Project Design Work

Interdisciplinary collaboration in multicultural teams

GBS participants get to put theory into practice in their final project work, dealing with a real-life object in the City of Vienna.

This allows to apply the relevant knowledge to an integrated planning task in a multidisciplinary peer group of students with diverse backgrounds and from disciplines such as architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences and more. The final outcome is a design project, which is presented to a jury on the very last day of the program.

Online project design across time zones

In 2020 and 2021, the teams worked on the “Otto-Wagner-Area”, an important heritage site in Vienna, which will serve as a future campus for the Central European University. Interdisciplinary, high quality outcomes were produced, while collaborating exclusively online and across several time zones!

In 2020, the task was to turn this historical area into the first Positive Energy University Campus worldwide - a unique challenge well mastered by the students! Have a look on the innovative designs in the Booklet!

Earlier group projects were dealing with the renovation of residential buildings, design of student guesthouses and (re)densification.

Poster examples
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Scientific publications

Two academic papers were published by a project team of 2020 and one even received the “Best Paper Award” at the SBE21 Heritage Conference!

The “Otto-Wagner-Area” as a Positive Energy Campus

The OeAD student housing was also part of a research project under the leadership of Schöberl & Pöll GmbH and the partners Central European University, Institute of Architecture and Design of the Vienna University of Technology and LANG consulting, who carried out a feasibility analysis about an attempted re-development of the area in Plus Energy Standard.


Funded by The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology and FFG Forschung wirkt.

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