OTB specializes in independent research, education and consultancy in the field of housing, construction and the built environment. OTB is part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
The policy areas of OTB are centred around various aspects of the built environment. For example, research is carried out into such areas as housing, urban renewal, transport and infrastructure, urban and regional development, sustainable building and building policy, land policy, geo-information resources and GIS technology.
OTB’s research draws on the knowledge and skills of various disciplines: public administration, architectural engineering, social geography, planning, economics, sociology, computer science and civil engineering.
Important societal partners are government departments, housing corporations, project developers, consumer organizations, branch organizations, financiers and investors, property managers and construction companies, GIS developers and suppliers.