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The Institute of Architecture (IfA) at Technische Universität Berlin is committed to excellence in both teaching and research. This commitment derives from the fact that architecture is nothing less than the cultural technique that people use to create a livable environment according to needs that differ in nature. With this in mind, architecture comprises the design of all areas of life and by no means ends with the built object. The Institute of Architecture is therefore of great importance, especially for a technical university. Only through being transferred into architecture and an actual building, can different technologies become culturally productive and unfold their effectiveness in everyday life.

In the face of rapid land and energy consumption, increasing population growth, urbanization, all-encompassing digitalization and the associated social changes that come along with this, architecture today is facing major challenges. The Institute of Architecture takes up on these challenges in a variety of initiatives and projects. Through its renowned professors, academic staff, and graduates, the Institute of Architecture has established itself in national and international contexts as a powerful voice and catalyst in the debates on the future of architecture and the city.

Through collaborations with leading universities and research institutes - in countries such as Japan, USA, Israel, Turkey, China and South America, as well as cities such as Milan, Paris, Madrid, Delft and many more - the Institute of Architecture is well networked worldwide. It sees itself as a laboratory for innovative concepts for tomorrow and with its commitment to innovation and research, aims to contribute to a pluralistic society based on equal opportunities and social equality. In this sense, the Institute of Architecture has a long tradition of innovative, academic excellence based on the ideals of the Enlightenment. Under the significant participation of the Prussian architect, Friedrich Schinkel, the Berliner Bauakademie was founded in 1799, which is the predecessor of today's Institute of Architecture.

Architecture is more than the built, materialized, and spatial object. Essential is the ethical task of architecture as a discipline that shapes the habitat of people in a future-oriented way, while maintaining a full awareness of history. This is what the Institute of Architecture responds to within its scientific, academic, and didactic program. This includes getting students involved in research projects (teaching research projects) early on, developing their technical, design and social skills in design-build projects, as well as broadening their expertise in theory, history, sociology and heritage preservation. Workshops with internationally renowned architects and experts, international conferences such as the international IfA Conference - which takes place every two years - as well as field trips and research stays within the framework of teaching, compliment the rich facets of the Institute of Architecture.

The Institute of Architecture is part of School VI Planning Building Environment and represents nineteen chairs. It is involved in teaching for the Architecture Bachelor and Master programs, as well as the Urban Design and Heritage Conservation Master programs.

Via the websites of the individual chairs, a visit to the architecture building, or to the annual exhibition (IfA-Ex) - in which at the end of the summer students present their work of the past academic year - the Institute of Architecture invites all interested parties to participate in various activities and to experience the spirit of the Institute of Architecture.

Jörg H. Gleiter (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil., M.S., BDA)




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