Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies is a school of architecture in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia. Tallinn University of Technology, the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian education in engineering, technology and architecture. Teaching is based on internationally recognized research and the graduates are highly rated on the labour market.
We master the increasing complexity by cross-disciplinary approach that characterizes our work in research and education. Our graduates are skilled in engaging all arts and all the disciplines that are relevant to the task at hand. The core competence for architect and landscape architect is to bring fragmented analysis results and observations into a visionary synthesis.
Architecture is created with technology and of technology – not despite technology. We support knowledge-intensive design processes producing knowledge-intensive solutions. We advance the digital transformation in construction sector, in the context of the e-Estonia brand.
Redefining the polytechnic identity
Our mission is to drive excellence in architecture through cross-disciplinary, future-oriented research and research-driven education.
We teach our students to master the societal, environmental, cultural and economic complexity through collaborative and digitalized processes, in which the architect’s role is to collect all relevant information and bring fragmented findings and intentions together in a visionary synthesis.
Our graduates are skilled in critical reading of research and motivated to follow the world of science throughout their professional career. Comprehensive understanding of engineering and other sciences creates a common ground for multi-disciplinary collaboration, and serves as an introduction to doctoral studies and a career in research.
“The Jewel of TalTech”
Our activities in research and education serve as platforms for creative collaboration between various disciplines and centers of excellence within TalTech – and with other disciplines, such as fine arts, humanities and sociology.
We are internationally recognized for our unique, research-driven pedagogy, which provides our graduates with outstanding competences in the wide spectrum of roles that architects may have in society.
We are a trusted partner for the industry, the public sector and the other leading research institutions in the Nordic-Baltic environment.
We lead the development in our research focus areas.
The roots of architecture education at Tallinn University of Technology date back to the 17th of September 1918. Architecture was one of the six technical courses, that are today considered as the beginning of the university. Qualification of the university was granted to Tallinn University of Technology in 1936. The status of a university in public law was granted on 12 January 1995 by the Universities Act.
The architecture studies were reopened on the 1st of September 2012. The Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (today Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies) was established on the 1st of May 2013. Since 2012, altogether 49 students have graduated in the programme “Architecture”.
Our alumni are successfully employed in the field of architecture, most of them in leading practices in Estonia.
Integrated 5-year program
The BSc-MSc integrated five-year programme „Architecture“(in Estonian language) is the core of architecture education. The studios, art subjects and some lecture courses are taught at the architecture school facilities at Tönigmägi 14 in the Tallinn centre. The curriculum also includes a large amount of courses arranged by the engineering disciplines at the Mustamäe main campus.
The integrated five-year curriculum “Architecture” aims to prepare graduates with master's degrees in architecture granted in accordance with the Estonian law, the current standard of architect, Diploma Architect Level 7. Architecture graduate is able to independently and on their own responsibility prepare, consult, assess and manage the urban spatial planning and building projects, and is able to work with state and local government planning, architecture and construction management process at positions of responsibility.
The curriculum follows European traditions of providing architect students with a solid polytechnic education. It aims to give the students, future architects, outstanding competencies at the labor market in Estonia and internationally.
Typical Study Plan
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|1. year|| |
YMX0221 Higher Mathematics I, EAI0030 Descriptive geometry EAA0250 Architectural project I, EAK0080 Art and Architecture History (up to Classicism), EAV0011 Representation Techniques 1 - Drawing and Colour Studies, YFX0100 Fundamentals of natural sciences and sustainable development, EEA5012 Introduction to building physics, EAA0260 Architectural Project II. Small Public Building, EAK0090 History of Art and Architecture from the 19th century to the present time, EAV0012 Representation Techniques 2 - Drawing and Form Studies.
EAA0360 Workshop I, HLE0060 Oral and Written Communication in Estonian, IDK0043 IT Foundations I, YMX0252 Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics.
|2. year|| |
EEA5011 Building envelope structures, EPM5100 Building Materials, EMD5001 Basics of Strength of Materials, EAA0270 Architectural Project III. Timber single house, EEK5100 Building Structures for Architects I, EAL0080 Urban Planning Studio. Planning Project I. Low Rise High Density CityQuarter. Streets, EAA0280 Architectural Project IV. Apartment Building in Stone Structure, EAK0110 History of Estonian architecture and city planning.
EAV0020 Painting studio, EAV0050 Drawing studio, EAV0080 Interdisciplinary Space Project, EEA7435 Architectural BIM Modeling II.
|3. year|| |
EKK5070 Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings, EEK5120 Building Structures for Architects II, EAL0090 Planning Project II. Public Space Planning with Landscape building, EAA0290 Architectural Project V. Public Building,EKK5110 Building services technology and equipment, EAL0100 Planning projekt LIII. Urban Planning. Urban Sociological Perspective, EAV0014 Creative Outdoor Practice.
EAA0370 Workshop II, EAV0013 Representation Techniques 3 - Photography and 3D Software, EKE5081 Environmental protection and sustainable development, HLI0070 Academic Communication in English, HLI0110 Academic Writing in English.
|4. year|| |
EEA5020 Sound insulation and room acoustis, EAL0140 Environmental Performative Architecture and Planning, EAA0310 Architectural Project VII. Public Building - Hall, EAK0100 Theories of Modern Architecture and Planning, EPX5010 Construction Economics and Introduction to Entrpreneurship, EAL0110 Urban Planning. Planning Project IV. Energy Efficient Urban Quarter, EEA7210 Work Experience, EAK0070 Philosophy of Culture and Ethics in Built Environment.
EAA0320 Interior design project, AAV3351 Electrical Lighting for Architects, EAL0150 Vertical Planning, EPX5560 Building Technology and Cost Estimation for Architects.
|5. year|| |
EAK0010 Methodology of Architectural Research, EAA0330 Architectural Project VIII. Important Building in Urban Environment, EAL0120 Urban Planning. Planning Project V, EAL0130 Urban Case Study, EPX5550 Construction Management Simulation, ETT0330 Urban Mobility and Traffic Modelling.
Architects work in collaboration with engineers, town planners, artists, builders, philosophers, economists, experts of natural science and law. Next to excellent speciality skills it is important to obtain skills for communication with a long list of partners, to learn to think and solve problems posed to architects together with experts from other fields. Due to this the curriculum has projects directed at improving both individual and group work skills.
Admission criteria (https://www.ttu.ee/studying/tut_admission/) is based on applicant’s
- grading in the state examination in Estonian language
- grading in the state examination in higher mathematics
- drawing and composition assignments in the entrance examination
- an essay in the entrance examination
- an interview with the admission committee.
We engage all researchers in teaching and all teachers in research activities. We support equal opportunities for all genders and sustainability in age structure.
Our partners and clients in research
Estonian Ministry of Defence
Finnish Ministry of Environment
City of Tallinn
Mainor Ülemiste OÜ
Urbaria Institute, The University of Helsinki
Our students' work
Our staff has outstanding competence in all the areas that support our profile in research and education. Our school continues to attract the best practicing architects, the emerging young talents and the top scholars in Estonia and abroad to join the staff.
Head of the Academy
We are supported by
- Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies EAACEC / Eesti Ehituskonsultatsiooniettevõtete Liit EKEL
- Estonian Woodhouse Association / Eesti Puitmajaliit
- Estonian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs E.A.C.E / Eesti Ehitusettevõtjate Liit EEEL
- Association of Estonian Cities and Rural Municipalities ELVL / Eesti Linnade ja Valdade Liit ELVL
- City of Tallinn, Urban planning department / Tallinna linnaplaneerimise amet
- Estonian Association of Spatial Planners / Eesti planeerijate ühing
- e-difice Digital Construction Cluster / Digitaalehituse klaster