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


ED Lecture Christian Friedrich, April 17, 7pm

ED Lecture Christian Friedrich, April 17, 7pm

Christian Friedrich, Architect, Delft
airborne wind energy

Robotic architectures that harvest atmospheric resources of power - hundreds of meters above the tips of conventional wind turbines wind power is most abundant and reliable. Here, only airborne wind energy systems can operate.

The theoretical basis for the efficient systems currently in development was not found until 1980, when the seminal article ‘Crosswind Kite Power’ was published by Miles Loyd. More 40 years later several initiatives have formed that develop working prototypes. Commercial exploitation of the established technology base demands new wing designs, high-tech lightweight and durable materials, highly optimized motor-generator units, and state-of-the-art sensors and flight controls. There are legal challenges as well – these systems are neither aircraft nor building.

Christian Friedrich, architect specialized in robotic architecture, control and design interaction, will present theory and promise of this emerging energy technology, the challenges involved in its development and its implications for the built environment.

University of Applied Arts Vienna, Lichthof 2
5. Juni 2015| HS3| Finals with Prof. Brian Cody


Paneldiscussion „Lifting the Curtain: Central European Architectural Networks 1914–2014“

Paneldiscussion „Lifting the Curtain: Central European Architectural Networks 1914–2014“

Paneldiscussion „Lifting the Curtain: Central European Architectural Networks 1914–2014“
April 23, 6pm, AIL' Franz Josefs Kai 3, 1010 Vienna

Introduction: Matthias Boeckl
Guests: Marie Therese Harnoncourt, Friedrich Kurrent, 
Kristina Schinegger, Jan Tabor
Moderation: Iris Meder

Get together 
Discussion within the exhibition„Lifting the Curtain: Central European Architectural Networks 1914–2014“
April 9–Mai 5, 2015


APPLY NOW for 2015/16

Second entry date:

Registration from now on until September 12th, 2015
Interviews: September 21st until September 24th, 2015

Admission qualification

Each admission at the University depends on the artistic talent of the candidate as evidenced by the portfolio and a personal interview. Depending on the quality of the material submitted selected applicants will be invited to an interview The admission is decided by a jury. Requirement for approval is a bachelor (BA) in architecture or from a related field.

Admission 2015/16
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 presents new PhD Program

IoA presents new PhD Program

To find out more, please visit

Please submit applications no later than April 17, 2015 at 12.00 noon.


Lecture "Frederick Kiesler's Endless House Revisted"

Lecture "Frederick Kiesler's Endless House Revisted"

Lecture "Frederick Kiesler's Endless House Revisted"
by Florian Medicus

February 17, 2015

On the occasion of the exhibition "Frederick Kiesler: Visions at Work" in collaboration with the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation in Vienna,

Tensta Konsthall, Spänga Sweden


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