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.

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News and events

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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 ...
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OPEN EVALUATION: ReKRulli Super Studio!

Thu 19 May from 10 am to 5 pm EVALUATION: REKRulli Super Studio 4th floor atrium, A-400 Tutors: Siim Tuksam, Sille Pihlak (architecture), Adam Orlinski (structures and energy efficiency analysis), Mattias Malk (site analysis), Karin Bachmann (landscape architecture) External critics: Gilles Retsin, Bartlett UCL and Zeynep Aksöz, Angewandte We live in a world of flexible ...
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Antoine Picon, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology at Harvard University's School of Design, will give a public lecture "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Design" in the Main Hall of EKA on Thursday, May 5 at 6 pm. Professor Picon's lecture is a prologue-event for the conference "Innovation and Digital Reality" organised by the Faculty of Architecture of EKA - the ...
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Open Lecture: “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Design” Antoine Picon

On May 5th at 6 pm, our Faculty of Architecture will be happy to present architect and historian researching the history of architecture and urban technologies, Professor Antoine Picon with an open lecture titled “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Design” at the EKA Main Hall. Will artificial intelligence really impact design practice? If such is the case, what role would be ...
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K2 Studio project. 09.2020 – 12.2020

Find the booklet HERE The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) has successfully started in the new location, but it is known that there is a space constraint – an extension project is already under construction on the new property on Kotzebue Street. It is the first essential addition for workshop space, but at the same time also an urban decision to expand just across the street into the new ...
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Open Architecture Lecture: Jurga Daubaraitė ja Jonas Žukauskas

The final event of the spring lecture series will take place on April 21 at 6 pm, when Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žukauskas, an architectural duo operating in Vilnius, will take to the stage in Tallinn. Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žukauskas are a duo of spatial practitioners based in Vilnius. They research histories and materialities of colonisations and modernisations through which built ...
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Pärispea Institute. Studio Project 09.2020-06.2021

Read the booklet here. In this course, we dealt with the abandoned landscapes of Suurpea Military Village and Pärispea Institute. While the latter is waiting for new use in all its glory. Some of Suurpea’s multi-story buildings are in use. However, a school building, a culture house, a library, water towers and a still insane number of capital buildings are waiting for a good idea. How ...
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EKA architecture students are developing a new product range of outdoor saunas together with Thermory

The architecture students of the Estonian Academy of Arts are developing a new product range of outdoor saunas for Auroom brand in cooperation with one of the world’s largest producers of thermal wood and sauna materials, the Estonian company Thermory. The co-operation project is led by EKA’s new wooden architecture competence center PAKK established at the end of 2021. According to ...

Student Work

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