251.834 :: Vernaculare 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.

2020S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

1. understand essential features of vernacular architecture.
2.a. identify region-specific building typologies (based on a selected object).
2.b. understand specific traditional building techniques within a particular cultural context (based on a selected object).

Subject of course

Students learn about culture-related characteristics of vernacular architecture. Based on a selected object, students will delve into regionally typical layouts, materials and constructions. A visit to the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, the Welt Museum in Vienna and an open air museum in Austria accompany this course.

Teaching methods

Theoretical teaching of the subject matter and object analysis are intertwined.
Aspects of vernacular architecture are taught by means of specific examples.
-Together we will visit the Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art with a focus on settlement and building typologies in Austria (entrance fee: 8€).

Selected objects are documented and analysed in terms of building typology and their cultural context.
The choice of the object includes
1) historical architectural models from the collection of the Welt Museum.
2) 1:1 in situ objects.
-Together we will visit the architectural model collection in the Welt Museum (free entrance) and an open air museum in Austria (package entrance fee for all participants: 45€ not including travel costs; further details will follow during the course).

Mode of examination

Written and oral



Course dates

Wed18:00 - 20:0011.03.2020Hörsaal 14 Introduction
Wed15:00 - 17:0018.03.2020 Meeting at the cash desk of the Welt Museum (no entrance fee)Visit of the Welt Museum-cancelled
Tue15:00 - 17:0024.03.2020 Meeting at the cash desk of the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk ArtVisit of the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art-cancelled
Wed18:00 - 20:0025.03.2020 Lecture-cancelled
Sat08:00 - 16:0028.03.2020 details will be announced in the courseVisit of the village museum Mönchhof-cancelled
Wed18:00 - 20:0001.04.2020 Lecture-cancelled
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

is based on an oral examination and the submission of an exercise paper
Exercises will be individual or group work according to the size of each object

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
02.03.2020 12:00 18.03.2020 19:00 06.04.2020 12:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture
066 443 Architecture


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