The international master’s degree programme in Architecture is a two-year design-oriented study programme. The courses are taught by professionals with wide range expertise in the field of architecture and urban design. Professors of the school are internationally recognized architects actively involved in the profession and architectural debate both in Finland and internationally.
The degree awarded is an architect’s professional degree, providing the right to practice the architect’s profession in Finland and the European Union according to the national laws and decrees.
The study programme provides students with skills, knowledge and advanced tools in:
- design of urban areas and spaces
- public building design
- detailing of buildings and urban structures
- use of Nordic building materials (e.g. wood)
- architectural lighting
- interior design
- research and theory of architecture
- academic writing
- team work and presentation
Courses are organized as semester-long integrated studio projects, ranging from larger scale urban design tasks to designing of public buildings, as well as detailing of buildings and urban structures:
- Design-led Urban Renewal
- Design of Public Buildings
- Advanced Architectural Design
- Thesis project
Studies are carried out both individually and in multicultural teams in an international working environment. Nordic nature, climate and light circumstances offer a living laboratory for lighting experiments in 1:1 scale. Varying courses and additional study options give possibilities to integrate student competitions or workshops in the student’s individual study plan.
The School of Architecture has recently become a part of the university’s main campus in Linnanmaa, and will at the beginning of the year 2018 move into tailored and newly renovated premises in the campus. The school has its own computer labs for architecture students and workshops for professional model making. In Fab Lab Oulu the university provides common facilities, tools and instruction for digital fabrication and 2D and 3D laser cutting.
After graduation the students are eligible to carry on to doctoral studies at the University of Oulu. Most architects work as building designers and urban designers. Additional career options for an architect may be:
- concept designer