251.908 Comparative Research of Architecture: Cultural Space - Identity - 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, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

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

  • to reproduce connections between architecture and its environment.
  • To derive a research question for the topic of the semester.
  • To address this research question in a scientific article.
  • Analyse the results of the field research in the article and argue them
  • analyse the results of the field research and argue them in such a way that they could also be presented to a scientific audience.
  • To design and deliver a presentation in Pecha Kucha format.

Subject of course

This is a core course of the Modul Cultural Spaces

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention and the associated guidelines for its implementation apply equally to all sites worldwide. For practical implementation, the respective framework conditions of the country, the region and the cultural environment must be taken into account. Although World Heritage sites are researched in detail before they are inscribed on the World Heritage List, many questions arise in the context of efforts to preserve them in the long term that require further research into both basic and applied topics.

In this semester, students have the opportunity to develop new research questions by working together with experts who have already dealt intensively with the Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut World Heritage region.

As part of this course, lectures and discussions are used to explain how to define a research question, how to collect the relevant data for the question and how to summarise the initial results in the form of an article that could be presented at a scientific conference.

Teaching methods

  • Introduction to the development of the architecture of the chosen region
  • Introduction to scientific work
  • Development of a research question
  • Introduction to scientific writing
  • Supervision in writing a paper as it might be presented at a conference

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.

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



Examination modalities

  • Submission of a scientific article (30,000 characters) Format: Conference-ready paper 10-12 pages
  • using the provided literature!!!
  • Presentation in Pecha Kucha form

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Prerequisites: At least one completed seminar or similar theoretical work, knowledge of English.

Expected previous knowledge: Experience in scientific work

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


if required in English