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, taiteen kandidaatti ja maisteri

Sisustusarkkitehtuurin pääaineessa lähtökohtana on elämisen lähiympäristö ymmärrettynä ihmisten toiminnan, elämäntapojen ja kulttuurin kautta. Sisustusarkkitehtuuri painottuu ihmislähtöisten, kokemuksellisten, esteettisesti korkeatasoisten ja kokonaisvaltaisesti kestävien tilojen ja kalusteiden suunnitteluun.

Taiteen kandidaatin tutkintoon johtavien kolmivuotisten opintojen tarkoituksena on perehdyttää opiskelija sisustusarkkitehtuurin toimintaympäristöön, tehtäväkenttään, suunnitteluprosessiin, menetelmiin ja työvälineisiin. Tavoitteena on oman taiteellisen ilmaisun ja suunnittelijaidentiteetin kehittäminen. Opinnot tukevat myös opiskelijan luovaa ongelmanratkaisukykyä, tutkimuksellista ja kriittistä ajattelua, tekemisen kautta oppimista ja yhteistyötaitoja.

Sisustusarkkitehdit ovat rakennetun ympäristön lähimittakaavan suunnittelun asiantuntijoita, jotka työskentelevät elämisen, työnteon, palvelujen ja vapaa-ajan tilojen suunnittelun, teollisen kalustesuunnittelun ja konseptisuunnittelun parissa. Sisustusarkkitehtuurin kandidaatin tutkinto antaa valmiudet alan avustaviin suunnittelutehtäviin ja maisteriopintoihin, joiden kautta voi saada varsinaisen sisustusarkkitehdin pätevyyden.

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Maisema-arkkitehtuuri, tekniikan kandidaatti ja maisema-arkkitehti

Maisema-arkkitehdit luovat nähtävää, koettavaa ja elettävää maisemaa. Kyseessä on jännittävä ala, jossa tiede ja taide yhdistyvät ainutlaatuisella tavalla mahdollistaen ihmisen ja luonnon harmonisen rinnakkaiselon. Aalto-yliopiston maisema-arkkitehtuurin koulutusohjelma on alan ainoa yliopistotasoinen koulutus Suomessa.

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Arkkitehtuuri, tekniikan kandidaatti ja arkkitehti

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

Students at Undergraduate Centre / Photo by Unto Rautio

Master Programmes

Master's programme in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture - Architecture

Architecture is technical and artistic, it is a social art and also an artful science. Architecture is about creating spaces for all types of human activities. To be a successful architect, you should be able to see problems from different perspectives, which forms the basis for the broadness of the degree. At the Aalto Architecture programme your scientific and artistic thinking will be developed, aiding you in designing buildings and cities for a sustainable future while promoting health and well-being and enriching lives aesthetically.

Masters degree in Architecture

Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning, MSc 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

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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

Master's programme in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture - Interior Architecture

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.

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Department Management

Faculty

Research

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

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.

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WiTLAB (external link)

Aalto WiT LAB is a network of researchers and projects focusing on resilient communities and grass roots action.

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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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LAND Landscape Architecture (external link)

Our main specific research interests are connected to the environmental, cultural and sustainable dimension of the landscape.

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Aalto Stoa

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

Aalto Stoa (external link)

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

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Where to find us

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

Väre

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Locations
Aalto-yliopisto / Kandidaattikeskus / katsomo / kuva: Tuomas Uusheimo
Locations

News

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Press releases Published:

Kone Foundation donates 800 000 euros to Aalto University's area of art and design

With this donation, the foundation wants to support research in the arts and artistic research in particular. The aim is to safeguard the diversity of disciplines and freedom of research in fields of education that have suffered from funding cuts and educational policy prioritisation.
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Appointments Published:

Professor Heidi Salonen's Installation Talk: Indoor air quality – Importance and threats

Aalto University celebrates its tenured professors with popular talks by the new tenure track professors on 27.4.
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Aalto Magazine Published:

Wooden-structured Little Finlandia opened its doors in Töölönlahti Bay

The building erected in the Töölö Bay area to temporarily house Finlandia Hall’s functions during its renovation is, in the words of architect Jaakko Torvinen, like a forest in the centre of Helsinki.
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Honoured, Research & Art, University Published:

The Annual Review provided an overview of the achievements in 2021

The virtual event presented the key results and achievements of the School.

Events

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Campus Lectures and seminars

Sotera Seminar

Learn about the outcomes of the MonIA project in this seminar organized by Sotera Research group.
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Lectures and seminars

Seminar: Affordable social housing 1910s-1930s. A comparative study

The focus of the seminar is on working class and/or low-income neighbourhood areas of the interwar period and their impact in the overall urban design of part of the cities.
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Conferences and workshops

Forum Wood Building Nordic 2022

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