In the Bachelor's degree program in Architecture, the essential fundamentals of urban design are taught in support of the design competence. The lecture Basics of Urbanism offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics and the practice of the department and the urban design.In a design exercise (either Design 2 or 3), which must be completed at the Institute of Urbanism, the contents of the lecture are applied or implemented in a design project with the appropriate support of the teachers. Focal points are the acquisition of an understanding of functional and form-related relationships, the development of spatial qualities and simple methods of designing and presenting urban planning situations on different scales. The curriculum is supplemented by optional elective courses (Workshops 1-3 and Designing 4) that can be chosen by the Institute of Urbanism, as well as elective electives from the master's program which are recommended as free subjects and can be completed by Bachelor students.

Electives of Urban Design Institute for Bachelor students


Basic skills in urban planning design are conveyed on the basis of a manageable task. The focus is on the functional and design-related integration into the natural or urban context, the functional order of building areas, the disposition of building structures to achieve external qualities, traffic development and the presentation of urban development projects in plans, spatial representations and models as well as their verbal explanation.

After successful completion of the course, the students are able to develop concepts for simple tasks, taking into account the respective context, and to implement these concepts in accordance with the functional and design requirements of urban planning. The students have a basic vocabulary with which they can argue their work and have experience in the representation and presentation of urban development projects. The course is intended to arouse interest in the complex interrelationships of the urban context and to address the responsibility of architects towards society and the environment.

145.504                      145.505                      145.506                      145.507
Design 1                     Design 2                    Design 3                     Design 4


At the Institute for Urbanism, workshops 1, 2, 3 deal with urban planning and design-related aspects in relation to Graz and its surroundings in a time-focused process. The tutoring is usually done by international visiting teachers, to show different perspectives and to ensure a view from the outside.

145.513                         145.514                           145.515
Workshop 1 ›               Workshop 2 ›                Workshop 3 ›


The lecture covers the basics of urban design -concepts, processes and methods of urban design and planning in different scales: from the region to the parcel.

The lecture consists of these parts:

  • Urbanism Today: Concepts, Problems and Methods
  • From Region to Parcel / City Structures, City Models
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Space: Ensemble / Links, Networks, Mobility / Environment / Society and People
  • Urbanism until Today: Concepts of Urban Design and Planning Throughout History
  • Spatial Planning and Planning Law in Austria, Styria and Graz

LV-Nr.          Titel                                               SWS                                       Type                       Semester
145.553       Urbanism                                        2                                              VO                           SS

Univ.-Prof. Arch. Degros Aglaée                                                                                              TUG Online

Electives of the Bachelor Programme

The following master courses are available for bachelor students from the electives offered at the Institute of Urbanism and can be completed as free subjects:

145.801 Local Spacial Planning 
145.808 Sociology for Architects 
145.809 History of the City 
145.412 Collaborative Modelling 
145.805 Contemporary Urban Processes 

Also recommended is a elective of the Civil Engineering faculty:

203.151 Freehand Drawing