traditional architecture, identity in architecture, world heritage, research in architecture, building archaeology, city analysis


Architecture is the result of a multilayered process influenced by numerous factors. Thus, comprehensive architectural research can only be achieved through a holistic approach and in collaboration with experts from different disciplines. Although interdisciplinary research is a common framework for architectural studies and should be an integral part of the education for future architects, yet, this is not usually the case. With its module entitled “Cultural Spaces – Research on Architecture and Identity” at the TU Wien, a set of courses has been developed to arouse the interest of students of architecture in setting up their own research project. This paper will describe the research approach that is taught in the framework of the module, using the example of the class of 2016, which was focused on the architecture of the world heritage sites of Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra in Albania.



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