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Embark on the journey towards a more graceful future today. Our dynamic ecosystem is in perpetual evolution, and as architects and planners, we play a pivotal role in shaping it. In educating aspiring architects, planners, and designers, as well as in conducting research on all facets of the built environment, there is a pressing need to prioritize sufficiency and embrace interdisciplinary approaches like never before. We eagerly anticipate a multitude of perspectives, bold collaborations, and profound revelations as we convene for our annual gathering in Münster. Let us engage in open dialogue, sparking inspiration and mutual enrichment.

Oya Atalay Franck, President of EAAE/AEEA

About

The European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting high-quality architectural education. By focussing on the next generation of architects, it provides long-term support in advancing building culture in Europe and beyond. Since 1975 the EAAE offers a rich sequence of ongoing activities and annual conferences. By doing so, it creates and nurtures academic networks and provides a vivid forum for exchange and forward-oriented thought.

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Earth System Trends category of the Great Acceleration of the Anthropocene from 1750 to 2010.1

This year the 2024 EAAE conference will be staged in Münster at the FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences, the MSA | Münster School of Architecture. Architectural education today is in transition. The great acceleration, the drastic increase of measurable parameters of human activity requires the examination of vast quantitative effects of spatial development, planning and architectural production. This is also true for qualitative design aspects the related professions are entrusted with.

Composition and structure, materialisation and haptic characteristics, light and shade or dimension and scale all inform the design of buildings. These typical design parameters as such are incapable of registering urgent issues of climate change or the availability of resources. In addition, the relevance of architectural interventions comes into play and requires a serious deliberation on the responsibilities of future architects. This is why the organization committee at the MSA chose the topic LESS IS MUST for the EAAE Annual Conference 2024 in Münster.


Venue

Photograph of a building from the prinzipalmarkt in muenster.

Münster is a renowned German university city. Home to nine institutions of higher education, the city is a vibrant hub of knowledge and innovation. 60,000 students make up more than one fifth of its population and form a constantly self-renewing share of local youth – Münster is a city that is forever young.

As part of the FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences , the Münster School of Architecture is situated on the Leonardo Campus. Alongside the Arts Academy and the Münster School of Design, it forms a creative nexus within the city and its surroundings. The student community actively contributes to Münster's lively cafes, events, and creative projects, embodying the city's spirited and progressive identity.

photograph of muensters promenade.

In Münster, the vehicle of choice is the bicycle. The green Promenade – formerly occupied by ramparts that surrounded the city – serves as the main artery of local cycling culture. This scenic route, encircling Münster's centre, is more than just a pathway. It is also a symbol of the community's commitment to a lifestyle of biking, intertwined with the urban experience. The Promenade is a place for social interaction and connectivity, bringing together individuals from all walks of life as they navigate through lush greenery and historic backdrops, contributing to a lively atmosphere that defines the city.

Photograph of the harbor of muenster.

Münster’s art and cultural scene also play a significant role in defining its identity. Numerous galleries and museums can be found here. The most famous art event is the “Skulptur Projekte“ (Sculpture Projects), held every ten years. With works of art inside museums and across public space, the city becomes a canvas for both historical and contemporary expressions of creativity. These cultural offerings, coupled with lively street performances, cafes and literary get-togethers, weave a rich tapestry of artistic and social engagement that resonates with both residents and visitors.

An areal photograph of muenster.

With a nod to its historical roots, Münster's past, dating back to the Middle Ages, is palpable in the architecture and cobbled streets of the old town. Although more than 90% of inner-city buildings had been destroyed in 1945, post-war reconstruction respected the medieval urban structure and envisioned a culture of preservation combined with a sensitive form of modernism. For instance, the Prinzipalmarkt, the Gothic town hall, but also the Museum for Art and Culture are all famous monuments that express the modern vibrancy of Münster against a backdrop of significant historical depth.

Stay

We recommend to organize your stay in advance. A list of hotels can be found here. Also consider AirBNB

The MSA reserved contingents at the following three hotels. A number of rooms have been reserved until 15. June 2024. Please book in time:

  • SeeZeit Hotel at the lake Aasee (receive a booking-code in the confirmation email)
  • Agora Hotel at the lake Aasee (receive a booking-code in the confirmation email)
  • Novotel Münster City, close to the main train station (contact Dana Reins at contact@eaaemuenster.eu until 15.06.2024)

In order to find your most suitable place, find the location of our Leonardo Campus here.

Münster is a rather bike friendly city. Rent a bike directly at the train station. A bike ride to the campus is 4 km or 15 minutes. Here is also a link to the Public Transport site of Münster (in German). A taxi from the train station to the campus costs about 15 Euro.

Press Kit

Credits

Local Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Martin Weischer, Dean at the MSA
  • Felix Müller B.A., Student Dean at the MSA
  • Sen. Prof. Jürgen Reichardt
  • Prof. Joachim Schultz-Granberg

Supervisors and authors of the panels

  • Prof. Daniel Blum
  • Prof. Tim Elser
  • Sen. Prof. Jürgen Reichardt
  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Anja Rosen
  • Prof. Kirsten Schemel
  • Prof. Kazu Blumfeld Hanada
  • Prof. Sielke Schwager
  • Prof. Manuel Thesing
  • Prof. Joachim Schultz-Granberg
  • Prof. Kristina Sträter

Proofreading and consultancy of content

  • Dr. Mark Kammerbauer, Nexialist Agency for Research and Communication

Web Design

  • Felix Müller - Web Design
  • Luca Büning - Web Development

Public Relation

  • Jens Peters

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EAAE

European Association for Architectural Education

The European Association for Architectural Education is an international, membership-based association organizing architectural schools in Europe. The EAAE is a non-profit, Belgian registered organization. The mission of the European Association for Architectural Education EAAE is to advance the quality of architectural education in Europe and thus of architecture in general. The EAAE is a forum for the generation and dissemination of knowledge and information on all aspects of architectural education and architectural research.


For more informations visit the EAAE website .