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Within the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Innsbruck, the Department of Architectural Theory teaches cultural theory, concentrating primarily on those aspects that affect the design of our environment, but also scientific research, curating and publishing materials on architectural, urban and landscape issues. In doing so, aspiring architects and architects gain conceptual and communication skills. Additionally, the chair prepares on specialized occupations, which reflect on the cultural aspects of architecture reflecting: architectural theorist, architectural historian, architecture journalist, curator, editor, occupations in museums, cultural funds, in PR and marketing, etc.
In lectures, seminars and projects, students are introduced to and study important architectural theoretical treatises and positions. Studio projects deal subsequently with concrete projects for books, exhibitions, websites, etc., using all potential skills for their realization. Courses dealing with theory as theory are alternated with ones that deal with an encountered built reality. Of course, essential social, philosophical and cultural positions are reflected upon in the process.

Important learning objectives for all courses beyond the central theme of the course are also:

• “Learning to Learn”: learning from books, from lecturers, from other students and from reality.
• Acquisition of learning strategies and content in the context of the research of architectural theory and history.
• Learning an effective use of the library(s) and archives. Learning important research techniques, also for archival research.
• Writing texts, using pictures, making books, curating exhibitions, editing videos and designing websites on the basis of the investigated material.
• Use of several presentation techniques in varied contexts and with different media: essay, short presentation with PowerPoint or Keynote, book, exhibition, website, video.
• Teamwork: we usually work in teams of two students. The topics and presentations are structured in such a way that all teams can benefit from each other and the individual presentations are part of a larger whole or product.

EP Design Studio 3 / Bart Lootsma, Bettina Schlorhaufer, Giacomo Pala, Bettina Siegele

Hypnerotomachia Naturae The term Hypnerotomachia comes from the history of literature. In 1499 an author named Francesco Colonna, whose identity remains mysterious to this day, published a novel entitled “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”. This is a work that deals with a special kind of love dream – rather the struggle for love in a dream. In his dream, […]

SE Vertiefter Entwurf: Architekturtheorie / Bettina Schlorhaufer

The Exhibitionary Complex Modern civil society was formed under the condition of a new perspective of the state on the citizen. Last but not least, the execution of power played a role in this context. “Negative power” (revenge, execution, torture) was to be transformed into “positive power” (code of law, control).After important construction tasks such […]

VO Architectural Theory / Bart Lootsma

European architectural theory has a long tradition that goes back at least to Vitruvius. The academic institutionalization of architectural theory in Europe, however, is a relatively new phenomenon that only began in 1967 in Germany and Switzerland, and in the United States at the end of the 1970s. In the summer semester of 2019, Architekturtheorie […]

SE Architectural Criticism / Melanie van der Hoorn

Mélanie van der Hoorn gives students an insight into her ongoing research. Her book “Bricks & Balloons: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form” was published in 2012 and her successor “Spots in Shots: Narrating the Built Environment in Short Films”. 2019 marks the start of the third part of this research project on ‘architectural games’ (covering both […]

SE Sonderkapitel der Architekturtheorie / Marco Russo

How much theory can architecture take? Or to put it another way: How can philosophical and cultural theoretical approaches help prospective architects in their understanding and handling of architecture? This course is first and foremost a theory clubbing. The aim is to get to know different positions and to reflect and discuss them with regard […]

VO Cultural Studies / Mathieu Wellner

“The work that cultural studies has to do, is to mobilize everything that it can find in terms of intellectual resources in order to understand what keeps making the life we live, and the societies we live in, profoundly and deeply anti-humane.” (Stuart Hall, 1992) In Cultural Studies, cultural, social, political and media phenomena are […]

Hypnerotomachia Naturae / Giacomo Pala

Giacomo Pala about the dream of nature and the need to think about a possible answer to the question if it possible to imagine a kind of theory going beyond the critical model. 

SE Architectural Theory M / Bart Lootsma

European architectural theory has a long tradition that goes back at least to Vitruvius. The academic institutionalization of architectural theory in Europe, however, is a relatively new phenomenon that only began in 1967 in Germany and Switzerland, and in the United States at the end of the 1970s. In the summer semester of 2019, Architekturtheorie […]

SE Pre-Diploma / Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Alexa Baugartner, Bart Lootsma

Hypnerotomachia Naturae The term Hypnerotomachia comes from the history of literature. In 1499 an author named Francesco Colonna, whose identity remains mysterious to this day, published a novel entitled “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”. This is a work that deals with a special kind of love dream – rather the struggle for love in a dream. In his dream, […]

VO Architectural Theory 2 / Bart Lootsma

The course provides students with an insight into the political, ideological and philosophical interrelationships of architecture, urban development and landscape of the first half of the 20th century. The students develop skills on how to derive critical analyses, theoretical strands or approaches from the presented positions. In the winter semester 2018/2019, Architecturaltheory_2 will be presented […]

EP Design Studio M1 / Bart Lootsma, Bettina Siegele

Space production and heterotopias The Master Studio offered by Architekturtheorie deals with architectural heterotopias: Constellations of spaces with specific scenarios, programs, atmospheres, lifestyles and freedoms that form spaces for specific subcultures, lifestyles and individuals. The studio consists of 3 sections. In the first section texts are read together and summarized concerning spatial production and heterotopias. […]

SE Gender Mainstreaming in Architecture / Alexa Baumgartner

The discussion about gender and sexuality in architecture is influenced by the dualistic model: woman and man, interior and exterior, object and subject, emotional and rational, body and mind, nature and technology, tradition and innovation. At least since the movements of the 1968ies, it is tried to dissolve this dualistic approach and expand the idea […]