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Overview

Overview

Architects plan rooms and design spaces – rooms, buildings, municipalities, cities, or even landscapes. They take into consideration all of the technical, aesthetic, and social aspects, that guide their planning to defined goals.

Buildings should look nice, but they should also be functional, sustainable, reasonably priced, and be stable for the long term. Old structures should be preserved and integrated. Public space not only serves transportation, but also housing, economies, and recreation. Thus it must also offer a harmonious balance between private and public spheres as well as good connections. In order to consider so many factors at once, architects learn to systematically determine the different dimensions of a design tasks.

In the architecture studies at RWTH, demanding design tasks promote students' creativeness and the acquisition of professional implementation techniques. They guarantee solid training in drawing and design, which makes it possible to later sketch and discuss complex designs without preparation. Solid training in drawing, design, and construction skills teaches future architects to sketch, discuss, and further develop designs, even ad hoc.

The course focuses on design projects that have different focal points, from the scale of the city to individual buildings and constructive detail. Students work on tasks of increasing complexity that challenge their creativity as well as their drawing, construction, and design skills.

As they work on projects, students continuously reflect on and optimize their architectural and urban planning concepts, applying the specialist knowledge learnt from lectures and exercises. Theoretical subjects such as the history of architecture and art as well as architecture and planning theory are part of the course and provide the orientation framework for the design and project work.

The six-semester degree thus provides a solid foundation for the four-semester M.Sc. Architecture and M.Sc. Urban 

Planning.

The subdisciplines structural engineering for high-rise structures and urban and landscape planning are also represented at RWTH:

  • The architecture specialization focuses on the design and construction of individual buildings.
  • The urban planning specialization particularly focuses on the development of neighborhoods, cities, and regions.

 Programme Structure

The first year guides you into the subject by giving you an overview of the basic activities of architects and urban planners. In the second year, the topics will be taught in greater depth, while the third year offers opportunities for a first individual profile with the option of a semester abroad. In each semester, varied, practice-oriented tasks supplement the theoretical basics and enable students to test and expand their creative abilities. In addition, you will complete various exercises and design projects by yourself or in groups of up to six students.

An eight-week construction internship, which must be completed during your degree, offers insights into the building construction trades. The faculty recommends gaining at least some practical experience in this area before starting this course.

Curriculum

History, Theory, Design Technical Knowledge Projects/Design

Cultural and historical foundations

  • History of architecture
  • Theory of architecture
  • Monument preservation
  • Art history

Designing and depicting

  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Descriptive geometry
  • Computer-aided architectural design

Construction

Building planning

Structural design

Building technology

Urban and landscape planning

Social, economic, and
legal bases

Digital construction processes and methods

Semester 1: Introduction to design
Semester 2: Housing+
Semester 3: Integrated Project
City and landscape
Semester 4: Integrated Project
Architecture and construction
Semester 5: Free design
Semester 6: Bachelor's thesis

You can find a more detailed course of study layout and an alternative description of the course of study on the Faculty's website. Please always select the most current Bachelor examination regulation in the navigation.

Elective Subjects

Elective subjects offer the possibility to advance students' knowledge in all areas of the Faculty and the entire University to help them sharpen their individual profile.

Entry Requirement

 

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

The content and qualification goals of the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Architecture courses of study and modules use the standards of professional associations for archictects and urban planners and the standards of European and international educational guidelines as minimum standards.

Bachelor's studies end with an initial career-qualifying degree. A Bachelor's enables graduates to assist with instructed planning and design tasks in architecture offices or other providers of creative services.

Once they have a Bachelor´s and a Master's degree and two years of professional experience, RWTH graduates have the possibility of being accepted into the Architects' Guild. Then, they are allowed to use the title of "architect" or "urban planner" and possess authorization to present building documents.

Due to their comprehensive education graduates of RWTH work in all fields of the building and planning sector. They plan buildings and urban neighborhoods, and supervise construction. Aside from these classic fields of work additional professional opportunities are available in the fields of project development and management, design, interior design, the construction of exhibition stands, landscape architecture, and more. Architects are often seen as problem solvers in consulting. They use their creative potential and ability to analyze to solve complex problems.

 


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