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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ELEMENTerial — materialisation of the metagrid

EKA algorithmic timber architecture research group exhibition  19. Jan  – 6. Feb 2021 at EKA Gallery.   The exhibition “ELEMENTerial” looks at the elements of architecture. What does a house consist of? In an increasingly digital world, a list of materials alone is not enough. In addition to materials and construction methods, the principles of building construction are increasingly ...
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Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam “ELEMENTerial”

ELEMENTerial — materialisation of the metagrid EKA algorithmic timber architecture research group exhibition Authors: dr Sille Pihlak, dr Siim Tuksam The exhibition “ELEMENTerial” looks at the elements of architecture. What does a house consist of? In an increasingly digital world, a list of materials alone is not enough. In addition to materials and construction methods, the principles of ...
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Siim Tuksam “Modulated Modularity – from mass customisation to custom mass production” (Dissertationes 33)

Siim Tuksam, PhD student of the Estonian Academy of Arts, curriculum of Architecture and Urban Planning, defended his thesis „Modulated Modularity – from mass customisation to custom mass production“ („Moduleeritud modulaarsus – masskohandamisest kohandatud masstootmiseni“) on the 22nd of December 2020. The digitalisation of the construction industry is in full swing. The infrastructure for ...
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Sille Pihlak “Prototyping Protocols, Protocolling Prototypes: a methodological development of somatic modularity for algorithmic timber architecture in Estonian context” (Dissertationes 32)

Sille Pihlak, PhD student of the Estonian Academy of Arts, curriculum of Architecture and Urban Planning, defended her thesis “Prototyping Protocols, Protocolling Prototypes: A Methodological Development of Somatic Modularity for Algorithmic Timber Architecture in Estonian Context” („Prototüüpides protokolle, protokollides prototüüpe: Somaatilise modulaarsuse metodoloogia kujunemine ...
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Ann Kristiin Entson – 3rd prize in the ERC research competition

Ann Kristiin Entson (EKA, architecture and urban planning) won the 3rd prize (700 euros) in the field of Humanities and Arts at the level of the master’s thesis in the national competition for student research in 2020 with her master thesis “Creating public space: a participatory project on the example of Valga Central Square”. At this year’s Estonian Research Council’s student ...
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Madli Kaljuste was awarded the EAA Student Award 2020

The Student Award 2020 of the Estonian Association of Architects was awarded to Madli Kaljuste, a master’s thesis in the field of architecture and urban planning of EKA for the “Designers’ House” (Rävala 8, Tallinn). The winner of the student prize fascinated the jury with a successful choice of topics – one of the most central modernist buildings in the city center has become a social ...
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Take off for final review week for student studios in Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture of EAA started Monday morning December 14th, with the final evaluation of the 2nd year studio “Hotel”. Helsinki-based tutors Leonard Ma and Tuomas Toivonen led a studio course during autumn semester through digital channels. Six diverse projects of architectural solution for modern hotel were completed and presented by students. That was a great take off for final ...
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Ulla Alla and Markus Puidak receive “Tuleviku tipud” scholarships

Ulla Alla and Markus Puidak, MA students of EKA’s Architecture and Urban Planning, received two of the four scholarships awarded in the Riigi Kinnisvara (the State Real Estate) scholarship competition “Tuleviku tipud” (Tops of the Future). The question posed by Ulla Alla’s master’s thesis provided a fresh approach to the current functioning of the Estonian construction sector and the future ...

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