Course Director: Csaba Szikra
Consultants: Zoltán Magyar PhD (ZoMa), Csaba Szikra (CsSz), Levente Filetóth PhD (LeFi), Norbert Harmathy (NoHa)
Lecturers: No lecture
Course: Elective
Course Load: 1 hour of consultation per week (Place of consultation at the Department – Room 231)
Credits: 6 points
Completion: Essay, presentation
Announced: Autumn, Spring Semester

The course based on the following topics:

The main topics are given by the current courses of the departments. They mirroring the specific competence, knowledge and motivation on language skills and professional research of the department staff. Suggested topics mainly in Dep. of Building Energetics, and Building Services on

  • Building Energetics
  • Building Physics
  • Building Simulation
  • Confort
  • Natural and Artificial Lighting
  • Passive and Active Energy Collection
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Sustainable Energy Usage
  • Fire Protection

Assumed Background:

Minimum of 4 semesters architectural and engineering studies, specified background during the registration. The participation on the course is allowed for the exchange students of the Faculty of Architecture.

The main aim of the Course:

Similarly to the international practice the course aims primarily research activity in architecture and its documentation. The possible horizont of the research topics is determined by the course lists of the departments and the personal interest of the students. Beside the architectural topics the course will give an appreciation of interdisciplinary and special fields in international environment too. The project work will demonstrate generic and specific skills and understanding of the open and synthetic character of the research.

The objective of this course is to hone the skills of analysis and abstraction in order to develop a framework for research. The student should be able to draw from precedent in the art, architecture and engineering in the development of this framework, which will act as scaffolding for the theoretical, experimental and creative decisions. This course will consist of a series of consultations to the teachers, but the essay should write by the student. The available topics are given by the Departments of the Faculty. The student can propose also a special topic for research during the course, but the teacher has to be agreeing with the proposal.


Compile an essay under guidance of the Topic Leader.


Week/Date Detailed topics  Topical Outline
1. Registration, define the frame of the research  At Room Nr. K231, delivered by Csaba Szikra, Monday, Thursday from 9-12AM
2. Define the topic, compile the bibliography
3. Define the topic, compile the bibliography
4. analyse the written sources, compose studies, research concept
5. analyse the written sources, compose studies, research concept
6. analyse the written sources, compose studies, research concept
7 Extended concept Mid review, presentation: first control submission – extended abstract of the research idea based on bibliography, case studie(s) and/or site analysis
8 preparing scientific material, editing the essay
9 preparing scientific material, editing the essay
10 final editing the essay
11 final editing the essay
12 final editing the essay
13 final editing the essay
14 Compile the presentation Final submission: final essay, including 10-15 A4 pages text (cca 20.000-30.000 characters + attachments, plates, photos, drawings etc. max 10 pages), format: .word/.rtf and .pdf)
15 Late deadline for submission
15 Final conference Presentation of the results on the Faculty Conference, 10 minutes presentation+5 minutes discussion in English (format: .ppt/.pptx)

Through the semester need to be successfully completed an essay by all students. The core of the research can be studied by a team (max. 6 participants), but every student has to research a subtopic. The final essay should be edited for the conference at the end of the semester. All essays should consist an abstract in English (max. 1500 characters). The best, selected essays will be published presumably yearly.

The course will open every year on the last week of November and May. The schedule and the main topics are given by the departments and published in NEPTUN and on the Faculty and Department websites.


The student has to compile a list with the relevant monographs, periodicals, web based sources etc. The course leaders will give a basic bibliography.


participation on course                   16

essay                                                   144

preparation of the presentation     15

conference                                           5

            total                                      180     

 Based on the syllabus of  Zsolt VASÁROS DLA,  Melinda BENKŐ PhD, Zoltán HUNYADI CSc

Accepted and presented essays: