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.

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.


20 November 2019

Prof. Trüby discusses the topic “Architektur – Wettbewerb der Ideologien?” (Architecture - Competition of Ideologies?) at the Architekturzentrum Wien.

16 November 2019

Prof. Trüby discusses with Hans-Joachim Wagner the topic "Reconstruction of Right-wing Spaces" as part of the "Ratschlags der Vielen" in the Neuen Museum Nürnberg.

16 November 2019

Prof. Trüby gives a lecture on “Aufklärung der Dialektik: Über ‘Rechte Räume’” (Enlightenment of Dialectic: On “Right-wing Spaces") at the annual conference of the DGTF at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

15 November 2019

Prof. Trüby gives a lecture in Stuttgart on "50 Years of the Hugo-Häring Prize".

14 November 2019

New ARCH+ 237 with the IGmA supplement "Rechte-Räume-Reaktionen" (Right-wing Spaces-Reactions) published.



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

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