Degree awarded: Double Degree, Master of Science (MSc) of European Architecture (TTÜ, Tallinn) with Master in Architecture (UAL, Lisbon)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Architecture
Number of places available: 17
Tuition fee: 1 ECTS = 91,67 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€5500
The new postgraduate programme is a unique and innovative approach to international architectural education: it combines the idea of the classical artist journey with the intensive, interdisciplinary and project-oriented workshop tradition and team-work, focusing on acute topics generating architectural knowledge and dialogue across greater Europe between cities as Tallinn, Lisbon, Helsinki, Berlin, Dessau, Ljubljana, Innsbruck and Haifa.
Architectural practice has to deal with complex problems today. The tremendous transformation of the European city requires individuals who are able to perceive things in association, as team-generalists. What are relevant fields today of re-thinking cities beyond the limits of growth? How do phenomena such as de-industrialization, touristification or the never-ending urban sprawl affect architect’s profession? And: How do we accumulate architectural knowledge and generate site specific solutions in a socially responsible mind-set, together with students, professors and local experts?
The two-year training is structured around a series of 8 project workshops + 3 reflective workshops at 6 different higher education institutions: Urban planning as well as architectural and artistic issues – open questions virulent to the cities & regions of the participating universities – will be examined at all scales; multi-dimensional planning processes, design and communication strategies constitute integral parts of a democratic culture of building to transform existing buildings and urban quarters with regard to ecological sustainability. Problems will be resolved in the context of cultural heritage and pre-existing structures.
Students will work together with local experts and professors and will be immersed in different approaches to research through design & design thinking, in order to experience the complexity of cultural attitudes toward architecture and urban design. The broader aim is the enrichment of the pan-European architectural discourse and a renewal of architecture education, thus reinforcing students’ range of experiences and sense of social responsibility, vision and capabilities – as necessary skills for a top leadership role in the professional field – within an international and interdisciplinary network.
- INTENSIVE GROUP & TEAM WORK
Professors from all participating universities work together with a small group of max. 15-25 international postgraduate students during the two years. The international group of students follows the workshop sequence at 6 +2 changing places at the participating universities always together. The professors of all participating universities meet regularly within the in-between-colloquium, the final master’s thesis cooperation and Skype meetings to accompany the quality development.
- SITE SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WITH LOCAL EXPERTS
The teaching is realized on topics of 8 different problems / sites, defined by each responsible professor from each of the eight participating universities or institutions in cooperation with local lecturers, researchers and governors.
- WORKSHOP RESEARCH, PROJECT ORIENTED
Each responsible professor defines one site-specific research focus and relevant urban question, to work on in the study programme. The workshop series of each academic rotation takes place as cumulative research of the university, of the professor.
- RESEARCH THROUGH DESIGN
The cooperation takes place via research through design, the contemporary term of traditional research-oriented and studio-based architectural project work via workshops.
- RESEARCH ABOUT DESIGN
Three consecutive Design Reflection workshops serve to reflect positions, approaches and processes, to „design the design processes“, and to evaluate and exchange the results of the programme between professors, students and alumni.
- COOPERATION OF INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL STUDENTS
The students of the international group work in cooperation with the on-site students of each university and in dialogue with professors and guest lecturers of the country within the frame of the workshop at each university.
- KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
The exchange of the results, the knowledge transfer, takes place after each workshop in public exhibitions, with guest teaching and critics, by regular round tables and by yearly conferences of all participants, students and professors (Platform of European Architecture Dialogue).
Architects work in collaboration, across disciplines and through experiment. The interdisciplinary Master’s Degree programme prepares students for the wide range of international professional requirements: Heterogeneous knowledge about design and research methods, about architecture history, typologies and construction are needed as well as a wide-range canon of multidisciplinary knowledge about living cultures, social and political conditions of urban planning, the metropolitan society as source and client of spatial genesis – a prerequisite for the suitability of the responsible and reflective architect taking the task of a team generalist.
After completing their studies, the graduates are capable of independently designing, planning and implementing building tasks in different cultural and economic contexts, as well as developing, communicating or representing architectural and urban concepts or planning processes in international work contexts.
The education is interdisciplinary and project-oriented. The students will gain an understanding of multiple architectural design tools, intercultural communications skills and artistic and scientific methods to resolve complex tasks of the city and region of today. The generalist architectural research and the intercultural dialogue with the international expert network support the strengthening of socially responsible individuals. They will have the opportunity to focus an international career as important leaders in architectural production and research, the formulation of architectural policy or urban development.
Structure of Curriculum
1st Semester [3 Workshops, 30 ECTS]
Baltic Sea Area & Nordic Countries: Architectural Projects, Strategies & Reflections
WS1 Design Reflection 1 [TUT]
WS2 Urban Strategies [Tallinn]
WS3 Architecture Project [Helsinki with TUT]
2nd Semester [4 Workshops, 30 ECTS]
Central Europe & Israel: Transforming Contexts of Architecture, Art & City
WS4 Urban Intervention [Ljubljana]
WS5 Transforming Context [Haifa]
WS6 Spatial Strategies [Berlin, Dessau]
WS7 Programming Architecture [Innsbruck]
3rd Semester [3 Workshops, 30 ECTS]
Lisbon & South Europe: Programming the City, Experiment & Reflection
WS8 Programming the City [Lisbon]
WS9 Experimental Design [South Europe]
WS 10 Design Reflection 2 [UAL]
4th Semester [Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS]
Master’s Thesis in research teams with integrated WS11 Design Reflection 3 & Symposium [TUT & UAL & Partner Universities]
€5.500 per academic year.
The realization of the International Master’s Programme of European Architecture necessitates special material and personnel funds for expenses that are covered by the tuition fees. These tuition fees do NOT cover any expenses for accomodation, travel, excursions or for living costs. You should calculate for accommodation: Tallinn; Ljubjana ca. 150-250€, Berlin/Dessau ca. 300-350€, Haifa, Innsbruck & Lisbon ca. 400-450€ per month, depending on single or double rooms.
The tuition fee is to pay yearly and in advance, and must be paid in full before the following deadline each year: 28.08. EU students and 15.07. for Non-Eu students.
Please note that this is the deadline for receipt of payment, so you should place the money transfer well in advance!
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
The Portfolio should give an overview of candidates architectural design skills, competences and experiences on at least 5 different projects or cases. It can include sketches, schemes, 2D, 3D images or photos from products. It should include short description about each work. In case of teamwork or realized projects, it should reveal what was the role of a candidate in this project. In case of study projects the school and tutor should be mentioned.
- A curriculum vitae with details about the academic and occupational career
- Interview via Skype- will be conducted only to the candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation
- Work experience is recommended
Motivation letter/statement of purpose
For the programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted. Please include following:
- Highlight why you would like to attend the chosen programme (0-2 points)
- Why do you think you are the right person for this programme? Previous experience, interest in the special field (0-2 points)
- Describe your professional goals. How does the degree programme you are applying for will support your future professional profile? (0-2 points)
- Please point out 1-2 potential relevant topics about architecture tasks today? (0-2 points)
- Have you already gathered any relevant practical work experience? (0-2 points)
Grading scale: 0-10 points.
Positive scale: 5-10 points.
The candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
Interviews are discussion-based, mainly academic and programme-related:
- What and where have you studied, how does your academic background fit to the programme of European Architecture you are applying for? (0-2 points)
- Describe shortly one selected project of your portfolio, and focus on your specific interest, describe the strategy and the result (0-2 points)
- Which sort of experience did you already gather in international contexts (with students from abroad, international workshops etc.)? (0-2 points)
- Have you already gathered any relevant practical work experience, within or beyond architecture? (0-2 points)
- Please describe a specific question or interest about the profession what you would like to work on (0-2 points)
The length of an interview varies between 20-45 minutes and will be conducted by the professors in the programme you have applied for.
Grading scale 1-10
Positive scale 5-10
Candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition.
The responsible professors and alumni are united in the research network Reiseuni_lab, a growing network of architects, artists, urban planners and mostly professional generalists, seaking for relevant and sustainable solutions of human living. The “Reiseuni Charter” condenses the common aims.
It is intended to establish a tutoring for the students, beginning in 09.2015 together with the local students of the department of architecture and urban design, to support and facilitate the life of the international newcomers in Tallinn during their stay in Estonia.
Each year, the Alumni, newcomers and both running years of the Master’s Study Programme will join, together with all responsible professors of the Reiseuni_lab, during the annual 3-days Symposium, to discuss the final results of the Master’s Thesis and to scetch new aims, located in one of the Partner cities.
The Reiseuni blog informs about all actual activities of the lab, study content information (short before beginning) like study schedule, programmes of the workshops, alumni successes and links to the research publication Reiseuni_Report.
Estonia: Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Architecture & Urban Studies; Prof. Irina Raud: Director & Acting Head of Chair; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dagmar Jäger, head of the programme
Portugal: UAL Universidade Autònoma de Lisboa, Departamento de Arquitectura, Prof. Dr. Ricardo Carvalho: Director do Departamento
Austria: University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Architecture, Univ.-Prof. Arch. DI Dr. Maria Schneider: Institute of Urban & Regional Design
Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Prof. Maruša Zorec: Professor of architecture & rehabilitation
Israel: NB School of Design Haifa, Department of Architecture, Prof. Horacio Schwartz: Professor of Architecture Project, Prof. Lenka Cederbaum: B.A Arch., Senior Lecturer
Germany: University of Art, Berlin HZT, Inter-University Centre for Dance, Berlin, Prof. Rhys Martin: Director of MA Solo Dance
Germany: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dr. Claudia Perren: Director of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Finland: Alvar Aalto Academy, Esa Laaksonen, architect SAFA director of A.A. Academy with Emil Urbel, Architect [TUT], Tallinn
Berlin: Reiseuni_lab, Dagmar Jäger & Christian Pieper + Member + Friends
"I always recall the phrase „Architecture cannot be taught, it can only be learned“. This should be critical thinking, awareness, perception, sense of meaning, a philosophical and intellectual basis and a strong range of skills that prepare the student for the challenges and possibilities of work that rise after the academic period. The course had the ability to accommodate these expertises, which resulted in the variety of approaches and methodologies that enriched and contributed to a close to real world experience with strong debates, confrontations, and overall different opinions that led to sometimes amazingly different results. [more in: Reiseuni Report 2015]"
Eduardo Magno, Portugal, living in Lisbon-Berlin
"Working within a team meant less executing an individual’s ideas and more convincing each other to lead to a synergy of ideas. To be able to cope with such conditions, everyone needed to be at all times in a position to grasp the overall picture of every project: not only to deepen an understanding of a certain part individually, but to be able to transmit this to become the common knowledge of the group. This resulted in a design process based on understanding, debating and compromise. [more in: Reiseuni Report 2015]"
Jiannis Lykouras, Greece, living and working in Tallinn-Patras with Pille Noole from Tallinn
For further information about the programme content please contact:
- Estonian applicants:
Prof. Irina Raud (Tallinn partner of the programme)
+372 510 0952
- For international applicants:
Prof. Ignar Fjuk (Director of the master programme)
Ignar dot fjuk at ttu dot ee