In the Master's degree programme in Architecture, you will learn how to tackle a broad diversity of design work confidently by carrying out research. The exact programme content can largely be chosen freely from the first semester and onwards. Project exercises carried out in so-called ‘studios’ serve as an important learning tool: Just as in architectural offices, an emphasis is placed on focused work in close communication with others. The topics addressed in the individual studios range from urban landscapes, the developed cultural landscape, the region and the city and on to individual building types and minute details of construction, representation and space. You will learn how to:
The combination of compulsory project exercises and supplementary electives enables you to individually select specialisations that are part of the degree programme. The final master's thesis, completed in the 4th semester, can also be assigned to an elective.
Students benefit from the excellent ratio of supervision – as compared to the rest of Europe – which supports individual exchange between students and lecturers in the design courses. Master's students have access to numerous workspaces on campus.
Curriculum (in German)
The content covers the central topics of design, construction, history and theory as well as presentation and communication. You can choose these according to your own interests and professional plans. The individual focus topics encompass a total of 150 electives to choose from. This extremely diverse range, which covers all important areas of architecture, includes:
Design: design practices, design theory, applied methods in architectural design, design of tall and extensive support structures, regional and inter-regional spatial planning, typological transformation as an architectural task, etc.
Construction: engineering and design, materials and technology, computer simulation, advanced façade technologies, advanced building systems, fire protection and infrastructure, etc.
History: history of architecture, monuments preservation, history of planning, reconstruction of ancient buildings, etc.
Theory: architectural theory today, space perception, ecological design, sustainable systems, contemporary art and architecture, non-European building cultures, gender studies and space, sociology for architects, etc.
Representation and Communication: information visualization, architectural visualization, communication and coaching, visual and sonic practices, etc.
Graz is one of UNESCO Cities of Design. The traditionally strong architectural scene in Graz played a significant role in integrating Graz into UNESCO’s global "Creative Cities Network".
In recent years, architects who are on the verge of making an international breakthrough and who would like to share their knowledge have been increasingly attracted to the Faculty of Architecture at TU Graz. As a small and rapidly changing school, we provide an interesting environment for guest lecturers, and our students also demonstrate a high standard in international comparisons.
Our master’s students move within the dense environment of architectural offices in the city of Graz to gain practical experience. A close connection also exists with other architecture-related institutions in the city, such as the House of Architecture, the "Forum Stadtpark" and the Central Association of Architects.
However, the nucleus of creative, design networking is found in the Architecture Drawing Studios at TU Graz. These represent the starting point for exciting cultural initiatives. Students see the drafting rooms as a central component in the development of their individual architectural personalities.
As part of the master's degree programme, you can complete a double degree programme with Politecnico di Milano (Italy). You study both at TU Graz and Politecnico di Milano and receive a degree from both universities.
Unlike the normal master's programme curriculum, the double degree programme comprises 150 ECTS credits. You have to complete two project exercises at TU Graz and two project exercises at Politecnico di Milano, plus the corresponding compulsory electives. You will write your master's thesis in English under the supervision of a supervisor both at TU Graz and at Politecnico di Milano.
For more information, see the curriculum supplement (in German).
In today's complex social environment, the profession of architecture demands strong personalities who have benefited from a solid design, technical and cultural education. As an architect, you will work in architectural and planning offices, the construction industry, construction and project management, or the creative industries.