Research & Development

The Department of Architecture lists more than 200 research and development projects that have been undertaken in the last three years. The number of registered doctorates – currently more than 150 – is very high in comparison with other german schools of architecture.

The Department has an excellent reputation in architectural research throughout Germany. In a study undertaken by the CHE Centre for Higher Education (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung), the Department ranked among the TOP 3 architectural schools in Germany in all categories of third-party funding (EUR 4.5 million total revenue in 2015).

At QS World University Ranking 2017 (Subject Architecture) the Department ranks TOP 1 in Germany and on place 29 world wide.This signifies an improvement of eleven places in comparison to the previous 2016 year’s ranking.

The combination of research in the fields of energy-efficient construction, landscape architecture, restoration, timber construction, industrial design and curatorial practice sets it apart from other architecture schools.

In recent years, the Department has forged further structural partnerships and participated in research center collaborations. It is particularly well-connected with the other engineering disciplines at the TUM.

Main Areas of Research

  • Urban and Landscape Transformation
  • Digital Methods for the Built Environment
  • Theory of Architecture, Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Conservation and Rebuilding of Architecture and Cultural Heritage
  • Timber Architecture and Basic Building
  • Climate Responsive Design and Circular Engineering
  • Human Centered Design

Research in Architecture

Architects are obliged to find strategies for complex challenges in urbanization and building processes. Research at the Department of Architecture is conducted along three complementary and converging methods of investigation:

  • Scientific Research: Probing the specific for the general
  • Research by Design: Addressing complexity through design
  • Going Real: Testing Grounds and Laboratories

Most architectural research activities take place at the crossroads of engineering, humanities, social sciences and art. Architecture is a synthesizing academic discipline.