Over the past twenty years, modern technologies and high functional demands have made many specialisations necessary for planning-related professions in the fields of construction and architecture. As a newcomer, facade planning is indisputably high on the list of the most demanding and versatile professional specialisations. Here, legal, physical, material-technological, structural-design and in particular architectural and aesthetic issues converge.

The Master of International Facade Design and Construction provides an extensive overview and the scientific foundations of the field of facade planning and consulting, but also enables personal specialisation within the new Master Integrated Architectural Design (MIAD) starting in September 2016.

The Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur is now the first institute of higher education in Germany to offer an International Master’s degree in Facade Design and Construction which, in addition to extensive technical and legal know-how, places major emphasis on architectural design, and offers great prospects in this new kind of job, especially for international markets. A distinct reference to application and practice is established through close cooperation between participating companies and external experts.


Educational organisation            

First Semester:

– Project urban design – building design/structure

– Core module Tools

– Core module 1 Context

– Core module building


Second Semester:

– Project Integrated building design/structure

– Core module Tools II

– Comfort / Construction

– Electives


Third Semester:

– Project Facade Design / Conference

– Planning and Detailing

– Materials, Surfaces and Production


Fourth Semester

– Thesis incl. Colloquium


Compulsory Electives:

– Architectural Product Design

– Building Product Design

– Lighting Product Design

– Conference Week


This programme will be integrated into the new Master Integrated Architectural Design (MIAD) in 2016.


Forms of assessment   

Information on all examinations and the number of credits is available in the Master’s examination regulations at:


Attendance periods

Full-time study with part-time option from 2016 onwards

Study abroad unit(s)      Cooperation workshops and conferences at the partner universities


Course objectives

The aim of the course is to assist students to acquire scientific knowledge and professional approaches to technical challenges in the field of construction and design. After the course, students should be able to develop and provide solutions to complex problems in practice, research and development.

A strong practical focus arises from the close cooperation with the participating companies, who supply up-to-date know-how on state-of-the-art technical trends. Furthermore, external specialists and partner universities present innovative trends and current developments in research. As a full-time study programme, the course opens up a future-oriented perspective that will support your previous qualification and professional experience.


Career opportunities and job profiles 

Many different operations like engineering or design oriented job opportunities are possible. In addition the master’s degree qualifies to do one’s doctorate or is also providing access to senior civil service. The master program IFDC opens various opportunities for a vocational specification for example in following vocational fields:

  • An operation in departments of architecture, civil engineering or research
  • Facade consultancy on the edge between engineering and design
  • Access to doctoral studies
  • An operation in an engineering or technical development
  • An operation in senior civil service