"G.M.Cantacuzino" Faculty of Architecture
"G.M.Cantacuzino" Faculty of Architecture
Prof. Dr. Doc. Dimitrie Mangeron Street, no. 3
N 47° 9' 8.47'', E 47° 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. Our school consists of approximately 600 students (100 students per study year). This enhances the community feeling, enables meaningful academic relationships and sets the premises for a friendly environment. The school is hosted by an unique example of socialist modernist architecture, designed by Nicolae Porumbescu, featuring split levels, sculptural stairways, concrete textures, an interior courtyard and light abundance.
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.
Student activities revolve around the voice of the Association of Students of Architecture in Iaşi (ASAI) - 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 has it's yearly awaited community rituals: the Christmas Carols concert, the unconventional Christmas tree design workshop, gatherings at the coffee table and in the interior garden, guitar afternoons, the Diploma exhibition, the graduation course and ball, the yearly freshman ball on a well documented theme, carefully designed and put in place by students in the 4th year.
Other activities speak of Iasi's vibrant cultural identity reflected through cultural events: arts, theatre, movie, music, literature festivals and many more make Iasi one of the most visited cities in Romania. Iasi is the place of painted trams - students from Design, Arts and Architecture take pride when spotting trams they worked on in the tram painting workshop.
Our school offers a range of interesting facilities to the students: library, studio for model making, 3D model Laboratories, a media studio within the FabLab community, gym, sports fields, medical service, accommodation and canteen.
The ROSE program provides extra tutoring for students in an unconventional, community-driven setting.
Through the Erasmus-Socrates program, the faculty is linked to 51 academic centers from 20 countries from all around the world. Mobilities are addressed to both outgoing/incoming students and teaching staff. Completing one or more semesters at a foreign university is a substantial gain in for students’ professional future. Starting with 2011/2012, the number of Erasmus study mobilities has been growing in a constant way with great feedback and successful exchange experiences.
Accommodation is provided for all students which are not residents of Iasi in the "Tudor Vladimirescu" Campus, located next to the Technical University, within walking distance from the School of Architecture.
The admission grade consists of:
70% drawing examination score
30% average score in the baccalaureate exam
Admission is based on a drawing exam, consisting of both technical and artistic tasks. The examination lasts 5 hours and takes place during the second half of July, every summer. Our school provides a special course meant to prepare future students for the admission examination. The course takes place during weekends, in the faculty. For more information regarding registration and calendar, please contact the school.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, our school provided:
- 91 places funded by the state budget
- 1 tuition fee charged place
- 6 scholarship based places for students of Romanian nationality , regardless of their country of residence
- 2 places for EU students
The fee for exam registration is 300 RON (aprox. 60 Euros).
For more information regarding tuition fees, please contact our school.
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.
After graduating the 11 semesters consisting of courses, studio work, professional and academic practice, the completion of studies is done by preparing and presenting the diploma project and a dissertation thesis, during the 12th semester.
The presentation of the diploma project requires the completion of a prediploma phase. The prediploma phase consists, first of all, of a documentation, a theoretical overview and an in-depth research on the topic addressed in the diploma. Secondly, the prediploma should be a draft presentation of concepts, potential study directions, ideas and principles defining the architectural intentions which constitute the ground basis for the diploma project. The presentations are open to public and take place in the form of a debate, in front of a jury of teachers. The Prediploma phase is assessed with grades and is credited with 5 ECTS credits.
The dissertation thesis consists of a theoretical paper on a subject chosen by the student. The chosen subject may or may not follow the subject addressed in the diploma project. The thesis is expected to follow the general rules of scientific writing and should not exceed 20 000 words. The Dissertation thesis is assessed with grades and is credited with 5 ECTS credits.
The Diploma project contains the drawn and written pieces of the final solution proposed by the student, as well as models. The final product is meant to show the result of personal study and collaboration with the Academic Supervisor, which students may choose at the beginning of the 6th year depending on the overall grade of the previously completed 10 semesters. 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, the thought and the design process, the overall quality of the proposed solution, the quality, coherence and adequacy of the discourse and presentation manner. The Diploma project is assessed with grades and is credited with 20 ECTS credits.
Our educational offer consists of an Integrated Bachelor’s (BSci) and Master’s Degree (MSci) 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, addressing subjects from urban studies to technological innovations.
The Urban Planning Postgraduate constitutes a popular choice not only to architects, but also to authorities and public administration, setting the premises of a healthy dialogue between the academic, professional and public administration field.
Our school provides an nZEB course, meant to prepare architects with regards to the new regulations established in 2021 concerning the near zero energy building standards.