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


"Endless Kiesler" book launch and panel discussion, MoMA New York, September 9, 6pm

"Endless Kiesler" book launch and panel discussion, MoMA New York, September 9, 6pm

The University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation cordially invite you to a panel discussion and the launch of the Endless Kiesler publication (edited by Klaus Bollinger, Florian Medicus and the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation).

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 6 pm
The Museum of Modern Art, The Celeste Bartos Theater

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Introduction by Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Welcome address by Gerald Bast, President University of Applied Arts Vienna

Juliet Kinchin, Curator of Modern Design, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 
Laura McGuire, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, Blacksburg 
Hani Rashid, Architect, Head of Studio Rashid at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, President of the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, New York/Vienna
Mark Wigley, Architect, Author, Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York

The panel will be chaired by Florian Medicus, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Final note by Gerd Zillner, Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna
Followed by a reception sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the University of Applied Arts Vienna


Kazuyo Sejima accepts Guest Professorship at the Institute of Architecture

The star architect and Pritzker Prize holder will teach architecture starting in October 2015.

“I am extremely pleased that the outstanding and innovative architect Kazuyo Sejima has agreed to teach at our university. The Pritzker Prize holder will take up her position as a visiting professor this coming October, initially for one semester,” relates Gerald Bast, Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In the fall of 2015, a professorial chair will be advertised and the appointment procedure will begin. 
The Japanese architect has received numerous prizes and awards in the course of her career to date, the highlight being the illustrious Pritzker Prize in 2010. The Pritzker jury’s citation described Sejima’s architecture as “simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid”. She is the second woman to have received this award, often spoken of as the “Nobel Prize of architecture”. The first was Zaha Hadid, who was honored with the Pritzker Prize in 2004. Hadid will become Professor Emeritus at the end of the summer semester, after fifteen successful years at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The university will express its appreciation and bid her farewell at a special festive ceremony. 
Kazuyo Sejima was born in 1956 in Ibaraki, Japan. She concluded her studies in 1981 and, together with Ryue Nishizawa, founded the architecture firm SANAA in Tokyo in 1987. In 2010 she became the first woman to direct the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Sejima’s clear designs are characterized by modernity and an exceptional understanding of the spatial experience. Her architecture firm SANAA builds mainly in a minimalist style, using, primarily, textured concrete, steel, aluminum, and glass. The materials remain mostly untreated; when painted, their only color is white. SANAA’s most famous structures are the new building of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2005), the cuboid Zollverein School of Management & Design in Essen (2006), the 2009 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, and numerous projects in Japan, for example the Shibaura Building in Tokyo (2011), Nishinoyama House in Kyoto (2013), and House Dangozaka in Tokyo (2014). 
SANAA recently won the design competition for the Sydney Modern Project, the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. SANAA’s design was chosen over those of eleven other renowned architecture studios. The new building of one of Australia’s leading art museums, located in immediate proximity to Sidney Harbour, is to be opened in 2021.
“Kazuyo Sejima’s commitment underlines the position of our university as a dynamic and internationally recognized center of excellence. We enable our students to learn from the best in their fields,” concludes Bast. 
The Institute of Architecture of the University of Applied Arts Vienna has three architecture studios headed by internationally renowned architects: currently Zaha Hadid, Hani Rashid, and Greg Lynn.


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
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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


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