The School of Architecture at the University of Tampere educates architects and other experts in the field of architecture and conducts scientific and artistic research. The school offers expertise in the field of architecture and actively impacts and participates in meaningful architectural and societal debates. In both education and research, activities focus on urban design and planning, architectural design and sustainable housing, and history of architecture and built heritage.
The architecture school offers an excellent working and studying environment and community for students, teachers and researchers. We work in a progressive, inspiring and equal environment based on cooperation and mutual respect. Flexibility and a friendly participative atmosphere are our unique strengths.
Our mission is to create and protect well-being in human habitats through education, research and collaboration. We take care of the continuity of our built culture and critically re-think material, ecological, social and cultural sustainability, while fostering healthy, accessible, beautiful and authentic architecture.
We conduct high-impact, multidisciplinary research that encompasses the following broad areas of research: Urban Planning and Design, Architectural Design and Sustainable Housing, and History of Architecture and Built Heritage. We share an interest in the ecological and cultural sustainability of the built environment and the social significance of space. Research areas are connected to our teaching activities and doctoral research, where students, teachers and researchers work together in an international environment.
Architectural Design and Sustainable Housing
In the architectural design area, researchers aim to achieve meaningful societal change through two research groups:
Sustainable Housing research (ASUTUT) investigates and re-imagines new approaches to housing design and its spatial and architectural quality in an ever-changing world. Priorities include adaptable and accessible housing, different models of co-housing and shared spaces, energy efficient housing and user satisfaction and dwellers health and well-being.
SPREAD (Spatial & Speculative Research in Architectural Design) weaves together theoretical, historical, practice-based, social and scientific research to explore new ways of relating architectural practice and theory. SPREAD speculates and reflects on spatial qualities in architecture by exploring theory and investigating architectural criticism and design processes and methods.
History of Architecture and Built Heritage
Our research on architectural heritage management aims to preserve and develop a culturally and ecologically sustainable built environment. Our research focuses on the tradition of wood construction, the values of building protection, the history of modern architecture, the sustainable use and development of the building stock, especially in suburban renovation and the reuse of concrete elements, and promoting the competitiveness of Finnish large-scale industrial wood construction as part of the bioeconomy and sustainable development. Research is carried out in cooperation with, for example, Civil Engineering. We aim to promote the preservation of the cultural, economic and functional value of the built environment in sustainable ways.
Urban Planning and Design
Our research in urban planning focuses in particular on the different aspects of planning and the development of cities and urban areas. Research priorities include research into planning systems and practices, expression of space and power in urban planning, urban experiences including mobility and public space in cities, comprehensive development of the built environment in a forward-thinking manner, innovative methods of joint development, and research into the history of urban planning. Our research is multidisciplinary in nature and is carried out in a close cooperation with, for example, geography, transport planning, sociology,management sciences, economics and environmental psychology, including comparative case studies and critical transfer of practices from one context to another. We are looking for new practices and methods to improve user orientation and resource efficiency of the built environment.
Our high-quality education is based on our core values of creativity, critical thinking, responsibility and cooperation. Our goal is to educate experts in the architectural field who holistically create places that support human well-being and who act boldly but responsibly to ensure the continuity of the built environment. Our education focuses on urban planning and design (including urban theory and community planning), architectural design (including architectural theory, sustainable housing design and public building design) and history of architecture and built heritage (including renovation), which are also strongly linked to our research areas. Our international learning environment, our innovative pedagogical teaching methods and our strong, and warm participative community offer excellent conditions for learning.
We offer several degree programs in the field of architecture, leading to both postgraduate degrees (PhD) and master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Our training as an architect complies with the EU Professional Qualifications Directive. In addition, there are popular exchange programs and various study courses to complement skills.
Main structure of studies at the Architecture Unit.
Courses in architecture studies:
Course of Sustainable Architecture
The School of Architecture strives to bring its know-how and research results to society through education, teaching, research and societal influence, both regionally and nationally bit also internationally. Research and education are conducted in close collaboration and engagement with cities, local communities, housing and construction companies, and with colleagues in different university institutions and research organisations.
Continued education is one of our topical development areas. We are increasing education contents that are available for professionals who want to update their skills and knowledge.
Head of Unit
Head of degree programme in Architecture
Head of Doctoral Programme in Built Environment
Staff contact information
The staff's e-mail addresses are in the format firstname.lastname [at] tuni.fi.
Contact information for the staff of the Architecture Unit you can find on the bottom of this page.