Since the beginning of the ‘90s, many architectural firms have either been founded in Berlin or have relocated here. In addition to the ‘90s building boom, this development was encouraged by Berlin’s status as a capital city. Among the large-scale projects are undertakings such as the Olympic Stadium and Berlin’s central train station (the Hauptbahnhof).
With 4000 architects residing in Berlin - not counting architecture students - it is home to the second largest population of architects in Germany. Numerous institutions and forums, such as the Architecture Forum Aedes and the Institute for German Architects (Bund deutscher Architekten) influence the field through their networks and activities. After a time burdened with unemployment issues and economic recession, the business climate within the field of architecture has been brightening up over the last few years. More than 2.741 businesses exist in the branche (2017) with over 14.000 employees (2018) and a total revenue of about 679 million Euro.
General Facts & Figures on Berlin´s cultural industry can be found here .
There is no separate funding programme for architects in the field of culture in Berlin. But architects can apply for the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Capital Culture Fund). Furthermore the Senate Department for Urban Development is regularly launching competitions for architects. On a federal level there is also the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo for architects.
For all non-commercial artistic projects we recommend Kulturförderberatung for individual consultations. If you are working indepently on commissioned projects Kreativwirtschaftsberatung (Creative Industries Consulting) might offer the right kind of consultation for you.
An overview of all consulting services in the field of cultural and creative industries financing can be found on Creative City Berlin in the section Direct Consulting.
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Architektenkammer Berlin | Information about the achievements and potential of its members
Bund Deutscher Architekten | Securing and improving the promotion of the quality in planning and building in the interest of society and the environment
Bund deutscher Baumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure | Promotion of members’ professional development as well as collaborations at an European level
Bund deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten | PR and lobby further education and training
Deutsches Architekturzentrum (DAZ) | Promotion and communication of architecture and building culture
Förderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur | Consolidation of quality standards and evaluation fort he built environment
Initiative Architektur und Baukultur | Platform for architects and construction engineers
Verband deutscher Architekten e.V. | Lobby for small and medium-size architectural offices and their employees
Vereinigung freischaffender Architekten (VFA) | Occupational politics securing the livelihood of freelance architects
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