Building Beyond Borders is a cross-border learning platform to enhance knowledge and push action towards regenerative and distributive design and building processes

With its postgraduate certificate, hands-on workshops, bi-annual fall symposium, Global Perspectives master design studio, research and internships, Building Beyond Borders offers a wide variety of learning moments to students, professionals and other interested alike. 

International collaboration to exchange skills and visions is key to this platform. Focus is on responsible ways of building, within a context of scarce resources and a low-tech approach, aiming for a positive environmental impact and high social return.

With its unique pedagogical approach and civic ambition, Hasselt University's Faculty of Architecture and Arts makes the perfect home for Building Beyond Borders.


Building Beyond Pastorie Festival

Are you interested in sustainability and regenerative materials? Are you interested in building with the community?

Come and discover during our Building Festival (19 April - 05 May).
You can follow lectures, be part of workshops or spontaneously start helping out with the ongoing construction of the pavilion in the Pastorie garden. No previous experience is needed, unless stated otherwise.

Full programme on the students' wearebuildingbeyondborders website

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see many of you soon.


the preparations for the pavilion of the postgraduate certificate 2023-2024 have started... 

Harvesting local wood

BBB students bought 12m3 of local woodlogs 

for the Pastorie pavilion

photo at Meerdaalwoud Heverlee

BuildingBeyondBorders in Morocco

BBB students' study visit and 

hands-on workshops in Morocco. 

photo at the Mamoun Kadiri earth dome


We are one of the 61 finalists of the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2023

You can now support the Building Beyond Borders project and vote on the website (before May 24)

We are participating in the strand 'Education champions - shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life cycle thinking'.

more info

New edition postgraduate certificate

Registrations for the new edition of Building Beyond Borders are now closed.

Want to be kept in the loop for news and new events?

Living Lab Earth Blocks

Together with partners from industry and building practice, we explore the Application of Earth Blocks in Practice in the next 3 years  in the "Living Lab Leemsteen", funded by VLAIO

more info