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




This idiosyncratic formula reflects a basic topic in architectural production: the interaction of digital and analogue, machine based and manual production.
How do we create spatial imagination, how are we going to represent and communicate this creation and what kind of activities might be applied to transform 2D content into 3D structures?As a contribution of IoA to the Angewandte Festival students of Studio Sejima invite you to create three-dimensional constructs as a spatial installation based on manipulated paper stripes during festival time.

All members of IoA AND visitors are invited to participate in this formar of a 4-day workshop! 
Join us daily from 11am to 8pm from June 25 -28,  2019 @The Square, IoA…


IoA Final- and Diploma Reviews, June 17-19

IoA Final- and Diploma Reviews, June 17-19

Final Reviews @ Studio Kazuyo Sejima
June 17th, 9.30 am
Guest: Ryue Nishizawa
Studio Sejima, Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 2nd Floor, room 217

Final Reviews @ Studio Greg Lynn
June 17th, 1.30 pm 
Guests: Erin Besler, Brian Boigon, Andrew Kovacs
Studio Lynn, Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 2nd floor, room 218

Diploma Reviews @Studio Rashid, Studio Sejima, Studio Lynn
June 18th, starting at 8.30 am
Jury: Greg Lynn (Head), Klaus Bollinger, Matthias Boeckl, Brian Cody, Sanford Kwinter, Karin Raith, Hani Rashid, Kazuyo Sejima
External guest: Brian Boigon, Andrew Kovacs
The Square, Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1st floor

Final Reviews @ Studio Hani Rashid
June 19th, 11:00 am
Guests: Brian Boigon, Lise Anne Couture, Theo Sanatoglou Lalis, Kivi Sotamaa
Studio Rashid, Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 2nd floor, room 219


The Making of... Sheik Zayed Desert Learning Centre with Talik Chalabi, June 5, 7pm

The Making of... Sheik Zayed Desert Learning Centre with Talik Chalabi, June 5, 7pm

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is both a museum and a research centre for desert landscapes and environmental issues, located within the Wildlife Park Resort of Al Ain, UAE. The iconic snake-like shape of the building results from the concept of a double spiral loop around two inner courtyards. In close cooperation with the structural engineers Bollinger+Grohmann, Chalabi Architects developed a sophisticated concrete structure with the facade lines and openings arranged exactly according to the lines of force. The architectural concept was optimised not only in terms of spatial experience and usability, but also to reduce thermal loads. By combining active and passive solar energy use with water- and energy-saving systems, the building was able to meet the highest sustainability criteria. It was credited with LEED Platinum and Estidama 5 Pearl certification and recognized with the Austrian Green Building Award.

Talik Chalabi, together with his brother Jafaar, runs the international architecture firm Chalabi Architects, based in Vienna and Abu Dhabi. Talik will talk about the special requirements of sustainable construction in the desert, the complex spatial and structural concept and the challenges of the construction process.

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


AGENT-BASED PARAMETRIC SEMIOLOGY Research Symposium and Exhibition

AGENT-BASED PARAMETRIC SEMIOLOGY Research Symposium and Exhibition

Agent-based Semiology aims to investigate, simulate, and predict contemporary spatial occupation patterns in social spaces in order to understand and develop the performance criteria that interactively link these spaces, their interiors, and their users. The research ambition at hand is to develop a method of architectural design that generates spatial environments with high social performativity. The cross-disciplinary approach combines elements from digital crowd simulation, spatial statistics and computer graphics with the aim of developing an explicit design process, that understands contemporary spatial organisations as coherent systems of signification without relying on the familiar codes found in the existing built environment.

Research teams will present the latest research and put concepts, methods and resuts up for discussion. With Patrik Schumacher, Robert Neumayr, Josip Bajcer, Mathias Fuchs, Tyson Hosmer, Soungmin Yu & Sobitha Ravichandran, Uli Blum & Philipp Siedler

Research Symposium: 08.05.2019, 3 - 5 pmExhibition: May 08 - May 12, 2019, Opening 5 pm
die angewandteOskar Kokoschka Platz 2, 1010 Vienna1st floor, IoA - the Square

The research is supported by the FWF's PEEK funding program.


Midterm Reviews @ Studio Kazuyo Sejima, May 20, 9am

Guests: Maki Onishi, Yuki Hyakuda


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