The Architectonic Oeuvre – Ferdinand Schuster

Teacher. Thinker. Architect.

The architect Ferdinand Schuster (1920–1972) is one of the most important figures of post-war Austrian building culture. He realised churches, industrial buildings, leisure and educational facilities as well as housing, primarily in Kapfenberg and Graz. Schuster’s work developed within the context of his reflections on the cultural, social and political dimensions of construction. He passed on this approach during his teaching activities at Graz University of Technology, where he held the chair for architecture and design from 1964 to 1972. 12th September 2020 would have been Ferdinand Schuster’s 100th birthday. The exhibition and publication mark this occasion by providing an insight into his comprehensive oeuvre.

The exhibition and book publication trace the life and works of Ferdinand Schuster, paying tribute to his diverse oeuvre and investigating the relevance of his ways of thinking and approaches for today. After the opening at the HDA in Graz, the exhibition will also be shown in Kapfenberg and Vienna. The comprehensive publication “Ferdinand Schuster (1920–1972). Das architektonische Werk: Bauten, Schriften, Analysen” (An Architectonic Oeuvre: Buildings, Writings, Analyses) is based on several years of research in the framework of an OeNB-project at the Institute of Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies at Graz University of Technology. It is published by Park Books. 

This exhibition is a cooperation between the Institute of Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies at Graz University of Technology, City of Kapfenberg, Province of Styria and the HDA – Haus der Architektur, Graz.

Supported by Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Office of the Provincial Government of Styria, Urban Planning Directorate Graz, Ferdinand Schuster Foundation, City of Kapfenberg

Pressemappe: Das architektonische Werk. Ferdinand Schuster (1920–1972). Lehrer. Denker. Architekt.
2 July to 14 August 2020
Haus der Architektur
Mariahilferstraße 2
8020 Graz
HDA Haus der Architektur
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