4507921: Mediating Architecture

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Semester:SS 18
Scheduled in semester:1 - 4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:16.0 L / 12.0 h
Self-directed study time:48.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)


This module investigates and identifies the various forms and methods used to successfully mediate architecture and urban design, with particular attention paid to communication processes during the design phase of a project. Communication strategies aimed for variety of stakeholders are being discussed and the role of architectural mediation in the successful implementation of a project defined. Through the presentations of architecture mediation projects, a set of best/bad practice case-studies will be studied and analysed.

Learning Outcomes

Professional competence

Evaluate and choose appropriate modes of mediation according to message, facilities and recipient (experts and non-experts)
Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication
To understand architectural design as a negotiation process

Methodological competence
Identify key elements of problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a
considered manner
To work within the extended definition of the discipline of architecture

Social competence
Discuss and articulate ideas and information fluently
Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, exercises, experiments,
presentations etc.
Being familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures

Personal competence
Seek and make use of feedback.
Use appropriate methods to communicate to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge and expertise.


Lectures Method

Each of the four sessions will have an input lecture
an invitation of one guest speaker is planned (architecture mediator Boris Szélpal or Michael Emmengger)
question-anwser discussions


Arrhenius, T. (2014) Exhibiting Architecture: place and displacement. Lars Müller Publishers, Zürich.
Brandenburg, J. (2012). Participation in architectural design processes. Master Thesis, University of Liechtenstein
Blundell, J. et. al. (2005). Architecture and participation. Spon Press. London
Chaplin, S. (2009). Curating architecture and the city. Routledge, New York
Latour, B. (2007). Reassembling the social : an introduction to actor network-theory. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Lorenz, T., Staub, P. (2011). Mediating Architecture. London: AA Publications
Rattenbury, K. (2002). This is not architecture. Routledge, London.
Simonsen, J. (2011): Design research : synergies from interdisciplinary perspectives. Routledge, London.

Exam Modalities



  • PAR MA 14_Mediating Architecture (SS 18, in Planung)