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.


6 June 2019

Prof. Trüby speaks at the Weimar Congress "Kinder zum Olymp!" of the Federal Agency for Civic Education on the theme "Reconstruction".

24 May 2019

Presentation of the ARCH+ 235, conceived by IGmA, titled: „Rechte Räume. Bericht einer Europareise“ at the Berliner Volksbühne.

23 May 2019

Prof. Trüby speaks at the IBA Thüringen on the topic of "Homeland (-Architecture), Province and Pre-political Space".

22 May 2019

Presentation of the recently released book Bayern. München. 100 Jahre Freistaat. Eine Raumverfälschung  in the Münchner Kammerspiele.

17 May 2019

Prof. Trüby speaks at the German Architecture Center in Berlin (DAZ) on the subject of "Right-wing Spaces".

14 May 2019

Prof. Trüby discusses on the topic "Architectural Culture - Modernism or Restauration?" in the German Bundestag.

4 May 2019

Prof. Trüby in interview at the Deutschlandfunk Kultur on the topic of "Corridors".



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

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