Laboratory

In the Project Studio, visionary architectural and spatial designs are developed and tested. There is no division between theory and design.

 

The Master’s degree programme in Architecture focuses on the differences in design and building in response to varying environmental, social and cultural contexts. It integrates the urgent pursuit of sustainable environmental, social and economic agendas through cultural engagement. The programme's curriculum therefore not only reflects the diverse and complex challenges facing architecture as a responsible, globally connected yet locally enacted profession today – but also seeks to resolve these through a unified agenda in shaping the built environment.

Above all, students successfully completing the Master’s degree programme in Architecture are enabled to:
> execute their future profession in accordance with important and fresh insights gained from academic research and practice;
> assume leadership roles while committed to responsibility in action;
> think and act in a sustainable, holistic, global and interdisciplinary way;
> carry responsibility for our future and cultural heritage;
> independently conduct the in‐depth academic work that is required for admission to a doctoral degree programme.

The design studios offer students the opportunity to engage with the broad field of architecture on a variety of scales – applying a multitude of design and research methods, preparing them for the demands of the wide field of sustainable architecture and spatial planning and seeking to shape not only the leaders of a design process, but an architectural culture itself that can lead our society forward. The necessary theoretical knowledge and tools to successfully implement culturally sustainable strategies in architecture and urban design are taught in the advanced studios and Master’s thesis. Together with a series of compulsory and elective courses as well as pro bono projects, they enable students to develop and strengthen their personal fields of interest. The programme aims to nurture talented students who are committed to pushing the boundaries of their knowledge in the extensive field of architectural design towards sustainability, social responsibility and critical thinking.

Small classes and one‐to‐one teaching in design studios provide a personal, creative and productive learning and research environment focussing on the cultivation of strong individual profiles. Currently, students of more than 30 different nationalities create a unique cosmopolitan atmosphere on a compact campus within a stunning alpine setting. An optional exchange semester at one of the institute’s high‐profile international partner universities helps students to test their acquired knowledge in a different cultural and academic environment.

 

Truly international

The Master’s degree programme is characterised by a high degree of internationality, thanks to the international team of instructors and the continued collaboration with international guest reviewers for mid-term and final reviews of the design studios. Furthermore, intercultural exchange is promoted by excursion projects and design seminars conducted by internationally renowned experts. 


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