The department of spatial planning is the largest educational institute of its kind in Europe. Since 1969, around 6,000 students have graduated from our Department and started working in public, semipublic and private institutions.
Compared to other planning schools, Dortmund focuses on a practice-oriented and interdisciplinary approach. Former is provided via project work, field work and urban design studios. Anyway, this does not exclude a sound basis of theoretical knowledge.
The integrative approach is reflected by manifold research priorities within the department:
- concepts for sustainable spatial planning & development
- spatial planning in developing countries
- European planning cultures
- spatial dimensions of gender studies
- land use and transport
- transformation of post-industrial regions
- urban development and qualification of urban design
Apart from that, Department of Spatial Planning has always been emphasizing international perspectives on its campus. As a member of the UN-Habitat’s partnership with universities, Dortmund offers a huge variety of partners all over the world. Moreover, a lot of our students study abroad for a semester or take part in international urban design studios or projects.