IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna


The goal of the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and of its Deans Hani Rashid and Klaus Bollinger  is to teach architecture as an all-inclusive thought process that puts the future architect in the position to define architecture as a three-dimensional expression of culture. To achieve this, the three design studios of Kazuyo Sejima, Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid closely work together with specialists in the departments of technology, theory and editing within our institute, as well as with specialists from reputable external organizations.

This potential for interaction is realized in closely networked teams that are kept comparatively small to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. In computerlabs and state-of-the-art model shops, the latest technologies are tested in theory and practice. The continuous necessity of re-defining architecture both in theoretical and practical terms should be the main focus of teaching.  
Teaching Language: English


Lecture Johannes Kuhnen "The Making of... Oslo Airport Pavilion" March 7, 7:30pm

Lecture Johannes Kuhnen "The Making of... Oslo Airport Pavilion" March 7, 7:30pm

The expansion of the Oslo Airport by Nordic Architects includes five pavilions that divide the huge international arrivals hall. They differ in shape and size but share the same structural principle and fabrication system. A complex timber framework supports the inner and outer cladding. Design-to-production supplied the contractor Blumer-Lehmann with complete digital planning including 3D models and production data. Since the construction site is located in a highly frequented security area of the airport, the aim was to cut down assembly time to a minimum. Design-to-production worked with a full parametric model that implemented a naming system and a lean manufacturing process to support the construction team. It allowed to manage the complexity of all five pavilions with more than 6600 unique timber parts, all fabricated with 5-Axis CNC milling machines.

Johannes Kuhnen, Managing Director at Design-to-production will talk about the digital process chain and give an outlook on future scenarios in this field.


University of Applied Arts Vienna
Stubenring 3, Hörsaal 1
1010 Vienna


IoA Finals- and Diploma Reviews

IoA Finals- and Diploma Reviews

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Finals Studio Hani Rashid 
Starting at 9.30 am
Guests: Jürgen Mayer H., Tobias Wallisser

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Diploma Reviews Studio Kazuyo Sejima, Studio Greg Lynn and Studio Hani Rashid
Starting at 10 am 
Jury: Greg Lynn (head), Matthias Boeckl, Klaus Bollinger, Brian Cody, Sanford Kwinter, Karin Raith, Hani Rashid and Kazuyo Sejima
Guest: Antón García-Abril

Friday, January 26, 2018
Finals Studio Greg Lynn
Starting at 10.30 am
Guests: Elena Manferdini, Theodore Spyropoulos, Andrew Witt

Friday, January 26, 2018
Finals Studio Kazuyo Sejima 
Starting at 11.00 am
Guests: András Palffy


IoA Sliver Lecture Series "Positions", Jan.11, 2018

IoA Sliver Lecture Series "Positions", Jan.11, 2018

4. Panel Discussion "Built/Unbuilt Vol.02" with Marie-Therese Harnoncourt and Barbara Imhof

Moderation: Bence Pap, Assistant at Studio Greg Lynn, Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

University of Applied Arts Vienna, Lichthof B
Stubenring 3, 1010 Vienna

The “Built and Unbuilt” cluster will highlight positions of spatial production, as understood in the environment of an architectural practice. Architects today work in a network of professionals and tackle various scales of operation within their responsibility. The work ranges from urban design and thinking about future scenarios of the city, to products and everything in between. We have entered the fourth industrial revolution of the information age which holds new challenges for our profession. The session will discuss and elaborate diverse approaches to architectural production and expression and coming demands of our discipline.

Following we would like to invite you to a small reception.


Lecture by Tetsuo Kondo, December 12, 7pm

Lecture by Tetsuo Kondo, December 12, 7pm

"Architecture and Environment"
Studio Sejima
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3, 2nd floor



The Making of ... Architectural Theory with Nicole Stöcklmayr, December 6, 7.30pm

The Making of ... Architectural Theory with Nicole Stöcklmayr, December 6, 7.30pm

The lecture focuses on the materiality of the wall by presenting and exploring some pivotal scenes from BBC's television series "Sherlock" (2010-present). In particular, it analyses how different types of walls not only serve as a background for the episodes' scenes, but also have an agency and are directly involved in action and interaction within the visual, auditory, and spatial narrative. The fundamental question behind the examination of the particular material qualities of the wall as a building element and as part of the film plot is how we can deal with theory and discuss architecture as a cultural production today. The documentation of the construction process (research, writing, and rendering) of an essay on walls will be part of this presentation on the making of architectural theory.

Nicole Stoecklmayr is a writer and lecturer in history & theory of architecture, media studies, and design. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Applied Arts Vienna where she also graduated with a degree in architecture. Her research and publications focus on mediums of architecture (e.g. drawings, models, buildings, computer simulations) as well as architecture in media (e.g. movies, TV shows, games). She was Research Associate at MECS Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Research Fellow at IKKM Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, and taught at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Bauhaus-University Weimar. In addition to her academic work, she also runs, a blog dedicated to the architectural in movies, television series, and games.

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Stubenring 3, Hörsaal 1


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