259.650 Wahlseminar Topos in architectural theory Canceled
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to classify the rhetorical and architectural-theoretical position of the authors and to reflect the general character of architecture in connection with rhetoric precisely and on a broad theoretical basis.

>> this semester's BA Seminar "Architekturtheorie" will be taught by Dr. Andrés Pizzinini, who will visit ATTP as a guest professor in the fall 2023.

Subject of course

Architectural theory has been closely linked to rhetoric since its beginnings in antiquity. Both disciplines are essentially generalist and thus integrative; both are rooted in a form of rationality that is both theoretical and practical, connected by the link of aesthetic persuasiveness. The different weighting of these three elements determines the architectural-rhetorical position of the respective authors reflected in this course: Plato, Vitruvius, Alberti, Barbaro, Guarini, Gianbattista Vico, Ch. Jencks et al.

Teaching methods

The course will be held fortnightly in block form. Alternately, there will be an online lecture followed by a face-to-face seminar on the topic of the same lecture. In order to complete the course positively, students must write a final seminar paper.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Examination modalities

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Vienna when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF).


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare18.09.2023 09:0021.09.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


  • Platon, Gorgias (Theo Kobusch/Michael Erler Hgg. et al.; griechisch/deutsch), Stuttgart 2011.
  • Aristoteles, Rhetorik (Gernot Krapinger Hg.), Deutsche, Stuttgart 2019
  • Vitruv, Zehn Bücher über Architektur (Übers. Franz Reber, Deutsch), München 2023
  • Leon B. Alberti, Zehn Bücher über die Baukunst (Übers. Max Theuer, deutsch) Grafrath 2010
  • Charles Jencks, The language of post-modern architecture (english), London 1991