MSc in Urban Strategies

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Program Description

MSc in Urban Strategies

University of Applied Arts Vienna

MSc in Urban Strategies

The Postgraduate Program Urban Strategies offers an MSc course that has duration of three semesters and concludes with the final presentation of a thesis project, which is presented and discussed in front of a jury.

The different pathways are headed and taught by international experts from the respective fields of research. Along with the course-specific studio works, lectures, workshops and reviews with guests and visiting professors give students the chance to enrich, discuss and evaluate the progress of their work. To sponsor an intensive communication various classes are open to be joined by all students.


Andrea Börner, Reiner Zettl
Guests and visiting Professors among others: Adrian Lahoud, Sanford Kwinter, John McMorrough

Urban Technique constitutes a field between urban planning and architecture. It combines research of the organization of the urban territory with architectural strategic thinking in various scales and operates as a laboratory to re-examine the role of architectural discourse within the urban disciplines. The inclusion of the conceptual power of visualization techniques in the formation of urban projects allows for speculative designs that sponsor a different understanding of urban space and mobilizes its potential. It raises the question if it is possible to be contextual and radical at the same time.


Head: Hernan Diaz Alonso
Teaching: Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes
Guests and visiting Professors among others: Klaus Bollinger, Greg Lynn

EXCESSIVE focuses on strategies of architectural design. Many of the ambitions revolve around the topic of excess as a redefinition of beautiful lust and—misfit aesthetics of exuberance and sophisticated conditions of arousal. If design is typically derived from an expertise related to form and proportion, a theory of mutation is possibly an advanced critical stance toward formal traditions. A theory of excessive form is not a rejection of the formal traditions but an extension of them. Further, navigation through the topologies of excessive form can be understood as an intensification of more traditional formal strategies.


The postgraduate program Urban Strategies requires 3 semesters full time studies (including final examinations) and comprises 50 semester credit hours/90 ECTS. The workload of each semester equals 30 ECTS – transfer credit points.

Each semester consists of three types of courses: design assignments, theory seminars and editing tasks, which are compiled in the formats of individual instruction, seminars, and technical support. Excursions and field trips serve to elucidate current topics and help to contextualize the project work. Additionally students are encouraged to participate in particular courses offered at the University of Applied Arts.

A condition for a successful completion is the personal participation and active engagement in the courses; participants are expected to develop and present achievements on all levels. The first two semesters of study build up methodological, conceptual and technical skills to allow for a guided but independent development of a thesis project in the third semester.

Individual artistic instruction and software classes are scheduled on a weekly basis. However, the program aims for an open project-oriented dialogue between instructors and participants. As Urban Strategies attaches specific importance to inviting international guests and experts from related fields, particular lectures and seminars or workshops will come up on a shorter notice in addition to the weekly schedule.

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This course is Campus based
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Mar. 2017
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Start date Mar. 2017
Austria Vienna
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