Krems an der Donau

Krems an der Donau is the eastern gateway to the Wachau Valley, one of Europe's loveliest river landscapes. It is also one of the oldest cities in the land. This history extending back more than a thousand years is evident everywhere - in the streets and squares, in the old monasteries and churches, in the town houses and fortifications.

The historical center of Krems is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Over the centuries, builders and architects have created a unique cityscape here that has been lovingly cared for and preserved. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 1975 Krems was singled out as a "Model City for Historical Preservation" and in 2000 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. With all this history, you might think that the city is dominated by the past. In reality, Krems is very open to modern life: Contemporary art and culture play an important role here, adding variety and energy to public areas throughout the city.

Krems has a diverse calendar of events as a festival venue. Thousands of visitors flock to Krems year after year to attend the Danube Festival, East-West Music Festival, Wachau Film Festival, Children's and Young People's Theater Festival, Cabarett Festival and the many other musical and theatrical events staged here. The city wine museum, housed in one of the most beautiful monasteries in the land, has a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Krems also has a Arts Mile featuring the Caricature Museum, Kunsthalle Krems, the Lower Austrian Literature Center and a number of other culture institutions with a diverse lineup of special events.

Krems also has a rich tradition as an economic and educational center. Its Bio Science Park is an attractive location for companies engaged in bio-tech and in application-oriented research. As the site of the Danube University, the IMC University of Applied Sciences, the Danube Private University and a broad range of secondary schools, Krems is a major center of Austrian education.


Danube University Krems

Danube University Krems is the leading public university for continuing education in Europe. With its expertise in teaching and research it works to overcome societal challenges.

As university for continuing education we specialize in enhancing the qualifications of working professionals. The strength of Danube University Krems is providing university courses that keep pace with the times and are oriented toward current and future societal challenges. Approximately 8,240 students are currently enrolled in Danube University Krems, more than 24,500 have already completed their studies successfully.

Research at Danube University Krems is centered on contemporary and future challenges society faces. In a transdisciplinary context we build bridges between basic research and practice-oriented application, between individual disciplines and in particular to society.

Danube University Krems combines ongoing innovation in research and teaching with the highest standards and holds the seal of quality of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria). (Copyright: Danube University Krems, University for Continuing Education)

Department for Building and Environment, Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture

Since its foundation, the Department has distinguished itself with its focus on current social issues, combining expertise in ecology, economy and culture to develop sustainable architecture and living environments.

The Department’s functional core competencies include:

· Energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive building optimisation

· Blending constructional expertise with findings from human sciences

· Calculating and analysing lifecycle costs of buildings and

· Questions on how to preserve and develop UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The specialist fields particularly include, among others:

· Daylight planning

· Energy efficiency of old buildings and structures

· Cultural property protection in accordance with the Hague Convention 1954 and

· Assessing the value of heritage-protected buildings.

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Univ.-Prof Dipl.Arch ETH Dr. Christian Hanus

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture

Head of the Department for Building and Environment

Ing. Peter Morgenstein, Ph.D.

Scientific Staff at the Department for Building and Environment

Project Manager

Darya Haroshka, MSc

Scientific Staff at the Department for Building and Environment

Communication Manager

Silvia Hofbauer

Project Assistant at the Department for Building and Environment

Financial Manager