Starting with the winter semester 2011/12 Hani Rashid will head the Studio Architekturentwurf (architectural design) 3 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Hani Rashid’s studio will focus on students working to develop conceptual, practical and critical skills and means for the making of new, compelling and forward thinking architecture. The studio focus will move between architecture as object to environment and phenomena. Operative terms in this studio include architecture as atmospheric experience, architecture as fetishized artifacts, architecture and new forms of dwelling and being, and architecture as an aesthetic, philosophical and metaphysical experience.
Students will consider spatiality in terms both being geometric and formal as well and experiential and experimental. Model making both within the realm of the digital ( proficiency and interest in computing is very important ) and as physical making. The studio will place a great deal of emphasis on ‘proof of concept’ approach where presenting physical models of varying scales, animation and computer generated images, diagrams and data to support arguments and design concepts.
Rashid is the successor of Professor Wolf D. Prix who left a lasting mark on the Studio in the 21 years that he ran it. He also set international standards in the training of future architects. After retiring in October 2011 Prix will continue to the chair of the Institute for a further two years – a position he has had since 2003.
In addition to Studio 3, the internationally renowned Institute for Architecture at the University of Applied Arts also includes Studio Architekturentwurf 1 (headed by Zaha Hadid) and Studio Architekturentwurf 1 (headed by Greg Lynn).
At the same time as Rashid is becoming professor for architecture, the University of Applied Arts is also converting the architectural diploma study program into a master’s studies program