The chair of
architectural theory was founded in February 2006 in the course of Bart
Lootsma's appointment to the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. The chair is
a department within the framework of the architectural faculty and provides a wide
range of scientific, media and curative programmes. It offers excellent opportunities
for advanced studies and research in the field of architecture and in related areas
such as urban planning and landscape design. Prospective architects gain professional
expertise in the conceptual and communicative aspects of architecture. Complementary
education programmes are offered to support specialised
future careers which reflect the cultural viewpoint of architecture, ranging from
architectural theoreticians to architectural historians
and architectural journalists. On that scope, the chair's research concentrates
on the central question of how urbanity and landscape have been perceived by architects and urban planners during the 20th and 21st century.
This focus demonstrates a valuable perspective in which architecture is
positioned as a unique form of cultural expression. Further programmes of research
deal with the analysis of the contemporary city, the Alps as a particular form of cultural
intervention and moreover, with the pivotal projection of how new cultural,
technological, social and political formations influence the architectural discipline.
In order to provide adequate opportunities, the chair of architectural theory
has moved into former studios of the faculty building in December 2006.
Architect Martin Mutschlechner has developed a concept of a series of boxes functioning
as mobile work stations. These boxes create a flexible network that can easily
be adapted and configured in the studio's space according to the spatial and