With four chairs, specialist areas and over 40 employees, the Institute of Urban Planning and Design is not only the largest institute within the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning but also one of the largest university institutes with this focal point in Germany.

The Institute of Urban Planning and Design covers the entire spectrum of spatial planning from analysis and large-scale spatial and regional planning to detailed urban design of city districts, residential ensembles and urban open spaces, both in a national and international context in research and teaching. In cooperation with the adjacent fields of architecture and landscape architecture, social and cultural studies and engineering, integrated urban concepts are being developed to support and sustain urban structures. The courses offered are interdisciplinary and have an international orientation with a high proportion of project oriented teaching formats. As a result of this wide range of courses offered, students can acquire competencies in numerous ways preparing them to take on responsible tasks as free-lancers, in national or local planning authorities or in research.

Two unique features of the courses offered in Stuttgart are to be accentuated: firstly, the consecutive Bachelor and Master programs offer students the possibility to study Urban Planning as a major field of study, thus meeting the registration requirements of the board of architects and the internship of Urban Planning. Secondly, the International Master´s Program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design allows the students an in-depth examination of the challenges ever-increasing global urbanization processes bear.

Further information: the history of the SI (in German only)

The Institute of Urban Planning and Design comprises the following four chairs:


The chair’s main focus lies on the European city: its development, identity and form, its living and working environments, the transformation and future tasks. The European city is a constructional interpretation of the society and its political, cultural as well as economic development. In this context, built environment and urban society are the focal point of analysis, reflection and further development in the fields of research and teaching.

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The chair focuses on basics and prerequisites of Urban Planning within an international context. Worldwide urbanization processes as well as the formation of new types of cities and settlements are the focus along with the interrelation between urbanization and other transformation processes.

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The chair’s task is to reflect and further develop, in research and teaching, the design of high-quality living environments for future urban societies. Against the background of spatial, climatic and demographic transformation processes of cities and regions the main emphasis lies in the design of open spaces – streets and squares, parks, greenbelts and public gardens  - as well as in areas of landscape between residential areas. Another area of emphasis is the building-related open space.

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Further information: DIY Beijing: Fluid Spaces (Transformationen im öffentlichen Raum)


Prof. Dr. Laura Calbet Elias took over the professorship in winter term 2020/21 and now heads the department of planning theory and practice. The descriptions on our webpage will be successively adjusted. 

The chair is dedicated to the contents, concepts and methods of spatial planning on a municipal and regional scale. Knowledge on processes of urban development and its planning management is being provided. The thematic priorities are as follows: Fundamental knowledge about spatial development and structures, theories of urban and regional development, legal organisational, political framework conditions as well as concepts and instruments of urban and regional planning.

Assigned to this chair is also the teaching subject ‘Planning in rural areas’ and it is involved in the teaching of the Master Program Planning and Participation.

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