251.907 Introduction into Interdisciplinary Research 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.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • 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...

  • To define the framework for necessary surveys on the basis of a research question.
  • Carry out scientific research on the basis of the research question
  • Carry out independent analyses.
  • Select suitable methods and tools for field research appropriate to the research question.
  • Apply the methods and tools accordingly.
  • Compile field research results in such a way that they can be used for further research.

Subject of course

This is a core course of the Modul Cultural Spaces

Architects will soon be increasingly confronted with the cultural heritage of individual regions. All over the world, the call for identity is getting louder and louder. In general, architects will be confronted with building and planning in the existing environment and the associated factors. Specifically for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the UNESCO World Heritage Convention describes a framework for dealing with the values of sites, in which experts have dealt extensively with the value of the existing built environment. This course will focus on field research.

In the introductory lectures, the characteristics (attributes) that describe the Outstanding Universal Value of a site, which is necessary to nominate it for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will be discussed. This will be followed by presentations on various methods from different disciplines that can be used to document these accordingly. Based on these presentations, it will be decided which objects, areas, features, etc. should be documented and in what way. The data should serve as a basis and support for the monitoring and management of the region.

In the practical part of the course, students will analyse the nomination dossier submitted for the region to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Before the excursion, students will work out which details should be documented and how. This preliminary work is carried out in co-operation with the World Heritage Management Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut and is embedded in the KLASCH Cultural Landscape Inventory Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut project as a topic of research-led teaching. This provides the opportunity to get actively involved in an exciting topic and to help preserve the extraordinary universal values of the region in the future.

The result is a digital folder (compilation of all data on the Institute's server with a meaningful structure; e.g. images organised in thematic folders, plan material, texts, etc.), in which the data is compiled in a clear and comprehensible way so that it can also be made available for future research.

The result is a digital portfolio in which the data is compiled in a clear and comprehensible manner so that it can also be made available for future research.

Teaching methods

    • Introduction to the culture, art and architecture of the chosen region
    • Introduction to the ideas of inventories
    • Introduction to different documentation methods
    • Introduction to comparative research and analysis
    • Practical exercises
    • Introduction to the compilation of field research data

Mode of examination


Additional information


04.03.2023, 09:00 hybrid:

>>>> Seminarraum 251 

>>> Online: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/61424088966?pwd=WXZtN05odk9wc3hsUmRWckJpbUhwUT09 (just with a solid excuse in advance)

The compulsory excursion/field research for the module will take place between Tuesday, 02.04.2024 and Thursday, 11.04.2024 in the UNESCO World Heritage region Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut.



Examination modalities

Compilation of field research data in suitable folder systems and accompanying reports for data storage

Course registration

Not necessary


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

Continuative courses


if required in English