Museums and Galleries

  • AedesPfefferberg, AedesLand, Berlin Aedes am Pfefferberg in Berlin, an architecture forum and publishing house, was founded in 1980 as the first private architecture gallery in Europe. It organises exhibitions and events in the fields of architecture and urban development. The AedesLand was opened in 2007 as a gallery for landscape architecture and urban space.
  • Architekturgalerie am Weißenhof This architecture gallery is devoted to the trends in current architecture and urban planning.
  • Architecture Gallery Munich This gallery is a platform for debates about architecture and other related aspects.
  • Architectural Museum of the University of Technology in Munich The Architectural Museum of the University of Technology in Munich houses the largest special collection of architecture in Germany. Its main theme is German architecture of the 18th to 20th century. Moreover, the museum gives information on exhibitions, events and publications in the field of architecture.
  • Museum of Architecture Schwaben, Augsburg Branch of the Architectural Museum of the University of Technology in Munich with the task of researching and documenting the history of architecture in Swabia
  • Bauhaus Archive, Museum of Design, Berlin History and influence of the Bauhaus (1913–1933). An important school of 20th century architecture, design and art. A comprehensive collection documenting the school’s history and all aspects of its work.
  • Berlinische Galerie State Museum of Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture
  • German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt/Main Founded in 1979, the DAM is a well-known institution worldwide. The museum exhibits the entire spectrum of present-day architecture.
  • German Center for Architecture (DAZ) The German Center for Architecture in Berlin is commited to discussions of current positions in architecture and a meeting-place for people interested in this subject.
  • Ernst-May-Gesellschaft e.V. The Ernst May society promotes architecture, the preservation of monuments and science and research in these fields.
  • KAZimKUBA, Kasseler Architekturzentrum im Kulturbahnhof KAZimKUBA, a non-profit association in the rooms of the former railway mission in Kassel, is a forum for exhibitions and disussions about urban planning and building.
  • M:AI Museum of Architecture and the Art of Engineering North-Rhine Westphalia M:AI stands for high quality building. M:AI wants to initiate, exhibit and export high quality building: museum, campaign, laboratory.
  • Dessau Masters' Houses The Dessau Masters' Houses designed by Walter Gropius served as private dwellings for the Bauhaus professors. The ensemble is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and publicly accessible.
  • Mies van der Rohe Haus Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the "Landhaus Lemke" in 1932. Since 1990 it is an architectural monument and publicly accessible. In the building modern art exhibitions are shown.
  • Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Foundation in historic rooms. The building is publicly accessible.
  • Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein A private cultural institution, active world-wide. The museum offers changing special exhibitions, researches and imparts design in its many and varied expressions: focus on furnishings and interior design. Also offers an archive and a specialised library.
  • Weißenhofsiedlung Stuttgart Information about the origins, history and presence of the Weißenhofsiedlung

Institutions and Organisations

  • Chambers of Architects in Germany Addresses and links to the chambers of architects of the different German states
  • Architekturbild e.V. Society in support of an artistic critique through photography of the built environment. The society awards the European Architectural Photography Prize.
  • Association of German Architects (BDA) Association of freelance architects
  • Association of German Architects and Engineers (BDB) Association of architects and construction engineers
  • Association of German Interior Designers (BDIA) This platform for information, communication and teh exchange of experience offers its members many different services.
  • Federal Chamber of Architects The Federal Chamber of Architects represents the interests of more than 118 000 architects vis-à-vis politicians and the public on a national and international level. The Chambers of Architects of the 16 German federal states are members of the BAK. The website offers information about education and further training and a list of professional journals.
  • Federal Foundation for Building Culture Promotion of the building culture in Germany
  • Council for European Urbanism This European organisation sees itself as a platform for a reform of urban development in times of deep-rooted changes in the society, population decline, aging societies, urban sprawl and dwindling resources. The Council forms a network for exchanging experience and ideas with regard to the necessary redevelopment and redesign of the manifold European cities and regions.
  • German Academy for Urban and Environmental Planning Promotion of urban and spatial planning in both theory and practice
  • German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) The German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) was founded in 1973 on the initiative of German cities. It is intended to help municipal authorities to solve their local problems by way of well-founded research and further training. Moreover, Difu tries to offer fairly long-term prospects and possibilities of action for urban development.
  • Europan Germany Europan is a Europe-wide networked institution and promotes experimental housing and the development of innovative urban planning methods among other things by architecture competitions.
  • German Architects Independent communication platform for architecture including profiles of selected German architects and architect’s offices. Also available for other countries.
  • Guiding Architects - International Network for Architectural Guided Tours Network of independent architects, all of which offer professional tours in the region or city where they are based. During the tours, current architectural developments, urban contexts, social and political backgrounds and many other issues are presented in an enjoyable and informative way. You get to see the most interesting modern architecture, visit important buildings and experience exciting city districts – all accompanied by an expert guide.
  • Architecture and Building Culture Initiative The initiative was established in 2000 by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development to bundle public debates about the quality of urban planning and constructing in Germany.
  • Initiative for Urban Building Cultur Initiative of North Rhine-Westphalia for the improvement of the built environment
  • Senate Department for Urban Development, Berlin Information about urban development in Berlin
  • “Lebendige Stadt” Foundation Objective is to play an active role in shaping the future of our towns and cities – by promoting cultural life, science and research, the conservation of cultural values, and the preservation of protected buildings.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany List of World Heritage sites in Germany
  • Association of German Architects' and Engineers' Societies (DAI) Umbrella organisation that represents the interests of German architects and engineers

Web Portals and Directories

  • Arcguide.de - The internet guide for architecture The web portal Arcguide provides information about the entire spectrum of architecture. Its pages present new trends, projects, exhibitions and competitions as well as literature lists, job vacancies or news from universities. Arcguide publishes a daily press roundup with articles on architecture from important German-language newspapers. In addition it publishes the magazine Arcguide every quarter.
  • ArchInform International database for architecture
  • archinoah Interactive information server for students of architecture. It contains e.g. a list of contests and a job centre.
  • Architekten 24 Online service in the field of architecture with news for architects, specialists and amateurs.
  • archiV Database of achitects
  • AZ/Architekturzeitung AZ/Architekturzeitung is an online publication and offers news and articles on current discussions related to architecture and building for architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants and urban planners.
  • Baunetz Online service in the field of building industry with a database for architects.
  • candARCH.de Web site for students of architecture including an annotated links list
  • German Newspapers and Periodicals: Architecture Annotated database including a selection of journals in the field of architecture
  • Fraunhofer Information Centre for Planning and Building (IRB) Fraunhofer IRB is Germany’s central facility for national and international knowledge transfer in planning and building. The use of certain databases is available for charge.
  • Nextroom European network in the field of contemporary architecture
  • Wolkenkuckucksheim International online journal of architectural theory
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