Master of Advanced Studies in History and Theory of Architecture
About Us


Les Arcades du Lac, Ricardo Bofill – Taller de Arquitectura (1977–82) © Deidi von Schaewen

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in History and Theory of Architecture is a two-year, part-time, post-professional programme established in 1993 as a key component of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta). The course has three main goals: first, to convey the basics of the history and theory of architecture; second, to address contemporary disciplinary questions in architectural practice and debates in architectural and urban theory and the history of science; third, to introduce students to the methods of critical scholarly work as a key tool for independent research, writing and practice.

Thematically, the programme is focused on current issues regarding the future of urban development. These include the financialisation of the built environment, climate change, social polarisation and digitalisation. Methodically, we examine these questions by analysing architecture’s embeddedness within social processes and power relations, and by interrogating relevant and specific historical constellations ranging from 1500 to the present.

Further information regarding the structure of the programme can be found here.

Students attend core seminars, workshops and a yearly study trip open to MAS students only. In addition, they enroll in the institute’s lectures and seminars and contribute to the gta’s ongoing research, publication and exhibition projects as an integral part of their study. Recent highlights of this collaborative work include the book Städtebau als politische Kultur: Der Architekt und Theoretiker Hans Bernoulli (Claus/Zurfluh, eds.) and the exhibition Phantom Theorie.

MAS students come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds at various stages in their professional lives. MAS graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, private practice, journalism and historic preservation, among others, and maintain a strong alumni network.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019–2021 cycle with a deadline on 31 May 2019. For further details on how to apply, please look here. For further question, please contact us.