251.038 Doctoral research seminar – Architecture Theory
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, SE, 3.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to attain a broader understanding of architecture, not only as a discipline aimed at the realisation of buildings, but also as a device of architectonic thinking that concerns and connects both material and immaterial domains of production and theory.

Subject of course

Architecture and Epos

Mythos and logos: philosophy and, ultimately, science predominantly spring from the contrast staged by such an antinomy. Academic discourse seems today akin to the latter and, after all, from the New Testament to Wittgenstein, from Hegel to Derrida, our world is of logos rather than of myth. The course wants to try to ‘suspend’—to operate an epoché—the implicit judgment in such an antinomy and investigate the hiatus between its terms.

The research to be conducted in the context of a Ph.D. in architecture will be understood not just as research about architecture—that hence follows formats dictated by academic standards external to architecture itself. Instead, architecture will first and foremost be understood as playing a constitutive and ‘projectual’ role for what concerns formats and standards. The course will abstract from academic discourse and disciplinary territories to investigate the possibility of architecture as a form of writing. If epos is what stood in between mythos and logos, this course aims to look at writing as a sort of architectural epos or, conversely, at epos in architectonic terms.

Teaching methods

The course will be constituted of three main components: one part of frontal lectures concerning the importance of an architectonic approach to research; a second part of readings on exemplary cases within architecture theory; a third part of presentations by the candidates’ research in light of the themes discussed within the seminar.

Provisional program:

W1 Introduction
W2 Ekphrasis
W3 Exercise I
W4-5 Easter break
W6 Rhapsody
W7 Exercise II
W8 Epos
W9 Exercise III
W10-11 Exercise IV
W12-13 Exercise V
W14-15 Final Presentations

Mode of examination


Additional information

Masters students who are working on their diploma and are interested in the topics are also very welcome to join the course!

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Tue16:00 - 18:0014.03.2023 - 27.06.2023 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue15:00 - 17:0013.06.2023 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Doctoral research seminar – Architecture Theory - Single appointments
Tue14.03.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue21.03.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue28.03.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue18.04.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue25.04.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue02.05.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue09.05.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue16.05.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue23.05.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue06.06.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue13.06.202315:00 - 17:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue20.06.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting
Tue27.06.202316:00 - 18:00 ATTP Seminar roomLive meeting

Examination modalities

Attendance and active participation to the course will be the requirements to successfully pass the course.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.02.2023 09:00 31.03.2023 09:00 31.03.2023 09:00

Registration modalities

For any troubles with the registration please contact riccardo.villa@attp.tuwien.ac.at


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
786 600 Architecture Not specified


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