4507942: Design Studio: Shaping the future

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Semester:SS 18
Plansemester:1 - 4
Lektionen / Semester:150.0 L / 112.5 h
Selbststudium:247.5 h



Masterstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)


The design studio engages students with architecture as a responsible practice on a variety of scales applying a multitude of design- and research methods, preparing them for the demands of the broad field of architecture and planning. Architectural and urban design is practiced in the context of projects of varying complexity, ranging from constructive building details and structures, to devising groups of structures and entire settlements and habitats. Design projects are represented in drawings, models, images, and by using all other available media. Teamwork is conducted with particular attention to the internal organization and workings of the teams.


Professional competence

  • Execute complex defined and self-defined projects of research, development or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.
  • Develop an architectural idea into a sustainable proposal, carefully taking into consideration the project's historical, theoretical, cultural, environmental (ecological) economic and social context.
  • Communicate and articulate ideas and information fluently in English language and work comprehensively in visual, oral and written forms.
  • Make formal presentations about specialist topics to informed and general/community audiences.
  • Exercise autonomy and initiative in carrying out set project briefs and self-directed programmes of study.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage time and physical resources in relation to set project briefs and self-directed programmes of study as an individual and a group member.
  • Deal with complex ethical and professional issues.
  • Show confidence in analysing case studies and the ability to infer principles and motivations.
Methodological competence
  • Apply a variety of design- and research methods and visualisation techniques
  • Have knowledge of scientific or artistic methods within an interdisciplinary context

Social competence
  • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication
  • Understand how to work with confidence in the complex organisational and community settings within which the applied methods and design processes are typically deployed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, exercises, experiments, presentations etc

Personal competence
  • Assess own work and put it into a historical, theoretical and social context.
  • Gain confidence in own role and the persuasive and accountable manner in which it is expected to be performed.



design studio, exercises, experiment, research, writing, visualising, modelling, presenting, case study, peer feedback


Literature lists are issued and updated each semester


mid-term and final reviews, participation, minimum 75% mandatory presence


  • PAR MA 14_Design Studio: Shaping the future (SS 18, in Planung)