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Welcome to the Institute of Architecture!

Successfull competition


Congratulations to Karola Schäfermeier and David Dietrich!

With the international ideas competition "Landgut 2050 - vernetzt - mobil - digital", the Foundation for Building Culture Thuringia was looking for visions and strategies for the future of rural life and living, exemplary at three Thuringian locations, which can be representative for numerous communities and cities throughout Europe.

More information is available here.

Start of term


to the course catalogue

You can find all important dates and information about your course in the corresponding KVVs in the download area at:


The online presentations of the courses will take place on the following days and are available as a live stream on our YouTube channel:



BA Architecture                                                 October 22, 2020
MA architecture                                                 October 23, 2020
MA Architecture Typology                                   October 23, 2020
MA Urban Design                                               October 23, 2020

1st semester MA Architecture Typology                October 29, 2020
1st semester MA Urban Design                            October 29, 2020

You can find more detailed information in the KVV


The timetables for the bachelor and master theses have been updated. They can be found at: www.architektur.tu-berlin.de/menue/studium/downloads/


On Monday, 12.10.2020 the presentations of the fixed topics for the Bachelor and Master theses will take place via Zoom.

Bachelor 9:30 am

Meeting-ID: 659 4657 8248
Pw: 523519

Supervisor / Topics:
FG Roswag-Klinge / Zwischen Wasser & Gleis
FG Bunschoten / Reallabor 2
FG Steffensen / women’s shelter
FG Reichel / Lass uns reden

Master 10:30 am

Meeting-ID: 659 4657 8248
Pw: 523519

Supervisor / Topics:
FG Borrego / Not In My Backyard

Additionally, the timetables for the theses have been updated. More information at:



This week the eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) takes place online and in parts at the IfA. The hybrid conference with a total of 150 scientific papers and two conference proceedings was organized and curated by the departments CHORA - Urban Planning and Sustainable Urban Development and CyPhyLab - Bio-inspired Architecture and Sensor Technology under the direction of Professor Liss C. Werner, the IT team of Peter Fischer and students of the Institute of Architecture.

The eCAADe Conference will take place on September 16 and 17 as an online event.

The complete conference program can be found here.
For free registration for the conference click here.

Shortlisted for YTAA-Prize


„Hortopie Jacobi“ is a project by Team Dis+Ko: Flavia Biianu, Sina Jansen, Lisa-Marie Kolbinger, Julian Mönig, Samuel Reichl, Lisa Reis, Binta von Rönn und Nina Wester. The project is one of the 40 international projects  shortlisted for the 2020 Young Talent in Architecture award by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and was voted best Thesis Project 2020 from the TU Berlin Institut für Architektur. Congratulations and good luck for the final round! 

Plesse find further information here

Post Fossil City


With "Post Fossil City", the Natural Building Lab contributes to the exhibition “Chaos & Aufbruch Berlin:1920 2020” at Märkisches Museum. With a view to Berlin's past and present, it explores the question of how a constructive departure can be created from a chaotic upheaval: How can big cities succeed? In cooperation with collective Team Dis+Ko, the NBL contribution focuses on the challenges of building in a climate emergency

The exhibition can be seen at the Märkisches Museum until 30.05.2021. Further information is available at: https://www.stadtmuseum.de/ausstellungen/chaos-und-aufbruch.

Enjoy your visit!

When? 26.08.2020 until 30.05.2021
Where? Märkisches Museum, Am Köllnischen Park 5, 10179 Berlin

Partial opening of the IfA-workshops


The model building workshops in the basement at Ernst-Reuter Platz and in Ackerstraße are again accessible for Bachelor and Master graduates, subject to the hygiene regulations, for a maximum of 6 people at Ernst-Reuter Platz and a maximum of 14 people in Ackerstraße.

In order to be able to use the workshop, you must have registered by e-mail with Heiko Rehage (Ernst-Reuter Platz, heiko.rehage@tu-berlin.de) or Felix Tholl (Ackerstraße, felix.kirsch@tu-berlin.de) by 12.00 noon on Fridays so that you can gain access the following week. In order to be able to verify whether it is really a thesis, you must also attach a certificate from the chair that is supervising you to the mail. Unfortunately, we cannot grant access without this certificate.

You will then receive an email on Friday afternoon with time slots in which you can work. The list with the names and time slots will be available in the respective porter's lodge. There you will be asked to register, identify yourself and gain access to the model building workshops.

See you soon!
The workshop team

Selection interviews

The selection interviews will take place from 14 to 18 September 2020. You can find further information here.

This was the annual digital exhibition...


It was great, we made the most of it!
For all those who could not join us live, you can watch the digital exhibition retrospectively on YouTube under this link:
Many thanks to everyone who participated and made this special event happen!

Digitale Jahresausstellung 20


This year things are different: We are moving the traditional annual exhibition to the net! The project IfA Open House was created during a seminar at the department of Prof. Rainer Hehl: A website that opens the digital doors of the departments of the Institute of Architecture.

The annual digital exhibition opens on Friday. Let's take a joint tour of the architecture building, digitally via zoom with professors and lecturers. Various talks, lectures and discussions will follow on Saturday.

Be part of it, we are looking forward to seeing you!

When? Friday, 17 July 2020 und Samstag, 18 July 2020
Wo? Online via our YouTube-Channel

Find the detailed program here for Friday and Saturday.

Application deadline updated

Appilaction deadlines were updated:

All master studies until 31 July 2020
Bachelor of Architecture until 20 August 2020

You can find further information concerning the application via Downloads --> „Instructions for Application“.
Good luck!

Sustainable Construction with Wood


Berlin, 18 June 2020
Bauhütte 4.0 is a new cluster for innovative wood construction in Berlin

The Berlin Senate has approved an innovative research and industry park for urban technologies as well as an urban quarter to house more than 10,000 inhabitants. Both are to be constructed on the site of Tegel airport immediately after its closure. One area of focus is sustainable construction. “The long-term goal is to promote the construction of urban quarters using wood as a construction material in response to rising greenhouse gas emissions in conurbations,” says Professor Raoul Bunschoten, head of the CHORA conscious city academic chair for urban planning and sustainable urban development at Technische Universität Berlin.

The Bauhütte 4.0 project is to be put into practice on the Tegel airport site in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), represented by Professor Dr.- Ing. Holger Kohl, and Tegel Projekt GmbH, represented by Professor Dr. Philipp Bouteiller. Bauhütte 4.0 is a cluster for innovative wood construction bringing together representatives from the civil society, forestry, the construction industry and urban planning to advance sustainable urban development.

IfA Open House


As we all know, everything is a little differently at the moment. Our annual IfA-exhibition, which was so successfully supported by an accompanying program last year, has to come up with something else this year. At a time when our building is closed due to the pandemic measures and teaching is taking place digitally, we want to open it online. FG Hehl is therefore developing a public digital platform as part of a seminar in cooperation with the institute's IT department. The FGs can soon introduce themselves there and present the work of the semester. A separate area for the publication and documentation of the semester papers should be set up for each subject. The platform offers space for the networking of students, FGs with different studios, initiatives and projects.

It's work-in-progress: The digital construction site is currently in full swing. You will soon be able to click through the openhouse and visit the FGs and studios. Check out @ifa_openhouse regularly!






It's work-in-progress: Derzeit läuft die digitale Baustelle auf Hochtouren. Schon bald könnt Ihr Euch durchs openhouse klicken und die Fachgebiete und Studios besuchen. Schaut Euch außerdem regelmäßig bei @ifa_openhouse vorbei!

semester start


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Dear students,

the summer semester 2020 in the IfA of TU Berlin will take place online until further notice.
Digital teaching and learning will require flexibility and creativity from each one of us, since the shift to an online format demands a different structure and didactic than the one face-to-face learning implies. Some essential formats in our institute, like group work, excursions and model-making will unfortunately not take place as usual during the next summer semester. Therefore, we will need to creatively adapt to new ways of interaction and communication, and direct our efforts towards finding new creative potentials in the final results of our courses and studios.

A great team of students, teachers and staff members is working together to prepare everything for our semester start. We would like to thank all those involved who are helping to make the best out of this next summer semester!

Important Dates:

9 April 2020: The KVV (our commented course catalogue) is accessible since today (see below).

16 April 2020: By then, your selection of courses must be completed and registered. So you have one full week to get this done.

22 April 2020: One week later, the online lecture period starts! 

Important Info:
The courses listed in the course catalog do not include any information regarding locations and fixed dates. Detailed information on the contents of the courses and organizational issues are provided by the departments on their websites. For this purpose, each listed course is equipped with a link to the website of the departments. The procedure for selecting and attending courses will not be as usual. First of all, we ask you to inform yourself about the courses listed in the course catalog. Make sure to make your selection until April 16, 2020! To do this, please follow the description in the KVV (see below). The procedure for the thesis is also described in detail there.

Important Links:
KVV (BA Architektur): www.architektur.tu-berlin.de/KVV_BA_A_SOSE2020.pdf

KVV (MA Architektur): www.architektur.tu-berlin.de/KVV_MA SOSE2020.pdf

KVV (MA Urban Design): www.architektur.tu-berlin.de/KVV_UDMA SOSE2020.pdf



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Dear students,

this is a sign of life from the Institute of Architecture to inform you that we are eagerly working on a solution for the upcoming summer semester 2020. We are all facing this challenge together. Let‘s see it as an opportunity to test new and especially digital teaching formats. Together we will see where this journey will take us. We ask you to please inform yourself regularly on the online-pages of the TU crisis group or on the online page of the Faculty VI (in German only).

On this website you will find tips and advice on how to set up your distance studies during this period.

Structure and planning
-is vital when carrying out your studies on distance. Set up a schedule of when and what to read each day and each week. Maintaining a routine is especially important when studying at home. Decide the day before what time to get up in the morning and what to do the following day. Don’t forget to take a break from time to time and go outside for a while. Use an analogue calendar or a calendar available in your computer or phone. They will help you keeping track of what to do for the coming weeks.
Check out EkhartYoga’s free yoga and meditation classes, designed to relieve stress and anxiety.

Setting up goals
Working towards set goals is important in order to know what to do. A clear goal ensures that focus is put on the right activities. Without a goal, there is great risk that the result is determined by coincidence. Set a goal that is desirable and worth the effort. When setting up a goal it is important that it is your own and not somebody else’s, and also that it is achievable

S- Specific
M- Measurable
A- Accepted
R- Realistic
T- Timed

Finding a good study place
If possible, reserve a separate place for your studies. Make your study place as pleasant and functional as possible. Avoid sitting on a couch or bed, as this is not an ergonomic posture. Determine times when, for example, you do not use social media since this may distract your focus. Be honest with yourself and avoid the things that easily distracts you: friends, e-mail, social media, Youtube, TV shows, laundry and dishes.

Prioritize your time
Follow the study plan of your programme or course. You will be working more on the computer than you normally do. Remember to take breaks during the day. Call your friends and study together with your study buddies using digital tools. Help each other and discuss the assignments that you’ve got.

Schedule deadlines
Try to stick to your schedule; otherwise, it is easy to fall into the trap of postponing your studies. This will lead to a higher workload and a risk of getting behind in your planning. In the following video you will get tips on how to avoid procrastination: The Pomodoro Technique - Study And Productivity Technique

Tips! Set up a fictitious deadline the day before the actual deadline. That way you will have an extra day to review the work and will be able to relax and enjoy the good work that you have done!

Devide the workload
Often there are projects that are carried out together with your classmates. In these cases, it is important to be clear and to delegate the tasks among each other in order to reach the goal.

Different learning styles

Make sure your learning takes place in different ways: read, listen, write or combine all of these. People have different learning styles and collects information differently. Try to find what works best for you!
Film on effective studies on distance: How to Effectively Study with Online Courses
Film on study skills: Study Skills & Effective Note taking for Online Students

That's it for now. Further information will follow as soon as possible! Good luck preparing yourself. It's a challenge, together we can do it! 

All the best, 
Elisabeth, Team Digital Learning

Last chance to participate!


How to participate

• Take a photo of the institute from your individual perspective – be it architectural, atmospheric or
in detail – the choice is yours.

• Upload your photo and accompanying text on to Instagram by 21st February 2020 with the hashtag #myIfA and mark the institute (@institutfuerarchitektur) on the picture.

• You can also send the photo to us at the following email address:

• The most beautiful, creative or most interesting photos will be chosen by our jury and soon be permanently seen in the cafeteria. The best photos will also be displayed on our websites and social media presence.

Please note

• You must be the author of the photo you enter.

• Your photo must be free of third-party rights and rights of publicity may not be infringed when others are depicted in the photo.

• If one or more than one person is identifiable in a photo, you must have their agreement that the picture may be published.

• An image may be edited using photography software.

• Participants grant the TU Berlin the right to make use of and publish the photos submitted to the competition as per the terms of a Creative Commons – Attribution license 4.0 (CC BY 4.0).

Conditions pf participation

1. Organizer of the photo competition

Technical University Berlin

Institute for Architecture

Straße des 17. Juni 135

10623 Berlin

2. Time frame of the photo competition

You can take part in the photo competition from 14th November 2019, 9:00 until 11th January 2020, 23:59.

3. Stages of the photo competition

1. Submit your photo by 11th January 2020, see 5 for submission options.

2. The jury selects the three most beautiful photos. 

3. The winners are informed by comment, private message or email (depending on how the entry was submitted).

4. Eligibility

Anyone over 18 is eligible. Participation using false identities or the identities of third persons is not permitted. The TU Berlin reserves the right to exclude participants from the photo competition who infringe the conditions of participation.

TU staff and their relatives are excluded from participation in the photo competition.

Each participant agrees, should they be among the winners, to being informed thereof by email or Instagram comment with the name provided.

In the event of an infringement of the conditions of participation or an attempt at technical manipulation, participants could be excluded from the competition. In such cases it is also possible that prizes awarded could be subsequently withdrawn or recalled.

5. How to participate

Participation is only possible by submitting a photo using one of the following options:

a) Loading the photo up on Instagram using hashtag #myIfA


b) Sending the photo to: ifa.oeffentlichkeitsarbeit@gmail.com

Only public profiles or publicly visible images can be used to participate. Private profiles are not visible for the organizers. By using the hashtag #myIfA you are agreeing to the conditions of participation. 

6. Copyright and right of publicity

The participant guarantees that they possess all rights to the photo they are submitting for inclusion in the competition, the exclusive rights to any commercial exploitation thereof, that the image is free of the rights of third parties and that the depicting of persons does not infringe any right of publicity. 

Should one or more persons be identifiable in the photo, the parties affected must give their agreement for the publication of the picture. Should, despite this, any third party still have a claim arising from an infringement of their rights, the participant exempts the organizer from all claims.

The TU Berlin reserves the right to delete any images which include or depict insults, racism, hate propaganda, pornography and obscenity, or incitements to violence against persons, institutions or businesses.

7. Granting of rights

Participants grant the TU the right to make use of and publish the photos submitted to the competition as per the terms of a Creative Commons – Attribution license 4.0 (CC BY 4.0). The rights of the authors are protected by the attribution requirement. 

8. Prize offering

Once the deadline for uploading photos has expired, a jury of representatives of the TU Berlin selects the most beautiful, creative or most interesting images.


The winning pictures will be permanently exhibited in the cafeteria. The winners will be informed by Instagram comment function and are required to send a mail to ifa.oeffentlichkeitsarbeit@gmail.com  in order to organize the collection of the prize. Should an entry have been submitted by email, the winner will be contacted by email to the address used when submitting the entry.

If the winner does not respond within two weeks to the notification, then they forfeit irrevocably their right to the prize.

9. Data privacy statement

The participant agrees to the storage, processing and transmission by the TU Berlin of the data provided for the purposes of participating in the competition, as far as this information  is required and appropriate for the competition.  No data is to be passed on to third parties for other purposes.

Participants’ data is to be used exclusively for the purposes of the competition and thereafter deleted. The regulations of the Technische Universität Berlin regarding data protection can be found in the following link: www.tu-berlin.de/asv/menue/datenschutz/datenschutz_regelungen/

10. Liability note

The TU Berlin reserves the right to alter the conditions of participation at any time or to discontinue the competition at any time without notice and without providing a reason. The TU accepts no liability for loss of winning chances resulting from connection problems or malfunctions on the part of Instagram arising from technical issues, or for technical problems when sending emails.

11. Final provisions

Legal recourse is excluded.

The competition is in no way connected to Instagram and is neither organized or supported by Instagram. Participants cannot make any claims against Instagram as a result of participating in the competition.

Should individual clauses of the conditions of participation be, or become, void or unenforceable, the validity of the remaining clauses remains unaffected.

WUS-Förderpreis 2019: Urban Agriculture and Migration

Stolze Gewinner*innen: Svenja Binz, Phil-Torben von Lueder und Julia Brennauer

The World University Service (WUS) has honored two theses on topics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The award was shared this year and went to Svenja Binz, Julia Mira Brennauer and Phil-Torben von Lueder (TU Berlin) and to Jennifer-Louise Robinson (University of Osnabrück).

"In our master thesis "Urban agriculture in camp communities: new perspectives" we dealt with the structures of Palestinian refugee camps that have grown over decades. With the help of an analysis of local dependency relationships and material flows, we investigated the question of the extent to which urban agriculture can be used as a tool for adapting to climate change and the challenges this poses for working in fragile contexts. The master's thesis is to be understood as a basis for discussion of how climate change adaptation can work in the precarious conditions of Palestinian refugee camps in the context of development cooperation. It is particularly exciting to discuss climate protection issues in rooms that are characterized by refugee experiences. "

The work was supervised by Philipp Misselwitz (Habitat Unit), Emily Kelling and Martina Löw (Department of Planning and Architectural Sociology).


The "Best Thesis 2019" has been chosen!

Congratulations to Team Dis+Ko (category "Master Architecture") and Frederik Springer (category "M-ARCH-T")! You can find more information under »Awards«.

Round Table


On Friday, January 31, 2020, the Department of Architectural Theory invites you to a round table on "Architectural Psychology - Theory and Practice". Guests are very welcome. Please register in advance: g.rauwolf@tu-berlin.de



The presentations are imminent, which is why this roundtalk is being discussed this Thursday: How do you present architecture? And what are we actually trying to convey? We invited Ulrich Müller from Architektur Galerie Berlin and Prof. Rainer Hehl (FG Hehl).
Come and discuss with us, you can certainly take a lot with you over the next few weeks!

When? Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Where? Institute of Architecture, Foyer



Warm invitation to the lecture by Erik Göngrich as part of the Bachelor thesis and the two design studios "Excavations for the future" and "In the middle of the common good" on Thursday, January 16. at 6 p.m. in the foyer.

Erik Göngrich is an artist and architect. In addition to the discourse on the image of the city and artistic intervention in public, he negotiates current and future relevant urban policy issues in photographs and drawings. In installations, tours and objects, his work reflects the use and change of public space. The found sculptural and social aspects of the public space become the starting point of a multi-year, often collaborative process with the aim of developing a site-specific intervention.

When? Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Where? Institute for Architecture, Foyer

Hello architecture


On Friday, January 24th, our FG DE / CO will host the young architecture firm Kim Nalleweg. Kim Nalleweg was founded in 2015 by Kyung-Ae Kim and Max Julius Nalleweg and since then has mainly gotten into the conversation by successfully participating in various competitions. The new Rosa Luxemburg Foundation building is currently being realized, a design that Kim Nalleweg and César Trujillo Moya won in a two-phase open competition.
We look forward to an exciting lecture!

When? Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Where? Institute of Architecture, Hall 4

Spring School Tokyo


The Department of Architecture Theory is organizing a Spring School in Tokyo for March 2020, followed by an excursion. The Spring School (March 17-20) will take place at Waseda University, the IfA's partner university in Tokyo. This is followed by visits to renowned architectural firms and an excursion (March 21-28), among other things to reconstruction projects in the Miyagi / Fukushima regions and to other destinations in Japan (Kyoto, Nara etc.).

Further information on the application can be found here. Application deadline is January 19, 2020!

Hello architecture


On the 13th of December, it's this year's last time for "Hello architecture, my name is ..." - Marc Frohn from FAR frohn & rojas will speak from 5 pm in hall 4 about his work and current projects.

FAR was founded by Marc Frohn and Mario Rojas Toledo in 2004 and works in a network between Berlin, Santiago de Chile and Los Angeles. In its projects, the office reflects architectural "deep structures" such as legal and financial rules and power structures, as well as technical and institutional framework conditions. Her work includes residential and cultural construction as well as exhibition architecture.

When? Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5 pm
Where? Institut für Architektur, Halle 4



From her diploma thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Zara Pfeifer developed her long-standing photo and research project "Du, meine konkrete Utopie" about the housing estate Alterlaa in Vienna, designed by the architect Harry Glück in the 1970s.
Characteristic of the terraced buildings are the green facades planted with troughs and the swimming pools on the roofs of the 70-meter high building. In addition to the 3,200 apartments, a large number of common areas also characterize the architecture of the blocks.
These are used by currently 33 clubs that have emerged from the residents over the years. For you, my concrete utopia, Zara Pfeifer visited and documented her.

When? Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6 pm
Where? Institut für Architektur, Foyer



On Tuesday, Verena von Beckerath presents her film "Two Houses" as part of our cooperation with the FG architectural theory on lostinjapan. The research project "Two Houses" examines the interaction between the Bauhaus and Japan on the basis of two houses in the suburbs of Tokyo - Migishi Atelier and Bunzo Yamaguchi House.

When? Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 7pm
Where? Institut für Architektur, Halle 4 

Introductory events


07.10.2019 Introductory Event Master

08.10 2019 Introductory Event Bachelor

09.10.2019 Open Studios 

11.10.2019 Presentation „Aufgabe Null“

07. – 11.10.2019 Orientation Week

For detailed Information please refer to the
 course catalogue (KVV) in the download section.



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