260.878 Design Studio "Competition of Competitions"
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, UE, 2.0h, 2.5EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

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

elaborate their own competition brief including the taks, design and evaluation provcess for a site defined by the city planning department of Vienna

This exercise offers participants with very different backgrounds, skills and professional interests a unique opportunity to formulate a design brief themselves and not just react to the brief formulated by others. They are invited to come together to reflect on the very purpose of an urban project and to formulate their own critical stance on the future of the city. 



Subject of course

The Design Summer School 2024 'Competition of Competitions' aims to bring together students and professors from three leading creative academic institutions in Vienna and possibly other Austrian academic institutions for an exchange of ideas and a joint interdisciplinary survey on the main relevant next goals in the field of architecture and design.

In the form of a competition between 6 preferably transdisciplinary participant groups (5 participants / group), each supervised and accompanied by a professor duo from two different institutes and disciplines, a competition brief will be developed.

Each group is invited to create a complete brief for an imaginary international design competition for a specific site in Vienna, selected by the city municipality as problematic and in need of rethinking.

The competition brief/letter should provide a convincing conceptual rationale and programmatic guidelines for the future development of the site (the why? and the what?) while setting out the process and relevant protocols of the competition itself, including the phases, jury and selection criteria.

Registration for this course is not possible via pool registration!

Teaching methods

Based on the analysis of the provided material and site students will take their own conclusions formulate their own design process and articulate the goals, design objectives  and design guidelines. By defining their own brief they learn form a different perspective how they can influence the outcome of a design process by defining the it.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The Design Summer School will take place from 05-08 September at the IKA, Academy of Fine Arts. It will be co-organized together with Profs. Anastassia Smirnova-Berlin, Alexander Sverdlov, IKA Language: English

More detailed information will follow mid to late April.


Open for architects l desigenrs l urban designers l landscape designers l spatial planners l sociologists...


Registration for this course is not possible via pool registration!

Registration by e-mail. 

Further instructions will follow as soon as coordinated with other institutions..




Examination modalities

The Brief should be finalised in a form of an illustrated textual document according to the Table of Contents provided by the School moderators. On the last day, all 6 Briefs will be submitted to the selected Summer School committee and the best entry will be awarded a prize The results will be publicised and reflected on in various social media and in the press.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.


if required in English