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 Zaha Hadid, 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


[a]FA _ [applied] foreign affairs at “Think Global, Build Social” at the AzW, Vienna

[a]FA _ [applied] foreign affairs at “Think Global, Build Social” at the AzW, Vienna

Join us for the Opening on Friday 14 March, 7pm! 
IoA [applied] foreign affairs projects are part of the exhibition: Think Global, Build Social!

Location: Architekturzentrum Wien - Old hall
Exhibition: 15 March 2014 - 30 June 2014
Opening Hours: daily 10am-7pm

“Think Global. Build Social!” shows current examples of an 
alternative, socially committed architecture which, with minimum financial expenditure but a great deal of initiative and creativity, attempts to improve the living conditions of people in less privileged areas of the world. Frequently the 22 exemplary projects, curated by Andres Lepik, which include schools, public spaces and housing, are created through close collaboration with the future users and incorporate local building traditions. They do not deny the needs of those for whom and with whom the buildings are erected and ensure a mutual transfer of knowledge.
The exhibition is enriched by the presentation of projects involving Austrian participation. Through Peter Fattinger the TU Vienna is a pioneer in the area of university design-build studios, while Baerbel Mueller heads the [applied] foreign affairs lab at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in which spatial, infrastructural, ecological and cultural phenomena of sub-Saharan Africa are examined. With its project studio BASEhabitat the Kunstuniversität Linz focuses on the utilization of alternative energies in regions with limited access to a public infrastructure. The architecture firm of gaupenraub +/- is developing a series of remarkable projects for homeless people in Vienna, and in the course of the last ten years the association s2arch, founded by Green Party politician Christoph Chorherr, has carried out more than 40 social projects in South Africa.



Register for the Second Entry Date!

Registration from now on until September 12th, 2014
Interviews: September 22nd until September 26th, 2014

Admission qualification

Each admission at the University depends on the artistic talent of the candidate as evidenced by the portfolio and a personal interview. The admission is decided by a jury. Requirement for approval is a bachelor (BA) in architecture or from a related field.

Admission 2014/15
The admission consists of 3 parts

1. submission of the admission form
2. submission of a portfolio (can be sent digitally, max. 20MB)
3. interview (which can be done via Skype)

The admission has been passed if all parts have been tested positive by the entry jury. The portfolio should present a CV, a letter of intent, a selection of own work in any media including architectural design, graphic design, photography, industrial design, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. (from 10 up to a maximum of 30 works)

For more info:


IoA 2013/14

IoA 2013/14


IoA Diploma- and Final Reviews, January 28, 2014

IoA Diploma- and Final Reviews, January 28, 2014

IoA Diploma- and Final Reviews

January 24
Final Review Studio Hani Rashid
Guests: Matias del Campo, Tyen Masten, Hannes Stiefel
starting 10am

January 27
Final Review Studio Greg Lynn
Guests: Gregor Eichinger, Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, Sanford Kwinter, Hani Rashid, Andreas Ruby
starting 10 am

January 28
Diploma Reviews
Diploma Jury: Zaha Hadid (Head), Klaus Bollinger, Brian Cody, Greg Lynn, Hani Rashid
External Guest: Sanford Kwinter
starting 11 am

January 29
Final Review Studio Zaha Hadid
Guests: Robert Stuart-Smith, Ali Rahim, Hani Rashid, Bostjan Vuga
starting 10 am

January 29
Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program / Semester Finals
Excessive Hernan Alonso Diaz
Urban Technique Reiner Zettl
Guests: Sanford Kwinter, Areti Markopoulou
starting 10 am


Exhibtion [applied] Foreign Affairs STAGING APAM

Exhibtion [applied] Foreign Affairs STAGING APAM

Opening: January 18th, 2014 at 6pm at Galerie Göttlicher, Steiner Landstrasse 88, 3500 Krems-Stein 
Duration: January 22 - March 1, 2014

Gerald Bast
, Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Barbara Putz-Plecko, Vice-Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Baerbel Mueller, Architect and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Franz Sam, Architect and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna

An exhibition of models, films and installations, [a]FA _ [applied] Foreign Affairs examines the notions of reflexivity of its project Haduwa Arts & Culture Institute in Apam, Ghana. Staging Apam focuses on the investigation of structure, material and program and how these architectonic elements can be manipulated to redefine stage design. Also exploring the symbolic language of staging through this conceptual looping, the exhibition contemplates visually and formally the work in progress. In February 2014 [a]FA will be in Apam, to continue work in scale 1:1.

©Philipp Reinsberg


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