Objectives and goals
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Since its founding in 1903, the Association of German Architects (BDA) has been committed to elevating and improving the function and meaning of architecture in service of society and the environment.

BDA Activities
The BDA promotes a planning and building culture that aims to enrich residential space and improve quality of life through functionally and aesthetically designed buildings, squares and cities. The BDA mediates between clients and architects in order to support an autonomous planning culture free of outside influence and advocates for broader use of public architectural competitions. The association is also committed to assuring high-quality education for the next generation of architects and urban planners.

The BDA communicates its objectives on the national level via annual public events like the Berliner Gespräch (Berlin Discussion) and BDA-Tag (BDA Day) along with numerous topical events, public forums and publications.

Regional Presence
One of the BDA’s particular strengths is its nationwide presence: Regional Associations in all 16 German states are supplemented by various regional subgroups. Through critical debate of planning and construction issues, the awarding of numerous prizes and various additional activities – lectures, exhibitions, workshops, publications – these BDA associations work hard to promote a continuous discussion of local Baukultur.

BDA Magazine: der architekt
In the bimonthly magazine der architekt, experts from around the world discuss architecture, architectural theory and urban planning with a particular focus on interdisciplinary approaches. Technical research reports on planning processes and implementation add an applied dimension to the magazine. www.derarchitektbda.de

German Centre for Architecture DAZ
DAZ is a think-tank, a place for exchange, transmission and debate. In workshops, exhibitions, talks, film nights and book presentations, architects, city planners, artists, citizens, users and critics come together to discuss current issues in architecture, spatial production and urban life.

In 2012, Curator Matthias Böttger asks: Why architecture? What can it do? Does it take itself too seriously? One thing is certain: at the DAZ, architecture matters! Here, we consider futures, visions and utopias to suggest expedient courses of action for the now. Architecture is not about definitive answers but remains open to questions – which you are warmly invited to share!

The DAZ is an Initiative of the Association of German Architects, BDA. As an independent forum, the DAZ is responsible for the content and financing of its own program. www.daz.de