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 2018/19
19th October 2017 to 5th July 2018
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution**
* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester
**for additional study expenses (currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)
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.
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.
Lector: Mag. Gerald Fuchs
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.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Clemens Resch
The theme of Building Information Modeling is fully introduced, including their advantages and challenges as a planning tool. The second part of the exercise provides different visualization techniques for creating realistic computer images . The focus is on the realistic representation of different architecture scenarios .
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Martin Aichholzer, FH-Prof.in DIin(FH) Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Bódvay
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.in Henriette Fischer, BSc
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 "Green Buildings" as 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.
Short report (Preparation at home, presentation during lecture) - 10%Workshop (Preparation at home, elaboration and presentation during lecture) - 60%Essay (Elaboration during lecture - replaces written exam) - 30%For a succesful completion of the course one needs at least a 60 percent average.
The course consists of a lecture part and an elaboration part.
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Gerulf Weber, MSc
The course conveys the following modular systems in detail: solid and frame construction systems, building envelope and perforated façade system, system extensions and the building services system. Thus, based on exemplary and innovative construction methods, a deepening in architectural conceptual thinking is acquired in detail and understood against the background and form of structural relationships. One focus of the course is on independent innovative detail development with a focus on the use and disposal (dismantling) of ecologically long-term materials, and 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: Architekt Dipl.-Ing. Florian Rist
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 energy-efficient refurbishment (building envelope, systems engineering )
Lector: FH-Prof. DI (FH) Karl Kaineder
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.
Lector: FH-Prof.in DIin(FH) Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Bódvay, Prof. Mag. Lothar Heinzle
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.
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Tobias Hutter, B.Arch., M.Eng.
The course includes a detailed examination of current certification systems such as LEED, BREEAM, BNB (DGNB / ÖGNI) and analyses the relevant core criteria, their verification and the current trends in the development of criteria (PlusEnergy, Zero Emission, Triple Zero). The application of a declaration to a certification program is explained in one part of the course and worked through with the students.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Maria Isabel Glogar, PhD MAS ETH
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.
Presentation and Submission
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Patrick Jaritz, MBA
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.
Lector: Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Gerhard Schnabl
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.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Malgorzata Sommer-Nawara
The basic principles of building simulation methods are taught in order to deepen students’ understanding of building physics.
Lector: DI(FH) Gert Widu
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.
40% participation60% final presenation
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Martin Aichholzer, Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Doubek, BSc, Dipl.-Ing. Erwin Gartner, FH-Prof. DI (FH) Karl Kaineder, FH-Prof. DI Christian Polzer, Dipl.-Ing.in Theresia Reiter, Dipl.-Ing. Nedzad Sabanovic, BSc, Mag. Dr. Gerhard Schlüsselberger, Arch. M
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.
Lector: FH-Prof.in DIin(FH) Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Bódvay
The exercise provides theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic tools and techniques for the three-dimensional 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.
Lector: Dr. Elisabeth Gruber
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.
Lector: Roberta Cucca, PhD
Lectures focus on the main social transformations characterizing contemporary cities and in particular the link between urban policies for sustainability and spatial justice.Semester schedule (please check the FHCW portal for updating) 14.02: Introduction. The sustainable city (16,30-19,00)21.02: The social impacts of green urban renewal. Introduction to the fieldwork (16,30-19,00)28.02: Excursion: Grüner Markt in Hauptbahnof (16,30-19,00)07.03: Presentation of the Abstracts (17,30-19,00)14.03: Green Gentrification (17,30-19,00)21.03: Presentations (17,30-19,00)
Your final grade bases on the assignment and breaks down as follows: Abstract 20%, discussion in class on March 7th, 2018 Presentations 40%, due 21.03 Final Papers 40%, due 11.04 (file word and Pdf by email and FHCW platform)
Students will work in groups on 4 projects regarding the socio-environmental implications of Baugruppen in Vienna. The projects will focus on some particular issues: social network inside/outside the Baugruppe; socio-ecological innovation; relations between green technologies and self-sustainability; the role of expertise in the process; etc. The investigations will be presented and discussed during the lectures. Finally students will be ask to provide a paper on the investigations (approx. 4000 words essays) and to reference at least one theoretical point of view (using lecture notes and the reader for example) while using the conventions of academic writing .THE CORSE WILL BE HELD IN ENGLISH!!
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.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Doris Österreicher, MSc
Basics in urban energy requirements; energy mix, thermal and electrical energy needsEnergy 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; e-mobilityModelling and energy concepts development; basics in data analysis
Final written Exam 1hGrades of the Exam based on correctness and completeness
Lecture supported by single- and group exercisesUse of Calculation and Simulation-Tools
The data collected during an architectural documentation is evaluated, processed methodically and presented.
Lector: DI Dr. Bernhard Lipp
The fundamentals of healthy building are conveyed and deepened.
Lector: Mag. Wolfgang Hussian
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.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil. Kristian Faschingeder
The basics of responsible behavior for all categories of those involved in planning and construction, all-inclusive 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.
Lector: DI Dr. Karin Standler
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.04.10: einzueins Architektur Markus Zilker "Gemeinsam träumen, planen, tun und feiern"18.10: Poppeprehal Helmut Poppe "Architektur im Kontext"08.11: Dietrich Untertrifaller "tbd"15.11: tbd29.11: Nonconform Roland Gruber "Wie aus einem Donut wieder ein Krapfen wird!"
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.
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Martin Aichholzer, FH-Prof. DI (FH) Karl Kaineder
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.
Projectpräsentation, professional Discussion
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Rainer Stempkowski
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.
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.
Written examination after completion of the course and evaluation of the exercises.
Lecture and research work as an exercise.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Barbara Groß
Building on existing foundations of tender, award and accounting skills are presented, which integrate environmental aspects in acquisition processes particular with regard to the selection and procurement of environmentally friendly products and services. Further possible procedures for examination and accounting of construction work are discussed in accordance with relevant environmental standards.
Lector: Bmstr. Ing. DI(FH) Robert Weber
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.
Lecture: Seminar + Final Exam; Distance Learning; continuous assessment
The course oversees the Master Thesis, the interim presentations as well as the students’ final presentations.
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.
Semester datesWinter semester: 12th September 2016 to 27th January 2017
Number of teaching weeks15 per semester
Language of instructionGerman
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.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section. In specific cases the head of the program may formally recognize a qualification.
A total of 16 places are available this year on the Master program in Architectur - Green Building.
To apply you will require the following documents:
Please note!It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with a member of the selection committee.
The selection process will take place in June 2017.
We work closely with renowned companies in commerce and industry, with universities, institutions and schools. This guarantees you contacts for employment or participation in research and development. In the course of exciting school cooperations, students may contribute to firing up pupils on topics such as our Bionics Project with the Festo company. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!