Master of Science 

Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH)

Start of studies: winter semester
Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: English

The MSc Program Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented, experiment-based program shaped around contemporary aspects of the built environment and practice.

Its goal is to prepare students from different disciplines for the continuing advancement of technological and computational processes in architecture, as they merge the fields of design, engineering, construction, and natural sciences. Coupling an intensive, critical, and analytical approach to computational design, simulation, and fabrication, the ITECH program is focused on challenging the design space boundaries of current architectural and engineering practice.

The Master’s program ITECH

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Applicants should

  • have a basic knowledge of design, engineering, and construction principles
  • be interested in interdisciplinary research
  • be fluent in English

The M.Sc. Programme Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented, experiment-based programme shaped around contemporary aspects of the built environment and practice.

The goal of the ITECH programme is to prepare a new generation of students from different disciplines for the continuing advancement of technological and computational processes in development of the built environment through merging the fields of design, engineering, construction and natural sciences. Combining an intensive, critical and analytical approach to computational design, simulation and fabrication processes, the ITECH programme is focusing on challenging the design space boundaries of current contemporary architectural and engineering practice. It seeks to provoke a re-examination of techniques, methods and theories of design in relation to the fields of engineering, robotics, digital manufacturing, material science and biology.

Admission Restrictions

The program is open to students with a recognized Bachelor degree in architecture (or architectural science), urban planning, civil engineering, biology or biomimetics, environmental engineering or similar engineering or natural science degrees.

The complete information on the admission process, required knowledge of English, and the criteria for the assessment of professional suitability can be found in the admission regulations.

Language requirements

Sufficient knowledge of English: IELTS (band 6) Certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 79 internet based); Native speaker and students who have passed the entirety of their undergraduate studies in a program taught in English are exempt from this rule.

Application

Application deadline: February 15

Applications are accepted once per year. The application, which includes a portfolio of work is submitted in mid February, with admission decisions announced in April for enrollment the following October.  More information on the application process and program can be found in the informational brochure below.

As the programme is merging the fields of design, engineering, construction and natural sciences with a strong focus on interdisciplinary skills, you will be qualified for a wide range of jobs.

The ITECH programme investigates the realm of integrative technological advancements as novel potentials in architecture, engineering and construction and seeks to prepare students for the complex contemporary conditions found in the building industry by engaging them in cutting edge computational architectural design techniques, structural engineering and advanced fabrication and construction technologies.

ITECH graduates typically start working in architecture or engineering offices or in startups with a strong focus on computational design methods and/or digital manufacturing processes. A large percentage of the ITECH graduates also continue their research as PhD students or research associates at a university or research group and/or start teaching.

How is the program structured?

During the first year students will work on research projects. The first three semesters include seminar modules. During the final semester the Master thesis will be written.

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Curriculum of ITECH program. .
Curriculum of ITECH program.

The Module Guide describes the modules and the required courses belonging to the module. The Module Guide (also called module handbook) is published in the Campus Management System  C@MPUS (please click as follows: choose the degree - click on the book behind the study program's name).

Accreditation

The quality of this degree program has been certified.

Contact

M.Arch. (Hons), Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

Katja Rinderspacher

ITECH M.Sc. Program Coordinator