This master's degree program offers a practically oriented and interdisciplinary architectural education with a focus on sustainability throughout the entire life cycle of a building. Building upon the bachelor's degree programs in Architecture - Green Building or Architecture, you will expand and deepen your skills in design, construction and project management and gain detailed insight into integrated design. The future-oriented topic BIM, Building Information Modeling, will play a central role in your education. This compact and complete degree program in architecture offers excellent career prospects in responsible and project management positions in engineering and architectural firms, as well as in the planning departments of construction companies, property developers and public authorities.
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Application period for the academic year 2022/23
18th October 2021 to 15th May 2022
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2 + One time: package of norms ca. € 320 - 350,-3
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
3 One time package of norms ca. € 320 - 350,- for students who have not completed their bachelor's degree at FH Campus Wien.
You have already completed an undergraduate architectural degree program and are therefore able to apply methods of scientific work. You are ready to further develop your creative potential and prefer a specially structured and solution-oriented approach. In project-related work you are able to draw upon personal qualities such as the ability to work well under pressure, make decisions and risk awareness as well as your fundamental understanding of business administration. In your work you value efficiency and quality and are willing to take on responsibility. You have the ability to approach people openly and to work productively in a team.
FH Campus Wien has more than fifteen years of experience running civil engineering degree programs, and today has extensive expertise and a large network at its disposal. You will benefit from this during your studies, for example in interdisciplinary and inter-departmental project work, and in the course of your professional career. This network includes architectural and planning offices such as the civil engineering offices of FCP Fritsch and Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH, as well as contractors such as STRABAG SE, which cooperate with FH Campus Wien not only in the context of training for their employees. In addition to well-founded theory, practical experience is our top priority. Therefore, you will have the opportunity as part of your course work to engage in practical learning based on actual groundbreaking large-scale projects such as the expansion of our main campus in the new district "Verteilerkreis". In addition, we regularly invite you to further your education in the seminar series "Selected Chapters from Construction Practice". Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lectures, public lecture evenings with prominent experts, that FH Campus Wien regularly invites you to join.
What makes this degree program stand out is that it provides a full architectural education in a compact form. The degree program provides detailed know-how in design, planning and project management and provides deep insight into integrated planning including BIM, Building Information Modeling, from design to detailed planning. In practically oriented courses you will have the opportunity to participate in Austrian architectural competitions or explore modular building design and demountable systems in structural design for example. Thus you will be able to take the entire lifecycle of a building into consideration during the planning, all the way to proper disposal and recycling. In addition to the focus on sustainable construction, as well as the good career opportunities it brings, this degree program offers numerous other advantages: You will learn in small groups, always within the framework of interdisciplinary projects together with structural engineering students and will benefit from the excellent FH Campus Wien network with companies such as STRABAG SE, PORR, ÖBB or FCB. Alone the excellent reputation the Department Building and Design enjoys in the construction industry is a useful building block for your career.
The master’s degree program is designed to be interdisciplinary and practically oriented and combines the topics of sustainable construction, design and strategic design. In sustainable construction you will expand your knowledge of innovative building materials and modular building design, environment and construction, architectural and cultural history as well as communication and presentation. The essential fundamentals for design are the integrated planning and know-how about architectural rendering, design and construction in existing structures, architectural typologies and spatial design.
In the module “Strategic Design” you will be prepared for project-related work. This will include construction contract law and construction and planning law, as well as detailed knowledge of construction management including calling for tender, awarding contracts, performance and quality control and the methods of settlement. In addition, you will refine your techniques for project management and gain a comprehensive overview of the current software.
This course focuses on the most important social transformations that characterize today's cities. In particular, he deals with the interaction between the residents and with the built environment. Semester schedule (please check the FHCW portal for updating) - Introduction to Sociology / Architectural Sociology / excursion (Moodle) - Excursion (place will be announced separately) - Scientific writing / Preliminary discussion Final presentation or submission document - Final Presentation (exam)
Continuous assessment Your final grade bases on the assignment and breaks down as follows: Moodle course and submission of tasks in the course 20% Final Presentation 40% Final Paper 40% (PDF file by email and FHCW platform)
The students work in groups structured according to the empirical order of architectural sociology in six levels. First, these six levels are theoretically discussed. On the basis of a specific Viennese housing project, these levels are analyzed and documented in the course of an excursion by the students. The investigations will be presented and discussed. Finally, the students write a paper about their examinations and analyzes (5 pages per group/level as a combination of text, sketches, photos). The course is held in German.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Michael Haugeneder, Dipl.Ing. Tobias Hutter, B.Arch., M.Eng.
The course includes a detailed examination of market-leading certification systems such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB/ÖGNI and analyses the relevant core criteria, their evidence methodology and the current trends in the development of criteria (i.e. Sustainable Development Goals). The application of a certification system is worked through with the students based on a practical example.
Final exam Project work (presentation)
Lector: Mag. Alexander Potucek
This course offers an overview of global art and architecture history. Definitions of architecture, of architecture as an art form or as spatial art, and the concepts of the author, style and category will be discussed as classification systems of architectural and art history, through the use of selected examples. One focus, which places an emphasis on Austrian art and architecture, thus depends on the period of the early modern period to the present day. Particular emphasis is placed on historical and sociological foundations and the idea of architectural discourse.
Final exam Final Test
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Moritz Findler, Dipl.-Ing. Clemens Resch
The topic of Building Information Modeling is introduced comprehensively, including its advantages and challenges as a planning tool. The second part of the exercise teaches different visualization techniques for creating realistic computer images. The focus is on the realistic representation of different architectural scenarios.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Aichholzer, DI Peter Nageler
The studio brings together basic knowledge in a complex architectural design. From the perspective of creative engagement with a holistic architectural approach the task is to observe all relevant points of view, to develop and implement all the way into the detail stages of the design. The studio aims to explore differentiated positions and develop architecture in all its possible and different effects. The representation takes place using scaled plans, models, perspective sketches, renderings and descriptions. Based on the plans and model, a public presentation of the participating partners is mandatory.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Aichholzer
The course offers an overview of the spectrum of architectural history with a focus on "sustainability". Sustainable, holistic concepts from various regions in the historical timeline (for example ventilation concepts, use of solar energy) will be taught with reference to the respective society.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Heinrich Bruckner
In this course, innovative building materials and construction methods are presented or introduced by the students and analyzed according to various criteria. Students learn innovative approaches to building materials in terms of sustainability well as their capacity to improve resource efficiency and recyclability, minimize environmental impact, implement social aspects and improve functional performance. The approaches vary between innovative materials and raw materials (e.g. biogenic plastics), technologies, construction and processes (e.g. reverse logistics for construction waste). The technical demands of innovative construction materials are discussed and analyzed.
The course consists of a lecture part and an elaboration part.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Gerulf Weber, MSc
The lecture teaches the following modular systems in detail: system solid construction - skeleton construction, system building envelope and perforated façade, system finishing and the system building services engineering. Thus, on the basis of exemplary innovative construction methods, a deepening in architectural conceptual thinking against the background of material- and structurally conditioned form interrelationships is learned and understood in detail. A focus of the course is on independent innovative detail development with a focus on the use and disposal (disassembly) of ecologically long-term materials as well as the avoidance of disposable technology.
Lector: DI Dr. Claudia Maria Walther
The lecture introduces theories and examples showcasing the role of technology in architecture. Starting from theories, which present style as a product of technology, the role of building technology and that of architectural design strategies is critically reflected upon with reference to historical and contemporary low-, high- and hybrid design solutions. One part of the lecture discusses development architecture as the precursor if low-tech design strategies as well as the role of the low-high tech debate for the current architectural discourse.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Aichholzer, Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Gunther Koppelhuber, M.Arch.(AA)
The lecture deals with multi-storey wooden construction. The boundaries, legal framework, basic building components and exterior design options are shown and discussed with reference to examples and project analysis in terms of sustainability and durability.
Final exam Written examination after completion of the course and evaluation of the exercises.
Lecture and research work as an exercise.
Lector: DI Raphael Van Daele
In this course, various modeling and illustration techniques are further developed, working at different scales with different materials, and analyzed via different modeling and fabrication techniques.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Mag. Dr. techn. Cristian Abrihan
The architecturally appropriate treatment of existing as well as of historic structures and their contemporary refurbishment and additions is mediated. Using examples, the course illustrates the application of topics such as protection of buildings and monuments, soil mechanics, reconstruction of historical structures and equipment as well as how to evaluate the state of the building and the economic measures for energyefficient refurbishment (building envelope, systems engineering)
Lector: FH-Prof.in DIin(FH) Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Bódvay
The essential strategic aspects of preparing a presentation are taught by means of specific exercises; examples of various presentation options and essential aspects of personal appearance are also practiced.
Based on the constitutional principles, the lecture is devoted to special safety aspects of construction and planning law. Understanding for the secondary laws of building regulations, as well as for trade, the environment and nature conservation law topics is encouraged. The application or implementation of legislation is demonstrated by means of case studies.
The studio blends basic knowledge into a complex urban design. From the perspective of creative engagement with a holistic architectural approach the task is to observe all relevant points of view, to develop and implement all the way into the detail stages of the design. The studio aims to explore differentiated positions and develop urban planning and architecture in all its possible and different effects. It is prepared using scale plans, models, perspective sketches, renderings and descriptions. Based on the plans and the model, a public presentation of the participating partners is required.
Final exam Presentation and Submission
The course provides a basic understanding of the tasks, possibilities and areas of Facility Management, its different tasks and roles whereby facility management is explained in the sense of EN 15221 as a management strategy.
Building typology or design is the systematic framework for scientific research and development of the building concept and for translating research into the teaching environment. The main objective here is to expand the hitherto linear relationship between program of use and architecture into a complex reference field, in which new factors incorporate. Within this expanded research and analysis framework the focus is on design, thus developing skills for using the typologies as a method.
The basic principles of building simulation methods are taught in order to deepen students' understanding of building physics.
By means of exercises, sustainable leadership is to be tried out, stakeholders oriented instruments and tools are to be develop which will be used on fictitious projects in work groups. The aim is to provide the students with tools for their professional careers, which they can use in connection with their projects or enterprises.
Final exam 40% participation 60% final presenation
The students work on a design task while considering the aspects of architectural design, structural design and building physics. The studio sims to develop the design with regard to users' profiles, building technology, building physics, structural and energy concepts as well as landscape planning. It is prepared using scale plans, models, perspective sketches, renderings and descriptions. Based on the plans and the model, a public presentation of the participating partners is required.
The course provides insight into the complex processes involved in handling construction projects. It conveys an understanding of the relationships and interactions between the project participants. Using various management methods tools, it shows how to cope with complexity. In addition, the significant risks and confounding factors as well as solutions for problems are discussed via practical examples.
Featured are architectural documentations (electronic display), building research and material and failure analysis, as well as planning approaches practiced in order to historically preserve structures. The exercise includes tasks of historic preservation of monuments and places as well as tasks regarding design and style. In the context of historical architecture and engineering, the course presents and examines details of revitalization projects.
The exercise provides theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic tools and techniques for the threedimensional design process. Students are faced with learning about, testing and deepening various analog and digital representation methods. A focus is on the interaction of various performative materials and tools. In-depth analysis and design studies are carried out through the development of sculptural objects.
The course provides an overview of the various tasks of spatial planning as well as a theoretical and methodological pool of possibilities for the analysis of spaces. Using examples, alternative solutions are presented and discussed for previously analyzed problems.
The course advances the ability to theoretically discuss current urban topics with regard to design tasks. Theoretical aspects are taught using practical examples of urban planning and development. Knowledge of the diverse implications in artistic and architectural, ecological and social terms, and the development of creative solutions are at the center.
The data collected during an architectural documentation is evaluated, processed methodically and presented.
Basics in urban energy requirements; energy mix, thermal and electrical energy needs Energy system in urban environments; energy efficiency in buildings; integration of renewable energy systems Energy infrastructure requirements; building to grid; electrical and thermal networks; load management; emobility Modelling and energy concepts development; basics in data analysis
Final exam Final written Exam 1h Grades of the Exam based on correctness and completeness
Lecture supported by single- and group exercises Use of Calculation and Simulation-Tools
Building biology is a collective term for the comprehensive science of the interactions between people and their built environment. At the center of the considerations are the effects of buildings on human health and well-being. The environmental friendliness of the buildings also plays a certain role. The lecture on building biology has the following main topics: - Building biology and science - Thermal comfort - Indoor air quality and humidity - Electromagnetic fields and health - Acoustic comfort - Light, colors and health
Final exam Written exam
Based on constitutional principles and practical examples, the lecture unveils the topic of contracting for planners and engineers and discusses special legal topics regarding the building economy and building operations like for example the implementation of construction contracts, including the processing of deviations from contractual agreements and the possibilities of dispute resolution.
The basics of responsible behavior for all categories of those involved in planning and construction, allinclusive architectural concepts and basic ethical values are conveyed. The objective is to train the judgment in order to develop solutions in the development of sustainable architecture, taking into account ethical aspects.
The themes of contemporary landscape architecture are discussed in terms of ecological, functional, technical, social and design issues, first in the urban planning sense at macro level and then as pertains object design at micro level. Building on knowledge about typologies and landscape architecture (creation of space, design elements), concrete disciplinary areas of landscape architecture are incorporated and worked on in an interdisciplinary manner.
Presentation of actual examples of sustainable, contemporary architecture in form of guest lectures.
Final exam Final Test summarizing the presentations (individual work)
Starting from the hypothesis that interior design generates tangible spaces and associated objects, detailed principles of design, performance and function of our built habitats and interior qualities (lighting, acoustics and interior detailing) are conveyed in order to be included in interdisciplinary projects.
Students solve a design task in its following aspects and in interdisciplinary team (students of architecture and students of civil engineering ): architectural design, planning for permit approval, construction-related tasks (eg preparation of tender documents, spreadsheets, etc. ), structural design, execution drawings , calculation , construction sequencing and project management, building physics. The studio aims to develop the design, including the principles of integral design in interdisciplinary teams. It is prepared using scale plans, models, perspective sketches, renderings and descriptions.
Final exam Projectpresentation, professional discussion
Students are trained to use Life Cycle Management during the planning process so that buildings are understood as dynamic products that must be integral, energy- efficient and flexible during both planning and construction stages. The focus of the course is on the representation of various aspects, methods, principles and rules of life-cycle management and the resulting problems of optimizing the lifecycle of a building.
Building on existing foundations of tender, award and accounting skills the selection and procurment of construction services are presented. Further possible procedures for examination and accounting of construction work are discussed. Additional to that wie talk about the possibilities to include integrate environmental aspects in tenders, awarding and accounting.
Final exam Tutorials as teamwork + individual test in writing
The students learn and understand the essence, function and tasks of on-site construction supervision. The lecture conveys the legal bases and the actions associated with the power of representation. The topics include: the coordination of individual companies on the construction site, the control of contractual employment, production work as well as the time, cost and quality control.
Continuous assessment Lecture: Seminar + Final Exam; Distance Learning; continuous assessment
The course provides an overview of all aspects of real estate development using examples. The necessity for a solid project development analysis and evaluation methods are explained in theory and practice and practiced interactively with concrete projects. Apart from the legal aspects, the participants of project development and their tasks are discussed.
The course oversees the Master Thesis, the interim presentations as well as the students' final presentations.
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment
In the master's thesis students are required to comply with specific research topics of sustainable architecture and to take into account economic, efficient, social and possibly historical aspects. Task of the master thesis is to demonstrate that the ability exists to handle a complex task and disciplinary methods accordingly. The task can be selected by the students in agreement with the qualifications of the program.
Number of teaching weeks 15 per semester
The demand for architecture green building experts is rising both for the construction of new buildings and the revitalization of existing buildings. As a graduate you can design energy-efficient buildings and develop building concepts. Your professional activities will include the execution and detailed planning as well as the preparation and editing of calls for tender, the examination of offers and awarding of contracts. Your interdisciplinary education will also prepare you for construction tasks, such as supervision, and facility management during ongoing operation. With the master’s degree program you will be qualified for positions of responsibility, including project or construction management.
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The first step for your application is the online application. You will then receive an automated confirmation e-mail with your application form attached. This form must be signed by hand and sent by mail with the following copied documents:
Please note: It is not possible to save the online application temporarily. You must complete your application in one go. After completing the online application, you will automatically receive a confirmation e-mail to your e-mail address. If you have not received this within 1 hour, please contact the secretary's office of the Department of Building and Design at firstname.lastname@example.org or +43 1 606 68 77-2230.
The Admissions Committee, which also includes the Head of Studies and the Lecturers' Association, allocates the study places based on the ranking series. The overall process as well as all evaluations of the admission procedure are documented in a comprehensible manner. You will be notified at the end of June/beginning of July 2022 whether we are able to offer you a place in the degree program, whether you have been placed on the waiting list or whether you have not passed the admission procedure.
You will receive an invitation to the admissions procedure after positive examination of all relevant documents. You will receive the schedule for the admission interviews approximately one week before the allocated interview date. Due to the increased amount of time required for the interviews, further admission appointments may be postponed - this depends on the number of applicants.
The admission interviews take place as video calls (Zoom), please do not come to the FH for this.
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