Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory)

Research and teaching at IGmA deals with the relationship between architecture (theory), economics, politics and society.


Since its founding in 1967, IGmA has applied a context-based reflection as a teaching method for students in the fields of architecture, theory, politics, economics and society - and since then has influenced not only the thinking of many theoreticians, but also the design approach of countless architects.

Since 01 April 2018 Prof. Dr. Stephan Trüby is in charge of IGmA. With his new team, he continues the tradition of the institute and determines new research directions such as the economics and politics of architecture as well as elements and synthesis of architectural space

Architecture and Cultural Theory

Architecture is perhaps the most complex cultural technique humanity has produced. Nowhere else - neither in literature nor in the theater or in the fine arts - are economic, technical, scientific, artistic, legal, media, religious and political interests as integral as in the case of building and architectural planning.


12 February 2021

IGmA-Day & SToA Vol.10 – an online event – kick-off at 3PM.

11 February 2021

Interview with Prof. Trüby in the current edition of Freitag.

1 February 2021

Prof. Trüby´s article is published in the main edition of der rechte rand.

25 January 2021

Prof. Trüby moderates the Talkshow “Stuttgarter Schule Vol. 2 : “Stuttgarter Schule?

22 January 2021

Der Architekt reviews Prof. Trüby´s book Rechte Räume.

13 January 2021

Telepolis publishes an excerpt of Prof. Trüby´s book Rechte Räume.

22 December 2020

SToA Vol. 9: Online-Presentation of Prof. Trüby´s new book Rechte Räume.

19 December 2020

Prof. Trüby talks at the radio station RBB - RADIO EINS about his book “Rechte Räume: Politik und Architektur”.

16 December 2020

ARCH+ publishes Prof. Trüby´s new article.

14 December 2020

The BNN reviews Prof. Trübys new book “Rechte Räume”.

Even a glance at the history of architecture shows that buildings are also to be seen in the context of cultural (national, regional etc.) differences as well as in the context of transmission processes. They are the result of cultural evolution, which can’t be traced back to distinct individuals (heroes of architectural history, etc.), and owe their existence to a complex mix of economic, political, material and stylistic factors, traditions, craftsmanship rules, software frameworks, etc.

All of this is on the agenda of an architectural theory understood as cultural theory that does not want to indulge in subjectivist illusions. At the same time, architectural theory - as well as subject-oriented design theory - is not only interested in what happened in the past and what is happening right now, but also how things should be; and this not only in the sense of desirable artifacts, but also in the sense of a desirable society.



Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory) (IGmA)

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