Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg (INSA Strasbourg)

INSA Strasbourg is a State institution of Scientific, Cultural and Professional teaching. The architectural training in the architecture department of INSA Strasbourg is marked by an interdisciplinary approach that conjugates architecture and engineering in a fruitful manner being the place of an obvious collaboration between these disciplines. Taking advantage of this particular context and its heritage, this training is often the place of experimentation or educational innovations.

INSA Strasbourg (in numbers): approximately 1,700 students / More than 300 graduates per year / 35% fellows / 30% female students / 12% foreign students / 111 persons teaching and research staff / 103 persons administrative and technical staff / 290 external speakers / 27,000 m² working area / Consolidated budget: 22 M €

The main missions and scopes of work of INSA Strasbourg are:

  • the training of architects and engineers,
  • the high-level scientific and technological research,
  • the continuing education of engineers and technicians and
  • the professional integration and dissemination of scientific and technical culture.

Anxious to transmit the values of the INSA Group to its students, INSA grants a great importance on openness to others and in general openness to the world. INSA cultivates and incarnates the desire to learn and to innovate with the aim of better understanding the world and acting in business.

Today, INSA Strasbourg acts enhancing the following four strategic orientations:

  • continue its development by affirming its integration into local dynamics and its national positioning;
  • consolidate the process of structuring and boosting research of high level and quality;
  • adapt and evolve the training device to bring it into line with high level pedagogical standards;
  • develop school-professional environment synergy.

More precisely, INSA Strasbourg was always internationally identified as a key institution in the areas relevant for this project focusing on:

  • the development of the dimension of sustainable development in its training process
  • the professionalism vision of the training programs
  • the development of international and cross-border cooperation

Hence, the architect graduated from INSA Strasbourg is hired to:

  • architectural firms, urban planning agencies, interior design or design firms, design and engineering offices, construction and public works companies; development companies, architectural consulting firms, private, public or semi-public, private or public project owners or employees in architectural firms
  • conduct research (for example in the framework of a PhD thesis).

Pre-professionnal skills are explicitly acquired during the studies since the pedagogic program includes internships. Internships are distributed throughout the course and their minimum total compulsory duration for graduation is 20 weeks. In summary, of these internships is the discovery by practice of the professional world, in its complexity and diversity with a mandatory minimum duration of 4 weeks in summer. The observation is that students perform on average longer than the minimum mandatory internships, especially in the Master cycle, which corresponds to a favorable to a successful integration into the host structure period.

The key persons involved to this project are associate professors architects, engineers and artists. They maintain links with other institutions for many years from all over France and Europe. These links allow to interact with other know-how and other approaches to architectural learning, to exchange on teaching methods and to make the necessary contacts to strengthen the opening to the outside, vision of the Department.