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History of the Building

The main building in Lerchenfeld was built in 1913 by Fritz Schumacher for the then existing Kunstgewerbeschule (art school) and is a protected building, a listed monument.

In past years, extensive restructuring and conversion measures have taken place in the course of structural reform. For instance, the studio spaces on three axes have been largely restored to their original historical state, with the partitions which have taken place over the course of decades being removed, just as departments which relate to one another in content have been concentrated together spatially.

Recently, all analogue black and white and colour laboratories have been converted for the newly organised photography, typography and graphics department. Additionally, a combined seminar and studio room and a daylight room have been added. New to the teaching and workshop options are a digital colour laboratory and a graphic studio.

In the course of renovating and restructuring Lerchenfeld, the HFBK’s facilities have been temporarily divided between three sites. Aside from the main building, these are: areas in Wartenau and the former Frauenklinik in Finkenau.


Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?