Architecture

Chair: Representation of the Institute within the University and Teaching Affairs: o. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Klaus Bollinger
Chair: Representation of the Institute outside the University and Cooperations: o. Univ. Prof. BArch. MArch. Hani Rashid
Architecture is the spatial expression and thus the product of the three-dimensional creative powers of a society. If we acknowledge this estimation, then there are enormous challenges at hand, alone due to the increasing complexities in society, which appear all the more urgent due to globalisation, shortages of resources, and continuous digitalisation. In this light, it is strange that expectations from the built (and also the unbuilt) environment are becoming more relevant while the role of the architect in society continues to decline. To counter this discrepancy it is crucial to break with overly linear ways of thinking in the future and generate new concepts and realities tailored to these specific challenges through architectural education, teaching, research, and practice. At the Institute of Architecture (IoA) at the Angewandte we are aware of these circumstances and the required measures, and moreover: We are ready and willing to assume the leading role of architecture in its importance to society as a whole, ready to call for and support thinking and action “outside of the box”, which invariably is the only path to innovations.
 
With the international orientation of the IoA the focus is placed on profound technical training as well as strategies to respond to the most urgent questions we are facing in the future: How will we live? How do we want to live? What does the future hold? How will we design and build? How will we organise ourselves, on the smallest to the largest scale? As architecture cannot simply be a service industry, legally structured into duties and performed by apathetic accomplices, its responsibility lies in the immediate future and its design. If Ernst Bloch’s concept of utopia says that the future can always be read in the traces of the past, then it is the stated goal of the IoA to properly read these traces – and to also make clearly readable traces for a liveable future. 
 
The IoA studio programme concentrates on the development of conceptual, practical, and critical skills and means for the creation of new, compelling and forward thinking architecture. Precisely in times of increasing global interwovenness and the prevalent and proliferating uncertainties, we need corresponding visions and models that aim and are able to give shape to a liveable future. The complete realm of architecture is called to prepare the necessary and desired conditions and structures and create concise and meaningful realities for these complex demands.
 
By integrating technical fields (Building Design, Energy Design, Structural Design) into the studio, students have an opportunity to develop and deepen their understanding of construction and technical knowledge in work on own projects. Content and formal supplements are offered in the Departments of the History and Theory of Architecture, Digital Techniques, and Urban and Social Strategies.
 
With high-calibre and intensive supervision of the students, with a comprehensive range of practical and theoretical courses, the lectures and excursions, the interaction with other institutes at the Angewandte, the IoA strives to be a guarantee for the development of these indispensable qualities that will have a significant influence on our future.

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Contact: Mag. phil. Sabine Peternell
Publications: Mag. Roswitha Janowski-Fritsch

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