Architecture and Environment


  • Water and Landscape                                             
  • Light and Structure
  • Integral Planning

It is impossible to develop sustainable buildings independent of the environment for which they are planned. Planning requires expert knowledge of the interconnectedness of, among other things, water and landscape, and light and structure. Since the utilisation phase of buildings is larger by a factor of 10 – 20 than the planning and construction phase, the quality of contemporary planning is the decisive lever for the quality of our constructed environment for the next 30 to 50 years, and far beyond. An optimisation of planning processes, including all those involved and their qualifications, also serves the optimisation of energy consumption and the resulting environmental pollution, as well as the improvement of the comfort, acceptance and efficiency of a building.

Students will possess the following competences upon successful completion of this module:

  • An understanding of the social contexts which lead to the development of building projects in relation to the ergonomic and spatial requirements and issues of equality and accessibility
  • An understanding of the life cycle of materials, problems of ecological sustainability, the effects on the environment, energy-efficient design, as well as passive systems and their management
  • The ability to explain and stabilise sustainable water andnutrient cycles, as well as to methodically, conceptually, and effectively develop construction measures for indoors and outdoors
  • The ability to recognise the differences between preparation and treatment processes and to categorise them in regard to application and use.