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.

Aalto University, photo Unto Rautio

Maisema-arkkitehtuuri, tekniikan kandidaatti ja maisema-arkkitehti

Maisema-arkkitehtuuri on monitieteellinen ala, jossa suunnitellaan ulkotiloja, niiden rakentamista ja hoitoa kaikissa mittakaavoissa. Maisema-arkkitehtuuri yhdistää taiteen, luonnontieteiden ja tekniikan osaamista. Esteettisyys, ekologisuus ja toiminnallisuus ovat maisema-arkkitehtuurin perusarvoja. Tavoitteena on tuottaa hyvää ja kestävää ympäristöä ja yhdyskuntia.

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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

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

Would you like to work on the future of urban environments? The Aalto - University of Helsinki joint USP programme will enable you to understand and address complex urban development challenges. The programme balances theory and history with training in key methods and skills, as well as experiential learning. You'll gain a broad knowledge of the problems and issues affecting cities, and how to address them in collaborative and concrete working groups.

Urban Studies and Planning

Maisema-arkkitehtuurin maisteriohjelma

"Analyyttisen ajattelun kehittyminen ja soveltamistaidot, visuaalisen viestinnän taidot, tieteen ja taiteen yhdistäminen"

Landscape Architecture

Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning, MSc in Landscape Architecture

Cities provide enormous economic, technical and cultural opportunities, but they are also places of social conflicts and segregation as well as environmental and health problems. The magnitude of such challenges implies that no single field of research or profession can tackle them alone.

Urban Studies and Planning

Master's Programme in 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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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 a research unit focusing on basic technology in the social and health sector: design and construction of buildings, related telecommunications technology, information technology and automation of operations as well as instrument technology.

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WiTLAB

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

A focus group at the department of architecture at Aalto University

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LAND Landscape Architecture

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

AaltoLAND Landscape Architecture

Where to find us

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

Väre

Address: Otaniementie 14
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Mon-Thu at 8.00-21.00, Fri at 8.00-20.00, Sat at 9.00-17.00.

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

Undergraduate Centre

Address: Otakaari 1

Locations

News

Oskari Vilamon rahaston palkitut 2020
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Oskari Vilamo Fund awarded the best theses on the building trade

Three doctoral dissertations and four master's thesis were awarded in Aalto University.
Riskejä on otettava -diplomityön kuvitusta: vanha mustavalkoinen kuva, jossa lapset leikkivät verkkokeinussa ja aikuiset keskustelevat sen lähistöllä
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Landscape architect Jussi Virta gets the Lappset Prize

In his master's thesis, Virta explores how children's development can be better supported by renewing playgrounds.
Annual Review: Dean Tuomas Auvinen, professor Jenni Reuter, HR Coordinator Hanna Nurmela. Photo: Enni Grundström
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Aalto ARTS Annual Review celebrated the highlights of 2019

Nine awards and prizes were presented 5 February 2020 at the traditional get-together for Aalto ARTS faculty, staff and students.
Wood Wonders: Kokoon house scale model. Photo: Anne Kinnunen
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Building with wood is a climate-friendly option – the Wood Wonders exhibition provides five interesting viewpoints on construction

Forest wood used in buildings can bind carbon for centuries. Wood is a strong and versatile building material that improves indoor air quality, reduces the need for heating and air conditioning – and provides pleasure.

Events

7th Art of Research Conference
Conferences and workshops

Art of Research Conference VII: Authorship and Responsibility

Art of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, Aalto University, Dec. 3-4 2020
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