About team Aura

Our team pays particular attention to the existing built heritage. We believe that new is over, we have to build our civilization on a world that doesn't exist anymore.

Team Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a multidisciplinary Franco-Swiss team, bringing together students, teachers, researchers, institutions, and professionals.

It was born in 2008 from a partnership between ENSAG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Architecture of Grenoble), the GAIA (Grands Ateliers Innovation Architecture), and the INES (Institut National Institute of Solar Energy) to participate in the first edition of the Solar Decathlon competition in Europe.

Since then, the team has expanded and led several projects of design and construction of innovative habitats. It will participate for the third time in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in 2022 in Germany.

The team includes educational and training institutions as well as scientific institutions and research laboratories, such as the research unit Architecture, Environment & Culture Constructives at ENSAG, the G2Elab laboratory, or research laboratories associated with the network of ENSAM.

Meet The Team

During two years, of designing and building this project, about 200 students, researchers, and professors are integrating the team.


ENSAG – Grenoble

Grenoble School of Architecture, prime applicant university        

Les grands ateliers – villefontaine

Platform dedicated to experimentation and innovation in the field of architecture

UGA – Grenoble

Grenoble Alpes University                                                                                                                                                              

IUT GEII – Grenoble

Technical Institute training students to become Electrical and HVAC workers                                                                

IAE – Grenoble

Grenoble Graduate School of Management                                                                                                                               

ENSE3 – Grenoble

Engineering school specialized in energy, water, sustainable development                                                                      

Lyon University – Lyon

Lyon University                                                                                                                                                                                 

Urban School of Lyon – Lyon

Urban School of Lyon                                                                                                                                                                      

ENSASE – Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne School of Architecture                                                                                                                                           

Esadse – saint-Etienne

Art & design school                                                                                                                                                                           

HES-SO – Switzerland

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

HEIA-FR – Fribourg

Fribourg University of Engineering and Architecture   

AOCDTF – France

The institution trains future craftsmen and workers     

ENSAM – Chambery

School specialized in mechanical, industrial, energy, and life cycle analysis engineering           

Research laboratories

AE&CC ENSAG Research Unit – Grenoble

Composed of CRAterre research laboratory and Cultures Constructives Research laboratory             

G2ELAB research laboratory – Grenoble

Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory 

Amaco research laboratory – villefontaine

Transformation of locally available natural materials into building materials     

Our sponsors

We’re fortunate to be supported by local companies.


Europan 10 - Rua vs Estrada Lisboa (pt)
International Competition - 1st Prize

Delle Provincie - Lega Lombarda Roma (it)
International Competition - 1st Prize

Nero Ruscello Rionero in Vulture (it)
Internacional Competition 2 phases - Finalist

Prima Porta Roma (it)
Internacional Competition 2 phases - Finalist

Between Streets Oporto (pt)
International Competition - 2nd Prize


“DJ House” in Àlex Sánchez Vidiella (ed) 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas, Harper Design, New York, 2014

Battista, Nicola - "Sotto il Sole del Sud", Domus - Materialegno01, nº923, March 2009 (it)

D'Alba, Vincenzo, "Due progetti per Roma, dalla Galleria A.A.M", Paesaggio Urbano nº 3, May-June 2006 (it)

"Global Fields",in Didier Rebois (coord), Europan 8 European Urbanity, Europan Europe, Paris (fr)

Gato, Sandra - "Jovens Talentos", Revista Elle nº217, October 2006 (pt)