251.730 Documentation and Presentation of Architecture / Transdisciplinary Interactions
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to obtain information about a building from the planning architects, through a site visit and/or online and magazine research, and prepare this information in such a way that the architecture of the building can be communicated to a wider audience. In addition, students will familiarise themselves with methods for communicating architecture and apply these themselves as architecture guides at the festival. After completing the course, students will also have gained an insight into the organisation of the OPEN HOUSE WIEN architecture festival.

Subject of course

Project description

OPEN HOUSE WIEN is an architecture festival that opens up more than 50 buildings in Vienna and Lower Austria to the general public on a weekend in September that are normally not - or only partially - accessible. Volunteers, architects and users offer visitors free guided tours to make architecture accessible to everyone in a low-threshold and uncomplicated way. With more than 20,000 visits a year, OPEN HOUSE WIEN is the largest architecture event in the city.

The participating buildings are selected by an jury of experts. As part of the course, information on the buildings will be obtained and prepared in such a way that the information can be passed on to visitors (professionals and laypeople) by the students themselves on the festival weekend of 14 and 15 September 2024. The documents will be prepared in such a way that they can also be used by other guides (volunteers) for their guided tours.

OPEN HOUSE WIEN is part of the global initiative Open House Worldwide. The organisation began in London in 1992 and the festival now takes place in more than 50 cities worldwide.

Further information about the festival can be found at: www.openhouse-wien.at

Teaching methods

Online research, magazine research, building inspections, architectural tours.
The students work in teams on a building that will be opened on the weekend of 14/15 September as part of the architecture festival. The students gather information from the planning architectural offices, research the building online and in magazines, get to know the building during a tour and collect further information about the building, such as photos, online links etc.

The different research methods are discussed in the joint workshops. The guided tour is determined during an inspection of the building, and the tour is passed on to the additional guides (volunteers) during a further inspection.

Mode of examination


Additional information

  • Venue: Seminarraum, Gußhausstraße 28, 1. Stock
  • Dates:
    Mi, 17. April 2024, 14-16 Uhr
    Mi, 24. April 2024, 14-16 Uhr
    Mi, 29. Mai 2024, 14-16 Uhr
    Mi, 5. Juni 2024, 14-16 Uhr
    Mi, 12. Juni 2024, 14-16 Uhr
  • Building inspections - dates to be agreed (one date in August/September)
  • Short guided tours on 14./15. September, 10-17 Uhr



Examination modalities

  • Documentation on a building participating in the festival (information researched and prepared for guided tours)
  • Two building tours
  • Passing on the building information to all guides in the building
  • Architectural tours on 14/15 September

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
14.02.2024 01:00 06.03.2024 22:59 14.04.2024 22:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified
600 SOF Transferable Skills - Architektur Not specified


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