An Alternative Maual for Architectural Education

Michelle Howard (Ed.)

Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna


Research – Observe – Make (ROM) describes the evolution of the platform for Construction, Material & Technology (CMT), at the Institute for Art and Architecture of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The CMT platform is led by Michelle Howard who used the platform to explore the didactic principles published here for the first time.

These principles are seated in the conviction that greater interaction with the world around us can provide untold levels of inspiration and indeed propose solutions if we only looked closely enough.

The ROM publication documents this program of studies and also forms the basis for future development. It comprises, assembled in one volume, five complementary books, which can also be read individually. After an introduction and an exposé on theory, the "elemental", "spatial" and "material" projects are introduced. The last book documents workshops, lectures and experiments.


This book is a team effort. It is edited by the director of the CMT platform, Michelle Howard, with essential contributions by Helmut Hempel, Jochen Käferhaus, Peter Bauer, Christian Fröhlich, Günther Dreger and Benedikt Frass and, of course, the students.