The Chair of Socio­lo­gy explo­res the con­nec­tion bet­ween the built envi­ron­ment and social deve­lo­p­ment. It estab­lishes an ana­ly­ti­cal and empi­ri­cal basis for tea­ching and rese­arch and pro­vi­des a wide ran­ge of exper­ti­se in urban and spa­ti­al theo­ry as well as a broad palet­te of social sci­ence methods. Its theo­re­ti­cal and metho­do­lo­gi­cal approach is trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry and pra­xis ori­en­ted, and geared toward the requi­re­ments spe­ci­fic to archi­tec­tu­re and urban design.

The socio­lo­gy cour­ses are desi­gned to instill stu­dents with an under­stan­ding of archi­tec­tu­re and urban design within the broa­der social con­text, while also fami­lia­ri­zing them with social sci­ence methods. They accom­pa­ny both the bachelor’s and master’s degree pro­grams in archi­tec­tu­re as well as seve­ral Mas­ters of Advan­ced Stu­dies (MAS).

The chair’s main rese­arch focus lies in the trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry explo­ra­ti­on of urba­niza­ti­on pro­ces­ses in com­pa­ra­ti­ve per­spec­ti­ve. Stu­dies are curr­ent­ly being con­duc­ted on the metro­po­li­tan regi­ons of Zurich and Hava­na. A com­pa­ra­ti­ve urban stu­dies pro­ject is being car­ri­ed out in the frame­work of the Future Cities Labo­ra­to­ry in Sin­ga­po­re on urba­niza­ti­on pro­ces­ses in Tokyo, the Pearl River Del­ta, Sin­ga­po­re, Kolk­a­ta, Lagos, Istan­bul, Paris, Mexi­co City, and Los Angeles.