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 Deans Hani Rashid and 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 Diplomas and Finals Summer 2017

IoA Diplomas and Finals Summer 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017,  11am
Finals Hani Rashid
Guests: Isaie Bloch, Peter Bogner, Francesca von Habsburg, Theo Lalis

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10am
Finals Greg Lynn
Guests: Wolf D. Prix, Anthony Vidler

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11.30am
Finals Kazuyo Sejima
Guests: Ryue Nishizawa

Monday, June 26, 2017, 10am
Diplomas Studios Kazuyo Sejima, Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid
Jury: Greg Lynn (head), Matthias Boeckl, Klaus Bollinger, Brian Cody, Sanford Kwinter, Wolf D. Prix, Karin Raith, Hani Rashid and Kazuyo Sejima




Re: Futures Studio Hani Rashid, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Edited by Hani Rashid and Sophie Luger

June 27, 5 pm
AIL - Angewandte Innovation LabFranz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna

Welcoming remarks: Gerald Bast, Rector University of Applied Arts ViennaLaudatio: Hani Rashid, Head Studio Hani Rashid and Dean of Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Sophie Luger, University Assistant at Studio Hani Rashid, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Re: Futures: a compilation of five years of research conducted at Studio Hani Rashid, Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Under the direction of architect and teacher Hani Rashid, the selected projects in this book address many of the significant and critical challenges that architects face and are set to confront with greater urgency as we head into the near and deep future.The works range from highly innovative architectural experimentation to large-scale sustainable urban interventions that focus on the possibilities and provocations of integrating new technological phenomena and capabilities into the design process.Through a collection of texts, digital and physical models, computer visualizations and drawings as well as large-scale installations and exhibitions, this research positions architecture as a discipline of increasing relevance in the decades to come.
With contributions by: Gerald Bast, David Benjamin, Barbara Imhof, Edward Jung, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hani Rashid, Matthew RitchieGraphic design by Bleed.

Afterwards we would like to invite you to a small reception!Books are available on site.


KEPOS – c[pd]g collective post digital garden

KEPOS – c[pd]g collective post digital garden

Presentation in cooperation with the MAK FUTURE LAB

Tuesday, 6. June 2017, 7pm 
MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Foyer and Stubenring in front of the MAK main entrance
Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna

Duration of the exhibition, Stubenring
7. June - 22. June 2017 

KEPOS – Prototype of an interactive urban sculpture
An architectural intervention by Angelica Lorenzi & Dennis Schiaroli, under supervision by Galo Moncayo & Anna Gulinska
Furniture by Alexander Karaivanov

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director, MAK
Andrea Börner & Bernhard Sommer, University of Applied Arts Vienna

20:30 pm (at dusk), performative intervention Nacktscanner by Patrick Jaritz Rüdiger SuppinMusik von Lumu (fabrikamint)

KEPOS is a full-scale prototype of an interactive urban sculpture, realized at the University of Applied Arts Vienna by the Departments Energy Design/ Bernhard Sommer and Urban Startegies/Andrea Börner within the Framwork of the project Active Pubic Space (APS). Based on a design of Angelica Lorenzi and Dennis Schiaroli, the installation fosters interlinking the physical—built as much as natural—environment with the digital world of information exchange.

More than 70% of the EU’s citizens live in urban areas: cities and urban areas are centres of economic development, services, knowledge and creativity. The public space is the soul of the City, the place where all its features come together. It is an area of overlap and interconnection, the place where the character and the culture of a society is materialized.Co-founded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, three partner institutions investigate the integrating and innovative role of implementing sustainable urban developments in research. International workshops and urban installations to actively engage citizens, the project aims not only to acknowledge the potential of information and communication technologies in the changing public spaces—in favor for direct citizen-space interaction—but publicly test prototypical strategies at concrete places and events, thus raising interest in architecture and public space among a broader audience. Partner institutions: (IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona/ Lead), CCEA (Centre for Central European Architecture, Prague)

The implementation was realized with kind support of BOLLINGER+GROHMANN Ingenieure, SeMF, EXIKON arc&dev, K2 Dach&Bau, Baumit and Robotic Woodcraft.

To connect with Kepos visit: and twitterhandle @Kepos_cpdg

For more information on APS and details of its program visit the project website:


Lecture The Making of...Investcorp Building, Oxford, May 18,7pm

Lecture The Making of...Investcorp Building, Oxford, May 18,7pm

„The Making of the Investcorp, Oxford"
Michael Reifer/ Frener & Reifer

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Seminarraum 3, Top Floor
Stubenring 3, 1010 Vienna

Zaha Hadid always tried to push the artistic boundaries of architecture, thus challenging engineers and construction companies. One of her last projects, an extension to St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, bridges the distance between two historic buildings with a glossy double-curved stainless steel shape. The small but spectacular building was realized in collaboration with Frener & Reifer, a company that strives to advance building technology in research and practice. The nearly seamless freeform steel facade with its electro-polished surface was completely planned, manufactured and installed by the Italian cladding specialist.

Michael Reifer will explain the design objectives that required an unusually precise prefabricated facade solution for the Investcorp Building (a.k.a. “Softbridge”). He will compare the project with other buildings the company contributed to in the last years and he will talk about technological improvements and his constant efforts to improve the data flow and close the digital chain of design and production.


IoA Sliver Lecture Liam Young, May 23, 7pm

IoA Sliver Lecture Liam Young, May 23, 7pm

Liam Young is an Australian born architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms. Building his design fictions from the realities of present Young also co runs the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic research studio that travels on location shoots and expeditions to the ends of the earth to document emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures. He has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, NBC, Wired, Guardian, Time Magazine, and Dazed and Confused, is a BAFTA nominated producer and his work has been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has taught internationally including the Architectural Association and Princeton University and now runs an MA in Fiction and Entertainment at SciArc. Liam manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and visualising the fictional worlds he extrapolates from them.

Upcoming IoA Sliver Lectures:
June 6: Ruth SchnellMartin Kusch, Angewandte


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