Goal of education
The learning outcomes are based on the regulations of the EU directive that applies to pursuing the professional activities of an architect (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications). According to the directive, an architectural degree meets the expectations of the construction industry and also enables a career outside Finland.
In accordance with the above-mentioned directive, the purpose of the programme is to ensure that after completing a degree, the student has:
- the ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements
- adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related fields of art, technology and human sciences
- knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design
- adequate knowledge of urban design planning and the skills involved in the planning process
- understanding of the relationships between people and buildings and between buildings and their environment and of the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale
- understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of the architect in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take account of social factors
- understanding of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project
- understanding of the structural design, constructional and engineering problems associated with building design
- adequate knowledge of physical problems, technologies and of the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate in the framework of sustainable development.
- the necessary design skills to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations
- adequate knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning
A further aim of the education is to strengthen the student's competence in co-ordination tasks related to design, thus enabling the graduate to work as a head designer of demanding construction projects.
An understanding of the internationalising and expanding duties associated with the profession and the ability to function in other cultures are also part of the general skill outcomes of the degree. This develops the student's working life skills and promotes career planning, regardless of whether the goal is to work as an employee in the private or public sector or as an entrepreneur.
The academic objective of the education is that after completing a degree, the student:
- knows the academic discussion and key literature in the field
- can write academic text in a critical and expert manner
- knows the key research methods and has the ability to apply them
- can argue scientifically