University of Architecture & Urbanism Ion Mincu
University of Architecture & Urbanism Ion Mincu

Architecture and Urbanism
Bucharest, Romania

N44° 26' 11.01'', E44° 26' 11.01''
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t:+4021 313 771 13
f:+40 21 312 39 54
Prof. Emil Barbu POPESCU 
Heads of school: President:
Degree programmes
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Interior Architecture
Faculty of Urbanism
Faculty profile

'Ion Mincu' University of Architecture
and Urbanism in Bucharest is the oldest
and most important academic institution
in this fi eld in Romania. Its foundation is
closely linked with the raise of modern
Romania, and the setting of its new
institutional structure and culture. On
October 15, 1892 the Romanian Society
of Architects set up a private school of
architecture under its authority. The educational
programme was very pragmatic
and adapted to the local imperative
of the moment, though the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts' model was obvious.
The Education Reform in 1897 transformed
the private school into the
National School of Architecture within
the School of Fine Arts (fi nanced by the
government), and in 1904 the School of
Architecture became independent.

IMUAU is located in the very core of the city of Bucharest, along one of the main north-south boulevard. Across the street from the University of Bucharest, the oldest academic structure in Romania, and facing the National Theatre, the IMUAU building occupies a whole urban block of 8000sq m. The University Place in the nearby, a popular meeting point, recently became a token of the post-communist civil society, since it still shows the signs of the 1989 Revolution and of the anti-communist movements inscribed on IMUAU’s walls.

306 staff members (216 full-time and approx.90 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

Students association ASAU (all university disciplines) Lectures, competitions and workshops and study trips are organized year round.




Accommodation can be provided in University dorms.

Admission Requirements

Secondary School diploma + Admission Competition based on graded drawing and skills test.

Tuition fees

EU/EFTA nationals Euro 300-800

Application Deadline


Faculty of Architecture,Master of Science in Architecture Degree,6 years study,Faculty,

Accreditation Upon completion: Order of Architects. Enrollment 275.Title MSc Architecture. Bachelor in Restoration and Architectural Conservation. 3 years study. Enrollment 60. Title BScRAC. Bachelor in Buildings Architecture. 3 years study. Enrollment 60. Title BscBA

Faculty of Interior Architecture,Master of Science in Interior Design Degree,5 years study,Faculty,

Enrollment 55.Title MSc Interior Design. Master of Science in Product Design Degree. 5 years study. Enrollment 55.Title MSc Product Design. Bachelor in Furniture and Interior Decoration. 3 years study. Enrollment 55. Title BScFID

Faculty of Urbanism,Master of Science in Planning Degree,5 years study,Faculty,

Enrollment 50.Title MSc Planning
Master of Science in Landscape Design. 5 years study. Enrollment 50.Title MSc Landscape Design. Bachelor in Landscape Design. 3 years study. Enrollment 65. Title BScLD
Bachelor in Planning and Public Administration. 3 years study. Enrollment 65. Title: BScPPA. Bachelor in Urbanism and Strategic Planning. 3 years study. Enrollment 65. Title BScUSP

The curriculum of each academic unit is
structured on semesters and envisages
lecture courses and studios, provided by
the Departments and Chairs. Before the
diploma project, the curriculum includes
a semester of architectural and/or urban
design practice in a studio or in a research
structure, in Romania or abroad.
The title of architect, urban planner, or
conductor is obtained after a fi nal theoretical
exam (dissertation) and a diploma
project. The dissertation is brought
before a Jury of Theory. For the two faculties,
the diploma-project examination
is the task of the Diploma Jury, made/
composed of members of the faculty and
two invited members (one Romanian,
one from abroad).The Diploma specifi es,
along with the title, the Major chosen by
the student.
In the Grade Record, annexed to the
Diploma, are entered the credits obtained
by the student (written tests, oral
examinations, projects), together with
the optional Minor obtained, if any.
A Minor Certifi cate confi rms the Minor
obtained. A certifi cate confi rms the
graduation in the advanced studies

Diploma: Diploma of Architect (Diploma de Arhitect) The curricula are articulated in two cycles of study (4 + 6 or 7 semesters): During the junior and sophomore cycle (the first six semesters), the disciplines (theoretical courses and design studios) share a several disciplinary fields with the Faculty of Urbanism too. The lecture courses are surveys of the main architectural issues, they give the basic knowledge; while in the design studios, the students become acquainted with the study of form and space and their representation, along with the basic ‘hands on’ training of the expressive means traditionally available to the architect. The design activities are managed by the Chair of Representation and Interior Design.

The senior cycle (the following six or seven semesters) is distinctly structured, as it is shown in the curricula. There are several possibilities of options (elective and optional lecture courses and design studios). The architectural design training is the most important part managed by this programme.  In order to better train the future practising architect, two other types of projects are to be studied. On the one hand, there are at least 3 cross-chairs, multidisciplinary design studios, where the Architectural Design Chair collaborates with the Chair of Design, the Chair of Urbanism and the Chair of Technology. Students are taught by a faculty from all the chairs involved. On the other hand, the scientific chairs organise at least 2 specialised studios, where the students work exclusively with faculty recommended by the respective chairs. The diploma is obtained after the evaluation of a final complex work (project + dissertation), elaborated during the eleventh semester, after a semester of practice in a studio or research structure.

The Diploma in Architecture with Major in Interior Design has been operative since 2003 as a result of the need to have an interior and industrial designer trained in the proximity of the building design education. The number of students amounts to 90 in the first year.

The Advanced Architectural Design Programmes (AADP)
Open only to graduates in Architecture and Urbanism, the various programmes included in this category aim to enhance the knowledge in the design practice and management.
Duration of study: 2 semesters with year based schedule.
Places/programme: 10 free of charge + 5 payable
Ongoing programmes:
•Advanced Architectural Design – In charge: conf.arch.dr. Augustin Ioan
•Marketing and Quality Management in Architecture – In charge: prof.arch.dr. Cosma Jurov
•Urban Form: Architecture, City, Territory – In charge: prof.dr.arh. Alexandru Sandu

The Master of Architecture Degree Programmes (MAP)
The programmes are open to graduates in Architecture, Urbanism, Economics, Engineering, Sociology, Geography, Law, Human Studies, etc., according to each programme. The programmes are meant to widen these various disciplinary fields through multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches, and to integrate them into a more complex (technically and culturally) view on the making of space.
Duration of study: 4 semesters (year based schedule).
Places/programme: 15 no tuition fee + 10 with tuition fee
Ongoing programmes:
•Integrated Urban Development (Romanian and French) – In charge: Florin Machedon
•Urban Management – In charge: Liviu Ianasi
•Territorial Planning and Regional Development – In charge: Gabriel Pascariu
•Vernacular Architecture and Sacred Space – In charge: as.dr.arch. Sergiu Nistor and as.dr.arch.Augustin Ioan
•Reabilitation of Builiding Environment – In charge: lect.dr.arch. Liviu Gligor
•Conservation of Historical Monuments – In charge: prof.dr.arch. Hanna Derer
•Managemet of Cultural Heritage- In charge: prof.dr.arch. Hanna Derer
•Sustainable Development: Integrated Concept of Building Environment and Energetic Audit – In charge: Cristina Ochinciuc

The Post-Graduate Study Programmes (PGSP)
Open to graduates in Architecture and Urbanism with at least two years practice, and also to proficient specialists in the practical fields of the building activity, these programmes aim is a specialised training in the respective practice field.
Duration of study: 4 years (one week of course attendance/month)
Places/programme: 25 with tuition fee
Ongoing programmes:
•Restoration of Monuments, Ensembles, and Sites – In charge: Sergiu Nistor
•Urban and Regional Planning – In charge: prof.dr.arch. Doina Cristea & prof.dr.arch. Peter Derer
Doctoral studies (DS)
Duration of study: 4 years full time , 6 years part time.
Fields of study: Architecture, Urbanism, History of Architecture & Restoration, Technology of Architecture
Doctoral advisors: Eugen Apostol, Romeo Belea, Mihail Caffé, Corneliu Dumitrescu, Emil Barbu Popescu, Sandu Alexandru, Angela Filipeanu, Mircea Ochinciuc, Mario Smigelschi, Radu Tanasoiu, Aurelian Triscu
Lifelong Learning Programme
General informationInformation for incoming ERASMUS students
FacultiesThe Faculty of Architecture
The Faculty of Urbanism
The Faculty of Interior Architecture
Advanced StudiesDepartments and ChairsBasics of Architectural Design
Synthesis of Architectural Design
History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage ConservationUrbanism and Country Planning
Technical Sciences
Study of Form and Ambience
Project gallery (romanian only)