Educational Principles

With a focus on both theoretical and practice-oriented formats, we teach bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral studies in architecture and spatial planning. To this end, we have years of experience in the detailed design, coordination and implementation of international educational programs. Our courses are taught in English and German.

Our curriculum is distinguished by:

interdisciplinary connections (collaboration among different disciplines and departments, faculties, and universities);

transdisciplinary approaches (cooperation with local NGOs, civil society, municipal administrations, district offices, and business actors);

cross-cultural character (work with international students of different nationalities, cultural backgrounds, and religions; work with refugees).

The focus of teaching has been on central places and formal design and planning processes (such as an inclusion check on the land use categories). We have also taught processes of insurgent urbanism and peripheral sites (such as the activist practices of urban minorities in public space).

Educational elements of our work include interest-based learning, open-ended project work on specific places and processes, supported by clear methodological and theoretical orientations.

The staff of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space teach in self-directed formats (lectures, presentations by consultants, standard teaching formats, keynotes, seminars, etc.). Moreover, in academic teams (co-teaching), a format with an international character that we systematically developed with various international colleagues in Vienna.