Individual project works are the central element of our study program. In these projects, the core competency of architects – design – is being taught. Students have to work on a project each semester and will earn half of the necessary credits to complete the study program there. By repeating the design process in the first three semesters, students increase their abilities to create design with architectural means. The skill to synthesize complex requirements concerning place and buildings, critical discourse within a society as well as demands on construction, material and building process into a design is the equivalent architecture has to the development of research skills.
A broad offer of elective courses complements the compulsory project works. These projects are assigned to thematic focus areas. It is possible to study with a specialization by choosing certain elective courses and projects. By taking at least one project, 27 credits of elective modules and the Master’s thesis in a focus area, these fields of specialization can be certified on your study report.
- Integrated Building Technologies
- Cultural Heritage, History and Criticism
- Urban and Landscape Transformation
All fields of study are project oriented and therefore structured similarly. Beside studying with a specialization it is also possible to apply for a mentoring program. In these programs, the student develops an individual study program with his or her mentor. This program consists of a core project or research work and is supplemented by elective courses provided by the department of architecture or other departments suggested by the mentor. At the moment, the following mentoring programs are available:
- Timber Construction (Prof. Kaufmann / Prof. Nagler)
- Urban Architecture (Prof. Fink)
- Computational Design (Prof. Petzold)
- Rebuilding and Conservation (Prof. Hild)
- Studio Krucker Bates (Prof. Krucker / Prof. Bates)
- Entwerfen und Gestalten (Prof. Graff)
Mentoring programs are also possible at other professorships according to individual agreements.
The fourth semester is reserved for the creation of the Master’s thesis. The theme of the thesis is established and prepared in a compulsory seminar in the third semester. The thesis can either be an architectural design or a purely theoretical work. Students who are not able to find their own theme and supervisor can apply to the examination board for a theme. A presentation at the end of the semester offers the chance to all graduates to present their work to a broad audience of experts, future employers as well as interested laypeople and to gain feedback from different fields of specialization.