Membrane Lightweight Structures


The postgraduate MEng program "Membrane Lightweight Structures" has been launched for the first time in November 2010 at the TU Wien: It prepares postgraduate students to work in the fastidious field of building with membranes, providing a profound knowledge for a qualified activity in architects' and engineers' offices, at implementing companies in the private sector as well as in the public sector. The modular postgraduate program may also form a basis for a further scientific qualification in a following doctoral thesis.

The substantial goal is to provide graduates with adequate tools and an understanding of appropriate technologies in the field of fabric architecture and fabric engineering.

The individual modules are designed in order to raise the awareness for the entire operational sequence from the first sketch up to the realization of membrane architecture. A main target of the program is to qualify graduates to develop projects independently. Participants will also have the opportunity to become part of a unique network of experts. The exchange of information and the long-term co-operation form the basis for a successful career in the field of fabric architecture.

Final DegreeMaster of Engineering (MEng) granted by the TU Wien
Language of InstructionEnglish
Duration4 semesters, part-time
Academic DirectorAo.Univ.Prof. Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Bob  Martens


  • Fundamentals
  • Membrane Architecture and Engineering
  • Software Tools for Membrane Structures
  • Project Development of Membrane Studies
  • Inspirational Membrane and Experimental Design
  • Knowledge Management
  • Project Management
  • Master's Thesis

Target Group

The program is designed for employees of companies and organizations, who have positioned themselves in the field of building with membranes, or who wish to do so in the future. The target group mainly comprises persons working in architects' and engineers' offices, other companies in the private sector as well as in the public sector, who are aiming at enhancing their professional career and preparing themselves for an interdisciplinary, innovation-orientated function.

Admission Requirements

Admitted individuals must either hold an appropriate first academic degree (e.g. all Austrian academic degrees, master or bachelor degree of a foreign university or university of applied sciences) or a similar qualification which can be regarded as an equivalent thereof (i.e. activities similar to those of a university graduate or relevant professional experience).

Tuition Fee

EUR 19,800 (excluding expenses for travelling and accomodation)

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