Hochschule Technik & Architektur Luzern
Abteilung Architektur
Horw, CH
Hochschule Technik & Architektur Luzern
Abteilung Architektur
School of Engineering and Architectuure
CH-6048 Horw

N 47° 0' 50.86'', E 47° 0' 50.86''

 International Office  

e: mobilitaet.technik-architektur@hslu.ch
t: +41 41 349 34 05
f: +41 41 349 39 60
Prof. Johannes Käferstein 
Head of Architecture
Degree programmes
Bachelor programme
Master programme
Faculty profile

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Engineering & Architecture is the only school of architecture in central Switzerland. The campus is in Horw on Lake Lucerne, right next to the city of Lucerne, a centre for arts and culture. The school is at the foot of Pilatus and in sight of Rigi, two peaks on the edge of the Swiss Plateau that sound the first notes in the moving and unique symphony that constitutes the Swiss Alps.With more than 1500 students and more than 200 Lecturers, the School of Engineering and Architecture at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is one of the most renowned institutions of its kind in Switzerland. Culturally a building school, it brings together professionals from all planning disciplines for buildings, i.e. architects, structural engineers, building technicians and façade planners, and enables them to form interdisciplinary networks.

Training for architects today is based on a five-year study programme consisting of a three-year Bachelor’s programme and a two-year Master’s programme. The Bachelor's programme emphasises a broad basis of knowledge for the profession whilst the Master’s programme focuses on installing skills in methodology. In the Master’s programme, you acquire the knowledge, skills and capabilities -  to think and work in the different benchmarks applied to architecture,-  to link artistic innovation methodically with scientific precision,-  to learn by researching and to act in a reflective manner,-  to develop and champion your own attitudes in an inspired practice of the profession.

Training revolves around architectural design. The School has distilled three relevant subject areas from current practice:

Material, Structure and Energy.

The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts HSLU is offering an accredited collaborative Master of Architecture Programme together with the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW. It  opens up excellent opportunities to professionals to obtain comprehensive, internationally recognised training. After gaining fundamental skills at the Bachelor’s level, students proceed to the Master’s level for a broader understanding of architecture as an aspect somewhere between technology and context. We cultivate applied research so you can experience practical and committed architecture incorporating a lively mix of theory and research.

Partner Schools

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW (Basel)
Universität Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein)
Hochschule München (Germany)
Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany)
Hafencity Universität (Hamburg, Germany)
Bauhaus Universität (Weimar, Germany)
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Saint-Etienne (France)
Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura dei Vallès (Barcelona, Spain)
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Viseu, Portugal)
Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Trondheim, Norway)
University of Oulu (Finland)
Misr International University MIU (Cairo, Egypt)
Central Academy of Fine Arts CAFA (Bejing, China)


The School of Architecture is located in Horw close to Lucerne in Central Switzerland. The alpine setting of Lake Lucerne and the mountain Pilatus close by creates a unique, calm and inspiring education ambience. Horw is easy to access by car or public transport.

280 students (250 Bachelor, 30 Master, 0 PhD), 0% of foreign students.

105 staff members (15 full-time and approx. 90 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

Workshops, lectures, study trips and competitions are organized year-round.


CNC Milling
Laser Cutter
Media Lab
Model shop
Photographic Studio
Plot centre
Printing facilities
sculpture studio, painting studio


Support to find accomodation can be provided

Admission Requirements

Please contact school for more information.

Tuition fees


Application Deadline

Bachelor: 30th of April
Master: 15th of August

Bachelor programme, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 3-year programme, Bachelor, 180,

guarantees admission to all Master programmes, Title: BA Architecture

Master programme, Master of of Arts in Architecture, 2-year programme, Master, 120,

Title: MA Architecture.

Please find detailed information about the Curricula on our homepage:

Bachelor   Master

There is no Phd programme at this time.