Dessau Summer School of Architecture 2018

The Dessau Summer School of Architecture develops its thematic focus from the relevance of Bauhaus Dessau in the history of architecture. Parts of the course are conducted within Bauhaus Dessau.
At the Dessau Summer School of Architecture, participants from different nations enter into an architectural dialogue on a review of modernity in architecture. To this purpose, the components of the programme place current developments in architecture and design in relation to the history of modernity and to its evidence on site.

Dessau Summer School of Architecture starts with a workshop in cooperation with Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (see the 2012 results here or the 2016 results here)on the mutual relations between Education and Design in the Bauhaus Aula. Following this, the Studio is closely related to this context.
Art Class, Architecture and Society including German Language Class, Excursions to close and also more remote locations of Modern Architecture develop and deepen this focal point.

Program 2018


Revitalizing Huy Castle

This year´s studio will focus on the revitalizing of an ancient demense, a part of a Benedictine monastery. Its history can be traced back to its founding in 1080.

Located at the Huy mountain range (which is located east of the Harz mountains itself), the monastery forms, as an ensemble, the shape of a castle. A number of Benedictine monks are running this cloister, and the programme it offers to guests and visitors. The surrounding landscape is picturesque, and only sparsely polpulated.

Adjacent to this ensemble a huge estate is situated, an ancient demesne. It consists of several buildings made from brick and wood, and a part of them is enclosing an inner yard. They were used for farming and living, one house is a former brewery. They belong to the monastery, but are abandonded now, out of use and partly broken down.

Within studio, we will visit the monastery several times and stay there over night. We will learn about its current situation and analyse the potential it provides for future developments. We will research the historic construction of the demense and develop a concept and a design for revitalising it. The head of the monastery will introduce us to the situation, provide us the information needed and will also participate in our presentation.

According to exam regulations, successful completion of this module requires a written or drawn work.

Form of final exam: presentation.
Start: May 28th, 2018. End: July 6th, 2018

Prof. Stephan Pinkau,


Art Class

The Wealth in Restriction

The ancient buildings and as well the landscape in which they are located welcome us with a highly romantic and rural attitude. Equipped with clipboard, paper, pencils, yardstick and slide gauge we will explore details of historical ways of construction. While doing this we learn how the forefathers created archetypal architecture just with bricks, timber and stone. General architectural signs and elements as roof, floor, door, window, wall, way, staircase are arranged and composed as an individual, sculptural body housing.
a) graphic designs .
b) model in wood, cardboard, play-dough (plasticine).

According to exam regulations, successful completion of this module requires a written or drawn work.

Form of final exam: presentation.
Start: May 28th, 2018. End: July 6th, 2018

Dipl. Ing. Christa Fischer,


Architecture and Society

Living and studying in a foreign country means getting to know new people, their culture and history. The subject of “Architecture and Society” will give the students an overview about that topic.

To learn more about Germany, its geography and language will be one important part of studying at Anhalt University. Therefore, students will take a specific language class in order to learn and practice their German language skills.

The content of the lecture is focused on urban housing developments. It begins with the theory of functionalism and continues with the concepts of post-second word war housing projects, the experimental ideas of the metabolists, the post-modern concepts, recent projects and ends with informal sectors.

According to exam regulations, successful completion of this module requires a written or drawn work.

Form of final exam: presentation.
Start: May 28th, 2018. End: July 6th, 2018

Prof. Dr. Omar Akbar,
Dipl. Päd. Elke Schulenburg,




Our Excursions will follow the traces of Modernism. In 2018, they will lead us to Berlin, Quedlinburg and Huy Castle.

You are supposed to gain an overview of these traces and to integrate your impressions and experiences into your studio project. The Excursions will offer an insight into German and European culture, considering not only the Modernism of the 1920’s, but also the older and newer history.

According to exam regulations, successful completion of this module requires a preparatory course and a report.

Form of final exam: presentation.
Start: May 28th, 2018. End: July 6th, 2018

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Stephan Pinkau,



You can download the timetable for 2018 in PDF format. Please click on the thumbnail below.

Curriculum Regulations

Download Curriculum Regulations [e]

General Information


May 28th – July 6th, 2018
Day of arrival: May 28th, 2018
Day of departure: July 6th, 2018

Term of application

February 28th, 2018
In order to apply, please download the application form and send the filled form and the necessary attachments to


All courses are offered in English Language

Health Insurance

Make sure your health insurance will cover all costs, while you are staying in Dessau.

Address in Dessau

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Dessau Summer School of Architecture

Prof. Stephan Pinkau
c/o Your Name
Seminarplatz 2a
06846 Dessau


The closest airports are located in Leipzig and Berlin. From there take the train to Dessau main train station.
All students are to arrive in Dessau on May 28th!


Two Students are sharing one furnished room and a bathroom.
Rental duration: May 28th – July 6th, 2018


Anhalt University has its own cafeteria on campus, offering food at lunch time. (Costs 1.50-4 Euro each meal). There is also a student café open all day. Other possibilities are the Bauhaus Cafeteria and the Bauhaus Club.

The common kitchen makes self supply possible. We suggest to calculate the average amount of 10 Euro per day for meals. (self supply and one meal in the cafeteria.) Near to the apartments you will find shopping opportunities


The studio of the Summer School program is located at the building of the architecture department, providing internet access and printers.
Every student is asked to bring her/his own laptop.


Excursions for several days with overnight stay. The field trips will include architectural guided tours, building site visits and architectural practice visits.


1.000 EUR including fees, accomodation from May 28th to July 6th and the excursions — Exchange Students as well as Individuals are cordially invited to apply!

About the University

With its sites at Bernburg, Dessau, and Köthen, Anhalt University can call upon proud traditions in science, innovation, and cultural cosmopolitanism. These traditions guide us in research and teaching. Anhalt University has established close links with both national and international research institutions and partners in industry. New forms of teaching, small study groups and excellent research offer ideal conditions for a good start to a career either at home or abroad.

About the City

Dessau was first mentioned in 1213. During the period of Enlightenment, the famous Dessau-Woerlitz gardens were created. In 1774, Basedow established the wellknown “Philantropinum” – a reformed public school.

In 1919, Hugo Junkers developed and built the first metal aeroplane in the world. The world-renowned “Bauhaus” moved from Weimar to Dessau in 1925. Six years later, the Nazis forced its closure. Today, Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus Building in Dessau is a longestablished icon of Modernism.

Contact/ Project Team

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Pinkau (Director of the Program)
Chelsea Schedler MA MSc

Hochschule Anhalt
Dessau Summer School of Architecture
Seminarplatz 2a
06846 Dessau, Germany
Fon +49 (0) 177 1679 772
Fax +49 (0) 340 5197 1599


Thank you for your interest in applying to the Dessau Summer School of Architecture 2018. The closing date for applications is February 28, 2018. Please download the application form below and send the filled form and the necessary attachments to