Architecture

Director of the Master's Programme

Professor Toni Kotnik

Learning outcomes

Architecture is a field at the intersection of technology and art. Architects should be able to approach problems not only from a technical or artistic perspective but they also should understand the social, cultural, environmental and economic implications of their work. This is the reason for the broad-based nature of the education in architecture. Because of this, the Master' Programme aims at developing the student's technical, scientific and artistic thinking with respect to the construction of a socially responsible and sustainable future. After completing the degree program, students will have:

  • the ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements.
  • knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related fields of art, technology and human sciences.
  • knowledge of urban design and planning and the skills involved in the planning process.
  • understanding of the relationships between people and the built environment as well as between the built environment and the natural one.
  • understanding of the structural, constructional and engineering problems associated with the design of buildings and the ability to provide internal conditions of comfort and protection against various climatic conditions.

The learning outcomes of the program are in line with the regulations of the EU directive that applies to pursuing the professional activities of an architect (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications). Hence, the program also enables students to:

  • understand the methods of investigation and preparation of a brief for a design project.
  • meet with their designs the building users' requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.
  • understand the various regulations and procedures of the industries and organisations involved in translating design concepts into buildings and urban planning.

The program facilitates students to pursue a career in architecture within Finland but also abroad regardless of whether the goal is to work as an employee in the private or public sector or as an entrepreneur. It also strengthen the student's competence in co-ordination tasks related to design, thus enabling graduates to work as a head designer of demanding construction projects.

Education content

The key focus in master's program education is on developing and deepening of skills and knowledge obtained during the bachelor's phase. The topics include the history and theory of architecture, building design and Finnish building art as well as urban planning and design. Course and design studio teaching is enhanced by means of multidisciplinary collaboration and advanced teaching methods. A number of courses are based on a learning-by-doing approach and the working on 'real' design assignments often in collaboration with the local community. In addition, experimental and design research-oriented courses are offered that allow the in depth exploration of specialized topics and the development of an individual expression and voice as a designer.

The program provides opportunities for internationalisation through, for example, exchange studies and international student competitions and study trips. The internships as part of the program can be completed abroad and students can also do field work outside Finland.

Structure of the Master's Degree Programme

Major studies 90 cr, comprising advanced studies in the major (60 cr) and the master's thesis (30 cr).

The scope of a master's thesis is 30 credits. The thesis seminar which may be a part of the degree requirements for a master's degree is not part of the thesis, but is a separate study attainment that is included in advanced studies in the major.

Elective studies 30 credits comprising alternative studies and/or elective studies (minor, specialisation studies, individual courses, training).

Degree structure of the Master's Degree Programme in Architecture (120 credits)

Modules

Credits

Degree in Architecture

120

Major (Architecture)

60

Elective studies

30

  • At least 15 cr of elective studies must be selected from alternative studies in the Master's Programme in Architecture. Architecture studies completed elsewhere (for example, abroad) can also be accepted for credit.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned 15 cr, 3-12 cr of internship can also be accepted as elective studies.

Master’s Thesis (ARK.thes)

 30

The thesis is completed on one of the following topics:

  1. Building Design (Professorships: Housing Design, Building Design, Building Technology, Wood Constructions, Design of Structures); 
  2. Urban Planning and Design (Professorships: Urban Planning, Urban Design);
  3. History and Theory of Architecture (Professorships: Basics and Theory of Architecture, History of Architecture)

 

Compulsory courses in the major (Architecture), 1st-2nd year of master's studies

Course code

Name

Credits: min. 38

Compulsory courses

 

ARK-E3500

Building Site Monitoring

3

ARK-E5000

Methodology (or other methodological studies approved by the programme)

5

ARTSt.matr

Maturity test (done simultanously with the Thesis)

0

The student also selects at least three of the following architecture studio courses in at least two different topics. This must include at least two studios from the student's thesis topic, at least one of which must have a design focus.

Topic 1: Building Design

 

ARK-E2002

Building Design Studio 1

10

ARK-E2003

Building Design Studio 2

10

ARK-E2007

Interplay of Culture, Studio

10

ARK-E4500

Housing in Urban Context, Studio

10

ARK-E4501

Diversifying Forms of Living, Studio

10

ARK-E4004

Wood Studio

10

ARK-E5502

Wooden Town

10 - 20

ARK-E3503

Advanced Materials and Techniques in Architecture

10

ARK-E3504

Reuse of Buildings

10

ARK-E3003

Design of Structures Autumn Studio

10

ARK-E3004

Design of Structures Spring Studio

10

Other Building Design studio courses

min. 10

 

 

 

Topic 2: Urban Planning and Design

 

ARK-E5001

Possible Cities

10

USP-304

Urban challenge studio 1

10

ARK-E5501

Urban Renewal, Studio

10

ARK-E5502

Wooden Town, Studio

10

ARK-E5505

Sustainable Urban Design

10

ARK-E5500

Urban Planning and Design, Studio with Varying Themes

10

Other Urban Planning and Design studio courses

min. 10

 

 

 

 Topic 3: History and Theory of Architecture

 

ARK-E1502

Architectural Studio 1

10

ARK-E1503

Architectural Studio 2

10

ARK-E1002

History of Architecture, Research Topics

10

Building Conservation (study module)

10

Building Conservation 5 cr + one of the following: Renovation of Traditional Structures 5 cr (design focus),  Building Conservation Project 5 cr (design focus),   Building History Survey 5 cr (theory focus)

ARK-E1003

Building Conservation

5

ARK-E1004

Renovation of Traditional Structures

5

ARK-E1005

Building Conservation Project

5

ARK-E1006

Building History Survey

5

Other History and Theory of Architecture studio courses

min. 10

* ) Not offered in 2017-2018.

Alternative courses in the major (architecture), 1st-2nd year of master's studies

Course code

Name

Credits

Alternative courses

Max. 22

All of the above-mentioned master's courses that are not included in compulsory minimum requirements are acceptable as alternative studies in the major. On a case-specific basis, foreign studies and individual architecture courses as well as specialisation and minor studies can be accepted, for example, as follows:

ARK-E3501

Architect as Project Leader

2

ARK-E3502

Working Drawings and Building Specifications (Note: compulsory if the master's thesis is in Building Design)

5 - 10 (min. 5)

ARK-C2003

Contemporary Finnish Architecture

2

ARK-E2000

Art in Built Environment  2

ARK-E2001

Basics of User Oriented Space Design

2

ARK-E2006

Building Design Studio Lectures

3

ARK-E2008

Interplay of Cultures, Research and Theory

5

ARK-E2009

Living+ Forum

2

ARK-E2509

Design of Structures Theory

5

ARK-E2510

Design of Structures Digital Fabrication

3-5

ARK-E3005

Design of Structures Tectonics Seminar

3 - 5

ARK-E2507

Design of Structures Parametric Design

3 - 5

ARK-E2508

Design of Structures Algorithmic Design

3

ARK-E3505

Sustainable Building Design

10

ARK-E4009

Sustainability Tools for Building Designers

2-4

ARK-E4503

Housing Design - Research and Practices

2-6

ARK-E4507

Housing Design since the 1860's to the Present Day

2

ARK-E5507

Urban Renewal, Lectures on the Topic of the Design Studio

2

ARK-E5508

Urban Renewal, Excursion and Workshop

2-3

ARK-E5509

Pre-Thesis Seminar

3

ARK-E0100 Architectural Competition 1-10

ARK-E1008

History of Architecture, Special Project

1 - 10

ARK-E1009

History of Architecture, Course with Varying Content

1 - 10 

ARK-E2004

Building Design, Special Project

1 - 10 

ARK-E2005

Building Design, Course with Varying Content

1 - 10 

ARK-E3506

Building Technology, Special Project

1 - 10 

ARK-E3507

Building Technology, Course with Varying Content

1 - 10 

ARK-E4003

Wood Construction, Special Project

1 - 10 

ARK-E4006

Wood Program, Course with Varying Content

1 - 10

ARK-E4504

Housing Design, Special Project

1 - 10 

ARK-E4505

Housing Design, Course with Varying Content

1 - 10 

ARK-E5004

Urban Planning and Design, Special Project

1 - 10 

ARK-E5003

Urban Planning and Design, Course with Varying Content

1 - 10

* ) Not offered in 2017-2018.

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