Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture at Aalto University is an internationally renowned education and research unit. With respect to Finland’s esteemed architectural heritage, we find solutions to the future challenges of construction. For decades, our teaching has maintained strong ties to the practical work undertaken at architecture firms.

To us, architecture is an art form that require practical knowledge, individual artistic development, as well as technical and economical knowledge regarding construction. We educate critical thinkers who accept their responsibility to research and design a socially, culturally and ecologically sustainable built environment.

Student teamwork at Aalto University. Image: Unto Raunio

Bachelor Programmes

Sisustusarkkitehtuuri - Arkkitehtuuri, maisema-arkkitehtuuri ja sisustusarkkitehtuuri, taiteen kandidaatti ja maisteri

Miten tilan atmosfääri syntyy? Miten rakennetun ympäristön kulttuurisia ja kestävän kehityksen arvoja edistetään suunnittelun keinoin?

Aalto University, photo Unto Rautio

Maisema-arkkitehtuuri - Arkkitehtuuri, maisema-arkkitehtuuri ja sisustusarkkitehtuuri, tekniikan kandidaatti ja maisema-arkkitehti

Maisema-arkkitehtuurissa yhdistyvät esteettisyys, ekologisuus ja toiminnallisuus. Monialaiset opinnot antavat hyvät valmiudet työelämään.

Kaksi opiskelijaa työskentelemässä maisemapienoismallin parissa.

Arkkitehtuuri - Arkkitehtuuri, maisema-arkkitehtuuri ja sisustusarkkitehtuuri, tekniikan kandidaatti ja arkkitehti

Arkkitehtuurin pääaineen tarkoituksena on varmistaa, että opiskelija tuntee arkkitehtonisen suunnittelun perusteet. Kandidaatin tutkinto ei tuota arkkitehdin ammattipätevyyttä, mutta se antaa opiskelijalle hyvät valmiudet toimia avustavissa ammatillisissa tehtävissä esimerkiksi arkkitehtitoimistoissa tai julkisissa suunnitteluvirastoissa.

Rakennettu ympäristö muodostaa maassamme kansallisvarallisuuden perustan. Siksi on tärkeää, että opiskelija oppii jo kandidaattivaiheessa hahmottamaan kokonaisvaltaisesti rakentamisen tehtäväkentän ja ihmisläheisen toimintaympäristön. Kandidaatin tutkinto antaa opiskelijalle hyvät valmiudet toimia avustavissa ammatillisissa tehtävissä.

Students at Undergraduate Centre / Photo by Unto Rautio

Master Programmes

Architecture - Architecture, Landscape architecture and Interior Architecture, Architect, Master of Science

Architecture is technical and artistic, it is a social art and also an artful science.

Masters degree in Architecture

Urban Studies and Planning, M.Sc in Architecture

"A diverse group of students with different backgrounds is inspiring. Every teacher has a different expertise and some different perspective to bring to the discussion, and the topics we learned broadened my knowledge of the city from very different perspectives”

Urban Studies and Planning

Maisema-arkkitehtuuri - Arkkitehtuuri, maisema-arkkitehtuuri ja sisustusarkkitehtuuri, Maisema-arkkitehti

Maisema-arkkitehdit luovat nähtävää, koettavaa ja elettävää ympäristöä. Maisema-arkkitehtuuri on poikkitieteellinen ja -taiteellinen ala, joka yhdistää taiteen, luonnontieteiden ja tekniikan osaamista. Esteettisyys, ekologisuus ja toiminnallisuus ovat maisema-arkkitehtuurin perusarvoja.

Landscape Architecture

Interior Architecture - Architecture, Landscape architecture and Interior Architecture, Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Interior architecture addresses the close human scale of space and furniture to create meaning and value to people and organisations, and to transform and renew the everyday living environment. Dealing with the design of immediate interior and exterior environments, interior architecture requires understanding on human culture, needs and aspirations, the bodily experience and senses, and the spatial, material and technological means to meet these. A skilled interior architect is capable of integrating diverse elements into functional and experiential design solutions that exceed the users’ and clients’ expectations and are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

The programme educates interior architects with a distinct design personality. It comprises studies on spatial design and furniture design. Concrete design assignments form a major part of education. The studies emphasise advanced practical design skills combined with conceptual and strategic design thinking and research-driven design. Students are encouraged to expand the frontiers of the discipline by addressing systems level problems and societal challenges across the scale of built environment.
Students graduated from the programme are eligible to work as professional interior architects.

Aalto Learning Centre Interior

Professional Studies

Aalto WiT Programme is a 5-month transdisciplinary professional diploma programme under the Aalto University World in Transistion LAB (WiTLAB). The Programme focuses on the resilience of human settlements in the Global Majority context. 

WiT Programme

Aalto WiT Programme is a 5-month transdisciplinary professional diploma programme under the Aalto University World in Transition Research LAB (WiTLAB). The programme focuses on the resilience of human settlements in low & middle-income countries.

WiT Programme

Department Management

 Pirjo Sanaksenaho

Pirjo Sanaksenaho

Professori (Associate professor)
T201 Dept. Architecture

Pia Christina Fricker

Ranja Hautamäki

Professori (Associate professor)



The research done at the Department of Architecture produces knowledge about architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies and planning, design practice, the role of architecture in society and the future of construction. We also study architectural history and conservation. Furthermore, our focus areas include construction in the social and health sector, construction for a sustainable future, computer-assisted design methods, and humanitarian architecture. Our research profile covers both basic research in architecture and applied research answering the needs of the industry and public sector.

The research relates to multidisciplinary research areas at Aalto University, especially the human-centred living environments, supported by the Living+ Platform.


SOTERA is the research group for Health and Wellbeing Architecture within the Department of Architecture at Aalto University. Our work supports Aalto University’s focus areas of Health and Wellbeing and Human-centred living environments.


Wood Program

The Wood Program is a one-year program of study that focuses on wood architecture and industrial building. The program is intended for architects, engineers and other students with a background in design and strong interest in timber construction.

Architect doing handson work at the Wood Program of Aalto University. Photo by Anne Kinnunen

Group X (external link)

A focus group at the department of architecture at Aalto University

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Landscape Research Laboratory

Landscape laboratory brings together landscape architecture research projects, collaboration networks, publication projects and dissertations

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Design of structures (external link)

Digital technologies as means of production in architectural practice enabling new methods of design and enlarged possibilities of architectural expression.

Aalto University Design of structures research group


An interdisciplinary cross-school research and education unit hosting collaborative initiatives across Aalto University

WiTLAB logo

Student Works

A collection of Department’s student works

Aalto Stoa (external link)

A collection of Department’s student works on Aalto campus 2015–

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Thesis Works

A collection of thesis works from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, and Interior Architecture programmes.

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Aalto University Department of Architecture Yearbook 2020-2022

Writing the yearbook 2020-2022 of the Department of Architecture at Aalto University was inspired by the Department's 150th anniversary. 

Architecture Education in Finland 150 years: Aalto University Department of Architecture Yearbook 2020-2022

The yearbook 2020-2022 of the Department of Architecture at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University introduces pandemic period student work, but also describes architectural education over a 150-year period between 1872-2022.

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Aalto ARTS' Communications Guide

Easy access communication tools and help for everyone! This guide is updated according to the needs of ARTS members. Login (top right) to view all content. Some pages are internal, so they are only visible to logged-in ARTS members.

Aalto ARTS Communications Guide

ARTS' communications guide

Where to find us

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima


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Awards and Recognition Published:

Young Landscape Architect of the Year 2024 is Aada Taipale

The award is particularly focused on taking an open-minded, fresh approach to landscape architecture.
Professor Riikka Puurunen, Professor Patrick Rinke and IT Application Owner Lara Ejtehadian holding sunflowers and diplomas
Awards and Recognition, Campus, Research & Art Published:

Aalto Open Science Award ceremony brought together Aaltonians to discuss open science

Last week we gathered at A Grid to celebrate the awardees of the Aalto Open Science Award 2023 and discuss open science matters with the Aalto community.
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Appointments Published:

Minna Tuusa appointed as Human Resources Manager of Aalto ARTS

The Dean of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture Tuomas Auvinen has appointed HR partner Minna Tuusa as Human Resources Manager of the School from 1 June 2024.
View of a wooden structure in the market square landscape
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Aalto University's Wood Program 30th anniversary project to Kuhmo Square

Every year, Aalto University students specialising in wood architecture carry out a Wood Program project. In the 30th anniversary year of the program, the City of Kuhmo is the partner. The project will be a stage and a platform on Kuhmo's main square.


Otaniemi seafront pictured in the summer with the Aalto logo and event title, and VTT and Open Science logos overlayed.
Campus, Conferences, Networking

Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 (external link)

Welcome to the summer conference on open science hosted by Aalto University.
Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC June 2024
Staff trainings, Training to support research

Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC 4-6 June 2024

Are you starting your summer internship and you are unsure about the computational resources available for you? Are you a doctoral researcher who has recently started working on their research? Would you like to have more resources for your data science tasks? Join our hands-on course for data science workflows with high performance computing.
Plywood bent into the shape of a pavillion

Structural exploration with flexible wood. Pavilion design in LVL (Laminated veneer lumber)

Exhibition showcasing the master’s course outcomes from “ARK-E1021 - Studio Spring, Design
of Structures”, Department of Architecture, Aalto University.
Aalto University campus in Otaniemi
Conferences, Workshops

ARCH24 - The 6th International conference on Architecture, Research, Health and Care (external link)

The International ARCH24 Conference will be held at Aalto University, Espoo, 17-19 June 2024.
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