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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Ministry of Environment. Studio Project, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. The main purpose of this course was for introduction to design concepts for public buildings in an urban context, introduction to energy efficiency, developing concepts for large-scale timber construction, developing strategies for future office spaces and integration of algorithmic tools into the design process. Baltic Oasis is taking as its base the preliminary brief ...

Biocomputation and Urban Protocols in Tallinn. Elective Course, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. The course aims to provide students with a material and operational framework to deal with change and transformation, the two defining qualities of urban ecology. In the age of unprecedented interaction between the natural and the artificial realms, we are confronted with the necessity to develop instruments of transformation equipped with an embedded capacity of ...

State Houses of Jõhvi and Haapsalu. Studio Project V, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. The course was focussed on the architectural draft project of a complex large-scale public building (>10,000m²). The aim was to reach a comprehensive and detailed project by gradually solving methodologically variegated small-scale tasks and analysing specific topics. The first part of the term was concerned with the analysis of the initial assignment (location, ...

[organized chaos]3. 3DL Studio: Form Study 3, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. The sculpture park at Richard Sagrits Museum in Karepa, Lääne-Viru county is waiting for a new sculpture: a wooden parametric bridge that would be both attractive and functional. Then again, it does not necessarily have to link the banks and could remain a mere platform above the river. Students can solve the geometry by means of their acquired skills in 3D-modelling ...

Private House. Studio Project III, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. The aim of the fall term project PRIVATE HOUSE for the second-year students of architecture and interior architecture was: • To go through the whole design protsess of a detached house beginning with the analysis of the primary data, examples and location, continuing with the development of a contcept and testing of versions, and resulting in an outcome considering and ...

Model Studio. Workshop, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. In many ways, the studio may be considered a logical continuation of the course work completed in the previous term. Having aempted to describe technically demanding, time-consuming and abstract ideas on paper, students now need to develop it further in the form of a three-dimensional model. The additional dimension, material properties (thickness, processability, ...

Graphic (re)presentation. Studio Project I, 2016/2017

Find the booklet here. The aim of the course is to develop manual and visual thinking skills. To see and represent elements of the world as they occur to us and aslo create and convey ideas and images still unseen and unknown to others. As a result of the course, the students will have a vast set of manual graphic skills as well as the means for visual and conceptual thinking. It is further ...

Apartment Building. Studio Project VIII, 2015/2016

You can find the booklet here. The study assignment of term 8 was not to focus on a single family but to create a model for living for a wider community in a specific urban spatial environment with the solution requiring extensive knowledge of urban geography, demographic sociology and building typology as well as the development of new forward-looking models for living for the respective ...

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