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The chair for architectural theory is operated within the framework of the architectural faculty of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck and employs an excellent programme for advanced studies and research ranging from substantial cultural theories to essential scientific, curative and media skills in the realm of architecture, city and landscape. On that scope, prospective architects gain professional expertise in the conceptual and communicative aspects of architecture whereas complementary education programmes are offered to support future careers that reflect in particular the cultural challenges of architecture: to be found in the field of architectural theory, architectural history and architectural journalism. As a consequence, the chair employs an academic programme based on specific projects which aim to engage with books, exhibitions, websites etc. while enhancing to carry forward individual theoretical substance in the phase of realisation.
The programmatic conception of the course is of central importance, bringing architecture into an operative relationship with urbanity and landscape. Through a wide range of lectures, seminars and projects, the course provides the close examination of essential theoretical treatises and debates in architecture. It recognises first and foremost differentiated modes of how theoreticians have perceived the complex interrelation of architecture, urbanity and landscape, thus drawing on the unique reflections of social, philosophical and cultural concepts in architecture.

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 Architectural Mediation / Megens Manon

The mediation of architectural subject matter to politicians, media, industry and the general public. The aim of this seminar is to gain insights into the field of architecture mediation and architecture communication through theoretical discussion and discussion as well as through research, case studies and interviews. The insights gained will be critically discussed and then implemented […]

SE Gender Studies / Katerina Haller

GenderSpace – Feminist strategies in space production and appropriation of space. The course analyzes the interconnection of gender, race and class along key texts, blogs and artistic interventions in public space.  How is built the city? What are regulations and exclusions – where are gaps? These issues will be reflected along the interdisciplinary gender studies […]

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 The Theory of Art / Thomas Feuerstein

REAL ART In recent years, biological organisms, methods from the sciences and “real” processes are increasingly becoming the material of art. Regardless of tendencies of a new realism in philosophy, questions arise about a new realism in art: how do the new correspondences between art and science, fact and fiction, construct themselves in contemporary art […]

VO Architectural Theory 1 / Bettina Schlorhaufer

The course provides students with an overview of the most important social and cultural aspects of 18th and 19th century architecture and urban planning in Europe and the USA. The students develop skills on how to derive critical analyses, theoretical strands or approaches from the presented positions. The course is designed against the background of […]

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 […]

SE Design Theory / Davide Tommaso Ferrando

Architecture into the Universe of Social Networks Since the 1990s, the relationship between architecture and media has become the object of interest of a growing community of scholars and designers. Nevertheless, the vast majority of researches on the topic tend to address traditional media such as books, magazines and fanzines. Therefore, an important question emerges: […]

EM2 ArchiFicture. Episode 2: Revenge of the Post – / Davide Tommaso Ferrando & Giacomo Pala

I regard architecture as a sort of sophisticated bullshit – Peter Cook In its second iteration, the “ArchiFicture” studio will once more speculate on the multiple and different ways in which architecture is being and can be addressed as a fictional discipline, in order to produce original architectural theories, narratives and fictions. “ArchiFicture” is based […]