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Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

The design, development and implementation of architectural projects lie at the heart of the bachelor’s degree in architecture at the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU).
Students should learn how to design and build in a long-lasting, meaningful and economic style based on a critical reflection of the architectural form, the architectural spaces and their implementation in an appropriate constructional and functional manner.


A complex domain, which sets high standards with regard to education, is what awaits future architects. In this connection, the interdisciplinary options offered by the HCU Hamburg, serve as good preparation for future careers in the working world.

Architects, civil engineers as well as physicists, economists, mechanical engineers, humanists, social scientists and artists number among the lecturers of the architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, urban development and geomatics degree programmes. Together with the wide range of university disciplines, this diversity offers numerous co-operation opportunities.

The large selection of electives also serves to encourage interdisciplinarity. Students can select from the wide range of degree courses of the HCU in accordance with their personal preferences. Subjects from the fields of the humanities, economics and social sciences can be selected, as can languages or scientific and technical courses. Students are also free to attend electives at other universities in order to broaden their horizons.
The variety of electives is a hallmark of university education. The most differing of disciplines can be found under one roof and facilitate insights into the mindsets and expertise of other sciences.


In the bachelor programme in architecture, the graduates should obtain a solid foundation for a primary degree with professional qualifications in the professional field of architecture.

Architecture is offered, as part of a well-founded education, as a diverse and living system of those moments and factors, which allow for the creation of the multi-layer "whole" of a structure/building or a city.

Historical and theoretical subjects provide an overview on the basic principles and prerequisites of architecture and its close relationship with cultural, social and economic developments. A sense of the responsibility bestowed on future architects is thus created.

The students should be independent, capable of making evaluations and, based on a broad range of knowledge and skills, become planners and designers of the surrounding visible, living environment, who are capable of working in a team.

The particularity and objective of studying architecture at scientific-technical universities show that, with regard to the individual focal points and specialisation options, a wide variety of professional fields can be opened up to graduates. By acquiring the appropriate methods and expertise in the architectural domain, the Bachelor in Architecture graduates will be capable of working in architectural and planning offices. Furthermore, career opportunities open up in the areas of construction and project management, the real estate industry, project execution, the building and construction industry, and in public building authorities.

The systematic imagination, project planning and the correct implementation of "common tasks", work and services, which form a built object and are thus visible, which help determine how we view our world, are taught and practised. The degree course should thus simultaneously further the personal development of the students in a cognitive, ethical, emotional and aesthetic regard and strengthen their reflection, evaluation and decision-making capabilities vis-à-vis their own actions and in terms of their responsibility and sensitivity for the built environment.
This also includes the ability to communicate and exchange ideas and information culminating in a targeted knowledge transfer between the university, city, citizen and culture.

Studying architecture at the HCU should thus enable the students to act in a holistic and responsible manner and at the same time encourage them to try new and creative conceptual, design and technical paths.


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Transdisciplinary Studies

Transdisciplinary studies will become a core part of the architecture course from winter semester 2009/10.

Transdisciplinary studies, as the name suggests, provides an additional transdisciplinary education in the humanities, cultural studies as well as the arts. Participation is mandatory for all HCU students and will form part of their studies from the beginning of the bachelor’s degree through to the end of the master's degree.

Transdisciplinary studies comprehensively cultivate reflective, communicative and creative-artistic competencies. Using these skills, the students can transfer between different disciplines: they are encouraged to think and act outside the box in relation to their subject and to develop their own strategies and competently communicate these. The reflection and innovation potential uncovered in this manner serves to get ahead when it comes to competitive ideas.

Transdisciplinary studies round off the HCU education concept, which stands for character building through increased evaluation capabilities, sharper perception skills and design productivity.


Prospective students: Please click here for further information on your application.


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