ETH Zürich
Departement Architektur
Zürich, CH
ETH Zürich
Departement Architektur

N 47° 24' 30.79'', E 47° 24' 30.79''

t: +41 44 632 30 00
Prof. Andrea Deplazes 
Head of school
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master programme:
Faculty profile

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
is the largest technical school
in Switzerland. It is a German speaking
school whereas EPF Lausanne is
its French speaking counterpart. The
Faculty of Architecture has established
an international reputation by nominating
renowned architects as professors to
teach architectural design in conjunction
with the teaching and research activities
carried out by it its four institutes:
Institute for the History and Theory of
Architecture, Institute of Building Technolgoy,
Institute of Monument Conservation,
the Network City and Landscape
with its Studio Basel/Contemporary City
Institute, Institute of Urban Design and
Institute of Landscape Architecture. Each
year carefully selected visiting professors
are granted full responsibility for at
least one term of design studio in the
3rd/4th year. The Faculty of Architecture
of ETH Zurich provides an evironment,
which fosters the acquisition of the
diverse skill set required by students of
architecture. It also nurtures achievements
in both specialized and transdisciplinary
areas of research, service and
communication. The emphasis of the
D-ARCH's curriculum and staffi ng is
decisively design.

The Faculty of Architecture is situated in the HIL building of ETH Hönggerberg campus which is located approximately 20 minutes from the down-town main building and can be easely reached by public transportation.

Student Activities

In addition to the course offerings, the following are available:
Departmental events: lectures and discussions on current issues, Architecture exhibitions, Practical courses in building, Competitions.


Please consult the website of the accomodation agency for students of ETH:

Admission Requirements

For Bachelor degree’s: diploma of higher secondary education.
For Master degree’s: please inquire at the institution for more information.

Tuition fees

CHF 637.—per semester

Application Deadline

June 30

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts ETH in Architecture degree, 3-year programme, Bachelor,

guarantees admission to Master programmes

Master programme:, Master programmes starting in fall 2007/08., 2-year programme, Master,

The curriculum is divided into three
disciplinary courses of study. The fi rst
includes architectural design, supplemented
by training in visual design. The
second includes technology and natural
sciences. The third covers humanities
and social sciences. After six semesters,
the students are awarded a Bachelor’s
Degree, which allow them to continue
their studies at the ETH or at other
foreign universities within a Master’s
program. The Master’s program at
the Faculty of Architecture entails four
semesters, and will start per winter
semester 2007/08. The course of study
includes both mandatory and elective
subjects. It is complemented by other
courses and curricular offerings as well
as a requisite internship.

The first year of coursework (foundation year) serves to create a common ground for further studies. Included here are: ‘an introduction to the methodology of architectural design and construction; ‘the communication of fundamentals and basic knowledge in the areas of the natural and applied sciences as well as liberal arts and social science; ‘the schooling of the capacity to perceive and lend form. The second and third years of coursework both serve to further: ‘ongoing schooling in architectural design and construction. An increasing scope of fundamentals, connections and demands deriving from other disciplines are increasingly integrated; ‘ongoing communication of fundamentals and basic knowledge in the areas of the natural and applied sciences as well as liberal arts and social science. The acquisition of basic knowledge in these fi elds is completed in the third year of coursework.

The fourth and fi fth years of coursework both serve to support: ‘the intensifi cation of knowledge and the encouragement of an increasingly independent, individual way of working; ‘the development of the ability to think and create form in an integrating manner, and to understand this capacity within architectural design and construction in relationship to ones knowledge of other disciplines; ‘the resolution of architectural problems with differing tendencies in their content, context and capacity for resolution. Electives Beginning the fi fth semester, it is required that students choose, in addition to their mandatory courses, electives from the Faculty of Architecture in the areas of liberal arts, social and political science. Week-long Seminar Excursions As a complement to the regular coursework, week-long excursions are offered once each semester by an ad hoc group of instructors. By studying carefully circumscribed issues, the students’ discipline- specifi c knowledge is expanded. At the same time, their understanding of the connections between the areas of knowledge and human life, which contribute to the production and effect of architecture is deepened. Credit System For the evaluation of coursework, the eth uses the ‘European Credit Transfer System’ (ects). A certain number of credit points is attributed to each course. If the course is satisfactorily completed, the credits are accumulated. For the conference of a Bachelor’s Degree, 180 credit points are required. The Master’s Degree requires 120 credit points. Internship A one-year break following the fourth or sixth semester for the purpose of an internship is recommended. In order to receive the Bachelor’s Degree, proof of professional activity in the fi eld of architecture for at least six months is required. To receive a Master’s Degree, at least twelve months of professional activity in the fi eld of architecture is required. Six of those twelve months must be spent consecutively in the same place. Proof of employment must be presented to the Department. A maximum of six months from the internship completed before conferral of the Bachelor’s Degree may be counted if at least three months were spent consecutively in one place.

Possibilities for postgraduate education after the conferral of a degree are: Ph.D. program: The time to carry out a doctoral degree at the ETH is limited to three years. Only doctoral students with a well prepared research programme are accepted. In order to be admitted as a doctoral student one has to have a diploma of ETH Zurich or Lausanne or an equivalent degree. Graduate students with other university degrees may be required to pass an admission examination. Master in Advanced Studies (MAS) in Architecture in organized courses or on the basis of individual programs in continuing education (see the Course Guide for MAS Program in Architecture); Master in Advanced Studies (MAS) in Spatial Planning (NSL) and Landscape Architecture (NSL) ‘ see the appropriate programs; Continuing Education courses (organized by various groups); Support for individual postgraduate education by means of travel scholarships from the ETH-Fonds, given to qualifi ed graduates under thirty years of age; Residency at the Swiss Institute in Rome; Exchange scholarships (ETH Mobility Offi ce of the Rector). Master of Advanced Studies The postgraduate curriculum is structured for graduates of the ETH as well as for potential applicants with comparable college diplomas. It offers a deeper course of studies in various aspects of architecture. The organizational framework for these post-graduate studies is quite broad. The ‘MAS Architektur’ (Master of Advanced Studies) can be completed as a one year long full-time course of studies or a two year long course of studies in combination with professional activity. Five of the programs currently offered are structured through coursework. The other programs involve ‘independent study’ and allow the students in certain areas to study topics which they choose. Their work is coached by the professor responsible for that topic. In each of the programs, the course of study culminates in a thesis. Following the successful completion of the thesis, a diploma is conferred.

Each of the four institutes mentioned
above as well as the chairs for architectural
design and other units have their
research programmes specifi c to their
realm of competence and infrastructure,
see research projects http://www.arch.