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an () other architecture

gaupenraub shows that topics around architecture and the field of work of architects can also be treated differently.

This includes the co-design of programmatic content, dealing with the site, the clients and users, circular economy, social issues, …

The office wants to show alternative approaches that deviate from the common image of the architect, towards an architecture of togetherness.

Redevelopment, reuse, upcycling are topics that currently are of great interest to all architects. The sustainable use of our resources has become necessary to ensure a future worth living for all of us.

For us, these topics have been part of our profession for more than 20 years, since many of our clients have hardly any resources at their disposal – they were homeless.

On the basis of three projects, strategies are shown how affordable, socially responsible and resource-saving living space can be created. Initially designed for socially disadvantaged people, many of the lessons learned are proving to be groundbreaking for future planning.


Architect Mag.ª arch. Alexander Hagner, born 1963

College for Interior Design and Furniture Construction, subsequently studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, master class Prof. Johannes Spalt and master class Prof. Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au) and at the KTH/ Stockholm; Partner in architectural offices in Vienna and Stockholm; Member of Swedish Architects, Member of the Chamber of Civil Technicians, Architects and Engineers Vienna, Lower Austria, and Burgenland; 2022 member of their section board

1995... -2004: Employed in architectural offices, Vienna and Stockholm 1999: Foundation of gaupenraub +/- together with Alexander Hagner 2000: teaching at the KTH Stockholm since 2004: self-employed in Stockholm and Vienna 2005: foundation of omniplan AB together with Pelle Norberg and Staffan Schartner since 2005: lectures, AIP, NDU St.Pölten, etc. 2017: Lectureship at the TU Graz at the Institute for Interior Design 2015, 2020, 2021: Lectureship at the TU Vienna at the Institute for Structural Engineering 2

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Mag. arch. Ulrike Schartner, born 1966

After graduating from high school, completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter, then studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts/Vienna, master class with Prof. Johannes Spalt and master class with Prof. Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au)

since 1997: self-employed in Vienna 1999: foundation of gaupenraub +/- together with Ulrike Schartner 2000-2008 and 2013-2017: lectureships at the Vienna University of Technology 2008-2009: university assistant at the Vienna University of... Technology since 2010: guest critiques, workshops and external teaching assignments at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, TU Vienna, TU Graz, Art University Linz, NDU St. Pölten, among others 2015 – 2016: Visiting professor at the Department of Building History::Building Research at the TU Vienna 2017 – 2018: Visiting professorship at the Institute for Housing at TU Graz on the topic of housing experiments 2019 – 2020: Lectureship at the University of Art Linz Since 2016: Endowed professorship for social building at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences in Spittal an der Drau

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Gaupenraub +/-

Alexander Hagner and Ulrike Schartner founded the architecture studio gaupenraub+/- in 1999. Both Ulrike and Alexander had studied at the University of Applied Arts for 3 years with Johannes Spalt before continuing for 5 years with Wolf D. Prix. Since then, they’ve worked as external lecturers for various Universities and Institutes, such as the Vienna University of Technology, holding workshops at Vienna’s BOKU, NDU St. Polten, TU-Graz and KTH-Stockholm. Some of their most renowned... works include the “Eiermuseum” they’ve designed for sculptor Wander Bertoni in Winden am See, which has won the “Burgenland Prize for Architecture”and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award, as well as the refurbishment and extension of MCM Klosterfrau Melissengeist that received the ETHOUSE Award and the recent redesign of the offices of Franz Schellhorn’s Agenda Austria. Beyond that, for the past ten years gaupenraub has engaged in social projects, such as “Vinzi Rast”, but also Memobil furniture for people living with dementia or “VinziRast-mittendrin”, where students and formerly homeless people live together, which has been granted the Urban Living Award 2013.


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