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.

The Department of Architecture and Urban Design is located in Kanut Guild Hall in Tallinn Old Town. In the academic year 2017-2018, we will move to the new facilities of EAA in the former Rauaniidi factory building in Kalamaja originally designed by Eugen Habermann. The authors of the project of the new building are our lecturers Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla and Eik Hermann from architecture company Kuu Architects.

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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Virtual Prototyping with an Application to the Mass-customization of Architecture, Design and Art

The aim of the project was to develop and experiment with the application of virtual reality (VR) and mass-customization technologies inside the various curriculums at The Estonian Academy of Arts, with an emphasis on creating a feed-back between the alterations that take place in VR and the Web into architecture, design, animation and analysis software.  The intention was to integrate and ...
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TODAY! Unfinished City research project: Open Lecture by Kees Christiaanse – Urban Transformation

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Open Lecture on Architecture: Gwyllim Jahn (Fologram)

Making in Mixed Reality: Open Lecture by Fologram co-founder Gwyllim Jahn The last lecturer of the Open Lecture Series this spring will be Australian architect, RMIT lecturer Gwyllim Jahn, who investigates the implications of Mixed-Reality assembly methodologies on architectural design. Jahn will be stepping on the stage of the main auditorium of the new EKA building on the 9th of May at 6 ...
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Open Lecture on Architecture: Levente Polyak , 18.10 at 6.30pm

Funding the Cooperative City: Open Lecture by urban planner Levente Polyak The next lecturer of the Open Lecture Series this autumn semester will be Levente Polyak, stepping on the stage of the new EKA building (auditorium A501) on the 18th of October at 6 pm to talk about funding the cooperative city. Levente’s lecture is titled “Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the ...

Architecture Open Lecture Series to host Enrique Sobejano and Patrik Schumacher this autumn

Department of Architecture and Urban Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts is happy to present the Open Lecture Series lineup for the autumn semester – a number of exciting architects, urban planners, academics from across the world. The lectures are free of charge, in English, take place every fortnight, and are open to everyone – for both students and professionals of the field, general ...

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