TU Berlin | Fakultät VI | Department ‘Architecture for Health’

The international focus on healthcare is evident. Several of UN’s 17 climate goals relate to healthcare aspects, and strategies for healthy cities are recently formulated by WHO. All over the world strategies for healthy living and general wellbeing are developed. Global challenges e.g. climate change, limited resources, demographic change, gender aspects, quality of life etc. must be acknowledged as factors that increasingly influence architectural design.

We work with the basic aestethic and functional circumstances and needs for humans in vulnerable states – from patients, staff and relatives to surrounding society. This involves all scales from the urban context to the specific building and interior in a variety of healthcare-related facilities.

With relations to relevant international institutions and interdisciplinary consultants this department, one of few in Europe, has a specific focus on healthcare topics in research and teaching.

At the moment we are engaged in research e.g. in aspects of healing and therapeutic environments, in aspects of urban social coherence and in interior architecture related to psychiatric treatment.

Academic findings are discussed, scientific methods explained and new approaches exchanged in an interdisciplinary environment. This offers a wide range of knowledge in the related architectural fields and societal topics.

Our focus is to develop the necessary skills for designing and planning contemporary environments for the healthcare sector as a whole. In this respect an important balance between consistent and aesthetic architectural concepts and the context of urban, structural and functional complex programmatic requirements will be explored.

Evidence Based Design plays in this context an important role. A variety of context-driven public-, semi- and private psychological zones, qualified daylight are, among many, important design-drivers for the urban scale, outdoor spaces and building scale to the specific façade designs.

In the studio-work we seek a pragmatic balance between digital and analog tools for developing functional analyzes, consistent and aesthetic concepts and designs. In this respect we find intensive use of physical scale-models and hand drawing highly recommendable.