Overview

The Master of Science Architecture course deepens and expands knowledge and skills in planning, drafting, designing and building buildings. The orientation of the course is characterized by the specific linking of the two subject areas of building construction and urban planning (the so-called Darmstadt model), which at the same time also represent the focus areas. Another core element of the course is the “Draft with Colloquium” study and examination form. The creative planning activity is practiced in an individual and cooperative manner. The plans and models of the design work are also presented by the draftsman and then discussed in the colloquium. A 12-week office internship is part of the course.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Architects deal with the planning, drafting, design and construction of residential houses, public buildings and industrial buildings. Her tasks also include the design of complex urban development systems at home and abroad as well as the takeover of renovations. Technical-constructive issues as well as creative, economic, cultural-social, ecological and legal aspects and requirements have to be considered. Ideally, functionality, aesthetics and the context / target group relationship are closely related in the work of architects.

It is unfortunately not always easy for architects to start their careers, as a large number of architects have already been trained in recent years, but vacancies and construction activities have not kept pace. Architects are now active in many areas. Architects very often set up their own office as “generalists”. In addition, there is also the possibility of working as an employed architect in large offices, then possibly specializing in just one or a few areas (e.g. tenders). Other fields in which architects can work are municipal and other authorities (e.g. building authorities), engineering and construction offices, the real estate industry, consulting and expert activities (self-employed or e.g. for insurance) and the construction industry / property developers. As “facility managers”, architects optimize the profitability of buildings. Some architects specialize in certain areas such as renovation and / or energy-efficient construction, etc. Due to the aesthetic-artistic side of the architecture degree, there are interfaces to professional fields such as photography, design, advertising and graphics. And finally, women architects can also be employed by monument protection offices, in museums, in journalism, in the art trade or in (humanities) scientific research (e.g. art history). Some architects specialize in certain areas such as renovation and / or energy-efficient construction, etc. Due to the aesthetic-artistic side of the architecture degree, there are interfaces to professional fields such as photography, design, advertising and graphics. And finally, women architects can also be employed by monument protection offices, in museums, in journalism, in the art trade or in (humanities) scientific research (e.g. art history). Some architects specialize in certain areas such as renovation and / or energy-efficient construction, etc. Due to the aesthetic-artistic side of the architecture degree, there are interfaces to professional fields such as photography, design, advertising and graphics. And finally, women architects can also be employed by monument protection offices, in museums, in journalism, in the art trade or in (humanities) scientific research (e.g. art history).

It is therefore important, in addition to studying, to gain your own practical experience in architectural offices or other relevant institutions at an early stage, to prove your general suitability for practice and to establish contacts. The prospect of a good position is increased by the willingness to move professionally, also abroad. A good command of the English language is particularly recommended if you have an international focus.


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