Stanicic, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Affective Architectures: More-than-representational Approaches to Heritage.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

An urban living lab monitoring and post occupancy evaluation for a Trombe wall proof of concept

Dabaieh, M., El Mahdy, D., Maguid, D. & Wanas, O., Nov 2019, In : Solar Energy. 193, p. 556 567 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Thermal comfort

A Review of adaptive Architecture in changing temperate Climates

Poulsen, M., Lauring, G. M. & Brunsgaard, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Green Building. 15 , 2, 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Federal Ministry

PLDC Award for Education 2017, Aalborg University Copenhagen

Ellen Kathrine Hansen (Recipient), Jakob Markvart (Recipient), Georgios Triantafyllidis (Recipient), Ásta Logadóttir (Recipient), Marc Fontoynont (Recipient), Henrik Clausen (Recipient) & Michael Mullins (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other prizes

Activities 2004 2020

Windsor Conference 2020 (Event)

Runa T. Hellwig (Chairman)
2020 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

Architectural Heritage: Affordances, Affect, Politics

Andrea Jelic (Organizer), Aleksandar Stanicic (Organizer)
18 Oct 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Utzon(x) Architecture Summer School 2019

Isak Worre Foged (Organizer), Mads Brath Jensen (Organizer), Avishek Das (Organizer)
26 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Press / Media

Udstilling i fyret - Aspekter af Hirtshals

Lars Brorson Fich


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Arkitekt: Aalborg er ikke en pæn by, netop derfor er den er smuk

Lars Brorson Fich


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media