Courses Winter Semester 2020/2021



Sectional view of the dome of bazaar Chahar Suq in Tehran Copyright: Marc Wietheger

History, Theory and Practice of Heritage Conservation

Cultural and Historical Bases I
M.Sc. 1st semester

The lecture series provides students with the foundations of building conservation. The curriculum will cover the historical development of concepts of monuments, their theoretical legitimation an legal anchoring and institutionalization. more...


Building Survey

Picture of a building survey. Copyright: Hendrik Reinhold

Building Survey I

Cultural and Historical Foundations III/II
B.Sc. 5th and 6th semesters according to the examination regulations of 2011 or 3rd and 4th semesters according to the examination regulations of 2019

Precise observation, systematic documentation and scientific analysis provide participants with a detailed understanding of the design, construction, development and spatial character of a building. more...



Picture of a 60's façade in Liège. Copyright: Stefanie Kerner


M.Sc. all semesters

Participants will exercise reading and describing architectural elements during field trips. Buildings from different epochs will be visited and examined. more...

  Sketch spiral in rectangle. Copyright: DHB

Thesis Exposé

M.Sc. 3rd semester

Students that want to complete their master's thesis in a building conservation context can further develop their project idea for M3-thesis work in collaboration with the staff members of the department. more...



Construction site Roof Copyright: DHB


Cultural and Historical Foundations III
B.Sc. 5th semester according to the examination regulations of 2019

Focussing on monuments and building sites with historical context, this seminar will be giving an insight on how to handle historical buildings and projects within an existing site.more...


Fields of Research

Frankfurter Gate Berlin Copyright: Thomas Krüger

Copy+Paste – Henselmann copies Göthe

Research Course
M.Sc. all semesters

The models of socialist architecture of the post-war period will be main subject to the seminar. Copy+Paste deals mainly with the architects Hermann Henselmann and Eosander von Göthe. more...



Vogelsanger Str. 28-32, Köln Ehrenfeld Copyright: Frederic Müller

Kölsches Musikhaus

M1 High Rise Buildings
M.Sc. 1st, 2nd und 3rd semesters

The Rheinische Musikschule Köln is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. On this occasion, the main location of the traditional music school in Cologne Ehrenfeld will be expanded and extended. more...

  Interior Copyright: DHB

Free Master's Thesis

M3 Master’s Thesis
M.Sc. 4th semester

At the Department for Historic Building Conservation and Research students have the possibility of choosing their own project as their master’s thesis. A prerequisite for this is the participation in the Stegreif Thesis-Exposé. more...

  Markthalle Copyright: DHB

Free Master's Thesis

M3 Master’s Thesis
M.Sc. 4th semester

The topic for the Master's thesis is determined within the faculty, so that it is possible to apply for the forthcoming semester at the Department of Historic Preservation for the general assignment. more...