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  and Vice-Dean Baerbel Mueller 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 Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda, 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


forA on the Urban Launch of Issue #0 and Forum #1 on the Urban, 25 Sept 2021, 4pm, Biennale di Venezia

forA on the Urban Launch of Issue #0 and Forum #1 on the Urban, 25 Sept 2021, 4pm, Biennale di Venezia

Forum #1
Welcome: Gerald Bast
Introduction: Andrea Boerner, Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Baerbel Mueller
With Lesley Lokko, John McMorrough, Saskia Sassen, and Liam Young

25 Sept 2021, 4pm
(free and open to the public)La Biennale di Venezia,  Biennale Sessions
Ca’ Giustinian, Sala delle Colonne
San Marco 1364/A 30124 Venice

Hosted by the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna

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Architect and civil engineer Wolf Mangelsdorf will take over the Structural Design Department as of October 1, 2021

Architect and civil engineer Wolf Mangelsdorf will take over the Structural Design Department as of October 1, 2021

We are pleased to announce a new appointment: Wolf Mangelsdorf will take over the Department of Structural Design at the Angewandte’s Institute of Architecture (IoA) at the beginning of the new academic year 2021/22.

The internationally renowned structural engineer and partner and Global Head of Design, Technology & Innovation at Buro Happold in New York (USA) clearly supports the integration of structural design and architecture. Quality in architecture is already determined by the inventiveness of structural engineering, but it will become even more necessary and urgent in the future. The selection of building materials to be used is just one of many issues that make the transdisciplinary collaboration and cross-disciplinary interaction of architectural design and structural design clearly visible.Trained as an architect and civil engineer, he has worked extensively on the optimal interplay between architecture and structural design, which has a direct impact on the built environment, for example, at Kyoto University in Japan and the University of Karlsruhe, among other institutions.

"With the challenges of climate change and rapid urbanization, architecture must seek out and find new human-centered and sustainable forms of design. The design process must become more transdisciplinary and questions regarding materials, structure, form and formal expression must be redefined. I see the Angewandte playing a key role in this and I am looking forward to being a part of it in my new role," explained Wolf Mangelsdorf.

For the Structural Design department at the Angewandte's Institute of Architecture (IoA), the call for applications explicitly sought a person with international experience and a strong interest in the future-oriented advancement of built architecture and urban planning, based on an awareness of the major social, political, demographic and technological challenges of urban spaces. The willingness to develop artistic-scientific research projects – nationally as well as beyond – also played a significant role in the appointment process, as research is already one of the focal points at the Institute of Architecture (IoA) and will continue to be pushed. "With Wolf Mangelsdorf, our students, who strive to go beyond national and disciplinary borders, are getting a visionary and internationally distinguished lecturer who will provide them with excellent support," Rector Gerald Bast was pleased to say. Mangelsdorf will succeed Klaus Bollinger in this position, who led the department with great commitment and success from 1994 till now and has retired after more than 25 years at the Angewandte.


The Institute of Architecture at the Angewandte Festival

The Institute of Architecture at the Angewandte Festival

Sonic Blur
June 29th - July 2nd, 2021
EXHIBITION: Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, Schwanzer-Trakt, 2nd floor, THE SQUARE
OPENING Live/ VIRTUAL TOUR by Studio Hani Rashid
Tuesday, June 29th, 2 pm (CEST)

An audiovisual VR exhibition and physical installation staging selected work of the Institute of Architecture.
Studio Hani_Rashid’s curatorial contribution for the Angewandte Festival celebrates human interconnectivity and communication through the interplay between virtual collaboration environments and in-situ installations, showcasing the diversity of the institute’s annual student works. Sonic Blur consists of a continuous striated landscape that seamlessly spans from a virtual exhibition platform to its physical counterpart in the main exhibition space at the Institute of Architecture.

Concept: Sarah Agill, Raffael Stegfellner
Coordination: Studio Hani Rashid

Virtual Tour via LIVE stream, June 29th, 2 pm (CEST)

Digital Design and Full Scale Fabrication '20

June 29th - July 2nd, 2021

EXHIBITION: Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 3rd floor at the bridge

„Redefining Archetypical Geometry through Virtual Sculpting and Ceramics 3D Printing“

Based on the architectural archetype of a support, new, digital, experimental design methods and concepts are explored. First, spatial structures were developed using the Karamba plug-in and subdivided into orthogonal voxels using the Topos software. Fologram was then used to adapt the geometry in a partial area and to analyze it statically and constructively. The optimized geometry was printed and fired in a ceramic 3D printer.

Participants: Andrei Gheorghe, Jan Kovaricek, Efilena Baseta, Viktoria Tudzharova andSepideh Sarpishehgi, Joseph Cook, Zhiyi Zhang, Miriam Löscher, Kaveh Chehri, Ibrahim Dusmukhamedov, Raffael Stegfellner, Benedikt Schambeck, Patricia Vraber, Xavier Madden, Nathaniel Loretz, Yiting Yang, Jonas Maderstorfer, Serge Delire, Kyle Koops, Anni Dai, Ebrar Eke, Yannik Kaiser, Chenke Zhang, Olga Philippova 
Introduction: 29th of June at 18:00, max. 10 people at the time, if interested please write an email to:

Circular Strategies Round Table

June 30th, 2021

Circular Strategies (CS) is a new teaching and research area at the IoA's Department of Building Construction. It deals with the (re)use, repurposing and reinterpretation of materials, structures and spaces. In the course of the same name, led by Lukas Allner, students developed architectural structures from everyday objects. The goals, methods and significance of CS for sustainable architecture are discussed in an open round table.

LIVE stream: Wednesday, June 30th, 11 am

Studio Lynn Virtual Tour

June 30th, 2021

Studio Lynn invites visitors and future applicants for a virtual tour as part of the end of the year show of the University of Applied Arts and the IOA (curated by Studio Rashid), showcasing recent studio investigations, projects, and diplomas.

LIVE stream - VIRTUAL TOUR: Wednesday, June 30th, 12 pm

Abstrakt Issue 01 and 02 Launch

June 30th, 2021
LAUNCH: Wednesday, June 30th, 2 pm (CEST)
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2

Newly established as an architectural pedagogy platform in the IoA, “Abstrakt“ is the exploration of thoughts and ideas through conversations with creatives inside and outside the university, mixed with a collection of recent works from our students. The launch of our first printed edition during the festival allows us to showcase projects and encourage discussion not only to bridge the three studios and strengthen interaction, but also to share the institute’s efforts with the whole Angewandte.

Editors: Lisa-Marie Androsch, Jade Bailey, Zach Beale, Adriana Böck, Velina Iantcheva, Xavier Madden, Emma Sanson, Patricia Tibu

Life in the Fast Lane

June 30th, 2021
Online DISCUSSION with Hani Rashid and guests

After 3 years of intense master study, one’s life as an architect begins to take hold and come into focus. Recent graduates from Studio Hani_Rashid will present some of their key works, ideas, and provocations post Angewandte. The focus of these short presentations will focus on the unique trajectories each has taken on. Notions of new forms of practice, formulating a theory, intellectual probing, and a quest for deeper realms of research and understanding will be discussed with Hani Rashid.

Guests: Ewa Lenart, Johan Tali, Lenka Petrakova, Viki Sándor, Sille Pihlak

LIVE stream: Wednesday, June 30th, 6 pm (CEST)

Studio diazmoreno garciagrinda Virtual TourJuly 1st, 2021

The participating visitors will have the chance to meet our teaching team during the guided virtual tour at studio díazmoreno garcíagrinda and learn about the architectural design projects that we have been working on at the studio so far. The exhibition will be showing examples of students' work and the team will be answering questions related to the teaching methods and, last not least, the design agenda of the studio.

LIVE stream VIRTUAL TOUR: Thursday, July 1st, 12 pm (noon)

Performing Urban Conakry by [applied] Foreign Affairs

July 1st, 2021
MAGAZINE LAUNCH and PANEL DISCUSSIONwith artist Ibrahim Mahama (GH), theatre director Claudia Bosse (AT,DE), scenographer Jean-Christophe Laquentin (FR), performing artist Androa Mindré Kolo (CRD,FR) and [a]FA’s head, architect Baerbel Mueller (AT,GH), moderated by the artist and researcher Frida Robles (MX,AT).Thursday, July 1st, 8 pm, (MAK Terrassenplateau), Fritz-Wotruba-Promenade


July 2nd, 2021

LIVE stream: Friday, July 2, 6 pm (CEST) via


IoA Diploma Presentations, June 23+24, 2021

IoA Diploma Presentations, June 23+24, 2021

Jury: Greg Lynn (Head), Matthias Boeckl, Klaus Bollinger, Mario Carpo, Brian Cody, Cristina Diaz Moreno, Efrén Garcia Grinda, Baerbel Mueller, Karin Raith, Hani Rashid

External guest: John McMourrough


Final Reviews at Studio Greg Lynn, June 21, 2021

Final Reviews at Studio Greg Lynn, June 21, 2021

Guests: Brennan Buck, Linda Roy, Michael Young, Elena Manferdini, Gisela Baurmann


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