[soma: sentient body]

soma is an Austrian practice founded in 2007 by four partners. soma understands architecture as an ongoing enquiry and a field of experimentation. The team's activities range from the development of contemporary digital design strategies to the implementation of advanced geometries and academic research. For soma, architecture is defined as “thinking in concepts” that deploy their potential in spatial, physical and sensuous experiences.
The team has been awarded many prizes in international competitions. Its work has won international recognition and has been featured in publications and exhibitions, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and Archilab 2013.
In addition to the Theme Pavilion for the Expo 2012 Yeosu in South-Korea, completed projects include the extension for the Building Academy in Salzburg, Austria (completed in June 2012) and a temporary music pavilion for the Salzburg Biennale (completed in March 2011). soma has offices in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.


Stefan Rutzinger

studied Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London and graduated from the Univ. of Applied Arts in Vienna (Studio Prix). He received several awards, including the Austrian Building Award 2006, the Recognition Award for Experimental Tendencies in Architecture 2008 and the MAK-Schindler Scholarship 2008. Since 2007 he is a lecturer at the University of Technology Vienna. In 2011 he was teaching at the UCLA Future Lab in Munich. In 2012 Stefan hold an interim professorship for Spatial Design at the Academy for Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. In 2012/13 he was guest professor for architectural design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Stefan is a teaching fellow at the Bartlett, UCL London where he runs MArch Unit 15 together with Kristina Schinegger.

Martin Oberascher

studied Architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the McGill University in Montreal and graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Studio Prix). He gained work experience as a Project Architect in architecture offices. Martin studied Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2009, he won the Sculpture Award of Salzburg for his installation in the Georg Trakl House. Since 2009 Martin has been teaching as a contract assistant professor and lecturer at the department for space&designstrategies at the University of Arts Linz.

Kristina Schinegger

studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Studio Prix) and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She received several awards including the Austrian Building Award 2005, the Recognition Award for Experimental Tendencies in Architecture 2006 and the MAK Schindler-Scholarship 2008. From 2009 - 2014 Kristina was a contract assistant professor at the Institute for Architecture Sciences, Department for Architecture Theory at the Vienna University of Technology. She is a teaching fellow at the Bartlett, UCL London where she is running MArch Unit 15 with Stefan Rutzinger since 2012.

Günther Weber

graduated in Architecture from the University of Technology in Munich. He gained work experience as a Project Architect in several architectural offices. From 2008 to 2009 he was a lecturer at the Department of Building Climatology and Building Services at the University of Munich.


Alexander Matl / Martina Johanna Lesjak / Hannes Tallafuss / Xavier Delanoue


Adrian Pickl-Herk / Rudolf Pöschl


Simon Hirtz / Konrad Zellner / Andreas Koerner / Rangel Karaivanov / Christiane Hütter / Andreas Ettmayer / Moritz Hanshans / Verena Lihl / Thomas Buseck / Melina Angelina Girardi / Anna Csefalvav / Christoph Müller / Sarah Schurian / Alexander Nanu / Raphaela Bacher / Ondrej Kloub / Joao Azougado / Kadri Tamre / Johan Tali / Miro Straka / Stefan Ritter / Sophie Luger / Sibilla Bonfanti / Anna Flavia Giammanco / Daniel Bolojan / Magdalena Zeller / Lukas Galehr / Christoph Treberspurg / Alice Mayer / Victorie Senesova / Karin Dobbler / Herwig Scherabon / Cecilia Sannella / Giuseppe Molteni / Kathrin Dörfler / Nadine Rössler / Jeanine Wörndl / Raimund Krenmüller / Judith Weissinger / Michaela Haussteiner


Nomination for European Union Prize for Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
Architecture Recognition Award by the Country Salzburg, 2012
Nomination for Media Architecture Biennale Award (among 25 finalists), 2012
Nomination for the KATERVA Sustainability Award, 2012
Nomination for the Austrian Building Award, 2012
Promotion Award for Architecture by the City of Vienna, 2011
START-Award by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, 2010


Vienna Art for Art's Sake, Winterpalais Museum Belvedere, Vienna (AT), 2015
APPLIED ARTS NOW. soma architecture - Immanent Elasticity, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (AT), 2014
Archilab 2013, FRAC Center, Orleans (FR), 2013
Material World Exhibition, Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen (DK), 2012
Future Building Solutions from Austria, Seoul, Cheonan, Ansan, Gwangju, Yeosu (KR), 2011
World Architecture Festival, Advantage Austria Lounge, Barcelona (ES), 2011
Austria under Construction, Architecture Biennale Venice (IT), 2010
How does it make you feel?, Künstlerhaus Salzburg (AT), 2010
New Frontiers, Design Factory Bratislava (SK), 2010; Zumtobel Vienna (AT), 2010
Yo.V.A. 3 / Young Viennese Architects, Project Space, Kunsthalle Vienna (AT), 2010
Mediaarchitecture Biennale 2010, Exhibition and Conference, Künstlerhaus Vienna (AT), 2010


Archilab Symposium 2013, FRAC Center, Orleans (FR), 2013
Evocative Formations, Changwon University (KR), 2012
Evocative Formations, Low Carbon Green Construction Technology Forum, AT Center Seoul (KR), 2012
Concrete Day, Vienna (AT) — invited speaker, 2012
Adaptive Architecture Conference, London (GB) — speaker, 2011
Lecture at the University Innsbruck (AT), 2011
Lecture UCLA, Los Angeles (US), 2011
WAF, World Architecture Festival, Barcelona (ES) — invited speaker, 2011
Design Modelling Symposium Berlin (DE) — speaker, 2011
Lecture at OHM University Nuremberg (DE), 2011
Lecture at Academy of Fine Arts Munich (DE), 2011
Vienna Architecture Conference, University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT) — invited speaker, 2010
Lecture Series: Young Viennese Architects, project space Karlsplatz , Vienna (AT), 2010
Lecture Series: Architecture in progress, Wiesner Hager, Vienna (AT), 2010