Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Englerstraße 7
76131 Karlsruhe

N 49° 0' 39.87'', E 49° 0' 39.87''

Dr.-Ing. Judith Reeh 
Managing Director
e: dekanat@arch.kit.edu
Dipl.-Ing. Dirk E. Hebel 
Degree programmes
Bachelor: German and English
Master: German and English
German-French Double Master: German and French
Faculty profile

The History of the department dates back to the founding of the University of Karlsruhe in 1825. The tradition of the Karlsruhe department of Architecture includes numerous well-known names: from Friedrich Weinbrenner and Johann Gottfried Tulla to Heinrich Hübsch and personalities such as Egon Eiermann, Fritz Haller and Dieter Kienast. Today, 22 professors and a broad-based teaching staff guarantee practice-oriented and contemporary teaching for the approximately 1,000 students. The chairs are organized in four institutes: Design, Art and Theory, Design and Building Technology, Design of City and Landscape , and History of Art and Building. They offer a broad range of teaching with the possibility of setting one's own focal points. International guest professorship expands the teaching offer on a regular basis.

Student Activities

– numerous lecture series, exhibitions, symposia and events
– the annual exhibition Reinschauen
– active professional staff

– workplaces for all bachelor students in spacious studios
–large offer of well-equipped and supervised study workshops
– comprehensive equipment rental for model making
– extensive and specialized architecture library
– materials library with a collection focus on sustainable building materials
– print and plot room available around the clock
– German Archive for Architecture and Civil Engineering (saai)
– Networking with numerous cultural institutions in the region
Admission Requirements

The most important prerequisite for studying architecture is a fundamental enthusiasm for the design of spaces, things and places. Spatial imagination, technical understanding, readiness for action and manual dexterity facilitate the start of your studies. An interest in art and architectural history as well as theoretical and social issues is also beneficial. Ability to work under pressure and the willingness to work together are further basic requirements. In addition, a general qualification for university entrance or a comparable degree is required for application. The selection process takes into account general academic, subject-specific and other achievements.

An internship before the beginning and during the bachelor’s program is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

Bachelor, Architecture, 6 Semesters, Bachelor of Science, German and English, 180,
Master, Architecture, 4 Semesters, Master of Science, German and English, 120,
German-French Double Master, Building and Planning in an International Context, 4 Semesters, German and French, 120,

The bachelor’s program in architecture at the KIT-Department of Architecture is broadly diversified and imparts basic knowledge as well as methodological skills for the manifold requirements associated with the design and planning of rooms, buildings, and cities. Each semester, the focus is on a design project that is worked on in the studios. Depending on the task at hand, in addition to artistic design, questions of construction, planning, business administration, project management, urban design, urban planning, building technology or sociology and architectural theory may be important study foci. In addition, knowledge and qualifications for further studies and later employment are imparted in compulsory as well as advanced modules. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree qualifies students to work in all areas of planning and construction. Like most bachelor’s degrees in architecture, it does not yet meet the criteria of the Chambers of Architects and the Union International d’Architecture to be able to work as an architect. The bachelor’s program is the first stage of a complete course of study consisting of a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

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The master’s program in Architecture deepens and complements the basic qualifications and skills acquired in the bachelor’s program. The aim is to enable students to independently apply artistic and scientific findings and methods, to evaluate their significance for the treatment of complex problems, and to develop forward-looking solutions. The integration into the numerous research projects of all disciplines enables students to learn in a research-oriented way. The course of studies guarantees a broad education in which students can deal with a variety of areas and aspects of architecture. At the same time, the possibility of setting individual focal points is given.

By successfully completing certain modules, students can attain a certificate for one of the following fields of specialization:

– Urban Development / Urban Design
– Construction Technology / Integrated Building Technologies
– Design Theory Communication / Design Research
– Digital Planning, Construction and Design Methods / Computational Design

The generally recognized degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) meets the 
criteria of the Chambers of Architects and the Union International d’Architecture (UIA). It also qualifies for a doctorate. With the certified specialization in urban planning, the criteria for the degree are also fulfilled in order to be entered in the list of urban planners in Baden-Wuerttemberg where one can add further qualifications as well.

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The KIT Department of Architecture awards the academic degrees of Dr.-Ing. in the degree programme in architecture and Dr. phil. in the degree programme in art history.

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