Architecture in Austria in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Architecture in Austria in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Architekturzentrum Wien’s indispensable reference book on 150 years of Austrian architecture, available again in a new, expanded edition.—“Architecture has to be evaluated based on the context of its time.” Friedrich Achleitner



Title Information

Edited by Architekturzentrum Wien Az W

Expanded and revised new edition

, 2016

Hardback (Flexicover)

440 pages, 2198 color and 55 b/w illustrations

23 x 29.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-011-4


Revised, updated, and expanded by nearly 100 projects, this new edition of the catalog for the “a_show,” Architekturzentrum Wien’s (Az W) permanent exhibition on Austrian architecture of the 20th and 21st century, has become a stand-alone reference book. Its scope extends beyond the themes of the exhibition. Apart from condensing the current discourse on Austrian architecture of the last 150 years, it also documents relevance and singularity of the Az W collection.

Featuring more than 2,300 images and plans, accompanied by explanatory texts—structured chronologically as well as thematically—the book points out both historical connections and contemporary tendencies. Paired with a timeline, offering also an overview of all relevant media since 1836, brief biographies, and an index, this is the authoritative survey of modern and contemporary Austrian architecture.

With contributions by Gabriele Kaiser, Monika Platzer, Anneke Essl, Martina Frühwirth, Gudrun Hausegger, Sonja Pisarik, and Ute Waditschatka. Foreword by Hannes Swoboda and Dietmar Steiner.


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Authors & Editors

Anneke Essl

Martina Frühwirth

Gudrun Hausegger

Gabriele Kaiser

 lives and works in Vienna as freelance architecture publicist, writer, and curator.

Sonja Pisarik

Monika Platzer

 is a curator and head of permanent collection at Architekturzentrum Wien. She also lectures at Universität Wien and Technische Universität Wien and has been a visting scholar at Harvard University in 2014.

Dietmar Steiner

, (1951-2020), graduated in architecture from Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts. He worked with various architects and taught as a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts until 1989 and since as visiting professor at various international universities. He was director of Architekturzentrum Wien Az W 1993–2016 and also worked as an editor for Domus magazine 1995–99. In 2002 he was commissioner of the Austrian pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Hannes Swoboda

Ute Waditschatka