About me

As independent architect

I see any given task as a creative chance to improve the urban and natural environment. My aim is always to strive for comprehensive answers for client requests in a professional manner and to meet their wishes with commitment and a clear stance, while accompanying them throughout the entire process.
I am strongly committed to the human, social and artistic demands of architecture.

curriculum vitae – Petra Friedl (English version)

Petra Friedl Architektin
Independent architect | state-certified and authorized civil-engineer | Member of the chamber of architects and civil engineers, Austria

Professional & academic experience

2001 Graduated with distinction | Faculty of Architecture University of Technology, Austria

Since 2002 | Work for the architectural company Volker Giencke & Company
I am an authorized representative of Univ.-Prof.  Architekt DI Volker Giencke responsible for management of numerous projects in Austria and abroad.

The most formative project for me to date was the multifunctional concert hall GREAT AMBER in Liepaja, Latvia.
I had project management responsibility for the general planning team consisting of Austrian, German and Latvian specialist planners.
The project won a worldwide competition and was realized within the time and budget limits.

2011, 2010 and 2009 | Workshops on the Atlantic, Lagoa de Santo André, Portugal, together with Volker Giencke
Lectureship at ./studio 3 – Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Design in a two-week course with 25-30 students each. The results of these workshops received international attention and let to an exchange with the most recognized architecture schools in Europe and the USA.

2008, 2006 | Guest jury member for the final reviews of the “E2”-design program, Institute of Urbanism – Graz University of Technology, Austria.

1999 – 2001 | Architectural company W+G Wratschko
Participation in several projects in all project phases.

Since 2000 | Study trips to Brazil, the USA, France, New York, Paris, Moscow, Caracas, Hanoi, Havana, Barcelona, etc.

Since 2017 | Jury member at competitions and lecturer at workshops. 

Since 2020 | Lectureship at the Institute for Architecture & Design at the Technical University, Vienna.

Voluntary work

Since 2018 | Board member of the Section Architects and chairperson of the comitee for strategic competitions – chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers for Styria & Carinthia, Austria.

Workshops | Studies | Research | Awards

2016 Architectural study “City of Desire”  The artistic approach to architecture 

2011 Research project  Energy-efficient architecture and sustainable settlement structures.

2009 Workshop “Künstlerisches Gestalten”, Rivka Rinn, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2007 Workshop “Future Visions for Mangalsala”, Riga/Latvia – Winning project
in collaboration with Volker Giencke & Colin Fournier

2001 Awarded project “Aomori City Housing” – multifunctional residential quarter in the city center of Aomori | Japan 


GREAT AMBER | “Heiter und leicht”, Die Presse  Spectrum, 03.2016

Concert Hall “Great Amber”, Liepaja, Lettland Entering a new era | architektur. aktuell, 02.2016

Great Amber Concert Hall | European Center ‒ The Chicago Athenaeum


Die Auszeichnungen des Great Amber | Architektur Steiermark – www.gat.st

Participation in the exhibition publication  “Graz Architektur” Exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz, 2017