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


Siim Tanel Tõnisson received the Uesson scholarship ‘23

This year, the Anton Uesson scholarship of the city of Tallinn was won by Siim Tanel Tõnisson, a master’s student of architecture and urban planning at EKA. The committee assessed the actuality of the topic of the master’s thesis “Urban Consolidation: Bastional Belt as the Root Element of the City”. It focuses on the bastion zone of the capital, in which different networks and urban ...

SLENDERhood: Neighbourhood based renovation

Exhibition of student works of the III course of the EKA Faculty of Architecture. The design studio focused on volumetric renovation and neighbourhood-based reconstruction on the example of the Mustamäe settlement. We looked at the renovation of six series 1-464 standard apartment buildings, offering alternatives for parking, accessibility, energy efficiency and other public benefits. As a ...

Master’s Thesis Defense – MUR and AL

SCHEDULE OF DEFENSES Defenses will take place at EKA, Põhja pst 7 Live streaming in EKA TV room A501 Urban Studies Master’s Thesis Defense May  10.00-11.15 DARIA KHRYSTYCH (In)Visible Care: Civilian Volunteerism in Wartime Ukraine. 11.20-12.20 NABEEL IMITIAZ  The Infrastructure of Border Regime: Neocolonial Subjugation of Life in Modern Democratic Societies. 12.45-13.45 ...
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Who Builds Your Architecture? Workshops, film and open lecture 22. – 25. May

Who Builds Your Architecture? Workshops, film and open lecture 22.–25. May 2023 in EKA In the last week of May, exciting international experts will come to EKA to create a discussion on architecture and construction: Kadambari Baxi, Klaus Platzgummer and Lennart Wolff. Kadambari Baxi, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York ( architect and educator ...

Film Screening: Zum Vergleich. Harun Farocki, 2009

Film Screening Title: Zum Vergleich / In Comparison  Harun Farocki (2009) x  Project Presentation Building Information: Kadambari Baxi, Klaus Platzgummer, Lennart Wolff (2022-) Description Bricks are the resonating foundations of society. Bricks are simply very long-playing records. Like records, they appear in series, but every brick is slightly different – not just another brick in ...

Open Architecture Lecture: Kadambari Baxi

A series of open architectural lectures will be held this 2023 spring under the title “Triggers of Architecture”. The theme brings architects and theoreticians to Tallinn, who analyze the root causes of architecture and the means of making it. On May 25 at 6 p.m., Kadambari Baxi will explore the connections between architecture and activism, geopolitics, and propaganda with the lecture ...
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Graphics. Model studio. Shelter. 09.2021–07.2022

Graphics. Model studio. Shelter. Studio project 09.2021–07.2022 The aim of the first-year students’ spring term task is to introduce the prerequisites, reasons and possibilities of architecture. In their search for solutions, students need to explore and consider the relations between a person and their surroundings. During their five-day model studio, students have to express their ...
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Public architecture lecture: Klaske Havik

A series of open architectural lectures will be held this 2023 spring under the title “Triggers of Architecture”. The theme brings architects and theoreticians to Tallinn, who analyze the root causes of architecture and the means of making it. On May 4, at 6 pm, Klaske Havik will analyze the connections between literature and architecture with the lecture “Between the lines. Poetic ...

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