Theses writing opportunities

The Interdisciplinary  Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space is the point of contact at TU Wien for all theses in Architecture and Planning (Doctoral Thesis, Master Thesis, Diploma Thesis, etc.) that are primarily concerned with aspects of urban research in the context of urban design and urban planning with respect to our learning fields (see research). However, we generally welcome all students who would like to gain theoretical and/or practical insight in international urban research beyond the confines of their own discipline, who are looking for a topic, or who already have in mind their own explorative or experimental thesis topic. The spectrum of theses carried out at our centre lies at the interface between theory and practice, between know why und know how. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein provides supervision to the candidates. For an appointment please visit Karlsgasse 11, Top Floor (Frau Kafka), email us at, or call +43-1-58801-285021. Usually, first thesis project ideas will be presented in the so-called Thesis Fenster.  To do this, please inquire early at our office about available apointments (

The team at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space are available for orientation during the initial search for an exciting and appropriate topic. Those students who are about to start a thesis project who are dedicated but have not found an appropriate topic yet can obtain a list of possible topics at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space ( Normally a couple of joint meetings take place in the process of preparing the thesis; students participate in these meetings having already given thought to current papers, ideas, and structures. The thesis can be written in German or English.

Completed theses

  • 2021 Rafael Essl (architecture) Urban Crisis and Multiple Disruption: The Invisible Workers and Dwellers of Silicon Valley.

  • 2020 Yannick Everad (planning) Democratisation of public space from a generontological spatial planning perseptive. The case of “Grannies against the Far-Right”. Read more. 

  • 2020 Theresa König (planning) Venezuelan forced migrants in Bogotá:Digital labor platforms and their implications for everyday urban life. Read more.

  • 2020 Bernadette Dannerer Schima (planning) Privatization of public housing in Botkyrka Municipality, Sweden.

  • 2020 Judith Maria Willnauer (business administration) Exclusion in Linz’ central space:  mechanisms of exclusion of homeless people in public space. (external: Johann Kepler University Linz, Austria)

  • 2020 Ileana Ion (architecture) AROUND THE BLOCK – ‘ÎN JURUL BLOCULUI’. The transformation of value in neighbourhood public space in a post-socialist city. Read more.

  • 2019 Elisabeth Arnold (Planning) The rationalities of social housing construction in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Read more.
  • 2019 Bernhard Gugg (Planning) Municipal Housing Policies for Newcomers in Greece – A Multi-Level Perspective on Thessaloniki’s REACT Program. Read more.

  • 2019 Rainhard Süss (Planning) Everyday life practise and cultural symbolism: The culture of Viennese fast food kiosks. (in German) Read more.

  • 2019 Michael Kerschbaumer (Planning) Michael Kerschbaumer (planning) Die umstrittene Planung öffentlicher Räume. Das Fallbeispiel Kings Cross, London. (in German)
  • 2018 DI Dominik Linder (Planning) – Stadtklänge und wie man sie kartiert. Read more.

  • 2018 DI Lena Junger (Planning) – CONTESTED. PUBLIC. SHARED. Peacelines and Public Space in Belfast. Read more.

  • 2018 Vanessa Sodl (Planning) – Spatial planners at work. Body, affect and space. (in German) Read more.

  • 2017 Elena Mitrenova (Architecture) – Urban resilience. The Power of Knowledge in urban Policy-Making Processes (in German) Read more.
  • 2017 Andrea Stickler (Planning) – Political Equity in communicative planning processes. The emancipatory limits of participation. Case Study Donaufeld Wien (in German) Read more.
  • 2017 Gerlinde Mückstein (Planning) – To what extent is Smart City Vienna political? The political in urban development planning. The case of the Framing Programme Smart City Vienna. (Austria)
  • 2016 Karolina Petz (Architecture) – Activities of informal economy and its spatial dimensions. Inside ‘urbanized villages’ of Shenzhen (China). Read more.
  • 2016 Lisa Müller (Architecture) – Public Space at Shanghai’s Waterfront (China)
  • 2015 DI Bianca Kornatowski (Planning) – Space as a consumer good? Area recycling in Bremen, Leipzig, and Nuremburg compared (in German)
  • 2015 DI Joscha Viertauer (Architecture) – Playful architecture in public space. Processes of change in relational structures with reference to low-threshold methods of design (in German) Read more.
  • 2015 DI Jörg Wimmer (Architecture) – The production of inclusive spaces of consumption. Solidarity-in-use as a new category of the master plan and test designs using the example of a development area in Vienna-Favoriten (in German) Read more.
  • 2014 DI Julia Wildeis (Architecture) – Common Space “Novi Beograd ‘s Local Communities: between Conception and Everyday Life”. Read more.
  • 2014 DI Eren Ergin (Planning) – Social Housing in Turkey and TOKI Settlements. Read more.
  • 2013 DI Jennifer Puchner (Architecture) – .Zeichen. Orientierungshilfen im urbanen Raum.
  • 2013 Mag. Kathrin Hopfgartner (Development Studies, University of Vienna) – The right to public space? Informal trade in the context of urbanistic interventions: the example of Quito (in German). Read more.
  • 2013 DI Johanna Aigner (Planning) – A Grätzel: a signifier of a Viennese microcosm. On the relation between local economic practices and the strategic construction of added meaning.
  • 2012 DI Nicole Ringer (Planning) – Between cultural expression and the representation of power: Street names in Vienna, their influence on the production of public space, and their meaning for gender issues (in German). Read more.
  • 2011 DI Ulrike Bronner and DI Clarissa Reikersdorfer (Architecture) – URBAN NOMADS. Building Shanghai: Migrant Workers and the Construction Process. Read more.
  • 2010 DI Felicitas Wettstein (Architecture) – Between imagined, lived, and built reality. The potential of peripheral public space in Paris with respect to a nonviolent collective society (Zwischen imaginierter, gelebter und baulicher Wirklichkeit. Potenziale öffentlicher Räume in der Peripherie von Paris im Hinblick auf eine gewaltfreie Gemeinschaft). Read more.
  • 2010 DI Johannes Suitner (Planning) – – global.image. Toward a role for planning between local, art-based processes of adding value and global urban image production ( – global.image. Zur Rolle der Planung zwischen lokalen, kunstbasierten Aufwertungsprozessen und globaler Stadtimageproduktion). Read more.


  • 2017 Daniela Fessl (Planning) – How strains build the city.  (in German)
  • 2017 Zita Peter (Architecture) – Fit in the City. Open Space in Vienna in sportive transition (in German).
  • 2017 Astrid Krisch (Planning) – City. Power. Culture. An Analysis of hegemonic cultural policy and arts funding in strategic urban planning in Vienna. (in German).
  • 2017 Christoph Huber (Planning) – Urban sports at the interface of public provision and self-organization of sports grounds. (in German).
  • 2016 Andrea Lagger (Planning) – On the role of religios institutions in spatial planning. Impact of churches and religious communities on urban planning in Vienna (in German)
  • 2016 Andrea Stickler (Sociology, University of Vienna) – Social Sustainability in Housing. An attempt to measure social qualities in housing using the capability approach (in German).
  • 2015 DI Daniel Glaser (Planning) – Urban Spaces – New Blocks for Vienna (in German).
  • 2015 DI Elis Mehmed (Planning) – Urban gardens as a means of preserving urban open spaces: ‚A Productive Public Park in Yedikule‘ Case study: Threats to Bostans in Yedikule Mahallesi, Istanbul.
  • 2015 DI Mehmet Sahin Okay (Planning) – Participatory democracy and citizen participation. New Ways of Governing the City in Diyarbakir/Amed (in German).
  • 2013 DI Esther Gyarfas (Architecture) – Gambling. Urban space. Cityscape. Interdisciplinary approaches and possibilities for spatial confrontation (in German).
  • 2013 DI Teresa-Elisa Morandini (Architecture) – Konfliktraum Stadt. Der urbane Raum als Schauplatz und Inhalt zivilgesellschaftlicher Aushandlungsprozesse. Read more.
  • 2011 Svenja Jäger (urban studies, Bauhaus Uni Weimar) – Neighborhood Branding Amsterdam.

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