The Finnish Tradition in Teaching Architecture
One of the most essential features of Finnish architectural education has always been to keep close contact with the professional practice of architecture and the social reality of Finland. The tradition of practical training has maintained the realistic and professional line of the school and guaranteed a high professional skill of the graduated architects.
Today, the Department is known for design studios and one-to-one scale projects, many related to Wood Architecture. The teaching aims at giving designing and planning skills, combined with environmentally and socially responsible thinking.
This is actively supported in our education policy by providing teaching with current and topical designing and planning tasks and with competition and exhibition activities. The students at the Department, and the newly graduated architects, have continously successfully taken part in national and international design and planning competitions.
Advanced students often combine academic studies and practical work in an architect's office.
Interplay between architecture and fine arts has been emphasized. This is mostly due to the opportunities that our art studios and workshop facilities offer. In addition, the school has become an active member in joint productions and creative exhibition projects with Finnish art and design schools.