Architecture and Urban Design

The art of creating and building systems

Architecture creates a material framework and conditions for the functioning and development of the whole society. In a narrower sense, architecture is the art of creating and building systems.

It is often thought that an architect only designs houses, but that is only a small, albeit prominent part of the architect’s work. Architecture also includes learning about engineering, the humanities, and various software, building endless models and prototypes to create and experiment with new structures and worlds. The most important part of architectural education takes place as practical work in a studio, in an environment similar to an architectural office, where an actual project is born from the initial sketches. Theory and engineering subjects, painting, drawing and experimental studios support the studio work.

The latter is related to the laboratories of the Faculty of Architecture (3D Laboratory, VR Laboratory, PAKK) and the research work carried out in it, where it is possible to touch the fringes of space creation. There, you can acquire knowledge and specialise in restoration, landscape architecture or planning.

Our vision for the future

Architects have the difficult task of giving modern technology a commonly comprehensible material form and face in accordance with cultural expectations; create a whole from parts whose value is greater than the sum of any individual parts. Architecture is meant to constantly innovate, rebuild and offer different visions of the future – this is also one of the important ambitions of EKA’s architecture programme.

Read more about the curriculum here.

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News and events

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Open architecture lecture: Sofia Nannini

On May 31, at 11 AM Sofia Nannini will present a lecture “The mechanization of life: Histories, architecture, and paradoxes of intensive animal farming” in room A-403. The zootechnical buildings of animal farming are everywhere and, paradoxically, they seem to be nowhere. Also, they are often perceived as anonymous and timeless. Yet, we may ask: How did the architecture of intensive animal ...
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EKA Arh Conference: OPEN CALL for Abstracts

EKA Arh CONFERENCE 2024 Building Systems 10 October 2024 Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture, Põhja pst 7, Tallinn, Estonia CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The Faculty of Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts together with the scientific committee of the EKA Arh conference 2024 invites you to submit an abstract on the topic of building systems. Submitted abstracts should relate to high ...
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Open architecture lecture: Lara Almarcegui

he Open Lecture series of the EKA Faculty of Architecture will take place in the spring of 2024 under the general title Unlearning. The lecture series aims to engage with values, imaginaries and systems of knowledge that shape the contemporary fields of architecture and urbanism. Unlearning is coordinated by Maroš Krivý, professor of Urban Studies. According to Gayatri Spivak, for ...
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Successful NBAA Meeting at Aalto

Successful NBAA Meeting at Aalto with Participation by Dean of Architecture Sille Pihlak On April 18th and 19th, a networking meeting focused on architectural education took place at Aalto University in Finland, marking a significant advancement in the cooperation of the Nordic and Baltic Architecture Schools Network (NBAA). The meeting gathered key figures from the elite of Nordic and Baltic ...
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Creation of a memorial to the head of state A. Rei

As part of the joint subject of the Faculty of Fine arts and the Faculty of Architecture “Commissioned Monument in an Urban Environment”, solutions were sought for the problem of a monument of national importance in public urban space. The partner of the course was SA Head of State August Rei, who proposed to capture the memory of August Rei, a statesman who played a central role in the ...
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Joint Narva architecture workshop with students of EKA and Innsbruck University

In the first week of April, students from the University of Innsbruck visited the Faculty of Architecture of EKA, who got an overview of EKA’s everyday life and also got to know Narva. Possible architectural visions for Narva were created in a joint workshop. At EKA, the 3rd year students presented the sLenderBLOCK projects to the guests, large-scale renovation solutions for apartment ...
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Book presentation “History of Estonian urban construction 1918–2020”

We welcome you at the presentation of the book "History of Estonian Urban Planning 1918–2020" on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Estonian Academy of Arts. The voluminous and richly illustrated book provides an overview of the last hundred years of Estonian urban planning. At that time, cities became the main residences of the population living here, and rapid urbanization ...
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Open Architecture Lecture: Henriette Steiner

The Open Lecture series of the EKA Faculty of Architecture will take place in the spring of 2024 under the general title Unlearning. The lecture series aims to engage with values, imaginaries and systems of knowledge that shape the contemporary fields of architecture and urbanism. Unlearning is coordinated by Maroš Krivý, professor of Urban Studies. According to Gayatri Spivak, for example, ...

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