Department of Architecture

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With 1,500 students, 200 scientists and 31 professors, the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich is pursuing a research-oriented teaching approach in cooperation with public organizations and companies - embedded in the excellent living and research environment of the greater Munich area.

Our central task is to sustainably improve teaching and research in our field and to develop strategies for the transformation of our built environment. Starting from the core activity of designing, we synthesize, contextualize and design complex spatial solutions. Our vision is to successfully integrate design practice into research.

The department offers an unusually wide range of subjects. The three competence fields "Urban and Landscape Transformation","Integrated Building Technologies" and "Cultural Heritage, History and Criticism" are characteristic.

We belong to one of the top universities in Europe. As a university, the TUM is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young professionals. It also forges strong links with businesses and academic institutions around the world. The TUM describes itself as an entrepreneurial university and was one of the first three universities to be appointed to the German Excellence Initiative program. With its “Emerging Field Policy”, the TUM explores new areas of development at the intersection of academia, the economy, and society.


At THE World University Ranking (2018) TUM is top-ranked in Germany among Technical Universities. At universities which offer architecture our Department belongs to TOP 30 worldwide, 6th within Europe (4th within European Union) and by far number 1 in Germany.

At QS World University Ranking 2017 (Subject Architecture) the Department ranks 1st in Germany and among TOP 30 world wide. Academic and employer reputation as well as publication performance are evaluated for this survey. In general, TUM is listed as No. 1 university throughout Germany. 

Repeatedly, the architecture courses of TUM were selected for DOMUS TOP 50 Architecture Schools in Europe (2017). TUM convinces the renowned journal with its strong technical focus and for having a spotlight towards an intention to build.

TUM has been awarded top marks for the study of architecture in the new rankings of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE). The ranking is based mainly on the assessment of students. The university features in the top group in the “Overall study situation”, “Courses offered”, “International orientation” and “Graduations in appropriate time” categories, positioning the Department as excellent choice for students.

In a study undertaken by the CHE, 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).