Currently the Architectural Faculty at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences boasts a staff of 23 tenured professors, supported by 18 members of academic staff and visiting lecturers, making it one of the largest architectural faculties at a German university of applied sciences. This puts the Architectural Faculty in the fortunate position of being able to offer an extensive range of course components within the makeup of our wide‐ranging degree programme. We also run a series of workshops and guest lectures designed to provide a forum for discussions taking place at a national and international level within the Faculty. At these events, students regularly encounter new perspectives, attitudes and current trends in architecture.
The Architectural Faculty provides a creative environment within which innovative ideas, creative and professional skills are fostered and promoted. Indeed, the methodological mix of theory and applied practice within the Faculty qualifies students to tackle a vast range of complex architectural challenges, whilst the four different specialisations it teaches enable them to concentrate on their own sphere of architectural interest whilst also continuing to hone core skills.
Maintaining a close link between theory and practice represents a central tenant of our teaching philosophy. Our tutors are all experts within their specialist areas and each add their own unique knowledge and experience into the learning mix whilst also collaborating in research and development work as part of a knowledge and technology transfer between the university and private enterprise. This dual approach provides students with clear advantages since university‐private enterprise collaborations of this kind yield cooperative networks from which they benefit greatly when completing interdisciplinary project assignments.
We provide all our MA students with their own dedicated studio space. This forms part of an intensive and creative working environment within which students and staff benefit from close interaction with one another. Well‐equipped workshops and laboratories are also available to students doing experimental and innovative work.