First of all, the present work is looking into the nexus of architecture and contemporary art. To this end discussions and practices are explored, which contribute to the current discourse on the theme in various ways. The meaning of the term nexus reveals itself by distinguishing different types of interplay between the disciplines in question. The Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg provides the historical, discursive and practical context for a deeper examination of the formation and current situation of the nexus between architecture and contemporary art in the German-speaking world. Founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka as „School of Seeing“, the Summer Academy is the oldest of its kind in Europe. From its inception, architecture was a self- evident part of its course offering. Site-related briefs helped to foster discussions within the framework of the summer academy, reflected current tendencies of the scene, while contributing to the wider discourse of architecture at the same time. In recent years, however, architectural classes in the traditional sense have disappeared from the course programme. As suggested by the more recent discourse on the nexus of architecture and contemporary art, architects are more likely to engage in topics such as urbanism, community art or public art. From this point of view, my participatory observation in one of the classes marks a complementary approach to utilize the Summer Academy as a vehicle to develop a methodological approach for conducting artistic research. In doing so, the institutional context allowed me to investigate the relevance of the interplay between architecture and contemporary art for my future practice.