Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture
ul. Narutowicza 11/12
N 54° 22' 17.43'', E 54° 22' 17.43''
t: +48 58 347 12 89
f: +48 58 347 13 15
Gdansk University of Technology GUT, the oldest university in the North of Poland, was established in 1904 as the German Royal High Technical School (Königliche Technische Hochschule). After the Second World War, on May 24, 1945, the University was transformed into a Polish academic school. School of Architecture is one of 10 faculties of the GUT.
The Faculty provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge combining both technical and non-technical (humanistic) subjects. Architectural and urban design is taught with respect to social, cultural and environmental context and implications.
The important parts of the programme are course modules for developing practical skills (architectural drawing, graphic techniques, painting, sculpture and computer techniques). The architectural design programme involves tackling increasingly more complex design problems, commencing from the simplest elements of space composition to complex forms and volumes in diverse contexts. The first three semesters of studies comprise compulsory subjects. From semester 4 onwards there exists a choice of seminars and summer schools, while with regard to architectural design and urban planning a choice of projects and teachers. From semester 4 onwards students also have the opportunity to participate for one or two semesters in the ERASMUS exchange scheme.
Part of the studies programme includes summer internships (construction site training, rural internship, pre-diploma architectural internship, making inventories of historic architecture, urban internship, plein-air drawing and painting).
The Faculty of Architecture is situated in the main building in the old University campus surrounded by park.
1030 students (700 Bachelor, 300 Master, 30 PhD), 0% of foreign students.
79 staff members (70 full-time and approx. 9 visiting lecturers and critics).
Student facilities: CAD -lab, Faculty Library,
Student Associations: The National Association of Students of Architecture (OSSA) organizing workshops and other architecture-related events for students all over the country. Students’Art Association (SKA) founded in 1998 supports all artistic events at the Faculty and has many sections, including film section. Students’ Tourist Association (TXA) organizes scientific trips in Poland and Europe.
The University provides accommodation for students. Students are offered two- and three- beds rooms with bathrooms in student’s hostel close to the University campus.
For Bachelors Programme: entrance exam (testing drawing, three-dimensional imagination and other abilities necessary for this profession). For Masters programme: Bachelors Degree in Architecture
There is no tuition for BSc, MSc and Phd programme for students from EU, for other candidates please contact school for more information.
Master programme:, Graduate in Architecture and Urban Planning. Title: M.A. Enrollment: 150, 1,5-year programme, Master, 90,
Advanced Master:, Postgraduate in Urban Planning and Management. Enrollment: 30, 1-year programme, Advanced,
PhD programme, Doctoral Studies in Architecture and Urban Planning. Enrollment: 15, 4-year programme, PhD,
In the academic year 2007/2008 the Faculty of Architecture introduced a new two-degree system and programme of studies:Bachelor’s Degree (First degree) studies – 7 semesters for the graduate title of ‘inzynier architekt’,Master’s Degree (Second degree) studies – 3 semesters for the graduate title of ‘magister inzynier architekt’. Completing studies at the Master’s degree level with the ‘magister inzynier architekt’ title is an essential prerequisite of acquiring unlimited building design rights from the Polish Chamber of Architects. Moreover, the Faculty now provides the possibility of continuing university studies on a Doctoral Degree (Third degree) studies, which ends with the defence of a doctoral thesis for the title of ‘doktor nauk technicznych’ (D.Sc.)
Bachelor’s degree graduates are qualified to take upprofessional employment: in the execution and supervision of construction work; as assistant architects in the design of buildings and their surroundings, as well as in urban planning. Graduates are also entitled to undertake Master’s degree (second degree) studies.
Master’s degree graduates are prepared to undertake professional creative work within the scope of architectural design and urban planning. They have the legal right to work independently as architects in the design of buildings and the supervision of construction work. They are entitled to coordinate the work of various design teams, as well as manage architectural design and urban planning practices. They have right to set up their own businesses and also to undertake research work. Graduates are qualified for employment in: architectural and urban planning design practices, local government and state administration units, institutes and research and development centres as well as consultancies. Graduates are also qualified to continue their education and undertake the Doctoral degree (Third degree) studies.
Main fields of education and research cover: Architecture (including: Housing Architecture, Architecture of Public Buildings, Industrial & Marine Architecture; Health Service Architecture), History of Architecture (incl. conservation and revalorization of historical buildings), Sustainable Design and Landscape Architecture, Rural Architecture and Planning, Town Planning and Urban Design (incl. conservation and renewal of urban structures), Regional Planning, Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Descriptive Geometry, CAD, GIS. During summer students participate in different workshops including: building, painting, rural design, historical monuments survey, urban design and pre-diploma workshops in professional architecture offi ces. Students prepare their diploma projects during the 7th semester and have to pass the final examination. The Faculty cooperates with several European academic schools in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain.
During the 1,5-year MSc programme several groups of subjects are offered in frames of which students obtain further skills in practical aspects of architectural and urban planning and acquire deeper understanding of main theoretical concepts. Students continue their work in several design studios, among others: Architectural Design Studio, Urban Design and Town Planning, Regional Planning, Sustainable Design and Landscape Architecture. All the above mentioned projects are dealing with more advanced issues, both in terms of conceptual problems as well as technical issues, urban regulations, assessment of the environmental impact, etc.
Another group of subjects is oriented toward strengthening the general knowledge and giving broader insights into theoretical concepts and includes: Theory of Contemporary Architecture, Urban Sociology, Aesthetics, Building Conservation, etc.
Other groups of subjects are as follows: the Technical Subjects II (Advanced Construction Systems, Advanced Building Installation Systems), Economics and Legislation (Organization & Management of Investment Processes, Urban Studies and Planning Processes).
There are a variety of highly-profiled pre-diploma seminars and numerous elective subjects that are offered by each of the Faculty departments. During the 3rd semester of MSc programme students prepare their diploma projects and have to pass their final examination.
The one year postgraduate course of Town Planning and Space Management is offered for professional architects and graduates from other faculties of university level schools, which entitles, after a period of practice and examinations, to a Ministry recognised professional position.
The faculty offers a four-year course for postgraduates leading to a doctorate degree (PhD). After a selection procedure, PhD students participate in lectures on the research metods and in seminars (review of the research progress) and are trained in the didactic work. Practising professionals are offered a free-lance work on PhD thesis under tutor’s scientific supervision.
During the first year of studies students participate in a structured programme and acquire a substantial knowledge in such aspects as: the methodology of conducting research, elements of philosophy, theory of art, urban sociology, urban landscape approaches, introduction to advanced architectural and urban concepts, etc. The next three years of PhD programme is based on seminars with doctoral thesis supervisors. The Faculty of Architecture staff working together with PhD students is involved in the research activities and international programmes in several fields:
– Revitalization of urban spaces, including re-programming for the post-industrial buildings, protection of post-harbour and post-shipyard historical heritage, social participation in revitalization processes, revitalization of the large scale modern housing settlements.
– Large scale urban development and sustainable development of the coastal cities.
– Strategies for urban public spaces and urban landscapes.
– Sustainable architecture and urban planning,
– Protection of landscape, sustainable tourism oriented strategies and solutions. The assessment of the impact of investments on the environment.
– Research on the history and theory of architecture and conservation of monuments.
– Architecture and technology
Doctorate students take part in the Erasmus Intensive Programmes co-organized by the Faculty, summer schools all over Europe, conferences and PhD students’ workshops.
Please contact school for more information.