The Bachelor's course in Architecture at TU Wien teaches the basic skills of architectural design. It takes an integrated approach that provides an introduction to all of the core areas of architectural practice, from the planning of buildings through structural and detailed planning to town planning and landscape architecture.
The course provides an understanding of the role played by architecture in society, its aesthetic, technical, economic and ecological principles and the interaction between different disciplines in planning and construction processes. At its heart lies training in the technical, aesthetic and intellectual skills that contribute to the successful handling of complex design projects. Methodological clarity and conceptual thinking are as much a part of this as the ability to communicate and cooperate within a team.
The Bachelor's course qualifies the student for continuing study at Master's level in Architecture or related fields.
The course is in high demand. Currently around 900 students begin the course, of whom only 300 go on to graduate. 3,500 students (across the Bachelor's, Master's and Diploma studies) are mentored by 18 professors and 90 assistants as well as around 280 external teaching staff.
The qualifications of our graduates cover the analysis and specification of construction and planning tasks, drafting and designing, presenting and conveying planning-relevant information as well as the management of planning and implementation procedures. A wide range of job opportunities are therefore open to graduates of the department:
- independent practice in architecture and urban development
- employment in architectural and planning companies
- working for a public authority
- working in the construction or planning department of a company
- project development and consulting
- teaching and research at universities and technical colleges, etc.
- product development in the construction industry
- IT for architecture
- architectural journalism
- new creative disciplines created within the context of the information society
Study abroad and work placements
Through partnerships with other universities in Europe and further afield, the department is able to offer a wide range of opportunities for spending a semester abroad. Although a work placement is not a compulsory part of the course, around 80% of students acquire relevant practical experience during the holidays or — more often — whilst working part-time towards the end of the course. In the new degree programme, which was introduced in autumn 2001, it is recommended to take a year-long work placement after completing the first of the final exams, i.e. after three years.