Habilitation Procedure

A habilitation is the highest-ranking university examination with which, as part of an academic examination procedure, the ability to teach (venia docendi) in a scientific or artistic subject is determined (e.g. in Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The habilitation is associated with the right to freely practice scientific or artistic teaching at the university that has granted the license to teach, depending on its availability, and to supervise and evaluate scientific work.

The habilitation procedure is generally regulated in the UG 2002 and specifically in the statutes of the TU Wien. As an orientation, the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning has also developed a guide to the habilitation process, which offers an early orientation when it comes to planning the qualification step of the habilitation. This explains the necessary process steps as well as the minimum requirements that must be met when submitting a habilitation thesis.

To coordinate the process steps and to clarify the minimum requirements, it is strongly recommended that you contact the dean early on.

The contact person for habilitation matters at the Dean's Office is Georg Penthor.

Faculty Colloquium

A central component of the application process for a habilitation project is participation in the faculty colloquium, which ideally should take place 1 year before the intended submission. The aim of the colloquium is to obtain qualified statements on the requested Venia and on the structure of the habilitation thesis. The faculty offers a colloquium once a year - you will find the upcoming date for 2021 below:

  • Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 - start: 10:00 a.m.


  • 10:00 a.m. - Welcome by the dean
  • 10:15 a.m. – Dr. Dipl.-Päd. Martin Lenz Lecture title: „Kommunalisierung der Bekämpfung von Wohnungsnot als Chance für eine soziale Wohnraumversorgung?“
  • >> (END: approx. 11:00 a.m.) <<

>>> ATTENTION: Due to the current situation, the event will be held online via the ZOOM meeting


Explanations of the course of the colloquium and the basic structure of the lecture can be found in the guidelines for habilitation projects.

Contact person for habilitation matters at the Dean's Office:

Georg Penthor

Contact: TISS
Office hours: only by prior appointment via email
Dean's office of the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning
Mail: georg.penthor@tuwien.ac.at
Tel.: +43 (1) 58801 25005


Ongoing habilitation procedures

Habilitation Commission - Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dr.phil. Sabine Knierbein
Subject: Urban Studies | International urban studies
In the constituent meeting on September 17th, 2020, Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.techn. Rudolf GIFFINGER was elected as chairman.
The procedure is currently in the assessment phase.

>> According to the amendment to the statute part (guideline) for the habilitation procedure, a trial lecture must be held in addition to the defensio

>>> Trial lecture:

  • Urban Society and Urban Relations
    The New Relational Mainstream in Architecture  and Planning, and its Discontents
    Focus: Urban Studies, Social Theory and Key Concepts

this was carried out in the course of the habilitation process by Ms. Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dr.phil. Sabine Knierbein |Area of ​​Expertise: „Urban Studies / Internationale Urbanistik.

  • Meeting: Monday, April 12th, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

>>> Defensio:

  • Critique of Everyday Life in the 21st Century. Lived Space and Capitalist UrbanizationArea of ​​Expertise: „Urban Studies / Internationale Urbanistik

The public defensio of Ms. Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dr.phil. Sabine Knierbein will take place on the following date:

  • Meeting: Monday, May 10th, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: online via ZOOM

(The associated invitation and the access link were sent out within the faculty)

>>>NOTE: Due to the current situation, both of the above-mentioned events are held online via ZOOM - since they are open to the public at the faculty, the associated access links are only sent within the faculty and are not made public.)

Completed habilitation procedures

The list of habilitation procedures that have been successfully completed so far is listed under Venia Docendi.