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.


11 August 2018

Prof. Trüby interviewed by taz.

18 July 2018

Prof. Trüby in conversation with Christian Kerez about Borromini.

17 July 2018

IGMA Day with book presentation of Prof. Trüby: Geschichte des Korridors (History of the Corridor), (Fink 2018).

22 June 2018

Prof. Trüby interviewed by hr-info on Frankfurt´s reconstructed old town.

07 June 2018

Lecture by Prof. Trüby at TU Kaiserslautern.

26 May 2018

Prof. Trüby and Sandra Oehy as guest speakers at “Performing Architecture” at the 16th Architecture Biennale, Venice.

10 May 2018

A presentation on the „Elements of Architecture“ by Prof. Trüby, Turin.

03 May 2018

Prof. Trüby as invited guest at the Ludwigsburger Architekturquartetts at the Musikhalle, Ludwigsburg.

08 April 2018

Article by Prof. Trüby on the reconstruction of the Frankfurt old town in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung.

03 April 2018

The IGMA under the direction of Prof. Trüby starts with a new team including Verena Hartbaum (TU Munich), Tobias Hönig (, Iassen Markov (TU Munich), Sandra Oehy (Zurich), Zsuzsanna Stánitz (TU Munich) and Matteo Trentini (Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio).



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Stephan Trüby