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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Carl-Dag Lige’s lecture on A. Komendant at the University of Pennsylvania

Doctoral student Carl-Dag Lige will give a lecture on “Engineering Modern Architecture: August Komendant’s Method of Structural Design” at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on November 21st at 4:30pm (US local time). August Komendant (1906–1992) was an Estonian-American civil engineer, whose collaboration with Louis Kahn, Moshe ...
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Garage48 Future of Wood: Rebuild Ukraine to take place at EKA!

Estonian Academy of Arts and Garage48 in cooperation with Estonian Research Council and Centre of Competence for Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing are organizing an international Future of Wood makeathon from 25-27 November, with the purpose of rebuilding Ukraine. We invite all architects, product designers, wood technologists and chemists, engineers and industry ...
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Open Architecture Lecture: Bika Rebek

Bika Rebek (Some Place Studio): Between Worlds We are focusing on Berlin. What is being done in this city, which architecture offices operate in Berlin, what is being built and what is being thought about: the series of open architecture lectures of the EKA Faculty of Architecture will travel to the capital of Germany and one of the most colourful metropolises in Europe this fall, with ...
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Open lecture of architecture: Marvin Bratke, Berlin

Warum Berlin? We continue digging into Berlin’s architectural landscape. What is being done in this city, which architecture offices operate in Berlin, what is being built and what is being thought about: the series of open architecture lectures of the EKA Faculty of Architecture will travel to the capital of Germany and one of the most colourful metropolises in Europe this fall, with ...
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Open architecture lectures on Fall 2022. Warum Berlin?

The Open Lecture Series of the EKA Architecture Faculty will explore Berlin this fall. Johan Tali, the curator of the autumn programme considers Berlin one of the most exciting multicultural metropolises in Europe, a city that has many similarities – both in terms of history and modernity – with the cities of Estonia: “Berlin is loaded. On the one hand, due to its tragic past, the wounds of ...
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Open Architecture Lecture: WARUM BERLIN? Why Berlin?

On September 29, Jan Edler from the architecture studio realities:united will be on the EKA main hall stage in Tallinn with the lecture “Potential Driven Design”. Brothers Jan and Tim Edle – co-founders of the transdisciplinary art group “Kunst und Technik” (1997–2000) originally operating in Berlin – created the art and architecture studio realities:united in 2000. ...
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PROGRAMME for the Conference “Innovation and Digital Reality”

EKA Faculty of Architecture International conference: INNOVATION and DIGITAL REALITY  6 September 2022 EKA Main Hall – A101 Programme 09:00 Registration  09:30 Opening of the conference. EKA rector Prof. Dr. Mart Kalm 09:40 Opening remarks. Head of Architecture and Urban Design Department Dr. Sille Pihlak 09:50 Introductory presentation: On Digital Reality. Is it Really? Dr. ...
T4EU Paganin Pihlak Dual Lecture

Transform4Europe Open Dual Lecture: Paganin and Pihlak. Housing Crisis.

Open Dual Lecture on Monday: two speakers, one global issue – housing crisis  On September 5, the Estonian Academy of Arts will organize an open conversation/ lecture with two speakers, where academic knowledge and business experience will join forces to discuss an important topic in both Estonia and Europe – the looming housing crisis. The conversation/lecture will take place in the Botik ...

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