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



First Entry Date:

Registration from now on until February 19, 2017
Interviews: February 27, until March 1, 2017

Second Entry Date:
Registration from now on until September 10, 2017
Interviews: September 18 until September 20, 2017

If you are interested becoming a student of the Institute of Architecture you can come and visit at any time. During semesterbreak please call in advance! Please inform yourself well about the three design studios of Kazuyo Sejima, Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid and also talk to students about their studio. Don't hesitate, just come and ask!

Admission qualification
Each admission at the University depends on the artistic talent of the candidate as evidenced by the portfolio and a personal interview. Depending on the quality of the material submitted selected applicants will be invited to an interview. The admission is decided by a jury. Requirement for approval is a bachelor (BA) in architecture.

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Lecture The Making of...Sequential Roof, ETH Zurich, January 11,7pm

Lecture The Making of...Sequential Roof, ETH Zurich, January 11,7pm

“The Making of the Sequential Roof, Arch_Tec_Lab, ETH Zurich”
Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska,
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

January 11, 2017, 7 pm
at the Angewandte, Seminarraum 3,Top floor

The Arch_Tec_Lab of the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), ETH Zurich, is covered with a novel timber roof structure, developed and planned at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (Gramazio Kohler Research). The 2,308 m2 free-form roof structure consists of 168 trusses assembled robotically from nearly 50,000 unique timber elements in a fully automated process. The complex geometry required a digital planning process that combined design, structural analysis and fabrication details into an integrated computational workflow.

Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zürich was responsible for the project during the specialist design and construction phase. She is an architect with a passion for geometrically complex shapes, computer-aided design and digital fabrication. She gained her professional experience in renowned offices across Europe, including Foster+Partners, designtoproduction, LAVA and UNStudio. By example of the “Sequential Roof” she will explain how innovative computational design and manufacturing methods not only change the logistics of timber construction but also lead to novel architectural solutions.


IoA Midreviews

Midreviews @ Studio Hani Rashid

Wednesday, November 16, 10.30 am
Guests: Karolin Schmidbaur, Kristina Schinegger,
Stefan Rutzinger and Harald Katzmair

Midreviews @ Studio Greg Lynn

Friday, December 9, 10 am

Midreviews @ Studio Kazuyo Sejima

Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10


IoA Sliver Lecture Peter Testa, Dec. 1

IoA Sliver Lecture Peter Testa, Dec. 1

"Architecture & Technology"

Peter Testa is principal of Testa & Weiser, a Los Angeles based architecture practice that invents, designs, and prototypes breakthrough architec­ ture, products, and systems for a diverse client roster that includes some of the world’s most inno vative companies. His work is exhibited at leading museums worldwide including recent shows in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing. His work is part of the permanent col­ lection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA. Since 2004 Testa has been a member of the graduate and post­professional design faculty at SCI­Arc. Previously he was associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University GSAPP. Testa holds an S.M.Arch.S. (History/Theory) from MIT and is a Registered Architect in California. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the MIT Innovation Award and the Design Arts Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book "Robot House" will be published in 2017.


Lecture The Making of...Louvre Abu Dhabi, November 10, 6.30pm

Lecture The Making of...Louvre Abu Dhabi, November 10, 6.30pm

The Making of - Lecture Series

This is a new lecture series that delves into the planning and construction processes of outstanding architecture and looks at the topic from a technical point of view. It provides a forum for experts who are – often little-noticed by the architecture discourse – working behind the scenes but play a key role for the implementation of innovative architecture.

While the making of cinema blockbusters is well established as a film genre of its own, one hardly learns anything about the genesis of great buildings. Usually in lectures about architecture only the beginning and the end of the design and construction processes are presented: the key design ideas and the completed, impeccably photographed building. In the lecture series The Making of special attention is being paid to the intermediate process. It addresses the challenges of architecture production, trials and errors, research and technical progress.

The Making of
Louvre Abu Dhabi,
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
November 10th, 2016, 6:30pm, Seminarraum 3
Main building, top floor, Stubenring 3, 1010 Wien

Despite its seemingly simple geometry the vast dome of the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is a very complex structure. It consists of a steel space frame which rests on only four supports and thus creates the impression of hovering weightlessly above some irregularly arranged white cubes. A multilayer cladding of aluminium bands masks the dome’s steel structure and modulates the light and temperature conditions of the space underneath. Jean Nouvel’s purpose was to create a ‘rain of light’ as he called it, reminiscent of Mashrabiya and the specific atmosphere of Arabian souks. Büro Happold developed the structural concept of the steel space frame, the Austrian steel construction firm Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG was commissioned with the calculation and construction of the steel dome.

Goswin Rothenthal, an architect, façade engineer and software developer at Waagner-Biro will talk about his contribution to the project. After having worked on extraordinary architecture at Zaha Hadid for six years he wanted to know how a specialist contractor actually deals with complex projects, so he joined Waagner-Biro Stahlbau. His objective was to turn the architectural idea into a feasible structure while staying true to the design intent. For the cladding of the dome more than 450,000 individual cutting and drilling patterns of custom aluminum extrusions had to be described and automated. He organized an integrated work flow in a single parametric model, from the main geometry to the manufacturing data, coordination and logistics on site.
Introduction by Dr. Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts


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