The Development of the HCU

The HafenCity University Hamburg was founded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on January 1, 2006 as a university for architecture and spatial development through the merger of four departments from three Hamburg universities. 

HafenCity Universität Hamburg - University of Architecture and Metropolitan Development (HCU) is a university thematically focused on the built environment. HCU brings together under one roof all aspects of building in design and drafting, engineering and natural sciences, as well as humanities and social sciences. HCU's overarching research priorities are climate/sustainability, social equity and digitalization.

With around 2,400 students and approximately 350 employees, the HafenCity site, Europe's largest inner-city urban development project, offers the special attraction of an urban laboratory on your own doorstep.