The institute of urbanism is responsible for the education of the students from the architecture faculty in all areas of urbanism and spatial planning, for the bachelor and the master studies. An educational focus in history, design and creation improves development of technique, creating layouts and materials in the field of urbanism and spatial planning, along with execution and presentation of projects that are practically oriented. The practical experience is acquired through the fixation of having tasks and projects taken from real-life situations.
On one hand the scientific work of the institute deals with foundational research in theory, history and urbanism methods. On the other hand the more theoretical spectrum is expanded through examining current urban developmental processes, roles of informational technology in urbanism and the exploration of settlement structures with consideration to the cultural context. Due to the geographical standpoint of the university in Graz, the urbanism research is impulsively intertwined with central and southern Europe.