Studying at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architekture (ASL)

The School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture is unique among German-speaking universities in the sense that it provides the opportunity of studying architecture, urban and regional planning, and landscape architecture all under one roof. By looking beyond the boundaries of their specialized field, students have the unique chance to explore ideas and concepts pertaining to all disciplines and scales of spatial planning in an interdisciplinary context.

Established in 1971, the University of Kassel is a “young university”. It was the first university to combine the features of traditional universities with those of technical colleges. The ideas behind the reformed universities, such as Kassel, are project-oriented work in small groups, personal contact between teaching staff and students, networked thinking and direct connections to professional practice. The consecutive two-stage diploma programs, 'Diploma 1' and 'Diploma 2', as conceived in the 1970s, anticipated the principles of the Bachelor's and Master's degrees introduced in 2007 as part of the Bologna Process.

With the transition to the bachelor's and master's degree programs, the ASL School has developed a syllabus that combines a solid groundwork in academic courses in groups of varying sizes with project work in smaller groups. A close working relationship between teachers and students is central to the didactic approach. Experience of professional practice is integrated into the study program through a practical semester monitored by a professional in the relevant field. Interdisciplinary courses and interdepartmental collaboration emphasize the imperative of contextual thinking. This approach ensures that students at the University of Kassel will continue to enjoy optimum conditions of study well into the future.

The city of Kassel, in which the university is embedded, is an excellent object for studying the lessons and the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, as well as urban and regional planning. A city of contrasts, urban Kassel features a variety of beautiful sights and special attractions. Kassel is rich in historical and contemporary objects to study, which include experiments by protagonists in the fields of architecture, urban planning, open space planning and landscape architecture. Kassel combines the atmosphere of a manageable medium-sized city with student-friendly prices and has an international reputation for its impressive range of cultural activities and events.