School of Architecture
School of Architecture
N 61° 27' 29.26'', E 61° 27' 29.26''
t: + 3358 3 3115 3499
Head of School
Master of Science
Profile of the faculty
The Department of Architecture at Tampere University of Technology has been training architects since 1969. Architects graduating from the Department have found good placements in the profession, doing well in architecture competitions and setting up their own companies. Our architects have also achieved high public offi ce in our society. The quality of the research conducted in the Department is evidenced by the funding awarded by the Academy of Finland and especially by the funding awarded for research projects on the utilisation of wood. Datutop, the Department’s publication presenting science and research, is internationally known and respected.
The Department of Architecture is situated on the Tampere University of Technology campus in Hervanta, approximately 9 km south from the centre of Tampere. Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and with a population of 200 000, the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. Tampere is located between two large lakes, Lake Näsijärvi and Lake Pyhäjärvi, which creates the city a unique athmosphere.
50 staff members (30 full-time and approx. 20 visiting lecturers and critics).
Student association Architect Guild organises student happenings and trips for architecture students. All students at TUT belong to the Student Union which organises events and activities such as concerts, film screenings, excursions and parties. There are also special associations which offer activities from fishing and skiing to profession-specific clubs.
Accommodation can be provided
BSc+MScArch –> high school or eg. + admission examination
MScArch –> BSc degree + portfolio
Postgraduate studies –> MSc degree + approved study plan
Degree students and exchange network guest students: no tuition fee.
Student union fee: 74€
April (Bachelor+Master -programme); March (Master -programme)
Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, guarantees admission to the Master programme
Title: BSc Architecture
Master of Science, Master programme, 2-year programme, Master,
Master of Science in Architecture degree
Accreditation upon completion: Register of Architects
Title: MSc Architecture
Teaching at the Department is divided among three institutes and architectural media laboratory: The Institute of Theory and History of Architecture, covering history of building construction, conservation of buildings, theory of construction design and visual expression. The Institute of Architectural Design, covering design of public buildings, residential buildings and service buildings, structures, materials and technical systems of buildings. The Institute of Urban Planning and Design, covering urban architecture, community and regional design, methods and theory of design. The Media Laboratory in charge of teaching in information and presentation technology and is also responsible for the visualisation, presentation and illustrative equipment of the Department, its workshops and laboratory premises.
The Bachelor degree programme consists
of basic studies, professional studies,
optional studies and practical training.
Basic studies give the student the basic
knowledge in Arts and Building Technology,
as well as basic knowledge in
The aim of Professional Studies is to
provide students with a foundation in
professional skill by means of which it is
possible to make a useful contribution
to the design of building and use of the
environment, to planning and construction
administration and also the utilisation of
scientifi c research methods and fi ndings.
The main task in Professional Studies
is to develop design skills. In Bachelor
degree programme students get the basic
knowledge of history of architecture, urban
planning and architectural design.
Optional studies offered in Bachelor
degree programme are among others
AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Visualization in
architecture, Interior Design, Landscape
The purpose of practical training is to bring
students face to face with both the working
environment and practical professional
The Master degree programme consists
of professional studies, advanced studies,
optional studies and a master thesis in the
nature of a project.
Professional studies in Master degree
programme deepen the knowledge gained
in Bachelor degree.
Advanced Studies introduces students
in greater depth to certain core functions
within the fi eld of architecture and
provides them with problem-solving skills
in design and research for which they
have no prior learned models. Advanced
Studies entails a master’s thesis project
demonstrating acquired maturity.
The curriculum includes Advanced Studies
in architectural design, history and theory
of architecture and urban planning and
Optional studies offered in Master degree
programme offer a vast variety of special
courses and competitions in architectural
design, history and theory of architecture
and urban planning and design.
Postgraduate degree studies are: Licentiate
in Science (Technology), Doctor in
Science (Technology) and Doctor of
Philosophy. The Department does not
have any specifi c PhD programs, but various
supplementary courses and seminars
are available, almost all of them taught in
Finnish. The postgraduate studies consist
of individual research, participation in selected
supplementary courses and tutorial
guidance by the supervising professor.
See the publication: Aura, S., Katainen,
J., Suoranta, J.: Architecture: Theory, Research
and Practise, Some perspectives
on postgraduate education in architecture,
Tampere, Finland 2001, ISBN 952-15-
EDGE is a research laboratory connected with TUT Institute of Urban Planning and Design. Its researchers have specialized in changes of urban structures and governance, as well as information technologies in urban research and planning. At the moment, urban structures are strongly shaped by different networked structures and processes, which can not be grasped without including the standpoint of transportation planning and the impact of commercial services. Information technology is needed to analyze, predict and manage the factors affecting these structural changes. The other fi elds of research are among others wood, steel and glass in architecture, renovation and complementary building design and conservation of buildings.