Architecture and Urban Planning

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 in reality that is only a small, albeit a prominent part of the architect’s work. Architecture also includes learning about engineering and the humanities, as well as 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 a real project is born from the initial sketches. The studio work is supported by theory and engineering subjects, painting, drawing and experimental studios. The latter is related to the laboratories of the Faculty of Architecture (3D Laboratory, VR Laboratory, Material Laboratory) 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 specialize 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.

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News and events

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The installation-shelter KINO created by architecture students is here to still Tartu

This Friday, July 29, at 5 pm, the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture will open the wooden shelter/installation KINO on the bank of River Emajõgi in Tartu, which, according to the architects Alvin Järving and Ott Alver who supervised the students, resembles a machine rather than a building - it is an object that pushes boundaries in a good way, the unexpected ...
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Architecture students start building KINO in Tartu

On July 18, the architecture students of EKA started erecting the KINO, a wooden shelter intended for public use, in the neighbourhood of the Atlantis building on the banks of the Emajõgi River in Tartu. The three-part shelter will remain open for the citizens and guests of Tartu to use until the end of the Capital of Culture year. The installation-shelter KINO is a school project ...

Opening of shelter KINO

OPENING: On July 29 at 5 p.m., students of architecture and urban planning will open this year’s wooden shelter KINO on the embankment of River Emajõgi in Tartu. You are all kindly invited to the opening. The shelter / installation KINO is an school project created by EKA 1st-year architecture and urban planning students and completed during the summer construction study sessions. ...
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New issue of Ehituskunst magazine “Small Towns: Non-growing”. Q&A with editor-in-chief Eik Hermann

When you started compiling this issue, did you have a specific shrinking town – in Estonia or elsewhere – in mind? Where did this topic come from? There was no particular shrinking town in mind, no. The topic came from the fact that several of the students I supervised touched upon this topic for their master’s thesis. Supervising them, I got the feeling there’s more ...

JOIN US CELEBRATING: New issue of architecture magazine Ehituskunst to arrive from printers’! 

Before everyone heads off to their summer homes or into the wider world beyond, a new issue of the bilingual magazine Ehituskunst of the Faculty of Architecture of EKA shall arrive from the printing house. In order to celebrate this double issue of 320 pages titled "SMALL TOWNS: NON-GROWING", everyone is welcome to join us on the stairs of the EKA lobby on June 22 at 2 pm to enjoy a glass of ...

Elektrilevi to build the very first building designed in the EKA 369 Pattern Buildings System

This spring, the Wooden Architecture Competence Center of EKA PAKK and Elektrilevi started a cooperation project to develop a modular, factory-produced, circular economy supporting wooden building, using the 369 Pattern Buildings (in Estonian, Mustermaja 369) design system developed and made publicly available by EKA. Elektrilevi has now announced the public procurement for the construction ...

New European Bauhaus Festival pop-up exhibition / REKrulli: reconstructing spacial culture

On Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, we will open an exhibition of works by architecture students of the Estonian Academy of Arts in the Krull Quarter. In the evening, the first introduction of the Timber Architecture Research Center PAKK will take place. The pop-up exhibition "REKrulli: reconstructing spacial culture" is an official side event of the New European Bauhaus Festival and it will remain ...
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Semele Kari awarded Tallinn City’s scholarship

Semele Kari, our master’s student at the Department of Interior Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts, was awarded the Tallinn City Government’s Scholarship Grant for her master’s thesis researching the possible intermediate public use of buildings, which she will defend this spring (supervisors Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla and Kaja Pae). In her master’s thesis, Semele proposes the ...

Student Work

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dendrology tour (Photo Anu Piirisild)