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Digital Design & Production | IoA Institute of Architecture | University of Applied Arts Vienna


University of Applied Arts Vienna
Institute of Architecture – Department for Digital Design & Production
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
1010 Wien

T +43 (0)1 711 33 23 90
F +43 (0)1 711 33 23 45

opening hours with a confirmed machine reservation (except semester breaks)
monday to thursday 10 a.m. –  6 p.m.
friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
other times by appointment VIA email

The DDPLAB office is located on the 1st floor door No. 130

Individual consultation (please make an appointment)

Armin Hess
tuesday 10-12h

Daniela Kröhnert
friday 12-16h

Afshin Koupaei
wednesday 12-16h


studied at the University of Technology in Graz, where he graduated at the department of urban planning under Prof. Joost Meuwissen in 1997. From 1997 till 1998 he worked in Amsterdam at the office of Ben van Berkel UNstudio.
Back in Austria he co-founded in Vienna in 1999, working on architectural competitions and realizing projects in the field of urban design, housing, offices and interior design.
Armin Hess started teaching as assistant professor at the University of Technology Vienna in 2001 at the Institute of Architectural Sciences and taught advanced CAAD techniques at the Department of Architectural Design and Construction. Since 2000 Armin Hess has been teaching at the University of Applied Arts under the head of Wolf D. Prix and Hani Rashid and from 2008 till 2010 at the Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program in Vienna.
Besides his teaching engagement Armin Hess leads his archviz related CG company ISOCHROM since 2000. In 2012 he co-founded ‘lectricEye to provide visual services for luxury brands.

DANIELA KRÖHNERT Univ.Ass. Mag.arch. 
Born and raised in Karlsruhe, Germany, she studied architecture at the KIT (Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology) and graduated with distinction at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Studio Prix in 2011.
Being unsatisfied with a pure theoretical education, she co-founded the Design Collaborative „4Rooms“ and started realization of several projects during her undergraduate studies in Germany, including a temporary pedestrian bridge „roer_bro“ for a music festival in Karlsruhe.
Since 2007 she has been practicing with Coop Himmelb(l)au internationally on numerous projects and competitions, specializing in Digital and Parametric Design and CNC-manufacturing processes.
Besides leading the DDPLab in Vienna she is a freelance artist and designer with her studio DARK.
From 2010-2017 she held a teaching position at the University of Nuremberg at the Institute for Digital Design and Drafting of Prof. Niels Jonkhans.

Afshin is a licensed architect and construction supervisor based in Vienna, Austria and Isfahan, Iran. He received his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Azad University (Isfahan, Iran) in 2008 and, completed his master’s degree in architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (die Angewandte, Studio KAZUYO SEJIMA) in 2019. From 2002 to 2005 and prior to studying architecture, Afshin practiced as a programming and software development expert and instructor where he utilized his self-learnt knowledge of MS C#/VB and, shared his advanced experience in this field with university students in computer science.
He has worked as a designer, architect, construction supervisor, and project manager in architecture and urban design firms in Iran. from 2005 to 2012, Afshin was in charge of projects of various scales; from small and large housing projects, hotel buildings, office buildings, industrial sites, to re-planning of worn-out urban districts. He also collaborated in the design of projects in UK (London), Oman (Muscat) and Greece (Crete). In 2008, he won the “Best Renovation Project” (Fara-Tahghigh office together with AMORDAD Design Group) at MEMAR AWARDS (Iran National Architecture Award).
In 2012, Afshin founded GOZAAR STUDIO/LAB (Isfahan/Iran) where he began to experiment with incorporating his computer programming proficiency and background in architectural projects. Along with design and accomplishment of several architectural projects, Gozaar Studio elaborated on its empirical approach in the form of multiple academic workshops and experimental pavilions. In 2014/15 academic year, Afshin instructed a course titled Digital Processes in Design and Fabrication as a joint lecture at the Azad University/West-Tehran. In 2017 and 2018, he worked as a researcher at the EVA Research project (Evaluierung Visionärer Architekturkonzepte) and was university assistant at University of Applied Arts Vienna as a member of DDPLAB (Digital Design and Production Lab) /Institute of Architecture, in 2019.
Afshin is focused on re-establishing geographically contextual design methods and fabrication technologies. His vision is to employ traditionally common design and construction techniques (mostly vernacular techniques) to reinvent contemporary design and fabrication typologies.

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