Bauhaus Open Studios

Teaching Models Platform.
International universities visit the Bauhaus Dessau.

The Bauhaus is still regarded as one of the most renowned experimental sites of education in the arts and in design. With the teaching models platform, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation builds on this pedagogical legacy. At regular intervals it invites international universities, art academies and education initiatives to the historic workshops of the Bauhaus in order to develop and apply contemporary models for education in design.

In the Open Studios, new pedagogical experiments in architecture and design education are ventured every year. Here there is room for knowledge of a different kind, room for speculation, visualisation and fantasy. Without strict guidelines, the invited groups can break out of the subject-specific contents and methods and question the status quo of education, knowledge production and everyday design. In the best sense of the word, undisciplined spaces emerge in which cooperative learning, manual knowledge and joint reflections on new educational visions take centre stage. Here breakouts and failures are permitted. This is where the future is thought of and shaped.

The Bauhaus Open Studios programme is designed to meet the wishes of educators and students for more freedom and time for experiments in education and teaching. The themes of the Open Studios oscillate between the past and the present, refer to the pedagogues*women of the historic Bauhaus and take up current debates on the training of designers.

International universities are welcome to apply for a current annual theme 2020 Habitat.
Please contact Katja Klaus at

Bauhaus Studios 2020: Habitat – Open Spaces for different knowledge

In 2020, the Open Studios will deal with the annual theme Habitat. How was living as one of the basic needs of people learned, taught and researched at the Bauhaus? What were the distinguishing features of living spaces at that time? What was considered modern and desirable? What demands are made on contemporary spaces for people and nature today in architecture and design in view of resource scarcity, climate change and mass migration? What does the habitat, the hut, the refuge of the future look like?

Bauhaus Open Studios 2018: Experimental Lessons

In 2018 the Open Studios will address current standards and standardisations in the education sector, in keeping with the annual theme Standards.

Head of Project
Prof Dr Regina Bittner

Research Associate
Katja Klaus
P +49(0)340-6508-402