The conditions for architectural practice are dramatically changing. The increasing complexity of architectural design that arises from the accelerating technological change as well as from a highly volatile structure on the side of the client bodies and from the pressing need to consider ecological demands leads to a number of demands that can only be met through new forms of practice that rely on interdisciplinarity, network structures, and participation. The individual architect will more and more be dependent on functional cooperation with professionals from a high diversity of disciplinary backgrounds. Additionally, as the enormous impact of the accumulated building stock on the overall energy consumption and the implied effects on climate change have increasingly become regarded as an important aspect of programmatic political action, architects find themselves in the duty of becoming energy experts. Taking Germany as an example, it can be shown that the number of laws, prescriptions, and regulations concerning energetic aspects of new and existing buildings has risen enormously over the last years, and so has the need for architects to integrate rapidly changing new knowledge into their designs as well as to communicate their competence accordingly. New certification systems for sustainable architecture are an additional means for dealing with the new complexities. But they, too, increase the pressure on architectural practices to publicly show that they can competently integrate the diverse demands into a coherent design solution. These changes, that here can only be hinted at, make it necessary to think about how the education of architects can be modified to prepare them adequately for the requirements from their future practice. Aside from a closer integration of engineering subjects that deal directly with questions of sustainability and ways of reducing energy demand in buildings, one possible approach relies on the strengthening of the communicative abilities of architects. Insofar as the architect’s role is more and more becoming one of an organizer of interdisciplinary networks and of a mediator of conflicting public and private interests, it becomes all the more often necessary to communicate across disciplinary borders. The architect, in all phases of the design process, must be able to explain, to show, to describe, and to argue for his design to people of very diverse knowledge levels, expectations, goals, and interests. He must be able to use all kinds of visual and verbal media in a way specially tailored to the needs of the respective target group or person. He must therefore have a flexible set of communicative strategies and tactics at his disposal. Surprisingly enough, in contrast to other cultural fields like music or arts, there has been rather little systematic research and conceptual development in the area of communication of architecture, in spite of the fact that it seems quite obvious that architecture, as a subject, is specific enough to let it seem unwise to simply rely on strategies developed in other fields. In the presentation, the concept of “Architekturvermittlung” will be described, which has been developed and tested as one approach towards the integration of communicative competencies into architecture education and practice. The concept has by now a certain prevalence and popularity in the German-speaking countries, so it can be examined if it might make sense to think of “Architekturvermittlung” as an emerging new sub-discipline.