Where better to study architecture than in the historical city of Prague? Join ARCHIP for either BA or MA programme fully taught in English and become an expert in the field!
Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP) is the only architectural college in Central Europe to offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in English. Progressively combining the best of local and global architectural traditions, the school aims to form a well-rounded graduate, competent in the fundamentals of the architectural profession while being capable of meeting its contemporary requirements.
As a progressive new school of architecture, we offer both an Undergraduate and Graduate program, and a futuristic one-semester Global Architecture + Design program. We are located a trendy district of Prague just a short tram ride from the historical centre. Prague itself is a modern metropolis with a rich history and an exciting cultural life. It is a lively yet very safe and affordable city with a large expat community.
Situated in the unique space of DOX Center for Contemporary Art, our school offers an invigorating environment for young and motivated individuals to learn how to shape the world they live in. At ARCHIP, you are able to benefit from a truly international environment as, currently, the school is a temporary home to students of more than 30 nationalities. Thanks to that, along with a strict limit of 30 students per class, ARCHIP boasts a uniquely familial atmosphere and team spirit.
“Thanks to ARCHIP’s international environment, individual approach and diversity of cultures, I was able to cultivate my own architectural identity,” says Atoosa Ghanaei who received her Master’s degree from ARCHIP and now studies at AHO in Oslo.
Further, the school offers you excellent career prospects thanks to its partnership with municipalities, architecture firms, NGOs and developers from all over the world, with whom we collaborate on a number of projects.
How did ARCHIP come to be?
Our school was founded in 2010 by the famous Czech architect Martin Roubík and his wife Regina Loukotová with the help of their common friends from the field. Apart from being a celebrated architect in the Czech Republic, Martin Roubík was one of the co-founders of the well-known architectrual studio Snøhetta when he was living in Norway in the 1980s. Together with Regina Loukotová, Martin Roubík undertook many commissions – among them, for example, the competition proposal for The Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt. Upon returning to the Czech Republic they decided to challenge the outdated system of architectural education in the country and create their own school – ARCHIP, a unique hybrid of Czech and global architectural tradition.
What can you expect from studying at ARCHIP?
“Studying at ARCHIP will give you a really good understanding of architecture and art history, construction, design and concept development. The school works as a platform where you can develop your ideas and creative needs,” says Sondre Hermundstad who finished his Bachelor’s degree at ARCHIP, obtained a Master’s degree in Trondheim and now works with Asplan Viak in Oslo. “You can also expect to receive excellent hands-on tutoring from skilled, friendly and highly professional architects and academics,” adds Sondre’s ARCHIP classmate Feliks Isaksen who now works at Askim/Lantto Arkitekter.
At ARCHIP, we try to stress that the architectural profession also has strong societal, environmental and urbanistic implications – a fact that is often omitted from the curricula of other schools of architecture.
Our teaching program is based in studio instruction which follows the principles of the ‘Vertical studio’ model which means that, in each studio, students from different years are combined and work together on a single site and program. As an ARCHIP student you will be able to spend a semester in each of the five different studios, all of them led by international and local faculty, prominent across the field. In this way, you are confronted with different methods of practice as well as different theoretical approaches encouraging you to find your own style. Furthermore, you will be taught classes such as graphic design, photography, product design and other hands-on courses designed to help you succeed in your future career.
Want to learn more about ARCHIP?
Upcoming deadline for applying to both the Bachelor and the Master programme is March 31, 2019. However, it is possible to apply even later – another application round closes on May 31 and, if there are spots left, European students can apply as late as August 15.