Courses for the Master I fall semester 2016/17

ATECVO - Structure Form Space Lecture I Master - 1. Semester The course discusses the interrelations of structure, form and space with the aid of actual architecture projects. The aim is also to evaluate the final design by assessing structure, form or space. Is there truth in construction? How much fake can the viewer stand?
STUDIOUE - Integral Design Studio Practical I Master - 1. 2. Semester Design work on the master’s degree course takes place in the spacious, organisational form of a studio, in which concentrated work that is in line with real practice is possible with others in a close exchange of ideas. The tasks assigned to the studio range from criteria for the urban landscape, the developed cultural landscape, the region and the city through individual types of buildings, to the details of construction, interpretation and space. Designs for objects and spaces – which have been integrally thought out – are connected with their positions in the ongoing social process of change; that is to say, connected with design suggestions for change through time. The integrating teaching of design thus includes the awareness and reflection of the interdisciplinary, basic principles and interrelationships of architecture’s broader spectrum. The mediation of an integrative understanding of forward-looking ideas and task assignments is based on the principles learned on the bachelor’s degree, both as far as content and creativity are concerned. The integrative teaching with its cross-disciplinary character opens up to the students a forward-looking area of action for practice and theory in the broader field of architecture. The combination of project work and optional subjects that fit in with this contents-wise enable individual students to consolidate their specific specialist area within the context of their studies.
Mat1SE - Materialisation 1 Building materials I Master - Elective subject Interactive discussion of problem awareness with regard to using current and new building materials. Special emphasis on plastics, phase-change materials, lightweight materials, composites, renewable materials and “strange materials”, materials that are not (yet) building materials. Talks by manufacturers and visits to companies round off this practical seminar.
Mat3SE - Materialisation 3 Project viewing I Master - Elective subject Following research, analysis and evaluation of building materials, building method, architectural design, use, urban integration, etc., students will view the completed projects accompanied by the planners. The projects in Austria and neighbouring countries are projects of prime architectural quality.
DESE - Detailed design Seminar I Master - Elective subject A wide range of design methods, strategies and tools illustrate the possibilities for design but also for solving and implementing details. On the basis of examples to be elaborated, the aim is to hone the student’s awareness of what goes to make up the detail and what methods and strategies can produce similar or other detail solutions.
SuFSE - Structure and facade I Master - Elective subject The course examines the complex features of a façade in the context of a building structure at various levels, taking a closer look at the interrelations inherent in such a system.
InBSE - Industrial construction I Master - Elective subject Methodical-analytical discussion of aspects of prefabricated construction pertaining to architecture.
AmSSE - Working with steel I Master - Elective subject The aim of this course is to familiarise students with a material that is being used for an increasing range of applications in architecture and its properties by engaging in a fundamental analysis. On the basis of their own design, they will review appropriate use and technical options for realisation. The possibility of “hands-on” work will ensure that students handle this material with a conscious attitude and knowledge.
ManUVU - Management methods and business management I Master - Elective subject Steps in developing an architectural project to realisation. Distribution of tasks in project management. Cost, quality and time controlling processes. Contract placement processes.

Courses for the Master I summer semester 2017

STUDIOUE - Integral Design Studio I Master - 1. 2. 3. Semester Design work on the master’s degree course takes place in the spacious, organisational form of a studio, in which concentrated work that is in line with real practice is possible with others in a close exchange of ideas. The tasks assigned to the studio range from criteria for the urban landscape, the developed cultural landscape, the region and the city through individual types of buildings, to the details of construction, interpretation and space. Designs for objects and spaces – which have been integrally thought out – are connected with their positions in the ongoing social process of change; that is to say, connected with design suggestions for change through time. The integrating teaching of design thus includes the awareness and reflection of the interdisciplinary, basic principles and interrelationships of architecture’s broader spectrum. The mediation of an integrative understanding of forward-looking ideas and task assignments is based on the principles learned on the bachelor’s degree, both as far as content and creativity are concerned. The integrative teaching with its cross-disciplinary character opens up to the students a forward-looking area of action for practice and theory in the broader field of architecture. The combination of project work and optional subjects that fit in with this contents-wise enable individual students to consolidate their specific specialist area within the context of their studies.
AVAVU - Call for tenders, contract placement, billing I Master - Elective subject Principles of costing – Call for tenders schedule – Tender – Price comparison – Contract placement – Acceptance of tender – Execution – Billing – Form, type and contents of tender documents – Placement procedure and types of placement (Ö-Norm A 2050, Bundesvergabegesetz 2006, as amended) – Drawing up schedules of service (Ö-Norm A 2063, specifications) – Specifications as an integral part of the construction contract (legal principles, preliminary remarks, standards) – Cost control and order management – Billing construction services.
Mat2SE - Materialisation 2 Building site visits I Master - Elective subject Following research, analysis and evaluation of building materials, building method and architectural design, students will view projects under construction accompanied by the planners. The projects in Austria and neighbouring countries are projects of prime architectural quality.
RaStSE - Spatial Structure I Master - Elective subject We define space by arranging individual geometric elements (line, surface, rod, disk, etc.) in a perceivable structural frame. The silhouette of an object, for example, may – but need not – be a readable shape. Architecture is equally founded on structures that cannot be restricted to room layouts, supporting structures, principles of access, etc, but that rather rest upon the ability to articulate architecture and on our perception.
IndBSE - Industrial construction I Master - Elective subject Methodical-analytical discussion of aspects of prefabricated construction pertaining to architecture
KomaSE - Cost management I Master - Elective subject ““The architect as an businessman” Office cost control, internal project control, corporate management, calculation of average office costs, cost accounting modes, techniques of corporate management, staff management, marketing and acquisition, business plan, calculating project hours, survival techniques.
ZfAVO - Civil law for architects I Master - Elective subject General and specific contract law, law of damages, real estate law.
AmSSE - Working with steel I Master - Elective subject The aim of this course is to familiarise students with a material that is being used for an increasing range of applications in architecture and its properties by engaging in a fundamental analysis. On the basis of their own design, they will review appropriate use and technical options for realisation. The possibility of “hands-on” work will ensure that students handle this material with a conscious attitude and knowledge.
DEVU - Detailed design I Master - Elective subject Students are to be made aware of the necessity of DETAIL DESIGN and to recognise that details such as openings or dormer windows in the historic town centre, chimneys, railings, downpipes, ventilation systems and many more require special attention, as they can often have an unfavourable impact on the appearance of buildings. By providing positive and negative examples and allowing students spontaneously to elaborate alternatives to the latter, the aim is to increase awareness and practise creating alternatives.