|Dean||Prof. Peter J. Russell|
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft (Dutch: Faculteit Bouwkunde; abbr. BK ) is the largest faculty of the university with around 2,900 students. It is also one of the top faculties of the TU Delft and was ranked 3rd in the world's top universities for architecture & built environment in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, 2017 and 2018 following the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University College London (UCL).
On January 8, 1842, King Willem II founded the 'Royal Academy for the education of civilian engineers, for serving both nation and industry, and of apprentices for trade'. On June 20, 1864, a Royal Decree was issued, ordering that the Royal Academy in Delft be disbanded in order to make way for a new 'Polytechnic School'. The School went on to educate architects, and engineers in the fields of civil works, shipbuilding, mechanical engineering and mining. STYLOS, the Student Association for architectural students in the faculty, was established in 1894 and is one of the biggest in the Netherlands.
The Faculty is home to a famous chair collection. It was originally housed in the old building and it narrowly escaped destruction in the fire in which that building burned down. Having so narrowly escaped the fire, the value of the collection became much more apparent. The free-to-enter museum showcasing a large collection of chairs throughout history, is currently housed as a permanent exhibit in the new faculty building.
BkBeats started in 1972 when it was called 'Bouwkundefeest' and was hosted at the faculty then also, however back then it was the old faculty which burned down in 2008. Since then it is hosted in the new faculty building. It is the largest student festival hosted in a educational faculty in the Netherlands. It is hosted biennially,  and organised by STYLOS, one of the faculties student organisations. The festival is so popular that it has been sold out many consecutive editions to date. As of the 2018 edition of the event, regular tickets costed 16 euro. For the festival the faculty is rebuilt from the inside and the festival takes place inside the faculty building.
The Faculty offers the following degrees:
With a large international student presence, there are various specialist associations linked to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. These include a study association for students and an alumni association, as well as several active practical associations.
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