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Austrian Real Estate Challenge - TU Wien and Stanford University


Stanford is your dream university besides TU Wien?
You always wanted to attend courses there but it seemed too exclusive and out of reach?
You are a masters student preferably of Civil Engineering or Spatial Planning at the TU Wien and always wanted to be part of an
international team during your master thesis? Then apply for the Austrian Real Estate Challenge!

Out of the applicants a group of 4 students is selected. The students will be part of the ME310 course 2021-2022 at Stanford Mechanical Engineering. The selected students will work on this design challenge together with students of the ME310 and the teaching team around Larry Leifer and Alex Redlein. The goal of the course is to learn the methodology design thinking on a practical case. First you define the "real" problem space together with the industry partners. Then you perform rapid prototyping to find out more about the problem and the possible solution space (dark horse, funky prototype). Last but not least you implement the funky prototype.

You will be at Stanford twice for around two weeks each till next June (depending on the developments of Covid) including a presentation of the result in front of an international audience at Stanford EXPE 2022. During the rest of the course you have to work together with the international team virtually and fulfill the deliverables defined by the teaching team. TU Vienna designes the course in a way that you can earn your credentials for your Master Thesis out of the work done. You have to finish the writing of the thesis briefly after the final presentation in 2022. In addition, you will earn your Masterthesis Seminar. Both courses will be supervised by Alex Redlein from TU Vienna and coached by the Stanford teaching team. Learn from the best from both worlds!

You learn the methodology not only by listening to lectures but by applying it at a practical industry case: Problem based learning at its best

Austrian real estate companies like Immofinanz, ÖSW and Simacek Group provide you with the topic for the challenge. It will be in the area of real estate and ask for an innovative solutions and new approaches. Topics will be announced soon. They also sponsor this challenge (course fees, travel costs, etc.).


Apply for the challenge with your

CV, motivation letter, bachelor's diploma and a confirmation of enrollment of Masterthesis

and send your application to

The deadline for submitting your documents is the 6th of August 2021. Interviews will be held per video conference.

The selection will take place till September 10th 2021.


We are looking forward for your applications!


Click here for the Austrian Real Estate Challenge folder