Competing schools

École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, France (Superior National School of Architecture)

Created by a presidential decree in January, 2001, the École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais was inaugurated in September, 2000. It is part of the twenty French architecture schools, of which six are based in the Paris region, considered as higher education state institutions placed under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. The creation of the school was driven by both the ambition to bring together various educational teams around a project of openness and experiment, and to explore new links between architecture and fine arts. It focuses on architectural design and culture education.

The school provides a broader vision of architecture culture and crafts. Architecture is not confined to the building itself, it also embraces land development, urban renovation, public space design, facility rehabilitation, and research. Its perspectives rely on the belief that both training and professional practice has an intellectual, artistic, and technical reach.

Openness comes out as a policy of exchanges with other architecture schools and universities, both at a regional level (creation of a hub covering the Ile-de-France region) and at national and international levels. It also intends to establish meaningful links with the professional world. Finally openness brings external figures to take part in the school’s perspectives and assessment process to ensure it regularly takes up the gauntlet of external criticism.

Politechnika Krakowska Wydzial Architektury (Cracow University of Technology), Poland

Cracow University of Technology was established in 1945. Currently has 7 faculties, where are employed approximately 2,000 people. University educates nearly 18,000 students.

The Faculty of Architecture in Cracow University of Technology is the largest in Poland. It has two departments: architecture and landscape architecture where are educated more than 1,800 students at three levels:

  • Engineering (3.5 years of study),
  • MA (1.5 year)
  • Doctoral (4 years of study)

Departments have all the relevant Polish accreditations, and also an accreditation of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Students receive two diplomas: Polish and British both acknowledged in the European Union and in the British Commonwealth of Nations. Cracow University cooperates with the Polish Architects Association and MOIA (Regional Architects Government organization) which are regularly involved in all diploma procedures.

Università Iuav di Venezia, Italie

One of the first Architecture Schools in Italy (established in 1926), the Università Iuav di Venezia is a ‘themed’ university totally focusing on design. It is a dedicated place for teaching, specialisation and field research in design of living space and environments such as buildings, cities, landscapes, regions as well as design of every-day use objects, cultural, theatrical, multimedia events, fashion and graphics.

The Università Iuav di Venezia is organised into three departments: “Architecture, Construction and Conservation”, “Design and Planning in Complex Environments”, “Architecture and Arts”.

Educational programmes, courses and activities are divided into 5 undergraduate degree programmes and 8 graduate degree programmes that are project-driven in fields of architecture, design, fashion, visual arts, urban and regional planning, theatre, in addition to a number of postgraduate specialisation programmes, advanced specialisation courses and 9 research doctorates.

The University has entered into agreements with a number of institutions and cultural subjects in Venice, in the region and abroad that involved and still involves students in artistic, design and theatrical productions. Iuav invests a lot in research concerning issues related to the city, region and environment, landscape, infrastructure and mobility, protection and conservation, sustainable design, history of architecture, the new frontiers of design, arts and theatre.

Studying at the Iuav means living in an environment that is open to what is happening throughout the world. It means coming face-to-face with authoritative voices in the fields of architecture, regional planning, arts and design: Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa, Carlo Aymonino, Manfredo Tafuri, Vittorio Gregotti, Gino Valle, Aldo Rossi, Giovanni Astengo, Giancarlo De Carlo, Tadao Ando, and Richard Serra have all been part of our school’s history.

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École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg , France (National School of Architecture of Strasbourg)

The École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg (ENSAS) is part of France’s twenty higher state architecture schools supervised by France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication. Linked to the University of Strasbourg since April 2013, and part of the regional higher education institution network, the ENSAS is also a member of AlsaceTech, an Alsatian network of engineering, architecture, and management higher education schools.

One of the specific features of the ENSAS is that it offers two Franco-German double master degrees, approved by the Franco-German University and Dresden TU for one the degrees, and the KIT (Karlsruhe) for the other one.

The school is known for its dynamism and its diverse, dense network of global partners (in Germany and Shanghai for example), both at national and regional levels. The ENSAS actively contributes to international and research policies of the Strasbourg City, takes action within high schools (through the national programs “Cordées de la réussite et Égalité des chances”), and closely interacts, among others, with the Architecture, Urbanism and Environment Council of the Bas-Rhin French department, the European House for Architecture and the Architects’ Professional Association. All these links are as many opportunities as the ENSAS students can benefit from.

Thanks to an extensive building and architectural project, including the extension of the main building and the renewal of a historic building, the ENSAS doubled its surface and now offers 8,000 m² facilities. In connection with the city, the whole building was designed by architect Marc Mimram. An example in terms of architecture and urbanism, the school enjoys a perfect location in the City Center of Strasbourg, 5 minute walk away from the TGV Rhin-Rhône train station, and at the heart of a European crossroads with the Magistrale, a rail link between Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Vienna-Bratislava, and ultimately Budapest.

Two separate buildings host two lecture theaters (250 and 120 seats) that regularly welcome renowned architects, classrooms, a 120 m² exhibition hall, a cafeteria and relaxation area managed by the students’ association, a library (from spring 2015), a room equipped with markers, two IT rooms, a natural light simulation lab (the ENSAS is the only school in France to provide this tool), and a FabLab fitted with state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment.