Department of Building, Energy & Society


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Current Curriculum

1. Semester

Architecture & Urbanistics I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235103 Design 1 4 SWS 8 ECTS
The seminar focuses on the solution of complex design tasks with an urban planning background. Questions of multi-storey housing will be addressed as well as the handling of large-volume structures under different functional requirements. The interaction between different requirements in the urban context and their impact on the design of neighborhoods will be particularly addressed. The knowledge from legal and technical framework conditions will be reflected here as well as practice-oriented planning requirements.
Architecture & Urbanistics I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235104 Visualisation 1 2 SWS 4 ECTS
Theory and practice of advanced architectural rendering. Computer graphics, lighting simulation and visualization as part of the design process. Using various 2D and 3 D tools, spatial scenarios are developed, generated, dispayed and revised in a sequence of sequential steps.
Building Information Modeling I | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235106 BIM Project Organisation & Communication 2 SWS 3 ECTS
In this course, the students learn: o What is communication? o Which theoretical communication models are relevant? - Bühler's Organon-model - Jakobson's communication model - Shannon & Weaver - Satir o What does communication in a practical context mean? o How are external and internal communication defined? o Which relevance does non-verbal communication have? In this course, the students learn: o The compilation of field-related data models for digital building models as the basis of project organisation in the digital model; o The implementation of data structures to support the integral, project phase-related, service provider-oriented collaboration in the digital building model over the building's life cycle; o The basics of IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and bSdd (buildingSMART data dictionary).
Building Information Modeling I | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235107 Digitisation & Standardisation 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The basics of digitising building models from different disciplines. The resulting different modelling approaches. The development of phase- and subject area-related components and objects. The processing of project information into documents, evaluations, simulations (Computational Flow Analysis) and presentation. The standardisation of project information in different documents.
History of Architecture and Communication I | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235101 Architectural Theory 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Methods and strategies to determine architecture and space, as well as an examination of recognised design models and theories in an introductory block of lectures form the basis for the student to independently write a seminar paper. The aim of this paper is to increase the students' competences in perception of design concepts and architectural background. The journey through time from the Classical Modernism and Pre-modern via Structuralism, Minimalism to Deconstructivism and High-tech Architecture familiarises the graduate with the necessary terminology as well as the cultural development and cultural change.
History of Architecture and Communication I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235105 Project Work and Presentation 1 1 SWS 2 ECTS
Linguistic and non-linguistic characteristics of presentations, for example, preparation, systematic development, design, execution as well as the use of media; verbal, non-verbal and interactive skills in the area of communication.
History of Architecture and Communication I | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235102 Selected Chapters: Cultural History and the Art of Building 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The thematically designed course focuses on the central themes of cultural history and the art of building. The continuity of architecture, which transcends epochs, is analysed on the basis of selected chapters from Classical Modernism to the present. The theme of the leitmotif and its origins and meanings for the current building activity are examined.
Elective Subjects:
Elective Subject I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235110 Digitisation of Existing Structures 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Introduction, basic terms and forms of representation; learning how to operate 3D scanners and interpret the digital measurement point cloud. Preparation of the digital points as a basis for further planning steps in the digital building model.
Elective Subject I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235112 Energetic Building Simulation 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The course offers an overview of the interaction of different technical systems for contemporary building energy concepts. Heating, ventilation, and lighting systems in relation to the exterior skin design, IT and control technology as a factor in the adaptability of the building to usage situations and environmental variables. Piping today and tomorrow, implementation of more complex systems for energy (Recovery), alternative air conditioning and ventilation technology, domestic and rainwater utilisation, lighting and illumination technologies, control technology, (BUS systems), planning approach, planning process, cost factors and cost variables. The possibilities for simulating the systems and their interactions are shown as examples.
Elective Subject I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235111 Experimental Building Development 2 SWS 4 ECTS
The contents of this seminar serve to underpin the design work thematised in the course Design 1: systematic research, analysis and synthesising of the material obtained for comprehensive building conception form part of the course. The decision-making processes of the design project are supported by the teaching of practical application examples, the incorporation of theoretical principles and gained knowledge into the conception of buildings and spaces is learned. The concrete topic is linked to the course Design 1 and therefore changes.
Elective Subject I | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235109 Life Cycles of Buildings ** (ARC together with BMI) 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Cost planning over the entire life cycle, structure and components of life cycle costs (Construction costs and follow-up costs incl. operating costs, maintenance & repair costs). Determination of the life cycle and useful lives. Standards, calculation models, forecast scenarios, practical implementation of LCC calculation. Significance and comparability of LCC calculation results.
Elective Subject I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235108 Preservation of Historical Monuments * (BMI together with ARC) 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Legal and cultural emphasis in direct relation to listed objects, as well as the sensitive handling of the redevelopment and revitalisation of these buildings, form the basis of a deeper understanding for building stock. The discrepancies between cultural treasures and contemporary structures prompt discussion and identification of solutions, which in turn lead to an interplay of an understanding for the existence and the examination of contemporary architecture and technology.
Elective Subject I | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235113 Structural Fire Protection ** (ARC together with BMI) 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The contents of the building laws and technical guidelines for structural fire protection as well as relevant standards and laws are taught. Case studies are used to jointly develop possible solutions and discuss fire protection concepts. A guest lecture held by a specialist in the field of fire-related problem materials and their fire behaviours strengthens the practical relevance.

2. Semester

Architecture & Urbanistics II | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235201 Design 2 4 SWS 8 ECTS
Building design that represents the topic of corporate design in the area of public buildings and multifunctional buildings in the interior and exterior and addresses the interfaces between the exterior and interior and, together with the consideration of the efficiency of the floor plan, delivers a holistic project. Building on the design and architectural requirements, the question of sustainability is also to be dealt with on a conceptual scale.
Architecture & Urbanistics II | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235202 Visualisation 2 2 SWS 4 ECTS
Building on Visualization 1, the architectural representation is extended with the components of movement and animation. Architecture and film as an extended dimension of design representation. The emerging design issues are addressed on a project-specific basis and are represented and designed using visualisation animation tools. Direct cooperation with parallel design courses lead to a design network of tasks and a mutual enrichment. Using various animation and editing software, increasingly complex moving forms and spatial scenarios are developed in a sequence of work steps that build on one another. The focus is less on geometric, formal criteria than on an examination of the human perception of movement and representation.
Building Information Modeling II | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235205 Agile Project Management 3 SWS 3 ECTS
o The application of the learned techniques of agile project management; o The compilation of process definitions; o The transfer of process definitions into data structures; o The process-related requirements in the data exchange.
Building Information Modeling II | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235207 Integral Project (Data Exchange & Interfaces) 2 SWS 4 ECTS
o The set up of digital building models of the special fields; o Different modelling approaches resulting from these; o The development of phase and field-related building parts and objects; o The processing of product information; o The assessment of the comprehensive model. o To identify data structures as the basics for the BIM methodology; o The qualified exchange of graphic and alpha-numeric information; o The description of exchange requirements by means of IDMs (Information Delivery Manuals) and MVDs (Multi View Definitions); o The operation and definition of interfaces in IFC-based applications, spreadsheet analyses and database connections.
History of Architecture and Communication II | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235206 Project Work and Presentation 2 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Verbal, non-verbal and interactive skills in the areas of communication, rhetoric and presentation.
Technology I | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235203 Building Analysis 1 SWS 1 ECTS
The documentation of findings in and on buildings, their analysis directly on site and the assignment to construction phases are the working steps of building analysis. It summarises and evaluates all findings obtained in other areas of investigation and reconstructs the structural, functional, economic and typological construction and use history of the building on its basis. The lecture Design 1 provides the basis for the investigations.
Technology I | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235204 Constructive Detailed Planning 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The constructive detail as a design task: Conceptual detail development and technical solution finding; Interactions between the whole and individual components; Recognising functional variables such as manufacturing and production methods, their specific time frame and the associated costs as design parameters and processing them in planning.
Elective Subjects:
Elective Subject II | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235208 Building Research Methods 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Building research serves the structured recording of the building history, construction and condition of an object. Building-historical investigations primarily serve to record the existing structures from a historical-aesthetic and structural-technical viewpoint. They include archaeological and stratigraphic examinations of the building as well as historical, art-historical and archival research and scientific analyses, which are documented in an apprpriate form. The building becomes the source which is researched in the best possible way together with historical images and plans. The different methods are presented and applied in theory and partly inpractice.
Elective Subject II | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235211 Coordination of Expert Planning 2 SWS 2 ECTS
o The co-ordination of field-related and entire models using methods of agile project management and project-specific data structures; o The description of work process-related data requirements; o The testing of data quality regarding the planning specifications; o The evaluation in the digital building model.
Elective Subject II | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235209 Cultural Heritage in an International Context 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The ongoing protection of cultural heritage is a worldwide challenge and requires comprehensive guidelines and organisations, especially due to current social structures, the political context and economic development. The international standards and regional particularities of cultural world heritage, international conventions (Washington Charter, Venice Charter, Florence Charter), national and international guidelines on cultural property protection and representing organizations (UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM, OWHC, IFLA, UIA, IVWSR) as well as their application and positioning in the international context will be analysed. The lecture also includes discussion, evaluation, and assessment of architectural contemporary interventions and their significance to World Heritage. Due to conventional causes of deterioration as well as social and economic change in the 21st century, cultural heritage is increasingly at risk…
Elective Subject II | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235212 Innovative Façade Development of Building Envelopes 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The building envelope is considered as a constructive and space-creating element in the context of an architectural design objective. A systematic overview of façade systems, façade materials and façade constructions in the vertical, inclined and horizontal areas of application, as well as their economic classification is considered as a basis. Based on this, a technically functioning, design-related and contextual definition of a building envelope becomes possible. The detailed planning based on this elaborates the constructive design as a design task. A conceptual detail development in the tension area of technical, economic solution finding on the one hand and individual, architectural guiding on the other hand is the aim. The course instructors emphasise a sustainable practical relevance in the processing of the tasks and integrate companies and/or products into the proecess in a topic-related way…
Elective Subject II | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235213 Parametric Design 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Parametric designs are developed through framework conditions, dependencies, parameters and rules using generative planning tools or scripting. The result is not defined and represented three-dimensionally, but the design as a system. Through this networking of information and the systemic approach, parametric planning can form the basis of complex design tasks. Designs can be adapted to new conditions in each project phase. It enables faster generation of variants in early design phases, which also makes it easier to optimise ideas according to various desired criteria (e.g. time, costs, environmental influences, feasibility). Here, sub-areas of a design task or holistic integrated solutions for planning tasks can be developed. The continuous parameterisation also enables the connection of the generated data to the digitalised production of components. The course provides a basic understanding of parametric design tools, visual programming …
Elective Subject II | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235210 Sustainable Design Strategies in Existing Structures 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The handling of existing buildings, the implementation of new interventions, as well as the conception of new buildings in the direct context of existing buildings are presented as examples. Problems and integral solutions are shown as part of the architectural, creative understanding. Conceptual approaches to solutions are developed in impromptu designs.

3. Semester

Architecture & Urbanistics III | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235301 Design 3 (Design in the Urban Space) 4 SWS 8 ECTS
The design exercise comprises the urban conception and planning of city quarters and settlement areas in an urban, suburban or rural context. Concrete project tasks are worked on at different levels of urban space formation and translated into a design for an urban quarter: public space, open space, traffic planning, utilisation concept, settlement typologies are relevant processing levels. In an experimental - creative process, urban structures and their functional programming are developed. The results are analysed and reflected with diagrammatic representations. The social dimension is thematically integrated through the examination of sociological studies on behaviour and interaction patterns of the urban population. Concepts for project marketing and project management reflect the implementation of the design results on the urban development level. Urban planning of urban areas in the urban core and suburban periphery; …
Architecture & Urbanistics III | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235307 Smart City Strategies 2 SWS 3 ECTS
This lecture provides an overview of Smart City developments, the different approaches to the definition of Smart City as well as their goals and backgrounds. Smart City as an integrative design approach of urban life as well as urban organisation and administration will be explained by national and international implementation examples and projects. The influences and interaction of innovative technologies, organisational, economic and, above all, social and socio-cultural factors are presented. The characteristic fields of action such as Smart Governance, Smart People, Smart Living, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment and Smart Economy are explained. Specific examples are used to illustrate the technological foundations, the players involved, the respective implementation strategies and the associated process design.
Architecture & Urbanistics III | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235302 Strategies in the Urban Space 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The course deals with contemporary concepts and current implementation strategies in urban development and urban planning. Sustainable concepts for the different fields of action in urban planning will be addressed: optimisation of energy consumption and supply, mixing of uses, sustainable mobility planning, climate neutrality, social sustainability through integration and participation, governance models and more. Guiding principles of sustainable urban development (Charter of Aalborg), current development trends such as 'Smart City', methods for assessing sustainable urban development (Certification tools), research foci and analysis methods of morphogenetic and functional urban geography as well as social geographic urban research are explained.
Architecture & Urbanistics III | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235306 Town/Country Planning 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The open space is presented in its function as an action space for urban interactions and thus as a medium for the design and mediation of these interactions. Spatial and material qualities of vegetation and landscaping as well as their interfaces to architecture and urban design are treated and dealt with. The integrative design of open space as an interaction with the city and architecture is expressed in particular in the networking of the exercise component with the course Design 3 (Urban Design).
Architecture & Urbanistics III | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235303 Urban Residential Housing 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The living space of the 21st century is the city, whose characteristics include different forms of density as well as social, cultural and aesthetic diversity. Housing is one of the most important urban land uses and therefore has a city-building function. It also influences the social structure of cities, as its production and financing have a significant impact on the provision of adequate housing for all population groups. With a geographical focus on Western Europe (and the USA), this course provides a first structured overview of the historical development of urban housing and its urban insertion in the context of social, economic, political and legal frameworks.
History of Architecture and Communication III | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235305 Scientific Work 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Methods for the step-by-step development and structure of a scientifically sound paper are taught. General but also discipline-specific (e.g. social science, natural science, etc.) methods of scientific work are explained and applied exemplarily: research methods, data collection, data analysis, advanced analysis techniques and the specific use for the preparation of the master thesis. On the basis of a current project sample, the use of scientific methods and the work structure of a scientific approach are discussed and demonstrated: the recording and the description of the task (problem description), the analysis, the development of a solution concept (master thesis formation) and the elaboration of the draft (result explanation). One focus forms the handling of scientific literature and literature research (databases) as well as the writing of scientific texts and the compliance with scientific quality criteria (e.g. citation rules).
Project Management I | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235304 Project Development, International Project Development and PPP 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Project development: phases of project development, feasibility studies, calculation of profitability, functional concept and master plan, PM tools for project development, organisation in project development. PPP-models in construction projects (Public Private Partnership), finance models. Special questions about the development, planning and execution of international project developments, case studies.
Elective Subjects:
Elective Subject III | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235313 Alternative Energy Production ** (ARC together with BMI) 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Energy situation (worldwide and Austria-specific), ecological footprint, energy demand of objects, energy certificate for residential and non-residential buildings, overview of alternative energy sources: Biomass use, solar energy production, photovoltaics, energy production from wind power; economic efficiency analyses, developments, trends.
Elective Subject III | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235312 Construction Scheduling/Simulation 2 SWS 2 ECTS
o The assignment of schedule information to construction sequences and components in the digital construction model, components in the digital building model, o The relevance of the Austrian standard ÖNORM A 2063 for the definition, allocation and evaluation of cost information in relation to construction sequence planning, o The model-based construction sequence planning, o The Austrian standards B 1801-1 to 5 and their relevance for scheduling, o The connection between project management and scheduling.
Elective Subject III | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235311 Controlling/Model Testing 2 SWS 2 ECTS
o The checking of complex tasks in the digital building model. o The field-related checking of workflows and tasks in the digital building model using collision software. o The interpretation of review results in the digital model.
Elective Subject III | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235309 Selected Topics: Revitalisation 2 SWS 2 ECTS
In the densely populated areas of Europe, building and planning must be seen in the light of resource conservation.The coming generations will have to assess, renew, maintain, change the use of, extend, restore, safeguard or modernise many buildings of most diverse kinds. Raising awareness for the high priority of the concrete preservation of real assets in the course of a creative revitalization. Methodical procedures, knowledge of the most important building typologies and construction systems, as well as awareness raising of materials appropriate for historical monuments are imparted.
Elective Subject III | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235310 Sustainable Aspects of Spatial Planning 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The course covers the planning principles and instruments of spatial planning with emphasis on the implementation and integration of ecological goals. Instruments, support programmes and agreements on regional and supra-regional, national, EU-wide up to international-global level are taught. The necessary coordination and harmonisation of the different planning levels will be explained using the example of the connection between regional support programmes to achieve climate neutrality and global climate protection agreements; different approaches regarding the better implementation of spatial planning goals will be discussed (such as 'From model to cooperation model').
Elective Subject III | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 210235308 Transformation of Urban and Rural areas 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course teaches urban planning approaches to population growth and loss for cities, urban regions, and rural areas. Decision making in the context of building cultural analysis is presented. Emphasis is placed on the creation, preservation, and transformation of spatial qualities and social interaction spaces for residents and users. Likewise, control processes and measures for the respective spaces are shown. Vacancy management as a building block is addressed. The theoretical foundations are substantiated with practical studies and projects.

4. Semester

History of Architecture and Communication IV | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235402 Professional Meetings and Communication 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Deepening as well as practice-related implementation of communication strategies in the profession; preparation, implementation and feedback units of meetings and negotiations, among others, on the basis of selected case studies also with regard to culture-specific differences; organisation of documentation as well as preparation of minutes; work in the field of argumentation techniques as well as conflict management by means of group dynamic exercises, project management in the field of communication.
Master's Thesis | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235405 Master Thesis Seminar 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In preparation for writing the master's thesis, various topics with a content focus on expanding the personal background for scientific work are dealt with and presented in a lecture cycle. The main focus here is on the methodological, didactic and visual presentation of research and planning results at the cutting edge of science. - Facts regarding the process o Selection of academic supervisor o Deadlines o Assessment o Rights and duties o QM-handbook - Graphic preparation of the master thesis o Design basics o Layout, typography, design
Master's Thesis | Master's Thesis (MA) | Coursecode: 210235404 Master's Thesis 0 SWS 24 ECTS
The master's thesis is a scientific piece of work that usually consists of a theoretical and a design part. The content of the thesis is independently defined by the student in consultation with the academic supervisor; the structure is worked out independently as well. In the theoretical part, a topic area is scientifically examined and processed. Based on this theoretical treatise, the findings flow comprehensibly into the design part. Through the work, the student gains in-depth expertise in a self-selected, architecture-specific area.
Project Management II | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 210235403 Facility Management ** (ARC together with BMI) 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Task definition of facility management, documentation of the building stock, building management, aids and tools. Early involvement of facility management in the project development and planning process.
Project Management II | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 210235401 Project Supervision & Local Site Supervision 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Tasks of project supervision (scope of works). Tasks regarding local site supervision. Practical examples of the implementation of project supervision and local site supervision tasks. Service contracts (Calculation, execution). Project supervision and local site supervision in the overall organisation. Liability of project supervision and local site supervision.