Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program│Excessive


Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Mission Statement The international postgraduate program Urban Strategies leads to a Master of Science in Urban Strategies (MSc Urban Strategies). Strategies refer to a synthesis of research, speculative design and implementation. During three semesters young architects and related professionals are encouraged to push the envelope of their discipline towards the urban scale in two different core areas: URBAN TECHNIQUE and EXCESSIVE; both focus on the overlap of architecture and urban design starting from opposite ends. The program investigates the conditions of the future of urbanity using state of the art data modeling as well as generative and representational techniques for the strategies of spatial interventions. There is some stress on the performance of architecture and the appropriateness of urban geometries regarding energy management. The studio is designed to offer guidance toward independence through an open and intensive discourse that puts everything up for discussion. To facilitate a wide-ranging dialogue between teachers and participants, workshops are held by cutting-edge architects from well-known international institutions. Teaching in the design studio is combined with education in the fields of computing and digital production. In addition to the master course Urban Strategies offers annual summerschools and traveling workshops as intensive design training in and outside of Vienna.│www.urbanstrategies.at

Hernan Diaz Alonso Is principal and founder of the Los Angeles-based design practice Xefirotarch.

Considered one of the most influential voices of his generation, before becoming the Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc Diaz Alonso has served for the past several years as Distinguish Professor of Architecture and the Graduate Thesis Coordinator at SCI-Arc. Previously, he has taught as a design studio professor at Columbia University GSAPP and is head of the pathway EXCESSIVE at the Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program/University of Applied Arts Vienna. He was recently honored by Yale University with the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design for fall 2010, he will be the Eero Saarinen Professor of Architectural Design in the spring 2015 and by the American Institute of Architects as the Educator of the year in 2012.

Diaz Alonso has lectured extensively at major institutions around the world, and his work has been include in numerous times at the Venice Architecture Biennale, London Architecture Biennale, Archilab.

His architecture designs have received numerous awards and have been displayed in both architecture and art museum exhibitions, such as New York MoMa, San Francisco MoMa, Art Institute of Chicago, Artist Space in New York. His work has been widely published in magazines and periodicals worldwide and multiple books, including the “Excessive” monograph and an upcoming monograph by Thames and Hudson.

In 2005, Diaz Alonso was the winner of PS1 MoMa’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition. His work has since been the subject of solo shows at the San Francisco MoMa in 2006, the Art Institute of Chicago and the MAK Centre, Wien in 2007 and currently his office is building the Center of Experience and Media for Boeing in Seattle USA.
His work is part of the permanent collections of the FRAC Center, the San Francisco MoMa, New York MoMa, Thyssen Bornamiza Collection in Vienna, MAK Museum in Vienna and the Art Institute of Chicago.