The paper introduces the Web based INtelligent Design Support (WINDS) European Project to support education in design, a.k.a. the AEC Virtual University. The Project is divided into two actions. First, the research technology action will implement a learning environment integrating an intelligent design tutoring system, a computer instruction management system and a set of co-operative supporting tools. Second, the development action will build a large knowledge base supporting Architecture, Civil Engineering and Construction Design Courses and to experiment a comprehensive AEC Virtual University.