Opening of the Shelter 2020 "Paradise", 31.08.2020. Photo Laura Rohtlaan
The architectural studies are comprised of an integrated five-year curriculum. In the curriculum of Architecture and Urban Planning, it is possible to acquire in-depth knowledge and specialize in the fields of restoration, landscape architecture or planning.
Architectural studies at EKA are studio-based in form and interdisciplinary in content. Most of the work is done in a studio, which is essentially an environment similar to an architectural office, where your sketches create a real project. The most important subject of the curriculum is architectural and urban design, which deals with processes taking place in society. Each semester, a building of a different size and the surrounding urban space or plan is created according to a theme. In addition to the professional studio, the architecture student participates in general and specialized theory and engineering subjects, as well as in painting, drawing and specialized experimental studios (see our professors). The last, so-called vertical studios are cross-course and related to the laboratories of the Faculty of Architecture (3D Laboratory, VR Laboratory, Material Laboratory) and the research work carried out in them, which explores the fringes of spatial creation. All EKA laboratories and workshops are open to students to realize their ideas and creations.
The Faculty of Architecture organizes the traditional “Open Lecture Series” in which EKA is visited by the world’s top architects and internationally renowned professors. In addition to giving lectures, guest speakers always give feedback on students’ professional projects in critical seminars. Within the Erasmus program, EKA has student exchange agreements with a large number of architecture schools around the world, and thanks to the initiative of students, the list is constantly updated. Our students have easy access to the best universities in the world for exchange studies.
The study of architecture and urban planning ends with the completion of a master’s thesis, to which the entire fifth year of study is dedicated. The Master’s student has a choice between four different studios related to building design or adaptation, urban planning, landscape or the use of digital tools in architecture. The master’s thesis is a professional project with visual material, models and text, which describes the master’s thesis process and its theoretical and practical background.
What are the career prospects?
The graduates of the curriculum of Architecture and Urban Design of EKA can work in the private sector as a designer of buildings and planning projects as a manager or a member of a larger project team, similarly as a public official or ideologist channelling the spatial development on the local government level, and also at universities or research centres developing various digital and material processes and providing applied research studies to a wide section of the society starting from large-scale national planning to highly specific problems related to production.
EKA is the only university in Estonia where the Curriculum for Architecture and Urban Planning belongs to the Qualification Directive no. 2005/36/EC in Annex V Of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (see more details) and the five-year training provided here is in accordance with the framework requirements for architectural studies provided by the Government of the Republic Regulation 29.10.2004 (red. 12.06.2010).
It provides the graduate of EKA with a degree in architecture and urban planning and a diploma architect level 7 professional qualification (see more details), which allows you to work as an architect anywhere in the European Union.
The curriculum shows in more detail which subjects are studied in the field of architecture and urban planning.
In addition to daily study, students undergo various praxes during the study period
Construction praxis, which aims to create a comprehensive idea of the realization of an architectural idea from architectural design to completion, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the architect’s role and tasks in the construction process, diversify knowledge and practical skills to improve practical design and construction process planning, management and execution, safety engineering, teamwork and role allocation.
Measurement praxis, which provides practical skills of measuring and documenting buildings, general knowledge and an idea of heritage architecture and landscape, a general idea of the structure of villages, the location of farm buildings in the landscape and construction principles.
Geodesy praxis, the aim of which is to provide skills in object reconnaissance, zero horizon marking, abscissa preparation, height determination and horizontal surveying.
The aim of the observational praxis is to a) observe, experience, see and understand the spatial and logistical functioning of a multi-layered modern city in historical, topographical, institutional and daily use, b) see and understand the differences in the use of (public) spaces in the daily cycle, understand the impact of space and to see the impact of activities on space, c) to see the logistical and institutional system and to feel its change in different eras and (public) spaces created for different purposes, d) to make friends with a history that remains a foreign intellectual knowledge by just learning from a book.
During the praxis of painting and drawing, visual skills for painting are improved in conditions different from studio work (outdoor light, constantly changing states of nature), the possibilities of depicting natural forms and motifs are interpreted, analytical and synthetic attitudes in choosing a motif are developed.
The aim of the construction site praxis is to experience the course of construction, the problems associated with it, the structure of the construction site and the hierarchical networks operating there. In addition to getting to know the construction site as a workplace, it is also important to note the construction management process.
Office praxis, in the course of which the structure of the work of an architectural office, its internal structure, the various stages of preparing an architectural project and the management of an architectural office are introduced. This praxis also provides experience in working with other affiliates such as engineering firms and construction companies.