Drawing and Visual Languages


The focus of our core courses in the Bachelor of Architecture programme is on the targeted perception, comprehension and analysis of forms, structures and proportions by means of precise observation and appropriate graphic representation. Our aim from the outset is to open up means of visual expression to our students that enable them to produce individual and imaginative freehand depictions. In this context the drawing and the sketch serve as an immediate and direct means of communication.

In the Master of Architecture programme, research-guided teaching provides the basis for scrutinizing and enriching traditional approaches to the architectural design process. Our courses test out new models of participation, organization and information flow that can be derived from contemporary artistic processes. Within the framework of artistic projects and three specific modules (Integral Communication Design, Visual Culture and Art Transfer) we generate aspect changes and steer the gaze towards current problems, which in many cases are still hidden. Realizing projects in situ and intervening in concrete situations help to hone ideas in relation to reality. In the process, due to limited resources, alternative action models and strategies often emerge.

Visual Culture – Established in 2002, our “Visual Culture” research field is playing a pioneering role in this emerging area of inquiry positioned at the interface between art, architecture and the humanities. Apart from our research-guided teaching programme (see the eponymous module in our Master of Architecture course), our work entails the implementation of multi-year internationally oriented research projects, including Networked Cultures (EC FP6, 2005-09), Relational Architecture (FWF, 2006-09), Other Markets (FWF, 2010-15), World of Matter (KSB, 2011-17), Data Publics (FWF, 2016-19) and Incorporating Informality (FWF, 2018-22). Within the framework of these projects and other funding programmes (TUW, ÖAW, etc.) the “Visual Culture” research unit offers doctoral candidates and post-doc researchers important support in the development of their academic careers.

Art and Public Space – an interface between art and urbanism, explores the question of what function art can have in the context of urban development. An essential element of this research project is the website urban-matters.org, which collects and analyzes international context-specific projects.

Communication Design – Work in this research field investigates the media dimensions of public space. It generates comprehensive analyses of the semiotic structure of urban living environments (www.werbefrei.org) with the aim of elaborating alternative communication models and exploring potentials for inscribing subjects into the sphere of urban communication.

Art, Architecture and Education – “Workspace Education” is an interdisciplinary platform that works on the establishment of innovative approaches in teaching and research. Current teaching and research projects are “Displaced”, “Place of Importance” and “Education Landscapes in Motion”, in which model education-based integration spaces, socio-spatial urban networks and spaces for new teaching and learning forms are being developed in real-life projects and cooperative processes. futurelab.tuwien.ac.at/bildungslandschaften-in-bewegung

Constructive Spatial Sketching – Practically oriented constructive methods of the freehand drawing of presented spaces are developed and optimized within a teaching framework.

The Culture of Memory– The focus of research and teaching is on aesthetic, material, architectural and special aspects of collective places of memory in their interplay with commemorative-policy questions around participation in the city and society.

Section head

Christine Hohenbüchler Contact: TISS

E264/1 Drawing and Visual Languages
Chair | Venia: Zeichnen und visuelle Sprachen