March 30, 2021

Master's program in Architecture at IKA – Institute for Art and Architecture

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Collective Model and Book: Studio SMASHUP (CMT), 2021. Photo: Christina Ehrmann.

We believe that architecture is an intellectual construction of ideas tied to its socio-economic and political context. Architectural production needs to be alert and inquisitive, at the same time innovative, inventive and critical. Consequently, we educate/encourage our students to experiment with ideas through research, test their credibility and viability through making and project their implementation in practice. If you are interested in architecture as a domain in which you exercise your intellectual capacity, where you tirelessly pursue arguing for a better world, where you insist on making a difference in how we inhabit the environment, and if you are interested in dialogue and debate, the IKA at the academy is the right choice. We are looking for the best students who are interested in investing in the future of architecture.

Online registration here.

Architectural education at the Institute for Art and Architecture is based on five research platforms. They provide the foundation for a new type of architectural education, in which students and teachers alike can focus on a particular interest and yet connect to all of the other topics that are essential to understand the complexity of the discipline of architecture:

Analogue Digital Production (ADP) / Construction Material Technology (CMT) / Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage (ESC) / History Theory Criticism (HTC) / Geography Landscapes Cities (GLC)

Each platform constitutes a research and design laboratory exploring relevant contem­porary issues within its respective field. Design projects are at the center of the educa­tion and are taught by a versatile faculty of practicing architects, historians, and engineers on a one-on-one basis and through team-teaching.

Design faculty 2020/21: Aristide Antonas, Margit Brünner, Alessandra Cianchetta, Christina Condak, Daniela Herold, Michael Hirschbichler, Michelle Howard, Damjan Minovski, Luciano Parodi, Angelika Schnell, Eva Sommeregger, Hannes Stiefel, Wolfgang Tschapeller, Andreas Zißler

Recent and upcoming lecturers: Jaya Klara Brekke, Philippe Parreno, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Katja Sterfinger+Federica Cappa, Jutta Weber

Language: Program in English and German.

All international applicants are highly welcome. Please take into account that you have to prove proficiency in the German language on the level B2 in case this is not your first language.

Fees: Most regular students are exempt from paying tuition fees for the designated duration of their studies plus an extra two semesters. Regulations see

Contact: arch [​at​]

Please check our website for updates on the application dates and processes due to the COVID-19 situation. Thank you.

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