The members of the architecture faculty at TU Graz understand architecture as a discipline whose effects on the quality of the environment we live in are deep, extensive and lasting – one that is embedded in contemporary societal, cultural, artistic and technical developments. We aim to take a holistic approach that recognizes and responds to the totality of spatial and dynamic characteristics, social and aesthetic effects and the development potential of landscapes, cities and buildings. In view of sociopolitical change and the increasing importance of sustainability, the architecture faculty has a special responsibility to apply its competences to the development of innovative, holistic solutions. Graz as a city of architecture, the region of Styria and the proximity to southeastern Europe, together with the faculty’s many international contacts, all contribute to a diverse and creative environment with a lot of potential. The architecture faculty competes internationally in research and teaching and has set itself the goal of establishing a leading position in Europe. As a foundation of its activity, the faculty insists on the closest possible relationship between research, teaching and professional practice. Major topics in the faculty include interdisciplinary working methods and design processes, which belong to the core competence of teachers and students, as well as innovation in building technology and building performance, application of the latest developments in information technology, art and cultural studies, and the investigation and guidance of ongoing changes in urban structures.
The education in architecture offered at the faculty is characterised by a commitment to developing all-round skills and involves contributions by eminent architects, researchers, artists and theorists. Thanks to the tight coupling of theory and practice and the specialist qualifications of the teachers, the faculty's teaching is rated as above average by the students. Our students learn to coordinate and combine knowledge from different fields in their designs and to work autonomously.
The centrepiece of our education, architectural designing, means developing the ability to organize projects that achieve a successful synthesis of many different constraints and desiderata. In contrast to other areas of engineering, in architecture this synthesis cannot be reached by rational considerations alone. Designing is also an activity that draws on experience and intuition and not least, it is an artistic discipline.
These characteristics of design work are the reason behind the determination of the TU Graz architecture faculty, like other architecture faculties, to have as many experienced and eminent design practitioners as possible among its professors – people who can teach this core discipline with high competence and at an internationally recognized level. The research activity of the faculty includes both the established forms of research in the institutes and the type of architecture-specific research inherent in the design process.