»Understanding Spaces«

Creative ways of exploring spaces for innovative and site-specific design ideas 

The course "Understanding Spaces" explores multiple, hands-on, innovative artistic approaches to increase perceptual sensibility and develop a deepened grasp of the particularity of place. Discourses from the visual arts, architecture and aesthetics are applied to generate a better understanding of the diversity of spaces. The course closely links theory and practice through lectures, seminars, field trips through various shaped landscapes, and individual projects. 

Methods are introduced to capture spatial moods and to express them through artistic techniques. Based on the analysis of the places selected, students develop two artistic or architectural projects. Special features of this course are field trips in Thuringia to experience particular original natural landscapes.

The course offers a wonderful learning experience in the company of a group of international students from various disciplines. Mornings and afternoons are structured by lectures and seminars, as well as field trips, analyses by students of particular spaces. Each student will develop two artist or architectural design projects during the course. Studio work is individually mentored by the course instructor. In-class presentations of analyses and projects allow a joint review of the design process. An active participation in group discussions and constructive class critiques will be encouraged. 

Students are encouraged to keep track of their own perception of particular spaces with the help of a log book throughout the course period. In order to increase the understanding of spaces, students are asked to produce analyses of each of the visited landscapes, which will serve as starting points for two artistic or architectural projects. 

The concrete aim of the course is to support participants’ capacity for perception of natural and cultural shaped spaces, and to open up possibilities for new design ideas that can be used in artistic and architectural practice. "Understanding Spaces" will provide artists and architects with new design approaches for the development of site-specific interventions and architectural design projects.

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consultaion. We will be happy to help you. 


The course schedule is available. You can download it here.

Please note: This is a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.

Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Marie Ulber, Ph.D.

  • 2009 – 2015: Ph.D.-Project about Landscape Aesthetics, in Art and 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, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2007 – 2008: Degelo Architekten, Basel, Switzerland

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 4 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive 4 credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

This course is especially oriented towards students of Architecture and Visual Arts, and related areas of study, such as Urban Planning, Landscapes Architecture and Art and Design, and is open to all students with a general interest in understanding spaces and finding design solutions.  

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

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one 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: Introduce three of your projects that are related to the course topic that show architectural or artistic interest in spaces!

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Understanding Spaces«
  • Name of pdf file »Understanding_Spaces_family name_first name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

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

A maximum of 20 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
Registration for 2017 has closed. Please find the new course programme online from November 2017.