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The Bouwkunde Winkel

Bouwkundewinkel Eindhoven, comprising a team of four students from the faculty of the Built Environment, offers advice and support to challenge owners in building, living, and the living environment. They provide advisory reports and design solutions, while ensuring effective communication between clients, students, and faculty supervisors.


The Bouwkundewinkel belongs to the Science Shops connected to the Eindhoven University of Technology. They help groups and individuals who have problems or questions in the field of the built environment, but do not have the financial means to call in a regular consultancy firm or building company. In 1974 Temagroep Planning started their activities regarding research for socially disadvantaged groups. As a result the Planalogies Advies Buro (PAB) was born. This shop was part of the department of the Built Environment of the Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven. In 1985 the PAB merged with the Bouwkundewinkel of the department of the Built Environment. The Bouwkundewinkel is currently the only Science Shop left at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Science Shops are information offices which conduct academic research in the social field for little or no costs. These Science Shops built a bridge between University and society. 

Without the development of Science Shops in general, their work gained more acknowledgement and appreciation throughout the years, the Bouwkundewinkel could not have existed. In 1985 the board of the department therefore decided to officially acknowledge and support the Bouwkundewinkel. The Bouwkundewinkel is founded by several students who considered social involvement as an important task, a goal that has not changed over the past few years. In recent years the Bouwkundewinkel has meant a lot to multiple individuals and groups who were able to get help with their specific challenges. 


The Practical Assignment Bouwkundewinkel at our department offers opportunities for students to engage in real-world problem-solving. Here’s how it works:

In completing the assignment, students can earn 5 ECTS credits, subject to meeting the following conditions:

This allows students to gain valuable practical experience while receiving academic recognition for their work.


After completing the course, students can convert a practical demand or practical problem to a pragmatic solution (more explicitly executable advice). 

To do so, students will: 

Students will also check the solution that will be advised to the client and report this in an adequate way, that is clear to the client (to a level that is understood by a layperson). 



The students receive feedback from their coach of the faculty and challenge owner regularly. The project’s result will be graded with respect to the students’ developed competencies. This grade is 100% of the final grade. 


Students are asked to fill in a questionnaire at the end of the course. This questionnaire focusses on what went well during the course and what can be improved.