past events - Veranstaltungen

14.04.2021 at 18.30 – MEET YOUR UNI (#MYU): TALK SERIE_SS21

Speakers: Celia Di Pauli, Lida Badafareh & Mehrshad Atashi (mershandlee) and Sophie Elaine Wolf
Moderator: Florina Pop
MYU SS 21 NR 2
Meet Your Uni is a platform for the exchange of architectural knowledge in the form of talks and conversations organized by the IARC at the University of Innsbruck. The initiative aims to establish a culture of dialogue that involves students, young researchers, Ph.D. Candidates, faculty, and professors of the Faculty of Architecture (UIBK) in the presentation and discussion of the different architecture positions currently present at the School. In other words, exposing the variety of disciplinary approaches beyond the profiles and field of expertise of the Institutes to bring to the fore the agendas, interests, motivations, and personal stances of individuals.
For each session, two speakers (or teams) will give a 20 min talk in which they can present their work, specific project (s), theoretical position, research projects, etc. Subsequently, a moderator will lead a discussion (30-40 min) about the work presented in which the participation of the public is also expected.

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Meeting ID: 884 5797 6423
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24.03.2021 at 18.30 MEET YOUR UNI (#MYU): TALK SERIE_SS21

Speakers: Rupert Maleczek, Andreas Körner, Mümün Keser
Meet Your Uni is a platform for the exchange of architectural knowledge in the form of talks and conversations organized by the IARC at the University of Innsbruck. The initiative aims to establish a culture of dialogue that involves students, young researchers, Ph.D. Candidates, faculty, and professors of the Faculty of Architecture (UIBK) in the presentation and discussion of the different architecture positions currently present at the School. In other words, exposing the variety of disciplinary approaches beyond the profiles and field of expertise of the Institutes to bring to the fore the agendas, interests, motivations, and personal stances of individuals.
For each session, two speakers (or teams) will give a 20 min talk in which they can present their work, specific project (s), theoretical position, research projects, etc. Subsequently, a moderator will lead a discussion (30-40 min) about the work presented in which the participation of the public is also expected.

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Meeting ID: 914 1993 0680
Passcode: 0uei2D

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08.-10.2.2021– Seminar Forschungskolleg 1

Prof. Jonathan Hill, The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment

Online Lecture, The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future, 09.2.2021 - 19:30 CEST 

 Jonathan Hill "The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future"


The lecture identifies an alternative and significant history of architecture, from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, in which a building is designed, occupied and imagined as a ruin. This design practice conceives a monument and a ruin as creative, interdependent and simultaneous themes within a single building dialectic, addressing temporal and environmental questions in poetic, psychological and practical terms, and stimulating questions of personal and national identity, nature and culture, weather and climate, permanence and impermanence, and life and death. Conceiving a building as a dialogue between a monument and a ruin intensifies the already blurred relations between the unfinished and the ruined, and envisages the past, the present and the future in a single architecture.


Jonathan Hill is Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he directs the MPhil/PhD Architectural Design programme and tutors MArch Unit 12. Jonathan Hill is the author of The Illegal Architect (1998), Actions of Architecture (2003), Immaterial Architecture (2006), Weather Architecture (2012), A Landscape of Architecture, History and Fiction (2016), and The Architecture of Ruins (2019); editor of Occupying Architecture (1998), Architecture—the Subject is Matter (2001) and Designs on History: The Architect as Physical Historian(2021); and co-editor of Critical Architecture (2007).


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Meeting ID: 914 0989 3498
Passcode: 312214
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Lecture series Meet Your Uni  

Winter semester 2020/21


Meet Your Uni is a platform for the exchange of architectural knowledge in the form of talks and conversations organized by the IARC Innsbruck. The initiative aims to establish a culture of dialogue that involves students, young researchers, Ph.D. Candidates, faculty, and professors of the Faculty of Architecture (UIBK) in the presentation and discussion of the different architecture positions currently present at the School. In other words, exposing the variety of disciplinary approaches beyond the profiles and field of expertise of the Institutes to bring to the fore the agendas, interests, motivations, and personal stances of individuals.

For each session, two speakers (or teams) will give a 20 min talk in which they can present their work, specific project (s), theoretical position, research projects, etc. Subsequently, a moderator will lead a discussion (30-40 min) about the work presented in which the participation of the public is also expected. Depending on the COVID measures, the events will be hybrids, with speakers, moderators, and a reduced number of attendees broadcasting live or entirely online.


15.-17.6.2020– Seminar Forschungskolleg 4

Prof. Ines Weizmann, Bauhaus University in Weimar

Online Lecture, Data, Dust, Virus. The Matter of Architecture, 16.6.2020 - 19:30 CEST 

Ines Weizman

Prof. Ines Weizman is director of the Bauhaus Institute for the history and theory of Architecture and Planning, and a professor of architectural theory at the Bauhaus of Weimar. 2015 she founded the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA) - an interdisciplinary project that explores buildings as documents and built environments as archives in which history is inscribed. 

Prof. Weizman is the editor of the recently released publication Dust & Data: Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years(2019); Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence(2014). Furthermore, she has also worked on exhibitions and installations such as Repeat Yourself: Loos, Law, and the Culture of the Copy, exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as solo shows at the Architecture Centre in Vienna and the Buell Center at Columbia University, New York (2013)or recently The Matter of Data(2019), which was shown in Weimar, Tel Aviv-Yafo and Berlin.


11. - 13.3.2020     Exhibition 

The IARC Show

Junge Talstation, Rennweg 41, 6020 Innsbruck



5. - 6.2.2020     seminar 3 

Timothy Ingold

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen

Timothy Ingold

Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, the role of animals in human society, issues in human ecology, and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. In his more recent work, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold is currently writing and teaching on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. He is the author of The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013) and The Life of Lines (2015).

28. - 29.4.2019     seminar 2 

Mario Carpo

Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, The Bartlett, University College London



Mario Carpo is Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural Theory and History at the Bartlett, University College London. Carpo's research and publications focus on the relationship among architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology. his latest monograph is "the Second Digital Turn Design Beyond Intelligence" (2017) published for MIT Press.

 14. - 15.2.2019     seminar 1 

Vera Bühlmann


Vera Buehlmann

Vera Bühlmann is a Swiss writer. She is professor for architecture theory, and director of the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP at Vienna University of Technology. Together with Ludger Hovestadt she founded and directs since 2010 the laboratory for applied virtuality at the Architecture Department at ETH Zurich, and co-edits the applied virtuality book series (Birkhäuser, Basel/Vienna, since 2012). From 2012-2013 she was a guest researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory at NUS Singapore. After studying philosophy and English language and literature in Zurich, Switzerland, she obtained a PhD in media theory/philosophy from Basel University (2009). Her latest monograph is entitled Information and Mathematics in the Philosophy of Michel Serres (Bloomsbury, London: forthcoming 2019). 

She is the author of Die Nachricht, ein Medium: Generische Medialität, Städtische Architektonik (Birkhäuser, 2014) and co-author with Ludger Hovestadt and Sebastian Michael of A Genius Planet (Birkhäuser 2017). She co-edited a special volume of Minnesota Review together with Iris van der Tuin and Felicity Colman on Genealogies of New Materialism (Duke UP, 2017), as well as the Metalithikum Books (all Birkhäuser, together with Ludger Hovestadt): Printed Physics, (2012), Domesticating Symbols (2014), Coding as Literacy (2015), Symbolizing Existence (2016). Among her publications are also Sheaves, When Things Are Whatever Can be the Case (together with Ludger Hovestadt, Birkhäuser, 2014), A Quantum City (together with Ludge Hovestadt, Diana Alvarez-Marin, Miro Roman and Sebastian Michael, Birkhäuser 2015), as well as with Martin Wiedmer pre-specifics. some comparatistic investigations on research in art and design (jrp ringier, 2009) and with Association MetaWorx, Metaworx, Young Swiss Interactives (Birkhäuser, 2003). She is also the author of many articles on media culture, technology, philosophy, and architecture.


 15. - 19.1.2018     seminar 1 

Writing Seminar - scientific method

Kristian Faschingeder



Short biography

2011 Promotion (Magna cum Laude; Gutachter: Prof. Gerd Zimmerman; Prof. Kari Jormakka)

Titel: Das Unheimliche in der Stadt. Die urbane Vision Ludwig Hilberseimers

(Über Ludwig Hilberseimers Perspektiven seines Entwurfs einer Hochhausstadt von 1927)

1988-2001 Studium der Architektur an der Technischen Universität Wien (Diplomprüfung mit Auszeichnung)

Universitäre Tätigkeit

Juni - Dez. 2015 Assistent am Dekanat für Architektur und Raumplanung, TU Wien. Orientierungskurs, TU-Festschrift etc.

seit ws 2011 Lehrbeauftragt am Institut für Architekturwissenschaften, Abt. f. Architekturtheorie, TU Wien.

2008-2010 Wiss. Mitarbeiter Professur Entwerfen, Theorie und Geschichte der modernen Architektur, Bauhaus-    Universität Weimar; Lehre, Betreuung von Diplom-, Bachelor- und Entwurfsarbeiten; Co-Organisation des Bauhaus-Kolloquiums 2009, Co-Herausgabe des Tagungsbandes zum Kolloquium (erschienen 2011).

2004-08 Institut für Architekturwissenschaften, Abt. f. Architekturtheorie, TU Wien.


Organisation:  Ingrid Mayrhofer-Hufnagl, Peter Massin




 symposium: Thursday June 1, 2017 —  Friday June 2, 2017 


Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck,  Technikerstraße 21, 6020 Innsbruck
free admission, no prior registration required


This symposium, convened  by Ingrid Mayrhofer-Hufnagl and Giacomo Pala, wants to analyze the heterogeneous set of ideas, forms, and styles that are perpetually changing. In this sense, [Un]timely Aesthetics refers to the notion of the contemporary:  architecture as a trope and multiple tropes at the same time. Indeed, “topical” has always been an inevitable condition for the aesthetic relevance of new works of architecture. On the other hand, non-topical, Unzeitgemäß (Nietszche) is equally important in order to maintain a critical distance to understand the contemporary. The conference wants to address the heterogeneous complexity of mutually entangled non-topicalities and topicalities characterizing contemporary architecture. To do so, the discussion will involve researchers and architects from different generations in order to verify what – today - can be shared.


.keynote lecture


Professor and Dean Emeritus
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York
Friday June 2, 5:00 pm






Symposium _ Eco Meta Discrete Parts


Thursday 23.6.2016  4pm — 21.00 pm - Symposium

IARC at the Upcycle Studio, Maria Theresienstraße 57, Innsbruck
seats are limited, no reservation possible, free entry

The city is discrete and connected. The city is discrete in the discreteness of its parts, yet the city is connected as the ground (gr.: logos) is defined by its parts (gr.: meros). Therefore, a combination of discrete and connected describes a city’s mereological composition. This opens the possibility looking at the resonance of its parts. The understanding of this resonance comes from the oscillating between One and Many (gr.: meta). The mereological composition’s resonance within a city is its ecology. ECO META DISCRETE PARTS.

At this symposium Timotheus Vermeulen, Shawn Spetch, Dietmar Köring, Harald Trapp, Gilles Retsin, Jose Sanchez, M. Casey Rehm and Daniel Köhler will envision today’s modes of part to whole conditions: mereologies, by a close reading of cultural shifts, historic city models, contemporary modes of environmental design, urban design, game design, algorithmic design, modes of digital assembly, typology and architectural design. The day concludes with the book launch of »The Mereological City«.


Daniel Köhler - Mereological City


Thursday 23.6.2016  4pm — 21.00 pm - BOOK LAUNCH

"The Mereological City" by Daniel Köhler

You can order "The Mereological City" at Transcript Verlag.

In a positive departure from modernism, the work of the art critic and urbanist Ludwig Hilberseimer offers schemata towards the design for the city itself: its mereological composition. The resonance of parts unfolds to an alternative of a purely contrasting equation of form and content. It reminds us, that when the ground (gr.: logos) of the city is defined by its parts (gr.: meros), its architecture, the city in turn always also is part of the architecture as its desire. »The Mereological City« introduces a mereological methodology and contributes to an ongoing discussion about an ecological form of urban design.





David Gissen


Wednesday 18.5.2016     lecture 

Experimental Architecture Writing

David Gissen

Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, San Francisco


Are the genres of history, theory and criticism the only forms of writing available to the architect-scholar? This talk consists of two parts: an examination of near-contemporary experiments in a possible alternative architecture-writing (by artists and architects Chopin, Morozzi, Achleitner, Eisenman,  et al), and a series of works that emerge from a more historical perspective and that advance an experimental project in writing about historical and contemporary spaces and environments.

Short biography

David Gissen is a historian, theorist, curator and critic whose work examines histories and theories of architecture, landscapes, environments and cities, primarily in the 19th and 20th century. His recent work focuses on developing experimental forms of historical practice, writing, and translation to depict the spaces, environments, and landscapes of the past.

David is the author of the books Manhattan Atmospheres: Architecture, The Interior Environment and Urban Crisis (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), editor of the “Territory” issue of AD Journal (2010) and the book Big and Green (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003).

His curatorial and experimental historical work has been staged at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, The National Building Museum, Yale Architecture Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Toronto Free Gallery, The Museum of the City of New York, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Nevada Museum of Art.

David lectures on his work internationally, including recent invited talks at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Milan Polytechnic, Berlage Institute, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and The Royal Danish Academy of Art.

In addition to his teaching at CCA, David is a visiting professor in the program in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architectural History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has led workshops on his work at several international universities.

He is the recipient of various awards and grants including Graham Foundation grants, the Richard J. Carroll Lectureship from Johns Hopkins University, and the Chalsty Award at CCA.


Organisation:  Gerald Haselwanter, Alexa Baumgartner, Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin



Benjamin Dillenburger

Wednesday 20.4.2016     lecture 

Undrawable, unbuildable

Benjamin Dillenburger

Assistant Professor for Digital Building Technologies at the Institute of Technology In Architecture (ITA) at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich


The challenge of the first generation of digital fabrication was to develop methods to translate the virtual designs to the real world without loss of information. This situation inverted: today a new generation of machines can fabricate almost anything without constraint of complexity and customization. A gap appeared between conventional design and the magic of digital fabrication.

Therefore we need now new design instruments, which address search and discovery rather control and execution. These tools work will work without prescribed models, categorizations and labels to be able to create the unseen.

We have countless imperative tools to increase our efficiency and precision. Now is the time to create tools of exploration to inspire us, surprise us and to help us be creative: machines to extend our imagination!


Short biography

Architect Benjamin Dillenburger is Assistant Professor for Digital Building Technologies at the Institute of Technology In Architecture (ITA) at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich.

His research focuses on the development of building technologies based on the close interplay of computational design methods, digital fabrication and new materials. In this context, he searches for ways to exploit the potential of additive manufacturing for building construction.

He previously was appointed as Assistant Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and worked as a senior lecturer in the CAAD group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s architecture department in Zurich. He holds a Master of Advanced Study degree from ETH Zurich and a Master of Architecture Degree from the Technical University Kaiserslautern.

Benjamin Dillenburger was shortlisted for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. His work has been widely published and exhibited at the FRAC Archilab 2013 exhibition, the Art Basel / Design Miami, and the Design Exchange Museum in Toronto.


Organisation:  Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin









John Palmesino

Wednesday 20.1.2016     lecture 



Transforming territories of the Anthropocene

John Palmesino

Territorial Agency
Unit Master at Architectural Association School of Architecture, London


Territories are the complex set of relations to what keeps us alive. They are warded off spaces, where multiple and intersecting borders establish semi-stable relations between polities and their material base of operation. A new intensification is reshaping the surface and the cycles of the Earth: the Anthropocene marks the exit from the modern forms of territorial organisation of humanity. Remote sensing, technologies of measurement and surveying are used here to enter into the multiple oscillations and reverberations that the Anthropocene lays out, with new territories cutting through pre-established ones, often in a violent way. New territories reconfigure the transient relations between the institutionalised forms of cohabitation and their material spaces. No more figure-ground.


Short biography

John Palmesino has established with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Recent projects include the Anthropocene Observatory – an international documentary project tracing the emerging thesis of the new man-made age, developed with Armin Linke and Anselm Franke, which was exhibited at HKW in Berlin and bak basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht; the Museum of Oil, a project in collaboration with Greenpeace and Dare; the Museum of Infrastructural Unconscious; North; Unfinishable Markermeer. They teach at the AA Architectural Association in London and are research fellows at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. John has been Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, and previously led the research activities of ETH Zurich/ Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, and he is a founding member of Multiplicity, an international research network.

Organisation: Gerald Haselwanter, Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin

Philippe Morel

Wednesday 13.1.2016       lecture 


Remarks on Computation and Nihilism

Philippe Morel

EZCT Architecture & Design Research
Associate Professor at dk-digital-knowledge(dot)com, Paris

Philippe Morel is an architect and theorist, cofounder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000) and more recently (2015) of the Large-scale 3D printing corporation XtreeE (where he serves as Chairman). He is currently an Associate Professor at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais where he directs the Master program within the Digital Knowledge department ( ; cofounded with Pr. Christian Girard), as well as the Head of the scientific and pedagogical committee of the Advanced Master in Computational Design and Making at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. He was until last year both an invited Research Cluster and MArch Diploma Unit Master at UCL Bartlett. Prior to the Bartlett he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Seminar and Studio) and at the AA (HTS Seminar and AADRL Studio). His long lasting interest in the elaboration of a Theory of Computational Architecture is well expressed by some of his first published essays (including The Integral Capitalism, 2000-2002; Research On the Biocapitalist Landscape, 2002; Notes on Algorithmic Design, 2003; Notes on Computational Architecture, 2004; A Few Precisions on Architecture and Mathematics, Mathematica Day, Henri Poincare Institute, Paris, January 2004; or Forms of Formal Languages: Introduction to Algorithmics and Bezier Geometry with Mathematica, 2005). Philippe Morel lectured in various places (including MIT Department of Architecture, A Few Remarks on Epistemology and Computational Architecture, Lecture, March 2006; Architectural Association, Information Takes Command, 2007; The Laws of Thought, 2008; Pangaea Proxima, 2008; or recently What is computationalism?, 2012). In February 2007, he curated the exhibition Architecture beyond Forms: The Computational Turn of Architecture at the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville PACA in Marseille. Explicitly departing from Eisenman’s dissertation The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture (1963) the exhibition addressed both historically and theoretically the linguistic and computational turns in architectural design. Philippe Morel book Empiricism & Objectivity: Architectural Investigations with Mathematica (2003-2004), subtitled A Coded Theory for Computational Architecture, exhibited at ScriptedByPurpose (Philadelphia, Sept. 2007), is to be considered the first architectural theory book entirely written in code. EZCT work, present in the FRAC Centre and Centre Pompidou permanent collections, as well as in private collections, has been presented recently in the exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY.

Organisation: Daniel Köhler, Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin

Liam Young

Wednesday 25.11.2015       lecture 


City Everywhere: Kim Kardashian and the Dark Side of the Screen

Liam Young

Founder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today
Co Founder of the Unknown Fields Division Architecture School
Visiting Professor Princeton School of Architecture
Diploma Studio Master at the Architectural Association


Our luminous technologies cast shadows that stretch across the planet. Join speculative architect Liam young and a fictional Kim Kardashian as they go on a storytelling walking tour through the flickering screen and beyond the fog of the cloud, to explore City Everywhere, a fictional city of the near future, extrapolated from the fears and wonders of an increasingly complex present . With spoken word and a rapid fire assault of film, animation and live sound mixing Liam and Kim journey to a place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes, extreme mega cities and designed urban fictions.

Short biography

Liam Young is an 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. He tells stories about the city using fiction, film and performance as imaginative tools to explore the implications and consequences of new technologies and ecological conditions. 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. Liam manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and visualising the fictional worlds he extrapolates from them.

Organisation: Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin

Michael Weinstock

Monday 16th
16:00-19:00    seminar 1
Tuesday 17th
10:00-12:00    seminar 2
13:00-17:00    seminar 3
19:00               lecture
Wednesday 18th

9:30-11:30       seminar 4       

PhD Seminar/ Lecture , institut für experimentelle architektur.hochbau

The City

Michael Weinstock

Founder and a Director of MSc / MArch Emergent Technologies and Design

Director AA Research & Development


Michael Weinstock is an Architect, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the Founder and a Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design programme in the Graduate School of the Architectural Association. Studied Architecture at the Architectural Association 1982/88 and has taught at the AA School of Architecture since 1989 in a range of positions from workshop tutor through to Academic Head. Over the last decade his published work has arisen from research into the dynamics, forms and energy transactions of natural systems, and the application of the mathematics and processes of emergence to cities, to groups of buildings within cities and to individual buildings. Whilst his principal research and teaching has been conducted at the Architectural Association, he has published and lectured widely, and taught seminar courses, studios and workshops on these topics at many other schools of Architecture in Europe, including Universities of Delft (TU), Rome (Romatre), Barcelona (Esarq, Elisava, Pompeo Fabra and IAAC), Vienna and Stuttgart; and in the United States at Berkeley, USC, Yale, Harvard and Rice, and at Calgary in Canada and Tokyo in Japan.

Organisation: Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin


PhD paper presentations

Gunnar Emidio Ceccotti

Peter Griebel

Marc Ihle

Johannes Ladinig

Rasa Navasaityte


The Responsive and the New Ornament


Construction and the Digital


Nanne de Ru

14.10.2015 -  Lecture with Andres Lepik

14.10.2015 - 16.10.2015  Seminar

PhD Seminar/ Lectures , Institute for Architectural Theory, History and Heritage Preservation

SHIFTS: The Economic Crisis and its Consequences for Architecture

Nanne de Ru

Director of The Berlage & co-owner and partner of Powerhouse Company

Nanne de Ru (1976, the Netherlands) is one of the founding partners of Powerhouse Company. Established in 2005, Powerhouse Company has grown into an international architecture practice with offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Copenhagen, Denmark and Beijing, China. The firm’s current projects include Amstel Tower, the design for a 100m-tall mixed-use urban renewal scheme in Amsterdam; the Rhijnspoor Building, a new faculty building for technology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences;  an Antenna Tower in Turkey and a hotel in Paris.

In addition to his practice, Nanne de Ru was appointed director of The Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design in 2013. De Ru’s work has been commended with a number of awards, including the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects, the NAi/AM Award and the Dutch Design Award.

Organisation: Alexa Baumgartner, Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin


PhD paper presentations

Gunnar Emidio Ceccotti

Birgit Brauner

Alexa Baumgartner

Geral Haselwanter

Markus Blösl


Andres Lepik

01.7. / 14.10.2015 -  Seminar 
14.10.2015 - Lecture with Nanne de Ru

PhD Seminar/ Lecture , studio2 | Institut für Gestaltung

Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement

Andres Lepik

Technische Universität München
Architekturmuseum - Pinakothek der Moderne
LS Architekturgeschichte und kuratorische Praxis

Andres Lepik was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1961. With a versatile career within architecture and
exhibitions he was appointed professor of architecture history and curatorial practice at Technischen
Universität München (TUM) in 2012. In this position he is directing the affiliated Architekturmuseum.
2012 was obviously full of new activities for Lepik since he also became Editor of Candide - Journal for
Architectural Knowledge. His recent focus is on using the museum exhibition as an active platform to
engage visitors in contemporary issues of architecture and to contribute as a curator in changing the
public perception of architecture and its social relevance.

Organisation: Markus Blösl, Johannes Ladinig, Peter Massin

PhD paper presentations

Gunnar Emidio Ceccotti

Birgit Brauner

Alexa Baumgartner

Geral Haselwanter

Markus Blösl

Lars Spuybroek

09.06.2015 - 12.06.2015

PhD Seminar/ Lectures , Institute for urban design

The Ontological Dimensions of Beauty

Lars Spuybroek

Professor of Architecture - Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Architecture, Atlanta

Lars Spuybroek has been researching the relationship between art, architecture and computing since the early 1990s. He received international recognition after building the HtwoOexpo in 1997, the first building in the world that incorporates new media and consists of a continuous geometry. With his Rotterdam-based office NOX he built the D-Tower, an interactive structure changing color with the emotions of the inhabitants of a city (in collaboration with Q. S. Serafijn), and the Son-O-house, a public artwork that generates music by visitors exploring the space (in collaboration with Edwin van der Heide). In Lille, France, he built a cluster of cultural buildings (Maison Folies) in 2004. He published his 400-page monograph with Thames & Hudson, NOX: Machining Architecture, and the first fully theoretical account of his work titled The Architecture of Continuity with V2_NAI publishers.
Lars Spuybroek has won several prizes and has exhibited all over the world, among them presentations at the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria & Albert in London and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He taught at many different universities such as Columbia University in New York, the Bartlett in London, ESARQ in Barcelona and from 2001 to 2006 he was Professor of Digital Design Techniques in Kassel, Germany.
Since 2006 he is Professor of Architecture and the Ventulett Distinguished Chair at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. As the Ventulett chair he started the Research & Design book series with The Architecture of Variation (Thames and Hudson, 2009) and Textile Tectonics (NAI Publishers, 2011), publications that combine theoretical with methodological research and design. His latest publication (The Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the Ecology of Design) is a theoretical revisiting of the ideas of John Ruskin.


Organisation: Daniel Köhler, Johannes Ladinig, Peter Griebel

PhD paper presentations

Gunnar Emidio Ceccotti
Peter Griebel
Marc Ihle
Johannes Ladinig
Rasa Navasaityte
The Responsive and the New Ornament
Construction and the Digital

Susanne Hauser

2.-3. Dezember 2014
University of Innsbruck / Institute of Design.studio2

Seminar / Forschen und Entwerfen

Susanne Hauser

Susanne Hauser is a Professor for Art History and Cultural Studies within the architecture degree program at the Berlin University of the Arts. Prior she was Professor of Art History and Cultural Studies at Graz University of  Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Visiting Professor for Landscape-Aesthetics at the Universität Gesamthochschule Kassel, Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Planning. Trained in history, linguistics, philosophy, German literature and art history, she holds a PhD from the Technical University of Berlin and a Habilitation thesis in cultural studies on the transformation of old industrial sites.

The seminar and lecture discusses the specifity of architectural knowledge production in relation to scientific research. As architectural schools today are increasingly set under pressure to establish themself within the field of academic research, they are more and more facing the question whether architecture is actually doing research or not. Traditional frameworks, such as doctoral programmes, as well as evaluation methods are so far barely adapted towards the requirements and tasks of architecture. This refers most notably to the design itself, which up to know could have been completed sucessfully without beiing perceived as a research-oriented task. Looking at the specific architectural way of dealing with knowledge of different types, the explication of architectural strategies in dealing with complexity might be an important contribution of architectural research, as no other academic discipline has to cope with complexity to such a great extent.

Organisation: Birgit Brauner

PhD paper presentations

Alexa Baumgartner
Markus Blösl
Birgit Brauner
Gunnar Emidio Ceccotti
Peter Griebel
Gerald Haselwanter
Marc Ihle
Walter Klasz
Johannes Ladinig
Rasa Navasaityte
Die Aushöhlung der Dörfer
The Responsive and the New Ornament
the standard condition
Bootsformen | Boote formen
Construction and the Digital


25.11.2014 / 26.01.2015 - Institute for Experimental Architecture

Seminar / mythomaniaS

Francois Roche

...Psychotic machines, psychotic apparatuses and fragments … Bodies in verse, bodies-becoming… are meeting in the stories of their symptoms… plausible. The ‘forbidden’ is reintroduced as a possible, and, what was rejected or considered as an improper ingredient within our computer graphic idealization of the world is coming back like a George Bataille’ substance… in a repulsive ‘curiouser and curiouser’ affinity, in the pursuit of the notion of risk of Ulrich Beck....
The human being isn’t any more considered as a bio-eco-consumer but is drifting into a psycho-computing-animal which defi(n)es its situation and condition of living simultaneously to the architecture’s emergences, as a co-dependency, a co-relationship… for a Siamese twin alienation (the eggs and the chicken together with the cat of Schrödinger). Para-psychoses, projections of the mind, delusions and singularities seem more relevant: Lines of Subjectivities vs Function, Bodies vs Body, Substances vs Design, Scenario vs Concept… ‘Pataphysics vs pseudo-Scientific Mystical Positivism, Strategies of Resistance and Negotiation vs Parametric Autism …
Fragments differ from time to time: shelter made of stones and lachrymatories (as in “… Would Have Been My Last Complaint”), woven bamboo (“the Feral Child”), stifling anatomical membranes (“(beau)strosity “), aquaria-like protrusions of blown glass (” Although (in) hapnea “) or spiral-shaped ceramic endless assemblages (“Terra Insola”). Environments as symptoms of an inner condition, in a constant exchange between narrative and emergence, providing the “raison d’ être” of the entire process: a storytelling manifested in the creation of a fiction which uses an emerging structure as a by-product and where a material structure with its physical characteristics takes shape and instructs the story.
Each scenario is a description of a condition of solitude in relation to a symptomatic emergent structure, where the fragment is the very “raison d’être” of his/her emotions: the true story of an old Indian book collector exiled from his community on the suspicion of atheism, who finds refuge in a tear-collecting shelter (“… Would Have Been My Last Complaint”); a scientist captured by a water spirit remains trapped like a fish in the mindscape of a fish butcher (“Although (in) hapnea”); a monster-boy endomorph constantly overfed, protected in a claustrophilic antidote-jacket from the love excess of his incestuous mother (“(beau)strosity”) ; the suspended time of Ariadne floating between two periods, two macho spirals, testosteroned Theseus and alcoholic Dionysus (“Terra Insola”) ; the feral child, innocent, naïve, and obscene, in the deep jungle, auscultated by scientism and voyeurism (“the Offspring”) ; the ‘difference and repetition’ of an affective alienation become caged food in the pursuit of the book of Gilles Deleuze (Σdays)… etc. (LabM4 with FRoche, CLacadee & SHenrich, EBlasetti, DWillems, GJahn, DJernigan...)

Organisation: Galo Moncayo, Peter Griebel

Mario Carpo, © Markus Brandtner 2014Mario Carpo, © Markus Brandtner 2014

19.-20. June 2014
University of Innsbruck / roccocosaal - faculty of theology

Seminar / Breaking the Curve

Mario Carpo

Mario Carpo is an Italian architectural historian. He is Professor of Architectural History, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London. He was Associate Professor at École d'Architecture de ParisLa Villette and was a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 2009, and has been Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at Yale University from 2010 to 2014.

This seminar discusses the present state of computer-based design and fabrication by situating today’s digital turn within the long duration of the history of cultural technologies. It assesses the technical logics of hand-making, mechanical reproductions, and digital making, focusing on the invention of architectural notations and of architectural authorship in the Renaissance.

Organisation: Ingrid Hufnagl, Daniel Köhler

Antonie Picon photographed by Markus Brandtner

Antonie Picon, © Markus Brandtner 2014

12.-13. June 2014
University of Innsbruck / roccocosaal - faculty of theology

Seminar / Architectural research as such

Antoine Picon

Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Co-Director of Doctoral Programs (PhD & DDes) at the Graduate School of Design at the Harvard University. He teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture and technology. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present.

This seminar discusses how today’s explosive developments in digital technology have affected architectural research. Computer-aided design and digital simulation have led to new forms as well as to an increasingly strategic approach to architecture and urban development. From the preliminary sketch all the way to the production of building components, digital tools offer new possibilities that were still inconceivable just a few years ago. These new possibilities raise also numerous questions regarding the challenges that await the architectural discipline.

Organisation: Johannes Ladinig, Peter Griebel

12. March 2014 - 7.00 p.m.
University of Innsbruck / ioud - seminar room 2

Lecture / Humanities oriented research format in architecture

Peter Volgger

The lecture will be a review of P. Volgger's own dissertation: 'Vu' cumprà - die Bewohner der transurbanen Archipele'. A talk about his methodological experiences and conclusions of a humanities oriented research format in architecture.

29. January 2014 
University of Innsbruck / ioud - seminar room 2

Seminar / The Third Method

Graham Harman

For centuries, philosophy has aspired to the conditions of a rigorous science, allying itself at various times with mathematics or descriptive psychology. Yet what if the counter-project of the next four centuries were to turn philosophy into an art? 

Organisation: Ingrid Hufnagl, Daniel Köhler

26. November 2013 - 8.00 a.m.
University of Innsbruck / ioud - seminar room 2

Seminar / The design of a research method

Manfred Künzel

The seminar will examine the basic determining structure of research in general including the elements: science, method, networks and teaching, aimed to develop a methodological foundation for specific architectural research.

Organisation: Ingrid Hufnagl, Daniel Köhler

16. October 2013 - 7.00 p.m. 
University of Innsbruck / ioud - seminar room 2

Lecture / How to PhD? - another useless manual

Günther H. Filz

The lecture will be a review of G. H. Filz's own dissertation. A talk about his methodological experiences and conclusions of a science oriented research format in architecture.

WS 2012/13

Seminar Forschungskolleg I / Design Thinking

In Design Thinking(i) Peter Rowe provides a systematic account of the process of designing in architecture and urban planning. He examines multiple and often dissimilar theoretical positions whether they prescribe forms or simply provide procedures for solving problems - as particular manifestations of an underlying structure of inquiry common to all designing. In this seminar Toni Kotnik will use Rowe's attempt as a starting point to unfold a methodology for a research-by-design approach.
i) Peter Rowe, Design Thinking, MIT Press, 1991

Organisation:  Ingrid Hufnagl, Daniel Köhler


Workshop / PhD paper presentations

Guest Critics: Toni Kotnik, Peter Trummer, Bart Lootsma, Peter Volgger

Georg Grasser - Digitale Entwurfstechniken
Christian Scheiber - Das Haus im Nebel
Thomas Mathoy - Semiological Techniques 
Kadri Tamre - Responsive architecture – shaping behavior 
Andrei Gheorghe - Teaching Methods for Digital Design
Daniel Köhler - Punctualization as an architectural method
Ingrid Hufnagl - Towards an Understanding of the Political-Economic Impact on Urbanization
Paul Mandler - The Acoustic Wall

22. Juni 2012                                                                          

Symposium / RESEARCH BY DESIGN - Architectural Design as Scientific Endeavour

Over centuries the understanding of architecture as an applied science has been dominated by professional practice as guideline for development. In recent years, this self-image has become under pressure. Increasingly, architecture has to establish itself as an academic discipline and link teaching with scientific research. While this is an obvious connection for many traditional academic disciplines, for architecture it brings the question of research methodology and the specificity of architectural knowledge into focus. Especially the core activity of designing as a synthetic form of thinking cannot be examined adequately using traditional analytic methods of the sciences, engineering or humanities.

Since design and research are inextricably tied in architecture, the relation of knowledge production and the design process have become grounds for investigation. It is here, where the symposium at the University of Innsbruck on research-by-design is located. The meeting is aiming at inducing a discourse within the discipline
of architecture that ultimately will lead to an understanding of designing as a proper research activity. This not only requires an epistemological shift away from the architectural object itself towards the intellectual, corporal and technical process behind the object but also the development of techniques and methods of
investigation of these processes. That is, research-by-design is about the demystification of the design process as spontaneous and ingenious act of creation and its systematization as locus of the production of knowledge within architecture.

At the symposium, internationally renowned researcher of various fields like urban design, digital design, material systems and fabrication will present theirinvestigations and will describe in more detail their research question and related method of research. The lecture series is open to the general public. Following the
lectures, PhD students, postdocs and young researcher will be given the chance to present their research to the invited speaker and receive feedback at an open desk critique.



9.00 Opening:
Toni Kotnik (UIBK)
Assistant Professor at the Institute for Experimental
Architecture at the University of Innsbruck

9.20 - 10.00 Keynote Lecture
Michael Hensel (AHO)
Professor for architecture at the AHO, Oslo and Director
of the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics

10.00 - 10.40 Keynote Lecture
Peter Trummer (UIBK)
Professor and Head of the Institute of
Urban Design at the University of Innsbruck

11.00 - 11.40 Keynote Lecture
Rivka Oxman (Technion)
Associate Professor of the Faculty of Architecture and
Town Planning, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

11.40 - 12.20 Keynote Lecture
Alan Dempsey (AA-FAB Research Cluster)
Director of the Fabrication Research Cluster at the
Architectural Association, London, and principal of NEX Architects

12.20 - 13.00 Keynote Lecture
Marta Male-Alemany (IaaC)
Professor at the Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia,
Barcelona, and principal of Malé-Alemany Architects

14.00 - 18.00 PhD paper presentations

Eva Sommeregger - How to Draw Where I AM
Thomas Mathoy - Semiological Techniques
Ingrid Hufnagl - ReReading Vienna
Georg Grasser - Digitale Entwurfstechniken
Christian Scheiber - Das Haus im Nebel
Daniel Köhler - ReReading Hilberseimer

Organisation:  Dr. Toni Kotnik, Ingrid Hufnagl, Daniel Köhler

11. März 2011

Workshop / Einführung Online-Literatur-Recherche 

Mag. Patrik Kennel (UBI)

SoSe 2011

Seminar Forschungskolleg II / Methoden des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens

Dr. Angelika Schnell


Vorlesung 1 und Arbeitsansätze

8.04.2011 - 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-17:00

9.04.2011 - 10:00-14:00

Vorlesung 2 und Arbeitsansätze

29.04.2011 - 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-17:00

30.04.2011 - 10:00-14:00

WS 2010/11

Seminar Forschungskolleg II / Architecture and Research

Dr. Viola Vahrson


Einführung und Vortag:

3.12.2010 - 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-18:00

4.12.2010 - 10:00-14:00

Textarbeit und Exkursion:

4.03.2011 - 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-18:00

05.03.2011 - 10:00-14:00

WS 2010/11

Dissertationsseminar II / Reflexion und individuelle Arbeitsansätze

Dr. Dörte Kuhlmann


Einführung und Aufgabenstellung:

25.11.2010 - 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-17:00

26.11.2010 - 10:00-13:00

Individuelle Arbeitsansätze:

10.1.2011 - 9:00-13:00

11.1.2011 - 9:00-13:00

12.1.2011 -  nach Vereinbarung

13.1.2011 -  nach Vereinbarung

14.1.2011 - nach Vereinbarung

Lehrveranstaltung / Methodik und Arbeitstechniken für DoktorandInnen

Dr.-Ing. Silke Ötsch

WS 2009/10

14.-15. Jänner 2010

Workshop / Seminar zum wissenschaftlichen Schreiben

Dr. Michael Huter

7. November 2009 - Lange Nacht der Forschung

Junge Felder: Was forschen ArchitektInnen?

"Junge Felder" präsentiert in einer Zeitung die aktuellen Forschungsarbeiten an der Architekturfakultät. Die Mitglieder des Forschungskollegs geben anhand ihrer individuellen Forschungsarbeiten Einblicke in die junge facettenreiche Architekturforschung. Eine Lounge bietet den BesucherInnen bei Getränken im gemütlichen Rahmen zum Lesen und soll zur Diskussion mit den anwesenden ForscherInnen anregen.

Die Zeitung als pdf

Lehrveranstaltung / Methodik und Arbeitstechniken für DoktorandInnen

Dr.-Ing. Silke Ötsch

WS 2009/10

7.-8. Juli 2009

Workshop / Forschungswerkstatt „Einführung in qualitative Forschungsmethoden“

Prof. Dr. Jürgen H. P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Dr. Natalja Menold, GESIS

In der Veranstaltung wird ein Überblick über Grundlagen qualitativer Forschungsmethoden gegeben. Die Teilnehmer erarbeiten unter Anleitung Vorgehensweisen für die eigenen Forschungsvorhaben. Inhalte: Methodische Aspekte des qualitativen Interviews, Grounded Theory, qualitative Auswertungsverfahren.

SoSe 09

Lehrveranstaltung / Methodik und Arbeitstechniken für DoktorandInnen II

Dr. Rixt Hoekstra

11.November 2008 - Lange Nacht der Forschung

Architekturwissenschaftliches Café des Forschungskollegs der Fakultät Architektur

Zehn Mitglieder des DoktorandInnen- und Forschungskollegs der Fakultät Architektur präsentieren Poster zu ihren Forschungsarbeiten im Rahmen eines architektur-wissenschaftlichen Cafés. Anhand der individuellen Arbeiten können sich die BesucherInnen ein Bild über die junge und facettenreiche Forschung verschaffen. Um 19.30 Uhr wird das Kolleg vorgestellt und es werden kurze Erläuterungen zu den Inhalten der Poster gegeben. Die BesucherInnen können sich in einem für diesen Anlass entworfenem Café mit den anwesenden ForscherInnen austauschen.Wie beim klassischen griechischen Symposion üblich, werden zur Diskussion Getränke ausgeschenkt.

Die Präsentationsposter als pdf

WS 2008/09

Lehrveranstalgung / Methodik und Arbeitstechniken für DoktorandInnen I

Dr.-Ing. Silke Ötsch

17.-18. April 2008

Workshop / Rhetorikworkshop

Dr. Elisabeth Anker

28. September 2007 - Lange Nacht der Forschung

"Architekturforschung zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst" - Vorträge und Podiumsdiskussion

ReferentInnen: Dr. Angelika Fitz, Dr. Akos Moravanszky, Dr. Karin Wilhelm

Moderation: Benedikt Sauer

6.-7. Juli 2007

Workshop / Methodenworkshop

Dr. Riklef Rambow, Dr. Annette Baldauf

25.-27. Jänner 2007

Workshop / Methodenworkshop

Dr. Riklef Rambow, Kai Vöckler

1.-3. Juni 2006

Workshop / Methodenworkshop

Kai Vöckler, Bernhard Langer

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