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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Open Architecture Lecture: Laurens Bekemans

In autumn 2023, the open architectural lectures will take place under the title Mobile Masters. The theme brings architects and theorists to Tallinn, who analyse architecture’s flexibility and the mobile practices of architects, spatial designers and artists. Gregor Taul, the curator of the autumn lectures, introduces the program with the following words: “Architecture stands at a ...
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Lecturer J. Woodroffe received the prize from prestigious Building Awards 2023

This year’s British architecture awards Building Awards 2023 were announced in London in November. In The Housing Project of the Year category, the Dockley Road Apartments collaboration project of Studio Woodroffe Papa and Poggi Architecture was recognized as the best! Congratulations to Jonathan Woodroffe, an external lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture! All about the Building Awards ...

EKA graduates won BAUA Awards 23

In this year’s BAUA Awards 2023 competition for the best master’s theses of architecture schools in the Baltic countries, EKA graduates were the best. The jury consisting of Kristel Niisuke (Estonia), Dina Suhanova (Latvia) and Matas Šiupšinskas (Lithuania) selected three best works. Katariina Mustasaare’s master’s thesis “Post-Industrial Seascape: Phytoremediation of Paljassaare Harbour” was ...
Urbanizing Suburbia book launch

Book launch: Urbanizing Suburbia

BOOK LAUNCH: Urbanizing Suburbia: Hyper-Gentrification, the Financialization of Housing and the Remaking of the Outer European City Location: EKA Lobby, Canteen Time: 21.11.2023 @ 18:00 Urbanizing Suburbia considers three current and related processes underway in global cities: the hyper-gentrification of inner cities, the financialization of housing, and the structural changes occurring in ...

Open Architecture Lecture and book presentation: Birgitte Svarre

Within the framework of the Open Lectures Series of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design of EKA, Birgitte Svarre will take the stage in the hall of EKA on 30th November at 6:15 pm with lecture “Public space / public life – an interaction – how to study and make room for it.” She talks about her work studying public life and creating space for it. The lecture is preceded by ...

Studio trip to Amsterdam, Oct 2023

Study trips are an important part of studying to be an architect in order to have a wider horizon and experience both in Estonia and in the world beyond the border. Architecture and urban planning students visited Amsterdam in connection with the fourth-year urban planning studio, to visit various projects and to continue their work with a more open mind when they return. 4th-year ...
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Open Architecture Lecture: Alexander Römer

In autumn 2023, the open architectural lectures will take place under the title Mobile Masters. The theme brings architects and theorists to Tallinn, who analyse architecture’s flexibility and the mobile practices of architects, spatial designers and artists. On October 26, at 6 pm Berlin-based architect, designer and carpenter Alexander Römer will be on the EKA main hall stage in Tallinn ...
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Guest studio from Delft University of Technology

From 2-13 October, 29 students of the master of Architecture at TU Delft are visiting EKA, participating in the graduation studio “A Matter of Scale. Architecture for the European City: Tallinn.” This edition of the graduation studio “A Matter of Scale” focuses on the urban context of Tallinn, as a laboratory for the development of architecture with specific care for human scale. The studio ...

Student Work

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