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The architecture Programme

The studies of architecture at the University of Art and Design Linz – die architektur – are dedicated to current social topics related to achitecture, and spatial development in general. Socially responsible architecture and cities and settlements worth living in are the main objective. The studies are guided by timely and critical examination of culture, art, technique, as well as the aspirations of ambitious and dedicated students. The content of the bachelor program is basic questions and ideas of space and body, function, construction, material, atmosphere and form are taught. The master program expands upon design competence along complex issues and enlarges the focus on larger scales.

die architektur at the University of Art and Design Linz offers comprehensive and practical training for the manifold tasks in the field of architecture and spatial planning. With its four studios BASEhabitat / RAUMkultur  / urbanism / zoomtown, the smallest architecture faculty in Austria gained a nationally as well as internationally recognized profile.

Designing space comes with a social responsibility. Therefore, ecological, economical and social aspects of architecture and urbanism are integral parts of the architecture studies in Linz. The work on form, material, construction and atmosphere is acompanied by a critical discussion of current societal and political challenges. die architektur considers itself a lab for social and artistic processes: from thorough analyses and theory to conceptual and practical (material, construction) experiments, and from the design process to actual construction and 1:1 interventions, whereby teaching, research and practise are tightly intertwined.

Aside from professional skills, die architektur focuses on the social competence of students and cooperative work. Exchange and collaboration among students and teachers are decisive for the high quality of the architecture studies in Linz. The spaces in the new building reflect that: the open structure of the studios, workshops, kitchen and lecture room – with a view of the main square and the river danube – offers an ideal atmosphere for exploring, thinking and designing. The reasonable size of the department allows work in small teams and intesive and personal mentoring. The openness between the different years underlines the focus on collaborative work and learning from each other. Cooperations with architectural offices, private companies and public institutions facilitate a practical orientation and a direct contact with experts from different fields. The active involvement in the organisation and contents of conferences and symposia offers students insights in theoretical discussions. Our fieldtrips (local and abroad) are a renowned staple of each academic year.

What students think about

„The education one receives is not only subject-based, but it also helps you grow as a person. There is a wonderful and benefitial mix of close interaction with the lecturers, a diverse group of students and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Those factors assure the best possible conditions for my growing as an architect, as well as a person
Lavinia W., BArch student

„I associate Linz with short distances within the city, the size oft he city makes it easy to grasp, agreeable, life by and with the river…“
Sandra K., MArch|BASEhabitat student

„The focus areas of the architecture studies in Linz are in-depth and exciting. Studying at the University of Art and Design in Linz provides the unique opportunity of taking classes in a range of different artistic disciplines. Those influences make me a better architect. After graduating with a Master’s degree I will be equipped with the right tools to confidently start my career – I look forward to doing that!“
Anna F., MArch student

Sigi Atteneder
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil.


Sabine Fehringer
Sarah Hopfner-Heindl
Petra Stumbauer
T: +43 732 7898 3242

office hours
Mon to Thu: 8 to 12 a.m.
and 13 to 16 p.m.

University of Art and Design
Department of Architecture
Hauptplatz 8
4020 Linz | Austria