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The History of the department dates back to the founding of the University of Karlsruhe in 1825. The tradition of the Karlsruhe department of Architecture includes numerous well-known names: from Friedrich Weinbrenner and Johann Gottfried Tulla to Heinrich Hübsch and personalities such as Egon Eiermann, Fritz Haller and Dieter Kienast. Today, 22 professors and a broad-based teaching staff guarantee practice-oriented and contemporary teaching for the approximately 1,000 students. The chairs are organized in four institutes: Design, Art and Theory, Design and Building Technology, Design of City and Landscape , and History of Art and Building. They offer a broad range of teaching with the possibility of setting one's own focal points. An international guest professorship expands the teaching offer every winter semester.

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NEWood wins

the competitionline CAMPUS Award 2023 in the category Department Projects. The material alternative to products on wood basis is 100% biobased, sustainable and recycable.


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Arno Lederer
Die Fakultät trauert um Prof. Arno Lederer

Der ehemalige Professor für Baukonstruktion und Entwerfen I sowie Gebäudelehre ist am 20. Januar 2023 im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Reallabor Tanja Meißner
Research in a double pack

Digital Technologies and Building for an Inclusive Society. The first of four novel tandem professorships combining humanities and engineering sciences starts with Reallabor at KIT.

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Karlsruhe Architecture Lectures in Winter 2022/23

This time architects and their works meet at the Karlsruhe Architecture Lectures. On January 18, Jan De Vylder (architecten jan de vylder inge vinck, Ghent/B) and Stéphanie Bru (Bruther, Paris/F) will be guests.

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der LernpavillonDominic Faltien
Learn where you want

Students of the department realize a prototype for an "outdoor learning and working space" on the KIT South Campus.

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RoofKIT - Now in Karlsruhe

RoofKIT, the Karlsruhe winning project of the Solar Decathlon 2021/22, was relocated to Karlsruhe in early November 2022 and rebuilt on KIT's South Campus. Starting next year, it will be used for research purposes and guided tours.

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Out now: The Yearbook 2022

On 382 pages it documents discourse, research and teaching and the extensive life at our department.
Available now for only 10 euros at the Dean's Office.

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Global Perspectives on Art & Ecology

In the series of talks art and science historians discuss how to identify visual and cultural practices and negotiate art as an ecological transformative power. The series starts on November 3rd with a lecture by Halyna Kohut (currently visiting research fellow at KIT).

Building 20.40, Lecture hall 9 and Zoom, 5:30 pm

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The Karlsruhe Architecture Lectures

Every semester, architects give an insight into their work as part of a series of public lectures.

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SAAI - Archive for Architecture and Civil Engineering

The Southwest German Archive for Architecture and Civil Engineering is one of the most important institutions of its kind in Germany.



How to define intelligent living? – Antrittsvorlesung von Prof.'in Dr. Caroline Karmann

How to define intelligent living? – Antrittsvorlesung von Prof.'in Dr. Caroline Karmann

2023-02-08KIT-Fakultät für Architektur Fritz-Haller-Hörsaal Englerstraße 7 76131 Karlsruhe
Wenn wir über „intelligent living“ nachdenken, lässt uns unsere Vorstellungskraft manchmal an Science-Fiction-Szenen denken, in denen die Häuser voller Knöpfe sind, mit denen sich alle möglichen Funktionen aktivieren lassen. Vom lateinischen intellegō abgeleitet, bedeutet Intelligenz jedoch zuerst wahrnehmen und verstehen, und eine Besonderheit der menschlichen Intelligenz liegt in unserer Fähigkeit, unsere Umgebung zu kontrollieren. Im Einklang mit diesen Definitionen werde ich eine Auswahl meiner wissenschaftlichen Arbeit über die Auswirkungen bestimmter Designentscheidungen auf den thermischen Komfort und die visuelle Wahrnehmung der Menschen vorstellen. In meinem Bestreben, ermächtigende, vergnügliche und gesunde Räume zu schaffen, werde ich eines meiner neuen Forschungsthemen zur Barrierefreiheit und Inklusion in Gebäuden vorstellen. Schließlich werde ich das Reallabor Accessibility vorstellen, das wir derzeit mit den Forschungsgruppen Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility und ACCESS@KIT einrichten.
Der Vortrag wird auf Englisch gehalten. 
Caroline Karmann ist Professorin am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Deutschland, wo sie seit 2022 das Labor für Architecture and Intelligent Living (AIL) leitet. Caroline hat sich auf die visuelle, thermische und akustische Wahrnehmung von Räumen spezialisiert und konzentriert sich nun auf inklusives barrierefreies und nachhaltiges Gestalten. Mit einer Ausbildung als Architektin und Ingenieurin arbeitete sie zuerst als Tageslicht- und Energieberaterin bei Transsolar in Deutschland. Sie promovierte 2017 an der UC Berkeley, arbeitete als Forschungskoordinatorin bei Arup in Großbritannien und zuletzt als Forscherin an der EPFL in der Schweiz.
When thinking about intelligent living, our imagination sometimes leads us to science fiction scenes where houses are filled with buttons to activate all sorts of functions. From the latin intellegō, the meaning of intelligence is however first to perceive and understand, and one peculiarity of human intelligence lies in our ability to control our environments. In line with these definitions, I will present a selection of my scientific work on the impact of certain design decisions on the thermal comfort and the visual perception of occupants. Furthering my motivation to create empowering, enjoyable and healthy environments, I will present one of my new research topics on the accessibility of built spaces. I will finally introduce the real-world laboratory that we are currently setting up with the research groups Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility, and ACCESS@KIT.
The presentation will be in English. 
Caroline Karmann is a professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where she has been leading the Laboratory for Architecture and Intelligent Living (AIL) since 2022. Specialized in the visual, thermal and acoustic perception of spaces, Caroline now focuses on inclusive and sustainable design. Trained as an architect and engineer, she first worked as a daylighting and energy consultant at Transsolar in Germany. She completed a doctorate degree at UC Berkeley in 2017, worked as a research coordinator at Arup in the UK, and most recently as a researcher at EPFL in Switzerland.

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