Media Architecture Institute Vienna


The Media Architecture Institute (MAI) is a worldwide leading expert network in the field of media architectures. It was founded in fall 2009 by Dr. Gernot Tscherteu, Dr. Oliver Schürer, DI. Wolfgang Leeb, Dr. Martin Tomitsch. In 2011 Dr. Hank Häusler joined the scientific staff of the institute. The institute was designed to complement the work of established universities and research institutions with a very focused research activity, particular in providing a platform through its homepage, conference and exhibitions. The MAI continues the work of the former Media Architecture Group founded in 2006. As the institute is intentionally a small unit, it is in intense exchange with its international network partners. The flexible structure of the institute enables it to complement the project core team with advice and expertise from leading international architects / designers, technical consultants and scholars.
In 2012, the MAI, together with Aarhus University, organised the second Media Architecture Biennale, a congress that attracted an international audience in the field of media architecture and urban media installations.

Dr. Gernot Tscherteu / Media Architecture Institute – Member of Board

Dr. Gernot Tscherteu is Member of Board of the Media Architecture Institute in Vienna and interaction designer and researcher at With a background in political science, Tscherteu has worked for the Austrian Academy of Science, University of Applied Arts, ZKM Karlsruhe, and the Vienna Museumsquartier. Since 1997 he has been a researcher and research-manager for ICT projects for example for web4groups,, and His research focuses on collaborative Media, Web 2.0, interaction design, network visualisations, responsive media, media facades, media architectures, media in urban space. He has also curated numerous events in the field of media facades and media architecture and is a coorginaser of the Media Architecture Biennale which has taken place in Aarhus (Denmark) in 2012.
Gernot Tscherteu has participated in many publications as writer and co-editor, including Urban Media Cultures (2012).