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251.873 interreligious and intercultural 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.

2021W, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to independently formulate a research question and work scientifically.
This includes the critical examination of a given or self-defined research topic, combined with the development of adequate research methods and corresponding hypotheses.
Tools are literature and internet research, library and, if necessary, archive studies, but also on-site visits with photo and drawing documentation and interviews. Practising writing texts in different contexts, the professional preparation of a scientific apparatus with correct application of the citation rules and the preparation of bibliographies are part of the course.

Subject of course

The need for and awareness of multi-religious and multi-cultural spaces has increased strongly in recent years. It is becoming apparent that the corresponding architectures and projects are virtually an interface between spatial innovation and the mediation of national identity concepts.

This is one of the reasons why interreligious buildings and spaces offer the opportunity to go beyond purely architectural and urban planning aspects and to recognise social and political contexts in a very complex way and to analyse various trends in the development of corresponding architecture.

The seminar will explore the concepts of "interreligiosity" and "interculturality" in relation to architecture and space.
At the same time, current projects and trends will be examined for possible aspects of transnational architecture. The focus will be on the question of how the form(s) and use(s) of these buildings and places express the needs of the societies that produced them.

Teaching methods

  • lectures as an introduction to the topic
  • further impulse lectures as preparation for the individual work
  • site visits, surveys
  • literature and database research
  • exercises: definition and correct use of technical terms
  • exercises: writing an abstract ad an exposé
  • documenting (photographically, graphically, textually) and interpreting images
  • writing a scientific paper (seminar paper)

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

If discontinued by mid-October, the Presence/Hybrid seminar will take place in Seminar Room 251-1: Stiege 3, 3rd floor, and held each Thursday from 10:00-12:00.  

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



Examination modalities


  • Participation, compulsory attendance, active participation in the discussions and exercises
  • Completion of a written seminar paper plus oral presentation of the paper

>>> Possible extension to a bachelor's thesis:

If desired and in coordination with the supervisors, the Wahlseminar can be extended by a second in-depth seminar and the seminar paper can be developed into a theoretical bachelor's thesis:

  • Wahlseminar paper: 25,000 - 30,000 characters
  • Extension to a bachelor's thesis: a total of 50,000 characters plus clear concretisation of the research results


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare13.09.2021 09:0027.09.2021 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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