About the Faculty

The curriculum Architecture has been realized since the academic year 2012/2013 in accordance with the teaching programme having accreditations from the Polish Accreditation Committee, the Accreditation Committee for Technical Universities and the Accreditation Committee at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA – the curriculum Architecture and Urban Design has had this accreditation since 2000 as the only one in Poland) as well as EU evaluation for the curriculum offered till the academic year 2011/2012 under the name of Architecture and Urban Design. Architecture is an art and an ability to shape space for human needs. Studies at this curriculum give the graduates necessary knowledge and skills in the field of design in relation to contemporary technical requirements allowing for the users’ functional and health-related needs as well as ecological balance. They also guarantee the knowledge of artistic, cultural, intellectual, historical, social, economic and environmental circumstances. An architect’s activity comprises a wide scope: from furniture and interior design, through architectural objects and complexes, to enormous urban and landscape forms. Studies at this curriculum prepare the graduates for the protection of the monuments of architecture and urbanism as well as restoration work. A special message in the educational process is to stimulate the students’ sensitivity to the need for spatial order and the formation of a sustainable housing environment.

Education at the curriculum Landscape Architecture includes the protection of the natural environment and the historical heritage as well as the formation of new values in the landscape that surrounds us. The broad range of professional activity – assignments from the scale of the elements of the surrounding landscape to the scale of regional planning – requires the graduates of this curriculum to have the knowledge of a humanist, a technician and a naturalist, to be prepared for independent work as well as be able to cooperate in large interdisciplinary teams. On January 9, 2010, as the only curriculum in Poland, Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology received a five-year accreditation from the European Federation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) significant for the following kinds of education: uniform Master’s studies, 1st degree Engineer’s studies and 2nd degree Master’s studies.

The workplaces for the graduates of the Faculty of Architecture can be design studios, consulting, developing and contracting firms, the managements of national and landscape parks, scientific and research institutes as well as secondary- and tertiary-level educational facilities.

Studies at our Faculty are fascinating. Their artistic aspect is guaranteed by classes in freehand drawing, painting, sculpture and photography as well as open-air sessions. Every year, more than 100 students go to various European countries within LLP Erasmus. Several people study in the USA, Canada and Australia as well as other countries across the world on the basis of interuniversity agreements. Numerous international student workshops in Poland and abroad as well as research foreign trips are organized. The students are active in a number of Research Circles. The self-government and other student organizations participate in the arrangement of social and artistic life (e.g. exhibitions, tourist trips, architects’ balls, workshops, happenings and open-air sessions).

Since the year 2000, the curriculum Architecture and Urban Design has had accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects. This makes it easier for the graduates of the Faculty of Architecture to begin a professional career in many countries all over Europe and the world. The EU evaluation received in 2011 means the acknowledgement of the educational level in all the countries within the European Union and the possibility to start professional work in its countries without the necessity of recognizing the studies.

Jacek Gyurkovich, Prof. D.Sc. Ph.D. Arch.
The Dean


publication date: 09-07-2014    edit: 09-03-2015