Every time you walk through an inhabited area you are surrounded by the achievements and ideas of architects. Buildings express the preferences and individual requirements of people, traditions and politics, social environment, landscape and culture: buildings in the countryside are different from those in the cities; houses on a Greek island are different from German family homes. Everywhere in the world, architects design living spaces.
What do you do in an architecture course?
The design and planning of buildings is at the heart of degree programmes in architecture. Students of architecture learn how an idea for a building is developed and realised – from the first sketch, the blueprint and the model to the actual construction. Students regularly have to present their designs to be discussed by their fellow students and lecturers. In addition, technical subjects such as statics, construction materials or building services are on the curriculum. The main emphasis lies, however, on creative design.
What qualities are required?
Creativity, good spatial awareness and a feeling for aesthetics are basic requirements for studying architecture. In addition you should be aware of your environment and be able to integrate both constructional and social conditions into the planning.
What does the degree course look like?
The programme starts with foundation courses in design and construction. Students learn how they can shape the proportions of buildings, arrange rooms suitable to their function or alter the character of a house. The bachelor’s degree course in architecture teaches core skills in architectural design and provides an introduction to the complex interaction of the different disciplines involved in the planning and construction process.
At the heart of the degree course is design, which is taught in an integrated way, i.e. basic subjects like building construction, structural planning, building services engineering, architecture and urban planning, and also planning methodology are taught using student’s own designs as an example. Teamwork and an ability to communicate are required here and are accordingly trained.
You acquire skills in presentation and design, in theory and history of architecture. At the same time, you gain the ability to grasp the interplay between social and ecological matters, the humanities and the social sciences, and to implement these in design and construction..
- Architecture Students at TU München, Foto: TUM
The programme is to a great extent organised in projects. That means that you acquire knowledge and skills in applied design projects. The relevant courses are organised in an interdisciplinary way. Group work gives a foretaste of future professional life.
The bachelor’s degree course takes six semesters. During the last semester, you write a dissertation in which you document that you can conduct independent academic work and apply subject-specific methods. After successfully completing all the required elements of the programme you are awarded your first degree, the Bachelor of Science, or B.Sc.
Fields of Employment
After graduating, many architects work in an architect’s office. They can also be found in the building industry, in real estate, and in the public sector. Many architects also choose self-employment.
The bachelor’s degree is recognised as a professional qualification by the Federal Chamber of Architecture only under certain conditions. Students are therefore recommended to take a master’s degree. After two years of professional activity, graduates with a master’s degree can be accepted into the Chamber of Architecture and bear the professional title “architect”.
To see if Architecture is the right choice for you, why not take the SelfAssessment "Architektur" test of RWTH Aachen?
For further information on studying architecture visit the individual TU9 university websites:
- RWTH Aachen
- TU Berlin[German only]
- TU Braunschweig[German only]
- TU Darmstadt[German only]
- TU Dresden (Dipl.)[German only]
- Leibniz Universität Hannover
- Karlsruher Institut für Technologie[German only]
- TU München
- Universität Stuttgart[German only]
The Faculty of Architecture at RWTH Aachen provides an insight into studying architecture at a TU9 university: