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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Integrated Architectural Design

Energy-efficient, resource-saving drafting, planning, and building: deepen your knowledge in these areas in our master's degree program. Learn and try out, in particular, digital methods for analysis, drafting, planning, and production. From urban development to construction work on existing buildings: Develop forward-thinking, innovative solutions on this basis for the challenges of our time.

Your heart beats for...

... Designing, Building, Creativity, Social cohabitation, Organization, Practical part, Foreign language: English

A Degree Program with a Future

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree
  • Portfolio
  • Letter of motivation
  • Personal interview may be required
  • German fluency (only for individuals who did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution in the EU)

Spaces in the Master's degree program in “Integrated Architectural Design” (MIAD) are assigned through a selection process. You can find information on the selection process here (for all EU applicants).

Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Digital Tools and Methods 1
  • Designing and dimensioning 
  • Urban design
  • Urban design methods

2. Semester

  • Digital Tools and Methods 2
  • Integrated Building Design
  • Building conversion and repurposing (re-use)  
  • Theory, research and academic work 

3. Semester

  • Conference and Communication 
  • Contextual Design 
  • Sustainable construction 
  • Elective subject

4. Semester

  • Master’s thesis, presentation and colloquium

Focus areas/advance courses

  • Urban development methodology  
  • Building conversion and repurposing  
  • Sustainable construction   
  • Theory, research and academic work
  • Elective subjects
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

Over our four-semester Master’s program, you will investigate the areas of urban development, integrated design and construction of existing buildings.

This will allow you

  • to learnabout complex architecture tasks through creative strategies and access relevant specialist knowledge
  • to solve future problems in a sustainable, competent and independent manner.
Job Profiles

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work both in the private sector and in public sector positions. In particular in

  • Freelance architecture, engineering and planning offices
  • Companies
  • Research institutions
  • Universities

In addition, you may also enter into specialized technological fields such as

  • investigating current software applications and simulation technologies
  • researching new production methods and design or material innovations.
Cooperation With Companies

We regularly cooperate on projects with numerous companies in the construction and design sectors.

Research in the Department
  • Institut für Designstrategien (IDS - Institute for Design Strategies): The IDS conducts research on fundamental interactions between people and spaces. It develops strategies to help achieve a climate-resilient built environment, and takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization for innovative approaches and complex analyses. 
    Research focal areas: Regenerative design, human centered design and data driven design
  • Institut für Energieforschung (iFE - Institute for Energy Research): Interdisciplinary research institution with members from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Detmold School of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, and Business Administration and Economics. The iFE develops technologies and solutions for efficient, networked, and innovative energy systems in the fields of districts, mobility, and industry. 

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Creative Campus Detmold

Our Creative Campus in Detmold

Planning and building in one place. This concept can be found on our Creative Campus. Through both topics, a very special teaching and research location has been created. The internationally renowned Detmold School of Design is located here, as well as the Civil Engineering Department and the Center for Sustainable, Digital Construction, which is currently under construction. Architectural ideas thus cross paths with new thinking in civil engineering, such as sustainable 3D printing. The campus is complemented by media production, which together with the Detmold Academy of Music and the University of Paderborn have created a completely new stage for the transfer between creative science and business in the KreativInstitut.OWL. The campus is also adjacent to the city center, which can thus be reached by foot.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Integrated Architectural Design
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Study model:
Restricted acceptance
Standard period of study:
4 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Creative Campus Detmold
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 30.06.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.02. – 31.03.
Currently no application possible