The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning examines the impact of the built environment on the overall life cycle of built structures and social activities with a view to greater sustainability. The huge social relevance of this field forms the focus both of basic research and applied and transfer-oriented research.

The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning is one of the most prestigious in Europe. It is part of the University of Stuttgart's research collaboration project – Stuttgart Research Center for Architecture – and the "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" excellence cluster is anchored within the Faculty – both being important pillars of pioneering national research and innovation in architecture.

A faculty-specific research contribution is "design" and "planning" and artistic-creative work because progress and innovation in architecture and urban planning stem from the interplay of theory and practice.

Current research activities underline the following areas of specialization:

In the field of technology and building current economic and technological structural changes coupled with growing digitalization have moved the following topics into the focus of societal interest.

In the field of art, design and space research focuses on spatial design aspects, research by design and building typology.

In the research field city and landscape research addresses urban transformation processes and concomitant challenges such as climate change, providing housing and recreational spaces, environmental justice and participation in urban development.

In the field of society and theory research considers the transformation of societies, their modes of perception, thought and interaction, as well as economic, social and ecological change and the impact on architecture and urban planning.

Principal areas of research

Energy-efficient architecture and urban planning
Energy and the environment
Landscape fragmentation

Reconstruction – building after disasters
Transformation of refugee camps
Biotope development

Life cycle costs
Infrastructure follow-on costs
Integrated construction project and real estate management
Novel doctoral study and financing models

Innovative façade design
Glass construction
New materials
Modular concrete construction
New adhesive technologies
Fiber-reinforced plastics
Building acoustics
Living plant construction

GIS geoinformation systems
Modeling tools
Simulation technologies
Visualization tools

Computer-based generative design
Computer-assisted manufacturing processes
Robotic manufacturing in architecture

Resolving complex problems
Complex systems and communications
Planning methods and instruments

Qualities of the European city
Global urbanization processes
Inner city research
History and future of housing

History of European architecture 
Media of architecture


Research and transfer

Keplerstr. 7, 70174 Stuttgart, Room 2.02 - Karin Pfeiffer

Stephan Trüby

Prof. Dr. phil.

Jan Knippers

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Head of Institute of Support Structures and Structural Design

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