About us

We bring together the outstanding, practice-oriented expertise of our staff within individual and interdisciplinary teams for our customers and research partners. Research at our institute involves close cooperation between experts in land use planning, architecture and engineering, as well as geotechnics and geology.


The Institute for Urban Development and Infrastructure ISI is one of the four institutes in the Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering at Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH. The institutes are unique in terms of their outlook as they encompass the material, the buildings, the built environment and the company along with its processes:


With the Center for Development and Cooperation we use our technical knowledge also for service contracts and capacity development in emerging and developing countries.


The Institute for Urban Development and Infrastructure ISI consists of three areas of expertise:

  • Geotechnics and Natural Phenomena: Dr Roger Rütti
  • Transport Infrastructure: Dr Nicolas Bueche
  • Dencity: William Fuhrer


In addition, we have close links with the Architecture and Civil Engineering divisions.



The work we do requires close cooperation with our partners and a comprehensive understanding of their requirements. We therefore maintain close contact with SMEs, associations and the public sector. We also actively participate in national and international bodies.

Our partners include contracting companies in the areas of special civil engineering, road and building construction and geotechnics, as well as planning, construction and real estate service providers, insurers, developers and public sector institutions.

Dencity partner network

FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories)

As the official Swiss representative, we are actively involved in FEHRL (the Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories).

We are official member of the International Mastic Asphalt Association IMAA.