Art and Architecture
Bachelor and Master Program in Architecture
A new curriculum, a new start and a new outlook for architectural education. The Institute for Art and Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna launched its new programm in October 2007.
Architectural education in the past decade has experimented with a variety of subjects within and outside of the boundaries of architectural production. In spite of many changes and reforms in programmes in Europe, most architecture curricula and schools have not questioned the nature of teaching nor its relationship to the production of architecture since the Beaux Arts model. As a result there are those schools that teach students to "THINK" and others that train them to "DO" - very rare are those schools that combine these in the course of the architect's education.
In the wake of a new century and the environmental disasters architecture and its education need to be challenged and new models invented. We believe that architecture is an intellectual construction of ideas tied to its socio-economic and political context. It needs to be alert and inquisitive, at the same time innovative, inventive and critical. Consequently we educate 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 academy is the right choice. We are looking for the best students in Europe and worldwide who are interested in investing in the future of architecture.