Certificate of Advanced Study ETH in Regenerative Materials – registration now open

The Certificate of Advanced Study ETH in Regenerative Materials is one of the only programmes entirely dedicated to earth and bio–based construction techniques.

Programme description

The CAS programme teaches how to use local and low–carbon materials to offer a socially, ecologically and economically responsible architecture with an adapted territory approach. It deals with the planning and operation of architectural projects using regenerative materials. It provides students tools and methods to manage projects using earth, bio–based and reused materials with efficiency and creativity.

Target group

Decision makers and practitioners of the construction sector from Switzerland and abroad (project managers, members of city technical services, building contractors, NGOs, architects, engineers). Qualified applicants interested in developing an experience to conduct projects using regenerative materials.


Participants will develop competence to conduct complex projects using earth, bio–based and reused materials with realistic and affordable solutions in order to participate to the necessary ecological and social transition in the construction sector. The CAS programme highlights exemplary architectural projects developing circular economy and the use of low carbon materials. It permits to learn through real case–study (new construction, energy retrofit).

Professional perspectives

The programme enables Swiss and foreign graduates to work as project managers in city technical services, property developer and NGOs, with specific knowledge and skills on regenerative materials. Green certification programmes are becoming more popular and start to take into account the life cycle analysis of materials. Alumnae and alumni of the CAS programme will have the useful skills to support building owners and operators to be environmentally responsible.

Programme structure + duration

5 months part-​time programme with one week of contact hours per month (structured as a series of teaching modules with a final individual project exercise). Lessons are using innovative teaching and are given in the form of lectures, visits, practical hands-​on and projects.

Start: Spring Semester (January, every year)

Duration: 5 months, part–time, one week of contact hours per months (approximately 150 hours of contact hours and an individual project exercise)

Language + Location

The course location is Zurich, Switzerland. Courses are typically held in English. Visits and discussion with practitioners will be translated in English, but given sometimes in French, German or Italian.


Certificate of Advanced Studies with the title ‘CAS ETH in Regenerative Materials’

Application period

1 July – 20 October 2021

Details and contact

» CAS Regenative Materials Website
» Further details on the CAS ETH 2022 homepage
» Flyer (PDF)

Contact: ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-​18.5, Rämistr. 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. +41 44 632 56 59, info@sce.ethz.ch