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The Faculty of Architecture is one of the largest academic institutions in the Lower Silesian region and an internationally recognized research center. At present there are over 1600 students and 105 doctoral students at the Faculty of Architecture, who are taught by 144 academic teachers.
The topics of research span a wide range: from visual arts to ergonomics and from history of architecture and archaeology to parametric design. Professors employed at the faculty are active award-winning architects, often members of municipal or provincial governments and of advisory boards for local administration. Academic research and development programs often address the region and the city of Wroclaw and are conducted in cooperation with national research institutions and local governments as well as research centers in neighboring countries. The Faculty of Architecture is entitled to award the Ph.D. as well as postdoctoral academic degrees in Architecture, Urban Design and Spatial Planning.
The curricula offered at Faculty of Architecture are adapted to contemporary international teaching standards, and the faculty actively cooperates with international academic institutions. The faculty was the first in Poland to join the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and for many years has been a member of the European Network of Heads of Schoolsof Architecture (ENHSA) and European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), International Union of Architects – UIA.
Owing to the fact that the Faculty participates in the international student exchange system, architecture students from Wroclaw have the opportunity to study abroad by enrolling in international exchange programs offered by the EU. Foreign students from 50 partner schools of architecture and planning join our Faculty or take part in the LPP/Erasmus exchange program, taught in English. The study programs offered by FoA harmonize technical and humanistic academic knowledge, which is essential for the students’ future careers as architects and urban planners. The Faculty provides a learning environment which combines theory and practice to address contemporary design problems and encourage new ideas towards an environmentally and culturally conscious, refined architecture. The students develop their interests and skills in the design of sustainable spatial and architectural forms, under the supervision of tutors, who are both theorists of architecture and spatial planning and creators of modern architecture. This allows students to accomplish a truly comprehensive education.
Extensive theoretical and practical knowledge amassed by students of architecture prepares them for creative work in design and urban design, enables them to coordinate large interdisciplinary teams, and to lead individual engineering offices.
The students are also prepared to conduct research and pursue postgraduate studies. The Faculty of Architecture leads nation-wide postgraduate programs in Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design and Spatial Planning. The Faculty co-organizes specialist courses in computer graphics for architects, and the use of various digital design tools.
To broaden the students’ professional experience the Faculty organizes complementary activities in addition to the regular course of studies. Among these there are national and international design workshops, summer schools and contests, which are very popular among Faculty’s students. The Faculty of Architecture invites visiting professors from European countries to lecture, and teach at student workshops in planning and architecture. The faculty has several computer labs and research and teaching labs with professional equipment for heritage protection, 3D scanning, GIS and study of contemporary structural systems. Due to exceptional and valuable archives, the Faculty’s library historic collection is part of the National Heritage Library Collection.
The faculty publishes an English-language journal Architectus co-edited by international researchers.