The history of architecture aims to discover the relations inbetween the built environment (meaning locations, landscapes, built and non-built projects, ideas and discussions about space) and society. It contextualises design in the global social, political and economic history as well as in the theory and builds connections between design and science, technique and intellectual life.
The history of architecture is essential to educating architects* as responsible citizens who are aware of the impact of their practice on society and the planet. The Chair offers lectures on the global history of the built environment (GdgU) from prehistory to the present, as well as a variety of seminars on aspects of the history and theory of modern architecture and the built environment. Research at the Chair focuses on the history and theory of modern architecture, including the relationship between architecture, life sciences, and social engineering; gender aspects of architectural history; and architecture under socialism.