About us

Our research is rooted in the field of engineering, but it also contains important and comprehensive elements from the social sciences and the humanities.

We research, advice and educate with a holistic approach in the complex issues of the urban, residential and construction area. We are a part of Aalborg University and have more than 300 employees located in both Aalborg and Copenhagen.

What is behind BUILD?

Our society is facing great challenges. From climate changes to urbanisation. Challenges that require new perspectives, ideas and talents, which we can only develop by working together.

This is the idea behind BUILD and what makes our approach special.


We are a unique, professional community within the built environment.

Our professional collaboration enables us to think holistically down to the smallest detail. And that is no small matter. Because that means that our students get a holistic education that is both desired and in demand.

It ensures that our research is of international format. But never unrealistic. And it enables us to provide comprehendible answers to the sector and authorities, even in the most complex situations.

In short, the broad collaboration is our solution to tomorrow’s great challenges. For even though we at BUILD have various focuses, the goal remains the same: to build a better and more sustainable society. From Aalborg to Copenhagen. And in the rest of the world. This is the position on which we are building. 

Contact us


The Department of the Built Environment is headed by a head of department. The department is organised in a number of independent research divisions with each their own head of division, as well as a secretariat managing the administrative tasks for the department. 

See organisational chart.

Organisation management

Lars Pico Geerdsen

Head of department

Per Heiselberg

Deputy head of department for research

See research profile

Anne Kathrine Frandsen

Deputy head of department for public sector services

See research profile

Lene Faber Ussing

Deputy head of department for education

See research profile

Pernille Bisgaard Dybdahl

Head of secretariat

Kristoffer Soelberg

Head of communications

Heads of divisions

Hans Thor Andersen

Head of division for the Division of Town, Housing and Property

See research profile

Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen

Head of division for the Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering

See research profile

Ruut Hannele Peuhkuri

Head of division for the Division of Civil Engineering and Construction Management

See research profile

Tine Steen Larsen

Head of division for the Division of Sustainability, Energy and Indoor Environment

See research profile