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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.


23. November - 9. December 2018

Exhibition “IGmAde: 50+ Years of Architecture, Theory & Poiesis” at the Württembergischer Kunstverein.

22-24. November 2018

International Conference "IGmAde: 50+ Years of Architecture, Theory & Poiesis” at the University of Stuttgart and the Württembergischer Kunstverein.

22. November 2018

Prof. Trüby´s Inaugural Lecture will take place at 6pm in the Tiefenhörsaal 17.01.

27. October 2018

Prof. Trüby discusses the topic "Right-wing Spaces" at the Berliner Volksbühne.

26. October 2018

Prof. Trüby interviewed by the Stuttgarter Zeitung.

17. October 2018

Prof. Trüby in the Portrait section of the Kontext:Wochenzeitung.

15. October 2018

New courses at IGmA for the winter semester 2018/19.

6. October 2018

The Observer (London) reports on reconstruction in architecture in Germany and Prof. Trüby.

25. September 2018

Prof. Trüby moderates a panel discussion on the topic "Everyone is talking about building culture" in the St. Maria church in Stuttgart.

21. September 2018

Prof. Trüby represented with text in the exhibition catalogue Die immer neue Altstadt.

20. September 2018

Prof. Trüby gives keynote lecture at Tirana Architecture Week (TAW).

14. September 2018

The Rem Koolhaas-book Elements of Architecture, written amongst with the participation of Prof. Trüby, has been published.


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Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil.

Stephan Trüby