251.748 Comparative research in architecture - Cultural Spaces and Identity in Architecture
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • Define the framework for necessary research based on a research question.
  • Describe and analyze specific attributes of architecture
  • Conduct comparative research of built environments with different cultural backgrounds.

Subject of course

The course offers an introduction to social and cultural science aspects of architectural research. Teaching methodological tools to independently conduct empirical studies and make the results understandable. Special emphasis is laid on comparative architectural research, in which relationships between different aspects of the built environment in different cultural areas are compared or related to each other. This is intended to provide an understanding of the importance of the socio-cultural environment in shaping architecture. From this context, students should develop their own research questions to investigate this same sociocultural environment and its mediation.




Teaching methods

•Introduction into the culture, art and architecture of Iran with a focus on Yazd and Isfahan
•intorduction into the World Heritage Convention and its implications
•Introduction into comparative research and analysis
•Practical Exercises
•Introduction into scientific writing
•Supervision for the writing of a paper as could be presented for a conference

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

INTRODUCTION: Monday, 08.03.2020 Online


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



Examination modalities

Compilation of research results on a specific topic

optionally a paper in this or in LVA 251.747

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
04.03.2021 00:00 11.03.2021 00:00 18.03.2021 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Requirements: At least one completed seminar or another theoretical work and basic experience in research

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


  • Attendance Required!