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

Haluatko olla mukana tekemässä yhteisestä ympäristöstä parempaa paikkaa asua ja olla? Onko sinulle tärkeää opiskella alaa, joka vaalii luonnon ja maapallon hyvinvointia?

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Arkkitehtuuri, 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.

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 - Arkkitehtuurin, maisema-arkkitehtuurin ja sisustusarkkitehtuurin maisteriohjelma

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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

Interior Architecture - Architecture, Landscape architecture and Interior Architecture, Master of Arts

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



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.


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


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School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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


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Appointments, University Published:

Tomek Rygalik: ‘We need to design less but better things for longer’

Meet our new professors: Professor in Furniture Design Tomek Rygalik
Hostels for School girls project in Tanzania by Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects_Architecture of Necessity Award 2022
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Architecture of Necessity Award to Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects

The project presents systemic approach in sustainable architecture
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Research & Art Published:
Tiiliseinä, jonka vieressä vaaleanpunaisia kukkia, taustalle korkeita, vanhoja taloja.
Research & Art Published:

A human-friendly, giant insect hotel emerged in the middle of the city

Alusta, built from clay and populated by plants, is a sanctuary for pollinators and a meeting place for all living things


A visualisation of an apartment where recycled materials has been used as building materials
Lectures and seminars

Nils Erik Wickberg Lectures 2022: Architecture, Society and Circular Economy

The seminar’s theme this year is Circular Economy in the built environment, with various approaches from both international and Finnish researchers and practising architects. The presentations will explore circularity from various angles, from history to theory and practice.
Aalto University campus in Otaniemi
Conferences and workshops

ARCH24 - The 6th International conference on Research on Health and Wellbeing Architecture

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