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


Zaha Hadid & Peter Noever in conversation, June 19, 8pm

Zaha Hadid & Peter Noever in conversation, June 19, 8pm

IoA Sliver Lecture Series ‘Art and Architecture in Conversation’
Zaha Hadid & Peter Noever
moderated by Joseph Giovannini

Friday, June 19, 2015, 8pm
AIL – Angewandte Innovation Lab, 1010 Wien, Franz Josefs Kai 3.

Art and Architecture have always been in conversation throughout the history. However, we still talk about art and architecture as distinct spheres, but looking at their artistic/architectural production we see the boundaries between the two being blurred for decades especially by the notion of transgression and multidisciplinarity and today we are caught between building-sized artworks and artistic buildings.

This year’s SLIVER lecture series Art & Architecture_In Conversation is conceived as moderated dialogs between architects and designers, artists and theoreticians. As a highlight world-renowned architect and Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid will be in conversation with designer and curator Peter Noever, discussing correlations, opposed opinions and mutual inspirations within an interdisciplinary discourse. The conversation will be moderated by New York based critic, designer and teacher Joseph Giovannini.

Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

Working with senior office partner, Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, urbanism, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to innovation with new technologies.

Hadid taught at the AA School until 1987 and has since held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard and Yale. Since 2000 she has been the head of Studio Hadid at the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Peter Noever is a designer and curator-at-large for art, architecture and media. From 1986 to 2011 he was Artistic Director and CEO of the MAK (Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art), Vienna / Los Angeles, implementing a radical new content and commissioning selected internationally renowned artist for artistic interventions.

Among other exhibitions, at the 54th Biennale Arte 2011 in Venice Noever curated site specific indoor and outdoor installations in cooperation with Erwin Wurm, Zaha Hadid, Michael Kienzer, Magdalena Jetelova, Koen Vanmechelen and Kendell Geers. Most recently he has curated the Archive Austria: “Vienna for Art’s Sake” at the Winter Palace/Belvedere Vienna and is preparing “Germany, mon amouor! Contemporary in Germany”, to open (together with Tom Krens) at the Meixi Lake Museum in Changsha, China.

Joseph Giovannini is a critic, designer and teacher based in New York and Los Angeles. A Pulitzer nominee, he has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, and he has taught at Columbia, Harvard, UCLA, USC and SCI-Arc.

Trained in architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, he has put theory into practice in his own design practice. His work—including apartments, lofts, galleries and additions—has been widely published. He is noted for his three-dimensional Space Paintings.


Hadid-Noever Talk @ Livestream

ZAHA HADID & PETER NOEVER in conversation 
moderated by Joseph Giovannini
available at:


IoA Final- and Diploma Reviews, June 18-22

IoA Final- and Diploma Reviews, June 18-22

Diploma Reviews

Thursday, June 18
11 am Diploma reviews Studio Lynn
2:30 pm  Diploma reviews Studio Rashid

Friday, June 19
11 am Diploma reviews Studio Hadid
Members:  Zaha Hadid (Head), Klaus Bollinger, Brian Cody, Sanford Kwinter, Greg Lynn, Hani Rashid
External Guest: Ben van Berkel

Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program
Final and Thesis Reviews
Friday, June 19, 11 am
Guests: Hannes Stiefel, Peter Zellner
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3, EG 10


Studio Zaha Hadid
Saturday, June 20, 10:30 am
Guests: Aaron Betsky, Joseph Giovannini, Hina Jamelle, Ali Rahim

Studio Greg Lynn  
Saturday, June 20, 10:00 am
Alisa Andrasek, Joseph Giovannini, Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, Julia Körner,
Brett Steele, Peter Zellner

Studio Hani Rashid
Monday, June 22, 10:00 am
Guests: Aaron Betsky, Erick Carcamo, Peter Zellner


Presentation of the DigDesFab14 Pavilion "noHOME" May 12th, 5pm

Presentation of the DigDesFab14 Pavilion "noHOME"  May 12th, 5pm

Loftcity Brotfabrik Expedithalle (former Ankerbrot factory) Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna




Hosted by [a]FA applied Foreign Affairs &
Urban Strategies and Theory of the Landscape
Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Over the last 4 years the AA Visiting School MITTELMEERLAND 
investigated the future of the Mediterranean- a 'territory', one that 
is based on climatic and economic conditions, and subject to specific social, political and spatial dynamics and experiences. We travelled 6 different Mediterranean cities: Dubrovnik, Tangier, Beirut, Algiers, Alexandria and finally Izmir.

Medine Altiok will present the projects and reflect on the findings 
and results. What are similarities and differences of the cities? Does the Mediterranean have the potential to establish as one territory despite the political conflicts?
Could we see and learn something new about the Mediterranean?

MEDINE ALTIOK graduated from the AA London, where she is program director of the Mittelmeerland Visiting School since 2011. She is initiator of a series of research projects dealing with cultural, 
political and economic changes in the Mediterranean. She is based in Zurich with her own architecture office.

AIL, Franz Josefs Kai 3 1010 Vienna


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