Roland Gnaiger

O.Univ.-Prof. Mag. arch. DI, Head of the Departement of Architecture and of the studio BASEhabitat


Born in 1951 in Bregenz.

Study of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna as well as at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

All of Gnaiger’s projects are proof of his great interest in ecological and social responsibility and they show his competence regarding questions of culture and aesthetics.

He was thus awarded Austria’s most important prize for architecture, the “ZV-Preis”, four times for different buildings such as a school (“Schule von Warth”), a farmhouse including all necessary facilities (“Vetterhof”) a block of flats (“Rosenstraße Dornbirn”) as well as a kindergarten (“In der Braike in Bregenz”). All these projects were exhibited and highly acclaimed throughout Europe.

Questions of using our natural resources considerately and reaching the highest standard of ecological building, especially the use of solar energy, have played an outstanding role from the beginning of his work as an architect.

Gnaiger was a co-founding member of the so-called “Vorarlberger Baukünstler”, a regional movement for architecture which has become a trademark throughout Europe.

These architects have devoted themselves to building with timber as the most important material, called “timber construction”.

In 1996 Gnaiger was appointed “Professor” at the University of Arts in Linz (Upper Austria), responsible for the Department of Architecture.

Ever since the organization of the study programmes as well as the curriculum have been renewed and expanded in a sense that architecture is now taught bringing together practice and theory, the arts and craftsmanship, industry, economics and ecology as well as culture and aesthetics.

The best experts in Austria are invited to read and lecture on such topics as what we now call “solar architecture” and the various questions that ecological building poses.

Furthermore an academic study programme for post-graduates has been installed dealing with all the possible aspects of timber construction (“überholz”). 

In 2006 Roland Gnaiger was appointed by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment and made responsible for awarding the National Prizes for Architecture and Sustainability

In 2004 Gnaiger, his colleagues and his students planned and actually built a home for handicapped children in the township of “Orangefarm” near Johannesburg in the Republic of South Africa.

This project reflects the broad emphasis that is given to topical questions and problems brought up by modern society, always trying to overcome them with the combined efforts and experiences his Department of Architecture in Linz can offer.


Ulrike Schwantner

Univ.-Ass. DI, Studio Management / (inter)national contact, teaching


Born 1976 in Linz.

Studies of Spatial Planning and Analysis at the University of Technology in Vienna and the National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires.

Focus on sustanability and socio-spatial context.

Diploma thesis on decentralisation and public participation in the urban development of Montevideo.

2003 -2005 Researcher at the University of Technology in Vienna, at the Institute of Sociology, Department of Spatial Planning.

Since 2003 working in the field of sustainable communitiy development, cooperative planning and participating processes.

Further education in Webscience at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.


Corinna König

Univ.-Ass. Mag. arch., Studio Management / coordination of construction


Born 1989 in Melk, Austria.

Studies of architecture at the University of Art and Design in Linz and Grenoble.

Research-, design- and construction experience in Perú, D. R. Kongo, India and South Africa, as well as site supervision in South Africa within the work of BASEhabitat.

Between 2009 and 2013 employee at Schneider Lengauer architects and Luger und Maul architects.

Master thesis dealing with construction culture and revitalization of town centers.

Since 2014 university assistent for architecture at the University of Art and Design in Linz  | studio gnaiger and further education in languages and various courses at the University of Art and Design in Linz.


Dominik Abbrederis

Building site manamgenet, international


Three-year commercial apprenticeship, international jobs as skiing- and surfing trainer. Social work with children in Austria and Portugal. Certified outdoor guide.

Graduate earth constructor "Fachkraft Lehm" in Germany. 4 years working with Martin Rauch (Lehm.Ton.Erde)

Working independently on buidlign sites in South America and Africa.

2014 and 2016 workshop tutor in rammed earth technique at the BASEhabitat Summer School.

Marielle Manahl

Mag.aConsultant Public Relations


Born 1963. Studied Business Economics. After various years as an Editorial Journalist at the „Voralrberger Nachrichten“ in the social department, 6 years leader oft he managementboard of a family business. Since 2004 self dependent work in the field of Public Relations, Consultants and Coaching in natural affairs.

Initiator and host of the symposium „Projects of Hope – Alternative Nobel Price Winners are showing ways into a sustainable future“,

Mediator, vision-development trainer

Katharina Doblinger - on maternity leave

Univ.-Ass. Mag. arch., Studio Management / coordination of construction


Born 1982 in Ried im Innkreis.

Studies of Architekture at the University of Art in Linz.

Experience in design and construction of sustainable housing in Bangladesch and Southafrika within the framework of BASEhabitat.

2013 Diözesan Supporting Award for the diploma thesis "Hofverband - opportunities and potentials of underused farmsteads"

Further education in Graphic-Design and Photography at the University of Art in Linz.

Former team members




.. Wolfgang Fiel

PhD, MSc, MArch, MPhil, Scientific Consultant

Born 1973 in Alberschwende. Studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology and the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Since 2002, artistic practice as part of the collective tat ort.

Taught at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Innsbruck. Currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Numerous exhibitions as artist and curator, projects and publications, including as co-editor of the iCP Consequence Book Series and as the editor of a monograph on the work of Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, entitled “Metalanguage of Space”, all with SpringerWienNewYork.

Most recently, curator and project leader of the international travelling exhibition “Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg”,

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