"G.M.Cantacuzino" Faculty of Architecture
"G.M.Cantacuzino" Faculty of Architecture
Prof. Dr. Doc. Dimitrie Mangeron Street, no. 3
N47° 9' 8.47'', E47° 9' 8.47''
The School of Architecture of Iaşi defines itself as a hybrid modernist school of architecture, since it was founded in 1970, along with those in Cluj and Timişoara, under the direction of Nicolae Porumbescu, a key figure in Romanian Architecture.
The Academic Program is aligned with the principles of European Higher Education Area and Research (Bologna, Lisbon, Copenhagen) and in accordance with the National Strategy for Higher Education in Romania. The Faculty of Architecture is committed to the European assessment process of the Architecture Study Program, according to the European Commission Directive 2005/36/EC on Qualifications of Architects for the European recognition of diplomas.
Our school is located near the city center, where all the schools of the Technical University come together in an unconventional academic park, alongside the Bahlui river bank, easily accessible by bus both from the airport and the Train Central Station.
The school finds itself in one of the most unique examples of concrete architecture built during the socialist modernism years, as it was designed by Nicolae Porumbescu and claims its role in configuring a very interesting identity of the eastern European culture, in Iaşi. One of the top largest cities in Romania, Iasi is rather a kaleidoscopic presence in the architectural scenery of Romania, joining together examples of very specific architecture that marked the history of our country in such a manner that a walk through the core of the city feels like visiting an open-air museum.
Growing a faculty of architecture in such a setting is, on one hand, a great challenge and on the other, a great opportunity to exercise a responsible, yet enhancing discourse. Therefore, our mission is that of providing the academic background for students to grow a coherent, creative discourse of Architecture, the understanding of translating it into practice and the critical thinking that leads to a continuous, coherent and valuable building of culture.
The Association of Students of Architecture in Iaşi (ASAI) represents the students of „G. M. Cantacuzino” Faculty of Architecture, joined together for common purposes and rights. Whether it is the ARKA (Architecture-Revolution-Knowledge-Art) local festival, a movie night, a concert, an installation, a project, a party, a debate or a conference, students put their minds and spirits into organizing time, space and memory around the School of Architecture in the most meaningful way.
Our school offers a range of interesting facilities to the students: library, model Workshop, 3D model Laboratories, a media studio within the FabLab community, gym, sports fields, medical service, accommodation and canteen.
Through the Erasmus-Socrates program, the faculty is linked to universities from Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Republic of Moldavia, Georgia, Indonesia, Morocco, Lithuania) which are reflected in mobilities (outgoing/incoming for students and teaching staff. Completing one or more semesters at foreign universities is a substantial gain in for students’ professional future. Starting with 2011/2012, the number of Erasmus study mobilities has been growing in a spectacular and constant way.
Accommodation is available in the „Tudor Vladimirescu” Campus, located next to the Technical University, within walking distance from the School of Architecture.
Admission is based on a drawing exam, consisting of both technical and artistic tasks.
The admission grade consists of:
70% exam score
30% average score in the baccalaureate exam
Please contact school for more information.
Admission examination is generally scheduled in the second part of July, following the MECT instructions and approved by the Senate of the University.
The calendar for the admission exam is announced in the beginning of Summer on the school’s website. Please contact school for more information.
Through its structure and methodology, our six-year study program aims to form and grow skilled Architects in the fields of Architecture, Design, Urban Planning, Restorations, Interior Architecture and Design, Landscape Architecture and not only. The main focus of the study program is, of course, Architecture and Design.
Education Structure: integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
Duration of Studies: 6 years/ 12 semesters/ 360 credits
Document of formal qualification: Diploma in Architecture
The formation of any student is based on training in the field of theory and history of Architecture and Urbanism, Restoration, Interior Architecture and Design, Landscape Design, Social sciences. All these are being complemented with courses in related fields – Structure, Equipments, Economics, Marketing, Engineering, Management, subjects that are meant to prepare the future architect in the economic, organizational and management aspects of design in order to enable work not only in the field, but also within institutions in the field.
Completion of studies is done by preparing and presenting the diploma project and dissertation. The presentation of the diploma project requires the completion of a prediploma phase. The prediploma phase consists, first of all, of a documentation, as a result of the research on the topic program addressed in the diploma. Secondly, the prediploma should be a draft presentation of concepts, solutions and principles that constitute the ground basis the diploma project. The presentation takes place in the form of a debate, in front of a jury of teachers who evaluate and grade.
The Diploma project contains drawn and written parts of the final solution proposed by the student, a final product which shows the result of personal study and collaboration with the Academic Supervisor. The presentation also takes place in the form of a debate, in front of a jury of teachers who evaluate and grade. The jury assesses the complexity degree of the chosen topic program, the quality of the proposed solution, the graphics quality and the verbal style of presentation. The Diploma project is assessed with grades and is credited with 20 ECTS credits.
The Master’s Degree is integrated within the 6-year general course.
Teachers from our school are mentors within the Doctoral Program of Bucharest’s „Ion Mincu” School of Architecture. PhD Students are welcome to enroll in taking the PhD practice hours, as stated in the PhD contract.
The school houses a Research Center providing a wide range of research programs, ranging from urban studies to technological inovations.