Transition Workshop 2020

13 – 24 July 2020, Geneva

Open for applications

Deadline:Sunday, March 15, 2020, midnight

Selections: March 16-31, 2020




The Braillard Architects Foundation (FBA) and its partners, as part of the research and culture program The Eco-Century Project®, is launching the first international workshop aimed at promoting professional interactions and understanding the scale and methods of the ecological transition of cities, in the face of the climate emergency.
The FBA thus contributes towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals set by the United Nations.


Principles and objectives

The FBA creates a new educational framework to accelerate the transition of cities thanks to a new generation of architects, designers and decision makers.

The interdisciplinary innovative courses call for ambitious and conscious citizens and professionals, ready to engage in the construction of a sustainable future.

The 2020 Transition Workshop is set to:

  • Raise awareness in sustainable architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture.
  • Foster design methods for resilient buildings and cities in the wake of climate emergency.
  • Empower a new generation of space designers (practitioners, public administrators, decision makers) with the capacities to build, rehabilitate, preserve, reuse whilst protecting the environment.


The BFA commitment

  • The Eco-Century project®calls for a radical renewal of principles, methods, theories, and frameworks to face the environmental urgency.
  • Greater Geneva is an ideal setting for the study of environmental action through the architectural, urban and landscape project.
  • The Programme will be developed in the excellent educational setting of the Leman lake.
  • An important network of private and public partners will patron and curate the Workshop.


The Workshop

Workshop description

The ecological transition is now.

Cities, territories and citizens are committed to a change in lifestyle, production, mobility and communication.

Architects, urban planners, administrators, businesses and the general public are demanding a new project for the future of the 21st century. A new generation of motivated and trained professionals is looking for ways to act as agents of change, to support and inspire the movement towards sustainable development.

Under these premises, it is imperative to develop a new cycle of knowledge and know-how to create and accelerate the projects of the ecological transition. Cities and territories need to develop a new zero-emissions project in terms of space, society and aesthetics, before it’s too late. The United Nations is warning us about the need to combat global warming by 2030. For its part, the European Union has set the 2050 horizon for decarbonisation. It is time for architects, urban planners and decision-makers to imagine, build and play their own role in this magnificent challenge — arguably humanity’s greatest challenge.


Workshop details

Through case studies in the Canton of Geneva and its international environment, we actively respond to the need for responsible, rapid and informed action to transform buildings and cities into sober, resilient and bio-diversified places. for life, solidarity and creativity. Design and construction methods are radically revisited in an open, collaborative and visionary way, well in the spirit of the Geneva framework.

Actors and local communities are making their study cases and knowledge available as impulses to go further towards the decarbonization of our built framework in terms of:

  • Construction methods and materials
  • Landscape and biodiversity management
  • Production/consumption of energy and other resources
  • Infrastructure and mobility models
  • Urban lifestyles: work, leisure, production, consumption
  • Urban agriculture, permaculture and gardening
  • Citizen participation



The transition materials will be processed by the project:

  • Theories and architectural, urban and landscape projects frameworks
  • Environment and resources management
  • Economy and cities development
  • Anthropology and habitat sociology

The scales of the ecological transition project:

  • Buildings and neighborhoods
  • Landscapes and metropolitan regions

Two weeks program (Subject to modifications. Updated on February 18 2020)


Keynote speakers




Please email us by March 15, 2020, to,copies of the following documents:

  • Identity document
  • Accreditations/academic and professional qualifications
  • Updated CV
  • A cover letter of up to 500 words containing your understanding of the urgency of the ecological transition, your professional involvement and your personal perspectives

Nominations will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the Braillard Architects Foundation between March 16 and March 31, 2020.
Announcement of successful candidates on April 2, 2020.


Are invited to apply

  • Project professionals: Architects, urban planners, landscapers and professionals from the city and territory, looking for tools and methods of re-qualification on the horizon of the ecological transition.
  • Students: in architecture, urban planning, preservation, urban studies, political studies and environmental studies (Master or PhD level) wishing to qualify their diplomas in order to enter the professional sphere of ecological transition.
  • Public sector professionals: Public administrators, politicians, associations, private companies wishing to prepare for the decision-making processes and the executive environment of the 21st century.
  • Citizens: Individuals and civil society organizations


Registration fees

The registration fee for participants selected on file is CHF 4,440 (participation in logistics costs and 13 days of single room accommodation at the University City of Geneva with full pension)



The Braillard Architects Foundation and EPFL, as part of the Eco-Century Project ®, grant official certification for participation in the Workshop.

ECTS credits: if you are a student or professional, in continuing education, this Workshop grants 4 ECTS credits. For more information, please contact us as shown below.



For more informations, contact us by email at or by phone at +41 (0) 22 311 17 17 (Thuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).



About us

The Braillard Architectural Foundation is a Swiss institution recognized as being of public utility and established in Geneva since 1987, focusing its activity on a quality built environment. With the primary mission of protecting and promoting the Braillard archives, the Foundation recognizes the current challenges that the accelerated urbanization of our planet poses to the ecological balance. Well-designed, managed and lived cities are an imperative for achieving the goals of sustainable development.

Under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, the multi-year research and culture program The Eco-Century Project® and its partners (Canton of Geneva, FAS, FSU, Swiss Heritage Geneva and the Geneva Rents) examine the relationships between the disciplines of spatial planning and resources planetary.

Geneva Canton

City of Geneva

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Bureau Haus

Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development