The chair for Architectural Design and Interior Design is a periodically changing laboratory for new ideas and changing input by guest-professors at the Institute for Architecture. Currently the concept ADIP, the architecture design innovation program, has been established by the department.
Providing a platform for visiting architects of high stature from around the world, our department seeks to explore architectural design from an innovative and international perspective. This to enrich the experience both of the faculty, the students, and the community at large through the resultant influx of new guests and voices exploring issues of contemporary and future architectural design through active teaching. The specific research and teaching fields of the professorship are left deliberately open in order to allow each invitee to take full advantage of their time and teaching topics to further their own architectural design and professional interests in a collaborative fashion with students.
Today, we are pleased to have Rainer Hehl as a visiting Professor,
our recent visiting Guest Professors have included Bostjan Vuga (Slovenia, 2011-2013), Mark Lee (USA, 2009-2011), Jean-Philippe Vassal (France, 2007-2009), Francis Soler (France, 2005-2007), Jean-Marc Ibos (France, 2002-2005), Andrew Holmes (England, 2000-2002), and Diane Lewis (USA, 1998-2000).


As chair for Architectural Design and Interior Design (Fachgebiet für Entwerfen und Innenraumplanung) we are interested in projects ranging from urban scale to detailed interior studies. Within this range and especially in regard to our Interior Design teaching schedule we have established a special focus on questions regarding inside and outside. Alternating between the many perspectives of the inside and the outside in an architectural and also engineering way we understand the different spatial, ecological and cultural tasks of creating sheltering places as initiator of architectural solutions. Henri Focillon, in “La Vie des formes”, asserts that man’s practical experience is limited to the approach from the outside. “Human movement and action are exterior to everything; man is always on the outside, and in order to penetrate beyond surfaces, he must break them open.” Thus, we ask: what and where are these surfaces? How can we break these surfaces open? And how do we understand the envelope of a building within this context?

While understanding architecture as a whole which cannot be divided into several independent parts, we explore different points of interest regarding the inside and the outside.
> atmosphere production (Atmosphärenproduktion). Referring to the debate of heterotopias we consider the atmosphere production important phenomenon in our departmental research and teaching activities. The variety and diversity of spaces and places, meaning the specific aspects of space within the diversity of cultural ideas are investigated and to result in architectural proposals.
> from inside out. According to the structuralist thought of the element as a spatial whole or as an integral component of planning, a critical judgement of planning and the contemporary social-political changes should enhance a culture of process, participation and the potential of emancipation towards individual involvement. As architecture needs to position itself as a critical tool of social and cultural life, new question are raised and new answers need to be found.
> the climate and the complex interplay between all environmental influences. As ecology is critically undermining traditional methods of construction and building architecture is challenged to solve programmatic conditions not only in a technical or infrastructural sense, but to recognize the spatial dimension of this task in a metabolic understanding and in terms of social responsibility.


Generally, we run Master and Bachelor design studios with a PIV (integrated study) in theory of space. We also support a special lecturer in Fire safety. All our projects are based on a solid understanding of the critical and precise underpinnings of architectural design method and its basic required technical skills. Our projects provide a tradition of exploring materials, details and a 1:1 understanding of how architectural ideas enter the real world.

We have establisehd a cooperation and student exchange program with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS) sending every semester 2 to 3 students form the Technische Universität Berlin to UMASS and welcoming students from overseas in Berlin.

Our department has established several cooperations within the TU Berlin as well as beyond, carrying academic subjects outside university and experiences from professional projects back to school. The bulk of departmental research has been focused on design method and applied teaching methods as well as the investigation of current and new architectural strategies. Recent research projects have included the DAAD funded IP FUTURE CITIES.
Symposia are also part of our program – like “ARCHITECTURE reTURNS to POP”‚ where we aimed to establish a temporary and public platform at the TU Berlin, dedicated to discussing POP and its relationship to architecture on a horizontal plateau inhabited by architects.