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.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form
Quinn ECTS survey


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

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

Introduction: Wednesday October 12 at 6pm

Students learn about culture-related characteristics of vernacular architecture. They will delve into regionally typical layouts, materials and constructions.

In case of increasing Corona-cases, the course will be organised as Distance-Learning-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. 
Museum visits or the architectural documentation of selected objects depend on the respective COVID-19 situation.

Selected objects or settlement structures are documented and analysed in terms of building typology and their cultural context.

There are 2 timetables, depending on COVID-19:
Szenario 1. COVID-19 allows in situ building documentation: visit to a selected vernacular object in Austria including building survey and documentation.
Szenario 2. COVID-19 does not allow in situ building documentation: archival and online research on certain objects, object groups and / or settlement structures.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Precondition for participation in this course is the participation in the course 251.449 Exkursion zu Baukunst I _GROUP 1-EXCURSION MOSTVIERTEL

Additional publications:

Feiglstorfer, Hubert und Erich Lehner. 2022. Das Bauernhaus Pierreith in Ertl, in: 100 Jahre Gemeinde Ertl. Ein Heimatbuch, Hg. Gemeinde Ertl, Ertl: Gemeinde Ertl, 269-284.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert. 2021. Vom Speichern und Lagern. Speicherbauten im Südburgenland, in: Geschichten von Häusern und Menschen, Hg. Museumsverein Oberschützen, Sonderausgabe Oberschützer Museumsblätter, Oberschützen: Museumsverein Oberschützen, 14-19.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert. 2020. Lehmbaubestand in Kellergassen, in: Kulturlandschaft der Kellergassen. Erforschung Schutz Erhaltung, Hg. Gerold Eßer, Horn, Wien: Verlag Berger, 107–113.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert (Herausgeber). 2018. Earth Construction and Tradition. Volume 2, Vienna: IVA-ICRA Verlag.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert und Franz Ottner. 2022. The impact of clay minerals on the building technology of vernacular earthen architecture, in: Heritage 2022 (5), 378-401, https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage5010022.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert und Roland Meingast. 2018. History of earth building in Eastern Austria, in: Earth Construction and Tradition, Volume 2, Hg. Hubert Feiglstorfer, Vienna: IVA-ICRA Verlag, 21–83.

Lehner, Ercih und Hubert Feiglstorfer (Herausgeber). 2021. Freilichtmuseum Bad Tatzmannsdorf. Bautraditionen im Südburgenland, Wien: IVA-Verlag.

Schauppenlehner, Thomas, Renate Eder, Kim Ressar, Hubert Feiglstorfer, Roland Meingast and Franz Ottner (Herausgeber). 2021. A Citizen Science Approach to Build a Knowledge Base and Cadastre on Earth Buildings in the Weinviertel Region, Austria, in: Heritage 2021, 4(1), 125-139, doi:10.3390/heritage4010007.



Course dates

Wed18:00 - 20:0012.10.2022HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Introduction + preliminary discussion for the excursion
Wed18:00 - 20:0026.10.2022HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Lecture
Wed18:00 - 20:0009.11.2022HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Vorlesung + Korrektur
Wed18:00 - 20:0016.11.2022HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Lecture / revision
Wed18:00 - 20:0023.11.2022HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Revision
Wed18:00 - 20:0011.01.2023 - 25.01.2023Hörsaal 15 Revision
Wed18:00 - 20:0001.02.2023HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Submission + presentation
:: Vernaculare Architecture - Single appointments
Wed12.10.202218:00 - 20:00HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Introduction + preliminary discussion for the excursion
Wed26.10.202218:00 - 20:00HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Lecture
Wed09.11.202218:00 - 20:00HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Vorlesung + Korrektur
Wed16.11.202218:00 - 20:00HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Lecture / revision
Wed23.11.202218:00 - 20:00HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Revision
Wed11.01.202318:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Wed18.01.202318:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Wed25.01.202318:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Wed01.02.202318:00 - 20:00HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Submission + presentation
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

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

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
12.09.2022 08:00 16.10.2022 23:59 22.01.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

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