Virtual Design Festival

Institute of Architecture showcases graduate projects in video for Virtual Design Festival

This captioned video, produced for Virtual Design Festival in collaboration with the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, presents a selection of projects developed by students in their final year at the Austrian university.

The 13 recent graduates, who were spread across three different design studios, shared video footage and images of their work.

Among the featured projects are a vertical food hub that follows a circular economy model, solutions for contaminated wastelands, a vision for a post-pandemic theatre and a design for a human-enhancing performance facility.

Institute of Architecture graduate projects for VDF
This year's Institute of Architecture graduate projects include a reimagined theatre by Julian Heinen

The Institute of Architecture, which is part of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, is divided into three design studios run by Greg Lynn, Hani Rashid and Cristina Díaz Moreno together with Efren García Grinda.

Each design studio takes a unique approach to addressing the built environment.

Studio Díaz Moreno and García Grinda aims to use architecture to engage with societal challenges, while Studio Lynn focuses on technologically driven solutions. 

Meanwhile, Studio Hani Rashid attempts to develop students' conceptual, practical and critical skills to create compelling futuristic designs.

Konstantin Kim graduate project at the Institute of Architecture
Konstantin Kim designed for contaminated wastelands

Students graduating from Studio Díaz Moreno and García Grinda include Ka-Wai Cheung, Juliette Valat, Julian Heinen, Konstantin Kim, Katia Simas and Madeleine Malle.

Studio Lynn was taken by Chien-hua Huang and Anastasia Shesterikova, while Leonie Eitzenberger, Kieran Tait, Simon Schoemann, Alex Ahmad and Jan Kovaricek chose to spend their final year in Studio Hani Rashid.

Institute of Architecture graduate projects
Chien-hua Huang developed a machine-learning driven solution for repurposing waste materials

Previous graduate projects developed under Studio Lynn include a conceptual boat factory for the island of Cres in Croatia and a concept for a medical rehabilitation centre in the Austrian Alps.

Studio Rashid's past students designed a conceptual Cirque du Soleil venue made of complex geometrical forms.

This video was produced by Dezeen for the Institute of Architecture as part of Virtual Design Festival.