Those who study architecture and urban planning as science, to become professional practitioners, should deal with the science of buildings as well as the science of the human beings. Developed and planned built environment affect people, buildings, cities, villages, public spaces, regions, territories, etc. This in turn affects social and societal -scientifically referred to „Sociology“.

The department for Sociology of Architecture and Housing at the Institute Housing and Design deals with these subjects and especially points out their relevance to architecture and urban planning. In addition, it includes intensive studies on urban- and architectural-sociological interfaces that take place with the focus on the users’ perspectives. Through all this it is possible to obtain a profound knowledge of urban- and architecture-sociological themes such as segregation, urbanity, re-urbanisation, public space or shrinking cities.

The occupational field of graduates of BA and / or MA Architecture and Urban Planning are manifold – especially for those that emphasised sociology during their studies. These occupations can be found in both – the public and private – sectors:


  • Research in architecture, urban planning and housing
  • Jobs in urban and municipal organizations
  • Assembly and housing advice
  • Village development and redevelopment
  • Tenant consultation service
  • Project management and development
  • Political consulting
  • Quarter development
  • Regional and state planning
  • Regional management
  • Urban and regional marketing
  • Urban development and planning
  • Urban management and marketing
  • Promotion of economic development
  • Housing and real estate industry