Mission and strategic goals

The Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology is an academic unit – a public tertiary-level school educating future architects and urbanists as well as landscape architects at two curricula. The Mission and the Strategy of the Development of Cracow University of Technology are defined in two documents adopted in the CUT Senate’s resolutions – Resolution no. 53/p/11/2008 on adopting the CUT Mission and Resolution no. 43/o/05/2011 on adopting the Strategy of the Development of Cracow University of Technology.

The Mission of the Faculty matches the mission of the University, therefore the Faculty of Architecture realizes a wide range of activities guaranteeing its competitiveness on the domestic and international higher education market through the high quality of education based upon the latest knowledge resulting from scientific research, the professional creative achievements of its scientific staff and foreign cooperation:

  • it educates highly qualified engineering staffs in the field of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture being able to face the challenges of national and worldwide economy;
  • it educates top-class specialists – architects, urban designers and landscape architects ready to face the challenges of the current and future labour market – at Master’s, postgraduate and Ph.D. studies;
  • it keeps extending its educational offer facing the challenges of the labour market and the philosophy of permanent education;
  • it guarantees good relations with the contemporary world through the internationalization of the educational process and the zone of scientific research;
  • it educates scientific staffs organizationally and materially supporting the development of their research passion as well as participation in domestic and worldwide scientific exchange;
  • it serves economy and the entire society through the formation of permanent intellectual bases for securing order and the sustainable development of space in the intensifying global urbanization process;
  • it establishes cooperation with local self-governments and business entities offering solutions to problems characteristic of broadly understood architecture, urban design and landscape architecture as well as the implementation of scientific research results for economic practice.

Architecture is an art and an ability to shape spaces 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. The students’ acquired knowledge is based upon the latest scientific research concerning recent achievements and realizations in the discipline of architecture and urban design. 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 also prepare the graduates for work in spatial planning in local and regional scales as well as for the protection of the monuments of architecture and urbanism plus restoration works. 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 living environment.

The workplaces for the graduates of the Faculty of Architecture can be designing and planning studios, consulting, developing and contracting firms, the services of the state building and restoring supervision, the offices of state and self-governmental administration, the managements of national and landscape parks, scientific and research institutes as well as secondary- and tertiary-level education. Education of university character, broad technical and humanistic knowledge related to the programme of educating the graduates of architecture (architecture and urban design) and landscape architecture as well as their technical and artistic skills acquired in the course of studies make it easier to find their way on the labour market in Poland and abroad, not exclusively within their trade.

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 wide 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.

A STRONG POINT IN THE REALIZATION OF THE ADOPTED MISSION IS THE HISTORY AND ACADEMIC TRADITION OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, CRACOW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY:

The tradition of architectural university education in Krakow is long. The original form of architectural education was teaching at building guilds. Starting from the 17th century, architecture and mechanics were lectured at Cracow Academy (Jagiellonian University); from the 19th century, architecture was lectured at the Faculty of Philosophy and then the Faculty of Fine Arts at this University.

The contemporary Faculty of Architecture in Krakow came into being within the Polytechnic Faculties of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy with its seat at Wawel in the first days of freedom after the Second World War – the first examination was held at Wawel’s Courtyard in May 1945.

The first Dean and founder of the Faculty of Architecture was Professor Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz – an outstanding architect, a restorer, the renovator of the Wawel Royal Castle. In 1954, the Polytechnic Faculties of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy were transformed into Cracow University of Technology with its seat at the Campus in Warszawska St. by a governmental decree.
For nearly seventy years, numerous outstanding scientists and creators – professors at the Faculty of Architecture in Krakow – have been forming the intellectual bases for the development of the discipline of knowledge architecture and urban design as well as the spatial growth of the country and the achievements of its material culture through scientific, educational and creative activities, including some outstanding works of architecture and urbanism as well as landscape layouts.

The Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology is a unit with full academic rights: it has the licence to supervise Ph.D. and D.Sc. programmes as well as university degree procedures. The Faculty offers 1st Degree Engineer’s Studies; 2nd Degree Master’s Studies; 3rd Degree Ph.D. Studies; and Postgraduate Studies.

The curriculum Architecture has been realized since the academic year 2012/2013 in accordance with the material programme identical for the curriculum Architecture and Urban Design having accreditations from the Polish Accreditation Committee, the Accreditation Committee for Technical Universities, the Accreditation Committee at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA – a prestigious, renowned organization with acknowledged international status, accrediting architectural universities). The FA CUT has had this accreditation since 1999 as the only Polish school in recognition of the high quality of education as well as EU evaluation for the curriculum offered in recruitments till the academic year 2011/2012 under the name of Architecture and Urban Design.

The curriculum Architecture and Urban Design offered at the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology was acknowledged as Poland’s best curriculum in 2012. As the only one from among the curricula Architecture and Urban Design, it was included on the list of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education including 25 best curricula in Poland.

In 2012, Appendix to Directive V was published by the European Commission in the Official Register of the European Union. It includes diplomas in the field of architecture at Cracow University of Technology which means that the graduates of the CUT Faculty of Architecture received acknowledged qualifications on the territory of the European Union.

On January 9, 2010, the curriculum Landscape Architecture offered at the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, as the only one in Poland, received five-year accreditation from the European Federation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) for the following curricula: uniform Master’s studies, 1st degree  Engineer’s studies and 2nd degree Master’s studies.

THE BASIC ASSUMPTIONS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STRATEGY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, CRACOW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY:

1. – The development of the scientific staff – supporting academic and professional careers, constant extension of the staff’s scientific, professional and educational competence.

  • The method of implementing the strategic plan of the development of the staff:
  • financial support for the scientific staff and 3rd degree Ph.D. students from ministerial subsidies for the statutory activity of the units of the Faculty of Architecture and from a target subsidy for the development of the young scientific staff as well as within the Project “The 21st Century University of Technology – Developmental programme for Cracow University of Technology – Highest-quality education for future Polish engineers” co-financed from the EU Social Fund – Operational Programme Human Capital, Assignment 5 (Project realized from 2010 till 2015) – extending the possibilities of realizing individual research programmes, research trips, participation in domestic and foreign scientific conferences; support in the form of scientific scholarships as well as scientific Ph.D. and D.Sc. leaves (D.Sc. leaves till September 30, 2013);
  • domestic and international scientific conferences organized by the Faculty’s organizational units (5-8 conferences yearly) comprising broad problems in the field of architecture, the history of architecture and monument restoration, urbanism and spatial planning, technical problems in architecture as well as landscape architecture and horticulture, including cyclical conferences organized by: A-1 (Institute of History of Architecture and Monument Preservation), A-2 (Institute of Architectural Design), A-3 (Institute of Urban Design), A-4 (Institute of Building Design), A-5 (Institute of Town and Regional Planning), A-6 (A-8 till September 30, 2013; Institute of Landscape Architecture) – creating a broad platform for exchanging opinions as well as popularizing the results of the latest scientific research for Ph.D. students, young scientists and independent science workers;
  • facilitated publication of scientific research results in monographs and books issued by Cracow University of Technology Press as well as renowned science periodicals, such as Czasopismo Techniczne / Technical Transactions, Cracow University of Technology Press, Series Architecture; Środowisko Mieszkaniowe / Housing Environment, Chair of Housing Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology; or Wiadomości Konserwatorskie / Restorer’s News etc.;
  • organizational support for scientific research – forming the Independent Financial Department at the FA CUT which will guarantee competent support for the proceedings of scientific research, especially domestic and EU research grants, including administrative support for gaining external means for scientific research;

2. – The development of the educational offer – 1st and 2nd degree studies at two curricula Architecture (Architecture and Urban Design) and Landscape Architecture (increased recruitment for 2nd degree studies since 2013/14); 3rd degree Ph.D. studies at the curriculum Architecture (increased recruitment since 2012/13 for more complete realization of the strategic objective of the FA CUT, the University, Poland and the European Union – “knowledge society” – extending the possibility of acquiring the university degree of a doctor of science in the scientific discipline of architecture and urban design);

  • realization of a broad offer of international cooperation – more than 100 students take up partial studies abroad yearly (within the programmes LLP ERASMUS, Tennessee, and within the international contracts of the University and the Faculty of Architecture); 30-50 foreign students take up partial studies at the FA CUT yearly; numerous international student workshops as well as foreign research trips are organized in Poland and abroad;
  • internationalization of the educational process – within the Project “The 21st Century University of Technology – Developmental programme for Cracow University of Technology – Highest-quality education for future Polish engineers” co-financed from the EU Social Fund – Operational Programme Human Capital, Assignment 5, the “Visiting Professor” scheme is realized. It guarantees lectures, consultations and participation in workshops at the FA CUT for outstanding specialists and scientists from foreign universities; there are plans to continue foreign cooperation with previous partners and to intensify activities in the field of scientific and educational cooperation, including the organization of international student workshops as an important component of the educational programme in the procedures of guaranteeing the quality of education;
  • there are plans to activate 2nd degree studies in English at Master’s level at the curriculum Architecture; these studies were launched in the summer semester 2012/2013 within the Dean’s group piloting the teaching programme in English for the academic year 2014/2015 applied for the educational offer;
  • there are plans to activate 3rd degree studies in English within the educational offer for the academic year 2014/2015; piloting lectures including a part of the currently realized programme of 3rd degree studies were launched;
  • the offer of postgraduate studies is extended constantly within the philosophy of permanent education and as a reaction to the needs of the labour market in the profession of an architect, an urban designer and a landscape architect – the FA CUT realizes postgraduate studies: Landscape planning and spatial economy; Protection  and formation of cultural landscape; Restoration, formation of architecture and arrangement of the interiors of sacral objects; Spatial planning; Postgraduate studies in the restoration of the monuments of architecture and urbanism; new postgraduate studies since 2012: Sustainable architecture and construction; Postgraduate studies in the field of analyses and research on historical architecture; more postgraduate studies are planned within this offer;
  • the offer of courses at the FA CUT is extended – Preparatory course in freehand drawing for candidates for architectural studies is realized; The Open Department of Photography was revived in 2012;

3. – The development of the material base – for realizing statutory assignments in the field of education and scientific research:

  • adaptation and extension of Building no. 11-1 at 1 Podchorążych St. – its strategic objective is to use the entire building for the needs of the Faculty of Architecture; there are plans to adapt the ground floor of the east wing for Institute A4 (investment in the financial plan 2013), move Institute A4 to the modernized rooms, hand over the rooms after Institute A4 in Building no. 25 at 24 Warszawska St. to the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, more refurbishments and adaptations of rooms regained in Building no. 11-1 at 1 Podchorążych St. from the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science and move the FA CUT units here from Building no. 25 at 24 Warszawska St.; (2013-2016); modernization and adaptation of the cellars in Building no. 11-1 at 1 Podchorążych St. to a café for the employees and the students (2013 – the unit’s own means + private investor);
  • extension of the CUT grounds at 1 Podchorążych St. on the north and east side of the existing building through the purchase of some areas from the Office of the City of Krakow (2013); construction of a new building at 1 Podchorążych St. on the north side (investment in the financial plan since 2013);
  • necessary current modernizing work is done at the same time in Building no. 25 at 24 Warszawska St. (a lift, evacuation routes);
  • planned modernization of the building at 1 Kanonicza St. (owned by the FA CUT) for educational and research purposes, including the needs of the Centre for Restoration Research and Studies (investment in the financial plan since 2012);

4. – The development of scientific research:

  • taking intensive actions which aim at including broadly understood problems in the field of architecture, urbanism, monument preservation, spatial planning, landscape architecture and horticulture on the list of the panels of the National Centre for Science in order to enable all the research workers of the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology as well as other architectural universities in Poland to apply for research grants in the field of basic research guaranteeing financial bases for the development of the discipline of knowledge “architecture and urban design”;
  • guaranteeing organizational support for intensifying the research workers’ applications for domestic and foreign research grants;
  • guaranteeing organizational support for extending cooperation with business entities and local self-governments;
  • developing the lodging base and necessary equipment for research activities.

5. – The strategy of guaranteeing the quality of education:

As an organizational unit within Cracow University of Technology, the Faculty of Architecture is included in the system of the central organization of the strategy of the quality of education through the Faculty representatives’ participation in appropriate collegial bodies at the University as well as the realization of the decisions of the University authorities, the CUT Senate and the Senate Commission for the Quality of Education. The Faculty Commission for the Quality of Education and the Dean’s Plenipotentiary for the Quality of Education were appointed by a resolution from the First Faculty Council in the term 2012-2016.

Appropriately to the nearly seventy-year academic tradition and long years of the strategy of the development of its scientific staff, the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology has a strong scientific and educational personnel consisting of 48 independent science workers, including 22 professors with a university title. The broad profile of the scientific specialities of the independent employees (with the university title of a professor and the university degree of a doctor of science in the field of technical sciences, also respectively in the field of arts) and the staff members with the university degree of a doctor makes it possible to realize the programme of 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree studies as well as postgraduate studies of university character.

For years, the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology has been building its own system of guaranteeing high quality of education which includes:

  • a system of developing and promoting its scientific staff on the basis of statutory procedures with the participation of an independent personnel with significant scientific achievements and professional competence;
  • the programmatic contents of education as well as the programmes and plans of studies formalized since 1994 in the form of syllabuses within the teaching programmes and currently in a form adjusted to subject cards and defined learning outcomes;
  • the cyclical procedure of Faculty accreditation, i.e. assessment and acknowledgement of the realized programmes of studies and the learning outcomes by obligatory and additional – community and international – Accreditation Commissions: 1. Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) since 1995; (RIBA visited the FA CUT in the years: 1995; 2000; 2005; 2010; 2012), the latest accreditation from 2012 till 2017; 2. Accreditation Commission for Technical Universities since 2002; recently from 2010 till 2015; 3. State Accreditation Commission since 2006; recently 2010-2015; 4. Accreditation for the curriculum Landscape Architecture 2010-2015 from the European Federation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) for the following kinds of education: uniform Master’s studies, 1st degree Engineer’s studies and 2nd degree Master’s studies;
  • external examiners (practical cooperation with the employers and the trade self-government – Małopolska District Architects’ Chamber), the Society of the Architects of the Republic of Poland (SARP) and the Society of Polish Urbanists involved in the procedures of the defence of course and diploma designs (since 1995); the so-called “external examiners” participating in the educational process (defence of course designs) and the certifying process at the 1st and 2nd degrees – the Chamber’s representatives of this profession – can monitor the level of education, express their opinions, both in discussions and final protocols. (On one hand, this system enables the students to acquaint themselves with the opinions of architects who practise this profession on the labour market; on the other hand, it enables the research workers to refine the teaching process. At present, this cooperation is being tightened. After years of experiences, common rules of the functioning of “external examiners” and their role in the educational process are being elaborated on. The fact that more than 40% of the teaching staff are professionally active architects having the licence to practice this profession and certificates from appropriate trade self-governments is also important for the proper direction of the educational process.);
  • internationalization of the educational process – broad educational cooperation and exchange of the students and the research workers; participation in and co-organization of international educational student workshops and scientific conferences; frequent invitations for visiting professors from foreign partner universities; expanding participation of students from foreign universities in partial studies at the FA CUT; participation in double diploma procedures with foreign partner universities.

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

DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
CRACOW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

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