Profile of the Faculty 06

Interdisciplinary connected

We teach and research spatial design in architecture, urban planning and landscape planning in a reciprocal context.

The goal of developing space and society sustainably connects all three disciplines. In doing so, it is always necessary to question established practices.

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Regionally active

Through projects, workshops, empirical analyses, field trips, and internships, we open our eyes to the changing demands of social and professional realities.

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Internationally networked

We offer opportunities for intercultural exchange through international programs for students, institutional collaborations, and collaborations between individual departments.

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At our department, 33 disciplines in the subjects of architecture, urban planning and landscape planning and several institutions work together. Three institutes, both within and across departments, represent research foci and teaching contexts.

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Around 150 employees - professors, scientific and technical staff, and secretaries - supervise 1,000 students in bachelor's and master's degree programs. Flat hierarchies and work in small groups ensure closeness and immediacy between all participants. This creates a cooperative and motivating learning and working atmosphere that is also highly valued by students (CHE-Ranking, ZEIT, SPIEGEL).


The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Planning is committed to actively contributing to the sustainable development of cities, landscapes and buildings in particular through its teaching and research. With its own actions, it assumes a special role model function with regard to sustainability and considers social justice as well as the protection of nature and the environment as an important task in all decisions and activities. In view of the dramatic nature of climate change and the scarcity of resources, the guidelines focus on principles of ecological sustainability. Awareness of climate and environmental protection is to be promoted among members of the faculty and students, and ecological aspects are to be given a high priority.

Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Jens Knissel ( and Stephan Amtsberg (

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Research in the spectrum of design, construction and preservation

The department conducts research across the spectrum of planning, building, and preserving architecture, cities, and landscapes-from conservation to construction robotics, from suburbanization to the construction history of classical modernism, from gentrification to the development of new building materials, from animal aided design to digital design methods, from the history of documenta to open space planning in climate change.

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Learning in direct exchange

Essential for us is project-oriented work in small groups, direct exchange between teachers and students, networked, critical thinking and research-based learning.

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