Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism Ion Mincu
University description (as per official university website)
The "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest is the oldest and most important academic institution in this field in Romania. It continues a long tradition of local architectural higher education, the foundation of which is closely linked with the rise of modern Romania and the setting of its new institutional structure and culture, during the second half of the 19th century.
In Romania, the first form of architectural education was legally established in 1864, based on an Act issued by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Prince of Moldavia and Walachia, as a part of the School of Bridges and Roads, Mines and Architecture. However, due to the lack of funds and students, it was closed down shortly after. The first Romanian architects studied mostly in Paris, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (the first DPLG being Ion Mincu in 1883) and their enthusiastic undertaking lead to the true foundation of a school of architecture in Bucharest. Thus, in 1892 the Romanian Society of Architects set up a private school of architecture under its authority. The Education Reform in 1897 transformed the private school into the National School of Architecture (financed by the government) as a part of the School of Fine Arts; in 1904 it became an independent institution named the Higher School of Architecture. In 1931 the School was renamed the Academy of Architecture. The first law concerning architectural education recognized its university level preserving yet the title of Academy; the same law regulated the use of the title of architect and the professional practice. In 1938 the Academy of Architecture was integrated into the Polytechnic School in Bucharest, under the name of the Faculty of Architecture. Additionally, a special program dedicated to the study of urbanism functioned between 1943 and 1948.
In 1948 the Faculty of Architecture became independent under a new name - the Institute of Architecture. After a short period of independence, it was incorporated to the recently created Civil Engineering Institute and renamed Faculty of Architecture. In 1952 the Faculty became independent again, retaking the name of the Institute of Architecture; by a decree issued in 1953, the Institute was named after Ion Mincu.
Until 2000 the institution functioned under the title of “Ion Mincu” Institute of Architecture. In 2000, by a decision of the Academic Senate, the name was changed to “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, which is still the current official denomination. This change was closely linked with the broadening of the educational offer after 1990. Thus, two new Faculties were added to the old Faculty of Architecture in the last decades: the Faculty of Urbanism in 1997 and the Faculty of Interior Design in 2003, each of them offering several degree programmes.
Currently "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism offers several study programmes at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level, responding to different qualification requirements. The 1st and 2nd cycle programmes are coordinated by the Faculties; the 3rd level academic studies are coordinated by the Department for Advanced Studies.
The Faculty of Architecture
The Faculty of Architecture offers the following full-time study programmes:
Architecture – integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (without intermediate qualification award), 6 years, 360 ECTS credits
Architectural Conservation and Restoration – Bachelor’s degree, 3 years, 180 ECTS Credits (in Sibiu, Transsylvania County)
The Faculty of Interior Architecture
The Faculty of Interior Architecture offers the following full-time study programmes:
Interior Architecture – integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (without intermediate qualification award), 5 years, 300 ECTS credits
Product Design – integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (without intermediate qualification award), 5 years, 300 ECTS credits
Furniture and Interior Design – Bachelor’s degree, 3 years, 180 ECTS credits
The Faculty of Urbanism
The Faculty of Urbanism offers the following full-time study programmes:
Urban Design and Planning – Bachelor’s degree, 4 years, 240 ECTS credits
Landscape Design and Planning – Bachelor’s degree, 4 years, 240 ECTS credits
Urban Design – Master’s degree, 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
Urban Management for Competitive Cities – Master’s degree, 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
Landscape and Territory – Master’s degree, 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
Urban Mobility – Master’s degree, 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
Country Planning and Regional Development – Master’s degree, 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
The Department for Advanced Studies
The education and training programmes coordinated by the Department for Advanced Studies cover two categories of studies:
Doctoral Studies – for Doctor’s degree in Architecture or in Urbanism, full-time or part-time study, 4 years, 240 ECTS credits
Continuing Education for Professionals
Second Level Master’s Programmes – 2 years full-time study, 120 ECTS credits
Conservation and Rehabilitation of Built Heritage
New Trends, Materials and Technologies in Interior Architecture and Design
Academic Extension Courses for Professional Development – 2 years full-time study, 120 ECTS credits:
Urban Planning and Administration
Restoration of Monuments, Ensembles and Sites
The Department for Advanced Studies also coordinates different short-time professional enrichment and workforce training courses.
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For all study cycles, candidates are required to pass an admission exam. For the 1st study cycle the admission is based on an aptitude test (drawing skills and professional culture).
For the 2nd cycle there is an admission procedure only for the Master’s degree programmes in Urbanism; selection is based on an essay.
For the 3rd cycle of study the the admission requirements depend on the programme profile. Further informations can be found in the Admission page, for the 1st and 2nd cycle and in Advanced Studies page.
The education and training offer is sustained by the teaching activities performed by the academic staff which belongs to the UAUIM Departments and Chairs covering different disciplinary areas:
Basics of Architectural Design Department – including three Design Chairs corresponding to the I-st, II-nd and III-rd year of study;
Synthesis of Architectural Design Department – including two Design Chairs corresponding to the IV-th and V-th year of study;
Urbanism and Country Planning Department – including the Chair of Urban Planning and Country Development and the Chair of Urban and Landscape Design;
History & Theory of architecture and Heritage Conservation Department – including the Chair of History & Theory of Architecture and the Chair of Heritage Conservation;
Technical Sciences Chair
Study of Form and Ambience Chair
Interior Design Chair