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 Dean 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


IoA Sliver Lecture by Kazuyo Sejima, October 2, 7pm

IoA Sliver Lecture by Kazuyo Sejima, October 2, 7pm

IoA Sliver Lecture Series
Kazuyo Sejima

Friday, October 2, 2015, 7 pm
AIL – Angewandte Innovation Lab, 1010 Wien, Franz Josefs Kai 3.

The Opening Lecture by Japanese Architect Kazuyo Sejima, founding partner of Pritzker Prize Winning Office SANAA and recently appointed guest professor at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna, is talking about “Environment and Architecture”.

Kazuyo Sejima studied architecture at the Japan Women's University before working for Toyo Ito. She launched her own practice in 1987. In 1995, she established SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa. Her own works include, House in a Plum Grove and Inujima Art House project. SANAA’s main works include the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Rolex Learning Center, EPFL, the Louvre Lens, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

SANAA’s current projects include La Samaritaine in Paris, France, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Bocconi University Campus in Milan, Italy.

In 2010 Kazuyo Sejima was appointed director of the Venice Biennale. And in the same year, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA were the recipients of the Pritzker Prize.




The pavilion shall paraphrase the idea of a sheltered space, which at the same time does not satisfy the basic needs of a home (sleeping, eating, living). It is conceived as an architectural opportunity to draw public attention towards the social problem of homelessness.

The aim of the design is to raise consciousness about implications of being homeless for the persons concerned and their perception in society. In order to achieve this, the design explores and evokes subjective feelings such as the lack of privacy and the missing of a protective interior, a certain ambiguity between inside and outside with varying degrees of exposure, the perception of a hostile environment leading to an aggressive contextual interface and a limitation of space without the provision of shelter functions to weather conditions.

The project has been conceived and realized by master in architecture students in the course “Digital Design and Fullscale Fabrication”, taught by Andrei Gheorghe at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Project Team
Andrei Gheorghe, Robert Vierlinger, Jiaxing Lu, Christian Schwarzwimmer, Sophie Gierlinger, Ceren Yönetim, Marko Margeta, Eva Blsakova, Carina Zabini, Anna Sergeeva, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi, Nasim Nabavi Tafreshi, Julia Karnaukhova, Miro Straka, Jiri Vitek, Mathias Bank Stigsen, Sophia Keivanlo, Johanna Jõekalda, Ioana Binica, Leah Park, Nicolas Gold, Cecilia Sannella, Agnese Trinchera, Sven Winkler, Florian Smutny, Ziwar al Nouri, Banafsheh Fahimipour

Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna „die Angewandte“, Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers, Loftcity Brotfabrik

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Architecture Challenge 2013 "Robotic Infiltrations"

Architecture Challenge 2013  "Robotic Infiltrations"

Project is currently exhibited in Domenig Steinhaus
as part of the "Outstanding Artist Award 2014 - Experimentelle Tendenzen in der Architektur" Exhibition

The "Robotic Infiltrations" Architecture Challenge13 project has been nominated for the Austria Outstanding Artist Award 2014. Awards and Nominations are currently exhibited in the Domenig Steinhaus. Thanks to everyone involved, project video see :

more info to Domenig Steinhaus Exhibition:


BUILT TO GROW Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion

BUILT TO GROW Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion

October 12, 6 pm
AIL – Angewandte Innovation Lab
Franz Josefs Kai 3
1010 Vienna

Panel Discussion with Rachel Armstrong, Petra Gruber, Angelo Vermeulen, Thomas Speck
Moderation: Barbara Imhof


[applied] foreign affairs Immuna Exhibition

[applied] foreign affairs Immuna Exhibition

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2015 3:00pm-6:00pm

We have been investigating the dynamic territory of Immuna's coastline, a small fishing village located on the Atlantic coast of Ghana's Central Region. We have identified the transition zone between land and water and speculate on the relationship bet- ween natural forces and manmade interventions. We have mapped the beauty and threats of the kinetic power of the ocean, trying to capture its spatial, environmental, and social impact on the village and its wider context. We express our findings in diverse media. The exhibition shows a work in progress, which will later be acces- sible on an online platform.

Projects: Alejandra Loreto, Chrili Car, Dennis Schiaroli, Ioana Binica, Ismini Christakopoulou, Shuruq Tramontini /

Project Supervision: Gideon Djakumah, Baerbel Mueller, Andrea Börner / Collaborators: Denis Worlanyo Aheto, Frederick Ekow Jonoh, Ivy Sewraa Gyimah, Success Sowah, Archibald Oko Tibboh, Emmanuel Kwesi Aggrey, Kojo Hagan, Edwin Akwei Brown, Moses Denyo-Treanor, Daniel Ahedor / Curators: Baerbel Mueller, Andrea Börner


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