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 Energy Design Lecture, Daniel Podmirseg, April 11, 7pm

IoA Energy Design Lecture, Daniel Podmirseg, April 11, 7pm

Energy Design Lecture:Daniel Podmirseg / Before Sunrise
Monday, April 11th, 7 pm
Seminarraum B

BEFORE SUNRISE frames influencing parameters for the development of a new building typology - the vertical farm - at the edge of physics, plant physiology and architecture. The food sector which supplies citizens with energy stands at the beginning of every discussion on energy efficiencies of urban systems. Energy consumption, land use and waste of resources of this sector must be regarded and taken into account to make cities resilient


Dame Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

Dame Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

The world lost a great architect, we have lost a dear friend and our students a visionary and dedicated teacher.
Zaha taught over fifteen years at our Institute of Architecture and always generously supported her students! 
Our thoughts are with her family and colleagues at Zaha Hadid Architects and especially with Patrik Schumacher.


IoA Sliver Lecture Alejandro Zaera-Polo, April 5, 7pm

IoA Sliver Lecture Alejandro Zaera-Polo, April 5, 7pm

Alejandro Zaera-Polo
University of Applied Arts, Lichthof B

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born Madrid, 1963) is an accomplished contemporary architect. His work has consistently merged the practice of architecture with theoretical practice, deftly integrating architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in his projects. His practice has produced critically acclaimed and award winning projects for the public and private sector on an international scale. 
He trained at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, graduating with Honors, and went on to do a Master in Architecture (MARCH II) at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, where he graduated with Distinction. He worked at OMA in Rotterdam between 1991 and 1993, prior to establishing Foreign Office Architects in 1993, and AZPML in 2011.
Alejandro Zaera-Polo has also had an extensive involvement in education at an international level since 1993. He was the Dean of Princeton SoA 2012-2014 and of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam from 2000-2005 where he held the Berlage Chair at the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. He was the inaugural recipient of the Norman Foster professorship at Yale University School of Architecture between 2010 and 2011, and has been a Visiting Critic at Columbia GSAPP and UCLA School of Architecture. He led a Diploma Unit between 1993 and 1999 years at the Architectural Association in London. He is a tenured professor at Princeton SoA.In addition to his professional and academic roles, Alejandro Zaera-Polo is recognized as an original theorist and thinker of contemporary architecture, with a sharp capacity to identify social and political trends and translate them into the architectural discourse. His texts can be found in many professional publications such as El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Log, AD and Harvard Design Magazine.


IoA Sliver Lectures 2016

IoA Sliver Lectures 2016

IoA Sliver Lecture Series 2016/17
"Architecture or Revolution"

“It is a question of building which is at the root of the social unrest of today: architecture or revolution” - Le Corbusier / Vers un Architecture 1923

This year’s SLIVER lecture series “Architecture or Revolution” depicts positions to the instantiated power structures inherent to the discipline of architecture and its potentials, or its inability to respond to the ongoing global oppositional ideological developments and resulting humanitarian crisis, shifting frontiers and crisis which expresses itself within our immediate built environments.

5 April 2016 Alejandro Zaera-Polo

18 April 2016 Shigeru Ban (tbc)

12 May 2016 Reinier de Graaf

24 May 2016 Andrés Jaque

2 June 2016 Tatiana Bilbao


ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGE 13 wins international AZ Award 2015!

ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGE 13 wins international AZ Award 2015!

Congrats to Andrei Gheorghe and his team!

The Architecture Challenge 13 "Robotic Infiltrations" (AC13) project at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna has been selected among 720 international submissions as winner of the AZ Award 2015 in Toronto / Canada. The award has been attributed in the category Concepts/Prototype.

More information here:…/2015-az-awards-winner-best-…/


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