In terms of content, the IEK represents a teaching approach whose core is based on the communication and research of the integral interplay between design and structural implementation. The name is thus programmatic and is understood by all members of the Institute as an essential part of their own philosophical superstructure. The IEK is advocating the opinion that architects differ fundamentally from artists, among other things, in the fact that they are bound to relatively narrow requirements of utility, which to fulfill is one of the essential tasks of the building creator. Furthermore, building architects always operate on a larger than life scale and therefore cannot ignore questions of load transfer at the outset.
On the other hand, the Institute vehemently represents the view, in contrast to more technocratic approaches, that buildings always have a symbolic-expressive dimension, the active design of which is in the hands of the architect - and in some cases the engineer. Buildings always exert a strong sensual effect on the viewer: they stimulate mental images, create associations, awaken memories. However, the materialisation of the basic idea of a design on a given scale, in line with the concept, can only be successful if it is based on a solid knowledge of the physical conditions which - whether we acknowledge it or not - are the supporting substrate of our sensually perceivable living environment and determine it in a sustainable way, more than we sometimes realise.
The mutual, complex and always challenging interaction between idea and materialisation, i.e. between design and construction, or between spirit and matter, is, in our view, the most central field of activity for the Architect and Engineer, constantly putting his knowledge and imagination to the test. It challenges him as a whole person, both with his analytical abilities and his intuitive creative power. To bring the fascination of this activity closer to our students and to awaken their interest in this approach is the claim and declared goal of the institute.