Institute of Architecture and Planning
Institute of Architecture and Planning
Universtity of Liechtenstein
N 47° 8' 48.14'', E 47° 8' 48.14''
t: +423 - 265 11 24
f: +423 - 265 11 21
Dean of School
Master of Science:
Doctor of Philosophy:
The Degree programmes at the University of Liechtenstein are structured according to the internationally accredited three-stage Bachelor–Master-Doctorate model. All academic programmes in architecture offered by the Institute of Architecture and Planning are certified and notified within the European Union, and accredited by AQAS. The Institute has a current enrollment of 210+ students in undergraduate and graduate programmes. The curriculum emphasizes a holistic approach to architectural education, integrating design education with theoretical knowledge and professional skills at the highest academic level. Student work and faculty performance is reviewed at least twice a semester by an international group of visiting reviewers and critics. The Institute of Architecture and Planning fosters international activities and relationships for students and teachers with a considerable number of accredited schools of architecture from all over the world.
The University of Liechtenstein is located in Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein. It is situated in the unique alpine setting of the upper Rhine Valley, in the center of Europe, therefore sharing the cultural environments of Switzerland, Austria, and southern Germany and the major metropolitan centers of Zurich, Munich, Bregenz, and Innsbruck.
212 students (140 Bachelor, 70 Master, 2 PhD), 30% of foreign students.
Student association 'ULSV', 'Spinnerei'
24/7 design studio
Architectural Model Lab
CAD - Lab
Digital Fabrication Lab
Publishing department "Yearbook"
Accommodation can be provided in the school's dormitories
Please check website www.uni.li or contact the University of Liechtenstein for more information.
CHF 750 per semester
Bachelor Degree Programme: July 15th (EU/EEA and Swiss citizens); May 31st (Students who require a visa)
Master Degree Programme: Students who do not require a visa (EU/EEA ans Swiss citizens) Winter Semester: 30th June; Summer Semster: 30th November
Students who require a visa: Winter Semester: 31st May; Summer Semester: 31st October
The Insitute of Architecture and Planning accepts applications submitted after these deadlines if there are open slots available.
Bachelor’s degree programme in Architecture Title: BSc Architecture. Enrollment: 140
Master of Science, Master of Science, 2-year programme, Master, 120,
Master’s degree programme in Architecture
Title: MSc Architecture. Enrollment: 70
Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy, 3-year programme, Doctor, 180,
Doctoral degree programme in Architecture an Planning
Title: PhD Enrollment: 2
The Institute of Architecture and Planning of the University of Liechtenstein offers three academic degrees: a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy, pursues research in Architecture, Urbanism and Urban Planning, and offers a broad array of continuing education programs for professional architects.
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree (BSc Arch) lasts for six semesters and provides a broad foundation in theoretical and methodological knowledge, and a basic experience in practical design and construction skills. The programme emphasizes design education in small studio groups with student to instructor ratio of about 12 to 1 in order to develop the student’s individual design talents and skills. First year Bachelor Degree students need to complete two design project each semester. In addition to design, students take courses in a variety of related topics, mandatory and electives, such as history, theory, structures, HVAC, building management and landscape design. With the design projects in the third to sixth semester of the Bachelor Degree Programme students are required to integrate various technical and managerial aspects into their design projects. The total credit load is of 30 ECTS per semester. Prospective Bachelor Degree students need to be fluent in German (in speaking and writing), and need to complete a total of 100 hours of propaedeutic internship in order to be admitted to the program. In order to graduate, Bachelor Degree students need to complete an additional 540 hours of supervised internship and pass the iBT TOEFL score or Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE). Maximum admission to the Bachelor Degree Programme is of 40 students per academic year. The deadline for the submission of applications for the winter semester (starting in September) is July 15th. The Institute accepts applications submitted after these deadlines if there are open slots available.
The Master Degree Programme of the Institute is structured in three different areas of concentration: “Sustainable Design”, “Architectural Design Theory”, and “Sustainable Urban Design”. The concentrations combine relevant topics, knowledge and skills in order to support theoretical and practical professional work in architecture and planning. Students are required to select an area of concentration prior to entering the master course. The design studio is the core of the study programme and is supplemented with three related mandatory subject courses from the chosen concentration, and three elective courses. Language of instruction is English.
The main goal of the concentration “Sustainable Design” is the conjunction of social, ecological, and economical sustainability in a coherent architectural design project. In practice-oriented design studio courses, students learn to integrate specialized knowledge from the fields of Building Physics, Building Mechanical Systems, Material Technology, and Structures.
The concentration “Architectural Design Theory” enables students to develop a critical understanding of their personal positions in architecture in the context of history and theory, politics, society and culture. This leads to exploring design through a variety of technologies and techniques ranging from writing to alternative visual modes of representation and digital fabrication.
Sustainable Urban Design The program focuses on the design of cities and towns with near and far futures in mind. It combines architecture, landscape, and urban design with advanced concepts of local energy and water autonomy, to help counter climate change and other challenges to social, economic, and environmental health, as well as by nurturing global connectedness while building local prosperity, at a smaller ecological footprint.
PhD Students are invited to join the various research programs pursued at the Institute of Architecture and Planning. PhD students assist the research efforts of principal investigators; they collaborate with graduate students and are required to co-operate in the institute’s teaching efforts. The Institute pursues research in following fields of interest: Architecture and Planning, Architecture and Construction, Sustainable Design and Urbanism. The current research emphasis is on sustainability and resilience in design, construction, and urbanism set in the local and regional building and planning traditions of the Alpine region as well as the neighboring metropolitan areas.
The Institute of Architecture and Planning offers a continuing education program to professional architects and the general public. Specialized courses are offered in planning management and accounting, building management, office organization and management. The lecture program invites renowned, regional and international architects to present their work to the students and the general public. Recently invited international lecturers were Jean-Philippe Vassal (Lacaton Vassal, Paris), Francois Roche (R&Sie, Paris), Claudia Clemente, Francesco Isidori, Marco Sardella (LABICS, Rome), Peter Swinnen (51N4E Space Producers, Brussels), Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV, Rotterdam), Bostian Vuga (Sadar Vuga Arhitekti, Ljubljana), Adam Caruso (Caruso St John Architects, London), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin), Boris Hrban (Fabrica, Bratislava), Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo), Bjarke Ingels (PLOT, Copenhagen), Gion Caminada, Lukas Zagala (Medusa Group, Poland). Fasch + Fuchs (Vienna), Rainer Köberl (Innsbruck), Artec (Vienna), and Hani Rashid, Lebbeus Woods, Michael Webb and Kolatan/Mac Donald.
The Institute of Architecture and Planning pursues research in following fields of interest: Architecture and Planning, Architecture and Construction, Sustainable Design and Urbanism. The current research emphasis is on sustainability and resilience in design, construction, and urbanism set in the local and regional building and planning traditions of the Alpine region as well as the neighboring metropolitan areas.