The profession of architect is one of the oldest in history. Architecture and urban design shape and materialise most of our daily living environment providing the framework and essential base structure in the broadest sense to the existence of culture at present and its development in the foreseeable future. The instruction of architects in Estonia is almost as old as the republic* with architects educated at the Estonian Academy of Arts for more than 60 years.

Instruction of Architects at EAA

The best Estonian practising architects serve as the specialty supervisors in the instruction of architects at EAA. In the course of the studies, students meet renowned professionals from all around the world covering both geographically and intellectually broad fields of architectural activity. The architecture programme integrates the various skills and knowledge of engineering and humanities into a creative and spatial whole providing opportunities for both practical work and specialised research.

Since 2013, we have provided the students of architecture and urban design with the opportunity to specialise in landscape architecture allowing them to have a more advanced approach to designing also the space between the buildings.

In autumn 2016, we also introduced the specialisation in heritage and conservation providing the students with the opportunity to apply for the heritage conservation licence at the National Heritage Board.

Instruction of Architects in Estonia and Europe

The EAA Department of Architecture and Urban Design is a member of the European Association for Architectural Education and the Nordic Academy of Architecture. The five-year study programme conforms to the framework requirements prescribed by the Regulation of the Government of the Republic of 29 October 2004 (ed. 12 June 2010) and to the educational requirements established for the profession by the European Union Qualifications Directive no. 2005/36/EC. Graduates who have completed the architecture and urban design programme can work as architects in the European Member States and they will be awarded the qualification of Qualified Architect, Level 7. In order to apply for the given level, the student must complete the curriculum in full, including the internship or practical assignments, and pass the final exam/defend his thesis. The given qualification is automatically awarded upon graduation and the respective information is included in the diploma.

*17 September 1918 may be considered the date of birth of Estonian architectural education as the first architecture courses were conducted for 120 students by the Estonian Technology Society in cooperation with 25 lecturers and thus a solid basis formed for the instruction of architects in Estonia.

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This special issue of Ehituskunst brings to the surface some of the rich and diverse research material that architect and professor Jan Verwijnen left to EKA Tallinn’s architecture faculty when he passed away in 2005. The project does not intend to be a collection of personal memories but rather hopes to engage some key figures of Verwijnen’s professional network to reflect upon ...

WDBE 2020 lead-in seminar ‘Integrated Design’

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Next two open lectures on architecture canceled

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Canceled: Open Lecture by architect Wolf D. Prix

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Open lecture on architecture: Pippo Ciorra

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Open lecture on architecture: Secretary

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Open Lectures on Architecture spring 2020

The Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts is happy to present the Open Lecture Series lineup for the spring semester. From Beatriz Colomina, Wolf D. Prix and Pippo Ciorra to the young stars of Stockholm practice Secretary and Lithuanian tandem Isora x Lozuraityte, on five evenings from February to May, students, professors, professionals and lovers of spatial topics are ...

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