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.

EKA is the only university in Estonia where the Curriculum of Architecture and Urban Planning has been recognized by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, which opens up the possibility to work in the European Union. An architect who has graduated from EKA will be awarded a diploma in architecture, a level 7 professional qualification.

Read more about the curriculum here.

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News and events

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Soft City. The Open Architecture Lecture Series presents: David Sim

Within the framework of the Open Lectures Series of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design of EKA, architect David Sim will take the stage in the hall of EKA on 2nd December at 6 pm with lecture “Soft City”. This fall, all the lectures in the series revolve around the issue of health in one way or another. We have already looked at whether architecture as a process can be therapeutic ...
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Open innovation lecture: Kadri Ukrainski

On Monday, November 29, at 4 pm, Dr. Kadri Ukrainski, Professor of Research and Innovation Policy and Head of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tartu, will give a public lecture on “Basic Concepts of Innovation: Theory and Practice” in the hall of EKA (A-101). Innovation is a word that runs through all walks of life today, ambitiously encompassing the readiness to ...
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Mustermajad 369 at Accelerate Estonia

The Mustermajad 369 platform, created at the Faculty of Architecture of EKA, became an Accelerate Estonia green revolution project! In the course of the project, a wooden modular building solution will be created for the Tallinn kindergartens and the pavilions of the Tartu Capital of Culture. The objectives of the project are to contribute to the green revolution in construction by ...
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Alphabetizing the Matrix of Discomfort. The Open Lecture Series presents: Matteo Cainer

Alphabetizing the Matrix of Discomfort. The Open Lecture Series presents: Matteo Cainer As part of the Open Lectures series of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design of EKA, practising architect, curator and educator Matteo Cainer will take the stage in the hall of EKA on November 4th, 6 pm with lecture “Alphabetizing the Matrix of Discomfort”. This fall, all the lectures in the ...
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Unfinished City Research Project book presentation!

On November 3 at 3 pm, the results of the three-year Unfinished City research project will be presented in the form of a thorough 400-page publication of articles, interviews, maps and projects, titled “Unfinished City. Tallinn’s urban visions”. The parties who have contributed to the completion of both the research project and the book, will gather for event at the lobby of EKA, where you ...
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Future of Wood is Back at it!

In cooperation with Garage48, EAA, TSENTER and the Estonian Science Council, the fifth Garage48 Future of Wood will take place in 2021. It calls for the development of innovative and climate-friendly solutions in architecture, wood processing and forestry. In November 26-28, FoW will take place again in Väimela, TSENTER competence center, where Garage48 Future of Wood started. The prize fund ...
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Garage48 Wood is back! It’s time to hack the wood industry, sign up now!

Garage48 in collaboration with TSENTER and EKA are inviting everyone to join us for Garage48 Future of Wood 2021 from the 26th to the 28th of November, where we celebrate while also hacking together for the fifth time running. For our first anniversary - we are back in Väimela, where it all started back in 2017.   Estonia has one of the highest forest coverage percentages amongst developed ...
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Open Lecture: Konstantin Budarin – Infrastructure of Care

As part of the Open Lectures series of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design of EKA, architectural critic and urbanist Konstantin Budarin will take the stage in the hall of EKA on October 14, 6 pm with a lecture “Infrastructure of Care: The Past, Present, and Future of Soviet Leisure Heritage”. This fall, all the lectures in the series revolve around the issue of healing in one way ...

Student Work

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