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.


15-16 April 2021

IGmA Doctoral Colloquium in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (RCA), London.

15 April 2021

S.T.o.A. – Stuttgart Talks on Architecture: Ines Weizman on „Threads and Hinges: The Global Flow of Architectural Elements“. 

Link to the Video here

13 April 2021

Videos of IGmA's Summer Semester 2021 course offerings now on our IGmA Channel.

28 March 2021

Article by Prof. Trüby on Prospéra Honduras published at Geschichte der Gegenwart.

20 March 2021

Prof. Trüby and Philipp Krüpe (IGmA) with "Rechte Räume - Diskursives Filmscreening" as guests at the Haus der Kunst Munich. 

16 March 2021

Article by Prof. Trüby on the topic of "Forest and Wood" published in the Frankfurter Rundschau.

4 March 2021

Interview with Prof. Trüby in the Jungle World.

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.

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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