Education Through Participation


  • Pia Runge Münster University of Applied Sciences
  • Jurek Prüssner Münster University of Applied Sciences




students, change, participation, engagement, interaction


The word ‘education’ is defined to be: ‘the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university’ by the Cambridge Dictionary. And this is supposedly the definition of what we do at the MSA as well as every other university. Except there is that other layer of learning that weaves its importance into the fabric of our everyday educational experience.

The participation model of students at the MSA is exemplary in the German higher education landscape, as the student body takes an important place in responsibility and organization of the Münster School of Architecture. It is thanks to active student involvement in important tasks, faculty policy decisions and representation of the school, that it is a distinguish part of the MSA.

How to Cite

Runge, P., & Prüssner, J. (2019). Education Through Participation. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 150–155.



Author Biographies

Pia Runge, Münster University of Applied Sciences

Born in 1993 in Kiel, Germany. High School graduation 06/2012 in Kiel, exchange to High School in Wadena, USA. Studied at and graduated (B.A. 2017) from the Hochschule Wismar, Erasmus at Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Istanbul. Worked various jobs, among others for a fashion designer (SHISHA) and a Carpenter (Arts and Objects) as well as architecture offices in Rome (Aka project) and Freiburg (hotz+architekten). Currently studying (Master program) and working at the MSA as a tutor in the Department of Design (Prof. i. V. Marc Matzken) and as the Student Vice-Dean of the MSA (since 11/2018).

Jurek Prüssner, Münster University of Applied Sciences

Jurek Prüßner was born in Hamburg in 1993. He graduated from high school in 2013. From 2013 to 2017 Jurek studied architecture at the HafenCity University Hamburg. During his studies, he worked for various architectural offices and as a tutor for design. Since October 2017 he has been doing his master’s degree at the MSA. Besides his studies, Jurek is leading the Public Relations team of the faculty which consists of students and, therefore, is an example of lived student participation.