What is it?
This new degree program, unique in Germany, combines content from the fields of architecture, urban planning, built heritage conservation and cultural studies. Historical buildings and sites as well as cultural landscapes contribute significantly to the distinctiveness and identity of cities and regions. In view of the scarcity of resources and the need to protect the environment, their preservation and conservation are vital for the future viability of our cities. Around two thirds of all existing buildings in Germany were constructed before 1970. The sustainable development of architectural heritage has therefore become a central task of construction as well as of urban and regional development. This is where the practice-oriented degree program Architectural Heritage Conservation comes in. In the course of various study projects, students learn to recognize the value of historical monuments and to develop sustainable strategies for conservation, restoration and conversion, using specific information technologies as innovative methods to assist them.
The degree program is practice-based and project-oriented, focusing on the main areas of:
- design, planning and building in the context of cultural heritage,
- promoting, financing and managing cultural heritage,
- built heritage conservation and architectural history.
Wiesbaden and the Rhine-Main metropolitan area offer an ideal environment for the degree program:
- Wiesbaden is home to one of the largest cultural heritage areas in Germany and is located in the vicinity of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, e.g. the cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and the Lorsch Monastery.
- The Rhine-Main area offers a wide range of opportunities to research new strategies for the expert conservation and development of architectural heritage, to test them in practice and to implement them.
What can I do with it?
- in architects' and urban planning offices on the preservation and management of architectural heritage and the development and implementation of design and restoration concepts,
- in city councils, municipalities and federal state authorities as specialists who are familiar with dealing with cultural heritage and have relevant interdisciplinary knowledge,
- in professional authorities, associations and non-governmental organizations,
- in all public institutions which deal primarily with the preservation and management of culturally and historically valuable artefacts and building projects in existing structures.
For degree-seeking students: detailed information on admission requirements, application deadlines, etc. can be found on the German page.
Wiesbaden, Campus Kurt-Schumacher-Ring
Standard period of study
Main language of instruction
German - We offer courses in English for exchange students
Commencement of studies
Winter and summer semester
Our i-Punkt at the Kurt-Schumacher-Ring Campus is there to answer all your questions about studying and applying.
You can contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Duppel directly for further information.
Application information for full-time students:
Application information for exchange students: