Traineeship for Munich Building Authority

The Institute for (Architectural) Design, Town and Landscape holds the interdisciplinary seminar for postgraduates on behalf of the Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior (Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Inneren). The postgraduate seminar is a vital part of the 2-year training for future executive staff of the Bavarian State Building Authority.

Qualified engineers with an above-average diploma in either Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, preferably coupled with some practical experience, are eligible for admission to the trainee course. Training is offered in the following subjects: Structural Engineering and Urban Development (Dipl.-Ing. for Architecture), Road-Building and Water Management (Dipl.-Ing. for Civil Engineering), Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Technical Ecology (Dipl.-Ing. for Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering). The course ends with the Final State Examination (Große Staatsprüfung) which is held at the Supreme Building Authority (Oberste Baubehörde). On passing this examination, the candidate is awarded the title of Official Architect (Regierungsbaumeister). 

In keeping with a broad, cross-curricular engineering model, the seminar gives participants instruction in interdisciplinary practices and imparts a collective, comprehensive understanding of building culture. Of particular importance are a good grasp of the principles of civilization and the history of law as well as social, economic and ecological connections, procedural boundedness of planning techniques, optical, functional and technical quality assurance and interdisciplinary development strategies.


The 10-week seminar is divided into 2-week modules dedicated to the different topics. The first week of each module focuses on imparting facts in the form of lectures, whereas the second week concentrates on practical project work and exercises. 

The lectures deal with such subjects as the principles of civilization and law, economics, ecology, management systems as well as theories, methods and tools of interdisciplinary town, country and landscape planning. The speakers come from the fields of science, politics and administration or from independent firms. The task of conveying the basic principles is in the hands of visiting lecturers who hold regular talks on their special subject corresponding to the core themes of the respective seminar. These are backed up by selective, individual lectures on the main topics dealt with in the relevant coursework or practical exercises. Wherever possible, the lectures are organized in such a way that they fit into the 2-week modules concerned. 

Project-specific exercises are carried out by the trainees in groups with an interdisciplinary constellation parallel to the lectures. The relevant projects address topical, complex issues relating to the specific fields of interest and are conducted from the points of view of social studies and law, economics, ecology, management and infrastructure planning. Each exercise lasts two weeks, the first week focussing on establishing the basic principles, collating the original sources and structuring the assigned task. The main emphasis in the second week is on the cross-curricular development of planning scenarios and implementation strategies.