Courses for the Master I summer semester 2018

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.
MatSE – Materialisation 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.
MuTSE – Material and Technology I Master – Elective subject
The decision to use a certain material in architecture is greatly dependent on the respective properties of the material and their advantages (and disadvantages) in view of their planned use. Here, the interaction between material and technology is a central issue. Based on examples to be analysed, awareness will be raised as to what may influence material choice and which technologies are used in the process. The aim is to seek alternatives both in terms of the material and applied technologies.
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.

STSE – System Technologies I Master – Elective subject
This course takes a closer look at designs and buildings on various different scales whose basic concept is a systematic one. It is aimed to elaborate connections between construction principles and structural-systematic approaches to building design.
LTSE – Low-tech architecture I Master – Elective subject
This course will concentrate on studying concepts and construction philosophies that consciously do without technology in architecture and in which architectural formulations are developed from technology. New relationships are sought that will allow for easy functionality, manufacture, operation and maintenance as well as robustness. This seemingly simple technology is the result of a complex thinking process that embraces all phases of a project. Based on examples that will be elaborated, awareness is raised for the complexity of architecture in comparison to low-tech concepts, which will also be conceptualised.
StRaFoSE – Structure Form Space I Master – Elective subject
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?
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.
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.