MA Mentor Program Wood Architecture

Mentoring - The Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich offers subject-specific mentoring programs as part of its consecutive master's degree programs. These offer the opportunity to study with selected professors or chairs similar to the master school principle, whereby the study plan is individually tailored to the respective content focus. The Chair of Entwerfen und Konstruieren, Prof. Florian Nagler together with the Chair of Architecture and Timber Construction, Prof. Stephan Birk offer the mentor program Wood Architecture.

Content - The main content and focus is on design, i.e. teaching design methods, building science and building construction. In addition, in-depth knowledge of materials, building systems, construction typologies, building methods, detail development, building physics and fire protection is offered. Special attention is paid to the overriding topic of resource-conserving, sustainable construction with renewable raw materials. The course is taught mainly through seminars, exercises, lectures and excursions. An interdisciplinary integration of Schools und Departments is part of the study program. Students are also encouraged to undertake accompanying professional practice, which is not part of the curriculum. This can also be supported due to the good networking of the chairs.

Objectives - The central theme of the Wood Architecture Mentor Program is architectural design using wood as a building material. In addition to the knowledge of the historical and architectural significance of timber construction, the methods of design, sufficient knowledge of the properties and laws of the material as well as a deepening of the important construction methods are taught. Here the design is understood as a comprehensive task and ranges from architectural design and conception to detail.

The following credits must be completed in order to graduate from the Master's degree programme in Architecture with the certificate in Timber Architecture:

  • at least 78 of 120 ECTS at the chairs of Prof. Birk or Prof. Nagler
  • this corresponds to the Master's thesis including the preparatory seminar as well as two projects and an additional 15 ECTS credit
  • the remaining 42 ECTS can be completed at other chairs


The prerequisite for application to the Wood Architecture Mentor Program is admission to the Master's Program in Architecture (M. A.) at the Technical University of Munich.

Those interested in the mentoring program should contact the Chair of Entwerfen und Konstruieren or the Chair of Architecture and Timber Construction with the appropriate documents (curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, work samples).

Application deadline for the summer semester is March 31th
Application deadline for the winter semester is September 30th

The selection interviews with Prof. Stephan Birk and Prof. Florian Nagler will take place in early April and early October.
The selected applicants will be notified in writing.

Info + Contact: Ferdinand Albrecht, Tabea Huth