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The Institute of Architecture and Planning celebrates its 50th anniversary

Personal testimonies spanning five decades: The University of Liechtenstein’s Institute of Architecture and Planning is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the “5 plus 5 of 5 from Liechtenstein” Architecture Symposium will be held on 22 May 2013, at 1.30 p.m.

Personal testimonies spanning five decades

The University of Liechtenstein’s Institute of Architecture and Planning is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the “5 plus 5 of 5 from Liechtenstein” Architecture Symposium will be held on 22 May 2013, at 1.30 p.m.

In brief talks lasting approximately 15 minutes each, five lecturers and five students will provide personal insights from the five decades of the institute’s history. These speakers include former lecturer Werner Binotto, cantonal master builder of St. Gallen; Xavier Calderon, the Mexican architect now resident in Switzerland; and Hansjörg Hilti, former head of the institute and Vice-Rector of the University of Liechtenstein.


Former graduates

Former graduates include architects Urs Engler, head of central services at the St. Gallen Construction Office, and Jesco Hutter, whose recent award-winning projects include the design of the new mountain-top station for the Wildspitzbahn cable car in Tirol. Other alumni include Markus Koch, an architect from the second generation of “Vorarlberger Baukünstler” (Vorarlberg construction artists), Siegbert Kranz, a Liechtenstein-based architect and former president of the LIA Liechtenstein Association of Engineers and Architects, as well as Birgit Schulz, lecturer and doctoral student at the Graz University of Technology’s Institute of Spatial Design.


Hansjörg Hilti and Jesco Hutter talking with architecture students at the University of Liechtenstein


As representatives of the decade in which they lectured or studied here, they will share their memories of times gone by. In their talks, they will provide anecdotes from daily life back then, as well as insights into what architecture means to them today – a journey through architectural and social change, with different attitudes, visions and perspectives.

This will be followed by a lively panel discussion hosted by Benedikt Loderer, the author of Architektführer Liechtenstein (the guidebook on Liechtenstein architecture), who describes himself as a city flâneur.
The symposium is open to all visitors. Entry is free. Additional information on the Institute of Architecture and Planning’s 50-year anniversary is available at www.uni.li/unikat.



“5 plus 5 of 5 from Liechtenstein” Architecture Symposium
Auditorium of the University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Wednesday, 22 May 2013, from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Additional information at www.uni.li/unikat


Background
  • 1963 Founding of the specialist area of architecture at the former Abendtechnikum Vaduz (Vaduz Technical Evening College, ATV)
  • 1988 The ATV becomes the Liechtensteinische Ingenieursschule (Liechtenstein School of Engineering, LIS)
  • 1993 The LIS becomes the Fachhochschule Liechtenstein, Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestalten (Liechtenstein University of Applied Sciences, University for Technology, Economics and Design)
  • 2000 The diploma programme in Architecture becomes universally accredited
  • 2003 Introduction of the Bachelor and Master programmes in accordance with the Bologna model
  • 2005 The Fachhochschule becomes the Hochschule Liechtenstein (Hochschule = university)
  • 2008 In an international ranking of 81 selected universities offering architecture programmes, the Hochschule Liechtenstein’s architecture programme takes first place
  • 2010 Introduction of the doctoral degree programme in Architecture
  • 2011 The Hochschule Liechtenstein becomes the Universität Liechtenstein (University of Liechtenstein)