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 Diploma- and Final Reviews Summer 2016

IoA Diploma- and Final Reviews Summer 2016

June 13, 2016, 1 pm
Final Reviews Studio Hani Rashid
Guests: Ben van Berkel, Lise Anne Couture, Benedetta Tagliabue

June 22, 2016, 2 pm
Final Reviews Studio Greg Lynn
Guests: Ulrika Karlsson, Hannes Traupmann

June 23, 2016, 8 am
Diploma Reviews
Guest: Patrik Schumacher

June 30, 2016, 1 pm
Final Reviews Cross Over „Energizing VIenna“
Guests: Claudia Pasquero, Hannes Stiefel, Lina Streeruwitz
Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna


IoA Sliver Lecture Tatiana Bilbao, June 2, 7pm

University of Applied Arts, Lichthof B

The work of Tatiana Bilbao tries to understand, through the multicultural and multidisciplinary office she has, the place that surrounds us to translate its rigid codes into architecture trying to regenerates spaces to humanize them as a reaction to global capitalism, opening up niches for cultural and economic development.
Her work includes a Botanical Garden, a master plan and open chapel for a Pilgrimage Route, a Biotechnological Center for a Tech Institution, a house that is built with 8,000 USD, and a Funeral Home.
Tatiana was the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012, Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize in 2014 and named as Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of NY in 2009. Her work is part of the collection of the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France, The Heinz Architectural Center Carnegie Museum of Art and visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture, and has been published in A+U, Domus and The New York Times, among others.


ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL Studio Hani Rashid exhibition in Venice

ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL Studio Hani Rashid exhibition in Venice

An installation by Hani Rashid and the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna being presented during the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture, 20161

Exhibition Duration: May 27, 2016 - July 31st, 2016
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12pm - 4pm
Location: Antarctic Pavilion, Fondaco Marcello, San Marco 3415 (Calle dei Garzoni), Venice

Mankind’s continuous and relentless need for space is unavoidable and a key factor in anticipating what the future of the planet holds. In particular, a closer look at the future of Antarctica is now more critical than it has ever been.

The Antarctic is a powerful place of remarkable beauty and perfection. With global warming and rising sea levels, this precious place will undoubtedly be impacted. By many accounts, the earth’s climate will change so dramatically over the next 100 years that the weather systems and temperatures we today consider “normal” in places such as northern Scandinavia could very well be the norm in certain parts of Antarctica, making it inhabitable by large populations possibly by the end of this century. The notion that Antarctica could one day see crop production alone begs the question of how we as architects and planners might consider such a strangely reconfigured global future. As there is increasingly a plausibility to such a future where these extraordinary terrains of snow and ice might be massively overtaken out of necessity, we today need to confront some serious questions as to how we might grapple with such an impending and stark reality. At this year’s Venice Biennale, Hani Rashid with his research assistants and students at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Die Angewandte), will exhibit a number of visionary architectural proposals focused on the prospect of building new types and formations of communities for the late 21st century and beyond. If and when we build in Antarctica, how will we go about it? Antarctica as a site, is a location where we have the opportunity to build with knowledge, intelligence and with an eye on the future of the planet as a whole. The works on exhibit survey seven scenarios where architecture is put forth as a potential solution, as opposed to contributing to the problem, as it has to some extent in the past. The installations at the Antarctic Pavilion are a showcase of Deep Future initiatives for the continent of Antarctica. The premise of the exhibited work centers on taking control of the future of our planet. The Installation at the Antarctic pavilion will showcase seven holographically presented architectural visions that target key challenges that we as architects must confront and question. The architecture tackles issues and possibilities such as robotic and printed building technologies, bioengineered material technologies, sustainable food supply systems and their infrastructure, sustainable energy harvesting, and a number of other key issues that will impact our work as architects as we traverse the future. The exhibition targets the making of an architecture utilizing new and powerful tectonics where architectural form and space are integral to the solu- tions we need to seek out and manifest throughout this century and into the next.

Hani Rashid is an invited participant at the Antarctic Biennale expedition which will set sail for the continent of Antarctica March 2017.


Kazuyo Sejima stays at the IoA

Kazuyo Sejima stays at the IoA

We are happy to announce that Kazuyo Sejima will take over a full professorship at one of our three design studios in fall 2016/17! 
We look forward to prosperous academic years to come!


IoA Sliver Lecture Andrés Jaque, May 24, 7pm

IoA Sliver Lecture Andrés Jaque, May 24, 7pm

Andrés Jaque - Trans-Material Revolution
University of Applied Arts, Lichthof B

Andrés Jaque is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an international architectural practice, author of awarded projects including ‘Plasencia Clergy House’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’, ‘ESCARAVOX’ or ‘COSMO MoMA PS1’. They have been awarded with the SILVER LION to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale, the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award, London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Selection, Mies van der Rohe Award (finalist) and Architectural Record’s Designers of the Year. Their project ‘IKEA Disobedients’ is the first architectural performance ever included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, and it is part of a series of architectural experiments intended to explore design from the perspective of post-foundational politics: ‘Sweet Urbanism’ –MAK Vienna 2013-, ‘SUPERPOWERS OF TEN’ -JUMEX Museum, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015 and Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013-, ‘Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool’ -RED CAT CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles 2013-, ‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ -La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2012-, ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’-Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona 2012-, ‘SWEET PARLIAMENT HOME’ - Gwangju Biennale, South Korea 2010-, ‘Skin Gardens’ –BAC Barcelona 2009- or ‘FRAY HOME HOME’ -Biennale di Venezia 2010-

Their publications include PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas or Everyday Politics; and their work has being included in the most important media, including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review, Volume or The New York Times; and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA, London Design Museum, MAK in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, Z33 in Hasselt, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, the Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden, Princeton University SoA.

Andrés Jaque, Phd Architect (ETSAM) and Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat, is Professor of Advanced Architectural Design at the Columbia University GSAPP and Visiting Professor at Princeton University SoA.

This year’s SLIVER lecture series “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) 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.

Upcoming IoA Sliver Lectures:
June 2: Tatiana Bilbao


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