»Architectural Design«

Explore design strategies and artistic approaches in architecture!

The course explores architectural concepts through class presentations, on-site visits, and studio practice. Each class examines particular building types, design principles and methodologies, leading to practical design techniques. Spatial strategies will be applied to daily tasks in artistic ways.

Theoretical foundation & practical implementation

Design principles such as open plan, inner courtyard, shifting storeys, and mass and space will be explored and applied to architectural model making and sculpturing by using a variety of materials. We will take a closer look at practical examples and discuss a variety of modern public buildings in Europe, including visits of selected buildings nearby. You will have the opportunity to try out various spatial strategies in practical tasks and develop design approaches for your final project: An art museum in Weimar!

Design your own art museum

The final design project focuses on the connection between inner and outer spaces, the arrival and opening situation of the building, the spatial links of exhibition spaces, the opening and sight concept, and the use of light.

The course supports the understanding of spatial qualities. The course allows students to explore design strategies in architecture, and it improves each student's personal design competence.

This course is especially oriented towards students of architecture and related areas of study, and is open to all students with a general interest in designing architecture.


  • Interest to explore new strategies in the architectural design process

Required performance: 

  • Active participation in the course with practical design tasks such as object, collage, and architecture model
  • Development of a final design project with architectural drawings and model
  • Portfolio of the personal design process in the tutorial and design project

The course language is English. Therefore good command of English is required.

Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Marie Ulber, Ph.D. | www.marieulber.de

  • since 2017: Postdoc-Project about Atmospheres of Architecture, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 10/2017 – 02/2018 Teaching at the Universität Erfurt, Germany
  • 2009 – 2015: Ph.D.-Project about Landscape Aesthetics, Art &Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2008: Diploma in Architecture, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 05/2012: Teaching at the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
  • 2012 – 2013: Teaching at the Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, Canada
  • 2009 – 2011: Assistant Professor, Design and Theory of Building Types, Prof. Karl-Heinz Schmitz, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2007 – 2008: Degelo Architekten, Basel, Switzerland


Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Lena Ehringhaus

  • since 10/2018: scientific staff menber HCU Hamburg - Prof. Gesine Weinmiller
  • 01/2018: Start of self-employment Berlin
  • 08/2014 - 10/2017: Project management - David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  • 09/2013 - 07/2014: Project Architect - Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten Berlin
  • 01/2013 - 08/2013: Project management - Ilg/Santer Architekten Zurich
  • 05/2011 - 09/2012: Project architect - Gigon/Guyer Architects Zurich
  • 11/2011: Diploma HfbK Hamburg

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio: Three design projects that show your interest in architecture and spatial strategies

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 25 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar


Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

»Architectural Design«

08 - 20 August 2021
3 Credit Points (ECTS)

700 EUR regular fee
500 EUR reduced fee
300 EUR BUW fee

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We are very much looking forward to welcoming you next year - be it in person or via screen. As of spring 2021, registration and application for our summer courses will be possible. If you have questions, always feel very welcome to contact us at any time!

Get an insight!

Fancy a visual insight into the course? Here you can find some photographic impressions of »Architectural Design« 2017.