Master of Advanced Studies in History and Theory of Architecture
Programme Structure

The MAS in History and Theory is structured as a part-time study programme parallel to 60-percent full-time professional employment. Lectures/seminars take place on two days per week (Thursdays and Fridays). The four-semester programme is structured around the core seminar series “Architecture and the City”. In the Spring Semesters, these seminars are dedicated to a specific topic, and include a one-week study trip; seminar work generally includes both text and building analyses. In the Autumn Semesters, the core seminars alternate between a focus on architectural criticism and a focus on a larger research project. These research projects are often conducted in conjunction with the gta Archives and/or gta Exhibitions. The students contribute to these projects with their own research (archive research, field research) and its presentation in written or graphic form.

In addition to these core seminars, students are enrolled in weekly writing, research and methods workshops, and are asked to enroll in at least two additional classes offered at the gta Institute or the D-ARCH in the course of the programme.

Students work on their research papers and Master’s thesis outside of these seminars. This also includes the feedback process by mentors and peers (see Didactics and Methods) .