Stuttgart University of Technology

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HFT Stuttgart
founding 1832
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms of Stuttgart.svg Stuttgart
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Rainer Franke
Students 3,921 (WS 2016/17)
Professors 128

The Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences is one of the universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg (HAW, previously universities of applied sciences). The university campus is located in downtown Stuttgart.


From the winter school to the Stuttgart State Building School

Historic Egle building

The Stuttgart University of Technology was founded in 1832 as a winter school for building tradesmen ( building trade school ). The school was intended to enable builders to practice their craft in the summer and to receive further training in the winter while construction was idle. Until 1840 the winter school was combined with the Sunday trade school and housed in the Kavaliersbau in the lower Königstraße. In 1845 the facility was renamed the Winter Building Trade School. Initially, the school had 107 students. In 1858 there were 251 students enrolled and in 1862 well over 500 students. In 1865 a geometer school was established. The school received the right of nomination for the appointment of principal teachers as professors, who were appointed by the king. A little later, in 1868, a technical school for mechanical engineers was added. In 1869 the institution was again renamed the Königliche Württembergische Baugewerkeschule . The historic Egle building (today's Building 1 of the University of Technology) was completed in 1873; its architect was Joseph von Egle . Between 1912 and 1914, the technical college for mechanical engineers was outsourced due to capacity bottlenecks. With over 923 students, the Königlich Württembergische Baugewerkschule Stuttgart was the largest of 67 building trade schools in Germany. In 1938 the educational institution was again renamed the Stuttgart State Building School .

World War II and post-war period

Destroyed school building

In 1944 the school building was destroyed in World War II. Classes continued in makeshift accommodation in various buildings in the city. In 1947 the badly damaged school was rebuilt. In 1951, the Friends of the Staatsbauschule e. V. came into being to support the university. This association still exists today under the name of Friends of the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences. V. In 1964 the school was renamed the State Engineering School for Construction - State Building School Stuttgart . In the course of developments in engineering education, the school was renamed the Technical College for Technology in 1971. Since then the school has been part of the tertiary education sector and, as a corporation under public law, is on an equal footing with universities.

From a technical college to a technical college

Visualization of the extension (building 8) of the Faculty of Architecture and Design
Completed Building 8 (December 2016)

In 1971, the architecture, civil engineering, mathematics, surveying and fundamentals faculties were established. Since the Egle building was designed for only 450 students in 1870 and over 1200 students were now enrolled, neighboring buildings of the Landessparkasse, the Landesgewerbeamt, the Bosch area and the Amerikahaus were rented. In 1974 the Landessparkasse building (today's Building 2) was partially taken over. In 1976 a data center was installed in Building 2. The enrollment lists and the entire certificate documentation were converted to EDP. In 1978 the courses in interior design and building physics were offered for the first time. In the meantime the number of students had grown to 1,700. In 1979 the University of Applied Sciences for Technology was assigned the two upper floors of building K2 of the university. The International Training Center for Photogrammetry Operators (IPO) was set up there with the aim of training operators. In 1982, Building 2 was rebuilt and new rooms were created. In 1988 the Joseph von Egle Institute for Innovation and Transfer (now the Institute for Applied Research) was founded in the fields of construction technology to carry out research and final theses. In 1988 construction work began for the architecture department, building 3. This was moved into in 1992. In the 1989/90 winter semester, the environmental protection course was offered as part of a joint project with the Nürtingen, Reutlingen, Esslingen and Stuttgart universities of applied sciences. In 1990 the number of students rose to over 2000 for the first time. As part of the new University of Applied Sciences Act in 1995, the University of Applied Sciences for Technology was renamed the University of Technology . Also in 1995, the current Building 4 was moved into, which since then has housed the civil engineering department and the fundamentals and building physics department.

In 1995, as part of a study project, today's Block 4 was built, a pavilion in the courtyard of the university, which today functions as a student meeting place. In 2001, the previous five departments were restructured into just three areas: architecture and design, civil engineering with building physics and economics, and surveying with computer science and mathematics. In 2002 the Center for Applied Research - Sustainable Energy Technology was established as one of three centers of excellence in Baden-Württemberg. In 2003, additional space in Breitscheidstrasse at the University of Stuttgart was rented for the interior design course. In the winter semester, the new business studies department offered the bachelor's degree in business administration for the first time. In 2005, as part of the Bologna Process, the program switched to Bachelor's and Master's degrees. On the occasion of the new state university law, the name Fachhochschule Stuttgart - Hochschule für Technik was changed to Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart . In 2009, an architecture competition for the extension building 8 was announced. The design by Berger Röcker Architekten in Stuttgart was awarded first prize. Construction of the extension to the university began in 2012; it was completed in autumn 2016.

2011 to today

With the new Bachelor programs in Climate Engineering, Industrial Engineering (Construction and Real Estate) and Business Psychology, 325 new student places were created per year in the University's 2012 expansion program. An additional location was rented in Lautenschlagerstraße and the Economics department moved into it.

Faculties and courses of study

There are three faculties at HFT Stuttgart that offer the following courses:


The HFT Stuttgart maintains partnerships with around 70 partner universities in Germany and abroad.

Facilities and laboratories

Center for Building Physics

Here, sound, heat and moisture-related properties of building materials and components are examined and analyzed appropriately. The center's acoustic testing facilities are among the most modern in Europe.

Light laboratory

In the daylight laboratory, the incidence of light and shadows on building models can be simulated by an artificial sun.

Public building material test center

The building material testing center is recognized as a testing, monitoring and certification body.



Over 45,000 books and magazines as well as electronic information media and full texts are available in the university's own library.

Didactic center

The didactic center is intended to support the teaching and learning processes with practical events for students with a focus on academic aptitude, professional skills, social skills and leadership skills.


The HFT Stuttgart mainly conducts interdisciplinary research in two main research areas: energy-efficient buildings and sustainable urban development and technologies for spatial data and simulation . Research activities are bundled in the Institute for Applied Research (IAF), whereby the IAF is divided into seven competence centers: Center for Sustainable Energy Technology (, Center for Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Center for Integral Architecture, Center for Sustainable economy and management, center for acoustic and thermal building physics, center for industrial applications of computer science and mathematics.

Research at the HFT Stuttgart can be assigned to the topics of smart cities and digitization / Industry 4.0 , some of which are also carried out and coordinated by international joint projects.

Web links

Commons : University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistical Reports Baden-Württemberg, State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg, Article No. 3234 15001 B III 1 - j / 15, teaching and education from September 1, 2015 ( memento from October 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), on (pdf)
  2. Competition announcement on
  3. Didactic Center
  4. ↑ Main research areas. Retrieved April 3, 2018 .
  5. Competence Centers . Retrieved April 3, 2018 .
  6. Projects. Retrieved April 3, 2018 .
  7. Projects. Retrieved April 3, 2018 .

Coordinates: 48 ° 46 ′ 49 ″  N , 9 ° 10 ′ 22 ″  E