Head: Univ.Prof. Christoph Kaltenbrunner
The social benefits of CRAFT(ING) reside
in innovation – in selfdetermined action, working with materials, the search for questions, the discovery of answers, independent
thought, and the experience of teamwork in developing collective solutions. The study programme in technical working guarantees
students a comprehensive education in the fields of design, architecture, and environment as well as didactics and pedagogy.
The focus is placed on the built environment, space, and technologies and the discussion and balance of their expediency in
terms of ecological, economic, and social sustainability.
The functions of user-oriented design and architecture
are explored and reflected upon both in and outside of educational contexts. In this manner, graduates are conveyed design
not just as pure formal experimentation rather as a strategy to ask the right questions, while design methodologies remain
the educational core. By dealing with these issues and elaborating innovative concepts and solutions, the students develop
analytical and creative competences. Courses investigate the potential of the design process as a service for businesses and
in the realm of politics. This leads to models for consultancy and cooperations. It order to consolidate them, too, common
positions and goals with the Austrian representatives of employers and labour are sought and incorporated.
programme’s core competence is a proficient pedagogical and didactic communication of teaching content in keeping with the
latest methodological research, while conveying fundamental technological knowledge in connection with handcraft and fine
motor skills. The WERK_LABOR offers students a platform for projectoriented experiments. International conferences, guest
teachers, lecture series, and projects with partner universities (e.g. the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences,
Vienna, Vienna and Graz University of Technology, The University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, The University of
Education Lower Austria, The University College of Teacher Education of Christian Churches, Vienna/Krems) challenge and promote
interdisciplinarity, vibrancy, and open discourse. The DAE department is also a research partner in the PEEK project “Conceptual
Joining − Wood Structures from Detail to Utopia”. Not traditions rather NEW THINKING in and outside of schools must be the