Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture has an excellent international reputation stemming from the Finnish regional architectural culture. For decades, our distinguished quality in architectural teaching has held a strong bond to the practical design work in architectural offices.

For us, architecture is an art, requiring learning of professional practice, personal artistic development and technical knowledge of building.

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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Research

Research carried out within the Department of Architecture covers the whole gamut of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. Focus lays on building up social welfare, health care and urban design.

Our staff at the Department of Architecture consists of leading practitioners who have an active career in design projects, architectural competitions and exhibitions. Many design works have been largely published also internationally. We are the only school in Finland offering university level studies in Landscape Architecture. Students and recently graduated have lately succeeded in national and international design competitions.

Group X

A focus group at the department of architecture at Aalto University

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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

A one year design and build program focusing on wood and wooden architecture.

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LAND Landscape Architecture

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

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Sotera Institute

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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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
Mon-Fri 8.00-15.30

Locations

News

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Research & Art Published:

Better design

The new frontier in design is about finding ways to better serve the needs of the people. From building hospitals and libraries, to developing home-care services for the aging, the principles of design can be used to give everyone a voice.
Human City Design Award Antti Ahlava Kuva: Anna Aminoff
Campus, Honoured, University Published:

School as a Service concept received the Human City Design Award

The award recognizes the creation of a more sustainable community and environment.
Professor Ray Sterling
Research & Art, Studies Published:

Professor Ray Sterling: Worldwide developments in urban underground planning

Watch the video recording of Professor Sterling's lecture.
Festival attendees on green grass
Campus, Research & Art, Studies Published:

The work of landscape architects can be seen everywhere

For 30 years already, it has been possible to study in Finland to become a landscape architect. The Degree Programme in Landscape Architecture at Aalto University will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary from 7 to 11 October 2019.

Events

MLCS seminar
Lectures and seminars
(recurring)

Machine Learning Coffee Seminar (MLCS)

Machine Learning Coffee Seminars are weekly seminars organized by Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) and are held jointly by the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.

Motion Capture Open Day

Come and learn how our high end, Hollywood-quality motion capture facility can benefit your research or study projects.
Outside picture of the School of Business building in Otaniemi. Three Aalto Flags swinging in front of the building.
Lectures and seminars

Anna Glenngård (Lund University)

Topic to be announced later.
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Lectures and seminars

Department of Computer Science: MSc Thesis Presentations

Kaisa Halmetoja and Manu Paloniemi will present their MSc theses on Tuesday 19 November at 14:30-16:30 in room A346, CS building
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