Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture
Main Areas of Research

The Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) offers a wide range of courses, ranging from information-oriented lectures for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, to specialised elective and major subjects, to the integrated discipline of design instruction and problem-oriented supervision of examination papers. The professors’ special commitment to providing supervision of doctoral students is regarded as an interface between teaching and research. In 2012 a doctoral programme was introduced at the institute which is aimed at encouraging young international scholars of excellence. Several doctoral students have been included in the gta’s research programmes devoted to selected major research topics (CIAM, 18th- and 19th-century urban spaces, major figures in Swiss architecture) and are receiving external funding. The teaching approach used in the continuing education programme of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) provides a bridge between the practical and academic fields.

Closely related to its academic work, the gta also conducts other communication and research activities within the field of architecture. The gta Archives contains important materials on
 the history of modern architecture, including the papers and unpublished works of a large number of Swiss architects. The gta Verlag publishing house is one of the leading architecture publishers in Switzerland and Europe. The gta Digital is dedicated to advanced digital research methods and technologies. The exhibition service, gta Exhibitions, is involved in promoting the public profile of architecture.