5410114: Pro Bono Project

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Semester:WS 22/23
Scheduled in semester:1-4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:157.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)


The Pro Bono Project gives the student an opportunity to draw a close connection to the practice. Through the preparation of a Pro Bono project, the students gain a deeper insight into the three main areas of professional activity: concept phase, execution phase and reflection phase. In this way the students can complement and/or test their theoretical studies with practice-relevant work.


    • Identify key elements of problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner.
    • Compile subject-specific tasks and questions.
    • Create a project plan for a self-initiated project or for a project advertised by the Institute of Architecture and Planning.
    • Know, classify, interpret and apply phases, methods and criteria of project management (e.g. plan and continuously review steps, use resources sensibly).
    • Reflect value-related aspects in an interdisciplinary perspective (e.g. social justice, sustainability)
    • Expand, deepen and apply disciplinary competences (knowledge and skills) related to the project (understand, classify and use basic knowledge about special target groups, fields of action and social or legal framework conditions).
    • Identify, explain and actively take changes of perspectives.
    • Acquire a basic knowledge of the practical implementation of architectural designs.
    • Understand the complexity of a design process; from the conceptual work to the implementation of a project.
    • Translate theoretical knowledge into practice.
    • Take on tasks independently and demonstrate personal effectiveness in the implementation.
    • Being aware of the different phases of a project and their interrelation.
    • Evaluate the different methods used to develop the tasks developed as well as review the results.
    • Understand, evaluate and put into practice ideas, information and arguments emerging in the architectural discourse
    • Strengthen of the student's autonomy and sense of responsibility towards society through practical work.
    • Writing an application
    • Developing ideas and concepts
    • Know and understand factors of successful individual or team work as well as put methods and rules of successful individual or team work into practice.
    • Research on project-related data in the internet and in the library.
    • Read and analyse complex texts critically, recognise structures, uncover contradictions and distinguish facts from interpretation.
    • Visualise a project by intelligibly communicating it
    • Adjust the presentation format to the project
    • Self-evaluate the project
    • Production of project documentation
    • Create and execute appropriate and target group-specific presentations of the project.
    • Structure and process project results according to scientific criteria (project documentation, final report, final presentation).
    • Teamwork
    • Interdisciplinary and context based communication depending on the target group.
    • Learn to independently initiate projects
    • Consciously adopt perspectives on other professions
    • Know, understand and apply mandatory standards of professional oral and written communication.
    • Appropriately transfer and incorporate scientific knowledge into project-related situations and contexts.
    • Train problem-solving behaviour

Lectures Method

Project work under supervision, project management,
Individual selection of methods


Project-specific literature

Exam Modalities

Grade drawn from:
Pro Bono Application
Conceptual Phase
Execution Phase
Reflection Phase
Project Documentation
Project Presentation/Critical Review


  • PAR BA 19_Pro Bono (WS 22/23, in Planung)