The teaching of architecture at the STU began in 1946 as the Department of Architecture and Structural Engineering. In 1976 independent Faculty of Architecture began to function.
At our university studies at all stages and forms of study, about 17,000 local and foreign students at colleges and institutes based in Bratislava and Trnava.
STU is a research-oriented university. During its existence it has contributed significantly to the development, dissemination, and use of scientific knowledge.
International cooperation is a significant area based on interactive contact with educational as well as research institutions of countries all over the world. It is focused on joint projects within the EU framework.
The teaching of architecture at the STU began in 1946, making the Faculty of Architecture (FA) the newest addition to the Slovak University of Technology (STU) Faculty. At that time the Department of Architecture and Structural Engineering was established as a part of the Structural Engineering Branch at Slovak Polytechnic (SVŠT), today called the Faculty of Civil Engineering. In the following seventy years the Faculty has transformed to a vital and competitive institution and serves over 1000 students each year. Although having Design study programmes under its roof for more than 25 years, in 2020 Design has made it to the official title of the institution too. Faculty of Architecture has been renamed and as of September 2020 Faculty of Architecture and Design has started to write its new common history.
Nowadays, the Faculty of Architecture and Design STU is the largest educational institution for architects and designers in the Slovak Republic. The faculty profile reflects university principles and establishes a condition for professional performance within the home country and the EU framework. In this respect, there is a clear orientation to prepare architects, urban planners, and designers within a creative framework. The present two-year tier system of study focuses on the preparedness of a graduate. Awareness in the art and theory subjects is emphasized, as well as in a variety of technical and design subjects from urban planning to interior design.
We offer three study programmes for international students, with English being the study language.
- Bachelor studies in Architecture and Urban Design
- Master studies in Architecture
- PhD studies in Architecture
The application deadline is 31 May 2022 for all three study programmes. Applications will be submitted via electronic application system that opens up on 1 April 2022. Detailed information regarding the admission process and examination process can be found on Bachelor, MasterMaster and PhD study programme profiles.
Reflecting the global pandemic COVID-19, the admission and examination process will be held in June 2021 and it will be fully ONLINE. Applicants do not need to travel physically for the examination; they can participate on the examination from anywhere on the world.
The Faculty of Architecture and Design is situated in a building designed by Emil Belluš, the most important Slovak architect in the 20th century and the founder of the school for whom the hall "Aula of Professor Belluš" (residing within the college) is named. In addition to such lecture classrooms, studios, computer facilities, and the Faculty library which holds significant professional books and journals (many which are internationally acclaimed) may be utilized for the development of creative abilities and professional skills.
Service centers supporting activities of the Faculty:
The Library of the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (FAD STU) is an academic library with highly specialized stocks containing domestic and foreign literature (books, scripts, periodicals, dictionaries, dissertations, etc.). The library offers many benefits to her users - free access to all library stocks (inclusive the access to international on-line full-text databases or electronic versions of professional journals), access to the newest literature acquired following the topics of the study programs taught at the faculty, modern library and information services (library on-line catalog, self-service copy and scanning machines, free Wi-Fi access), comfortable study and work area.
CEDA (Design for All)
The Center of Design for All was established at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in June 2007. Its mission is a creation a seamless built-environment that can be used by all people, regardless of their age, size or ability.
CEDA is dedicated to the principle of universal design, enabling people in Slovakia to integrate into a society that takes into account a human difference and to interact with their environment to the best of their ability.
Body Conscious Lab
BCD Lab is a research and educational center specialized in Body Conscious Design, based at the Faculty of Architecture and Design STU in Bratislava. It provides specialized training and research in the field of design and architecture. This research center brings together architects, designers, teachers, students, researchers and practitioners from different field – interior design, architecture, ergonomics, neuroergonomics, social sciences and medicine.
BCD Lab is an multi-disciplinary research team focused on body conscious design – relationship between human and its environment. Our members are experts in a field of design, architectures, ergonomics, neuroergonomics, social sciences and medicine.
Center of Sustainable and Efficient Architecture – "Architecture 2020"
The Center for Sustainable and Efficient Architecture - "Architecture 2020" (hereinafter A2k20) is a research and training at the Faculty of Architecture and Design STU. It is a specialized department of the Faculty, which conducts research and training activities in the field of architectural design meeting the criteria of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU for new constructions after 2020, with emphasis on sustainability and respect for the environment.
A2k20 connects researchers from different Institutes (and eventually from other faculties and institutions) in cooperation with iEPD (Institute for Passive Houses), SKGBC (Slovak Green Building Council), ArTUR (Architecture for Sustainable Development) and other professional organizations.
Educational and Research Centre in Banská Štiavnica
The Faculty of Architecture and Design offers also the possibilities of focused work in its specialized Education and Research Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage city of Banská Štiavnica. In the authentic historical house (actually restored by the students) the Faculty can accommodate up to 30 students and 10 staff members during workshops or specialized courses throughout the year.
Model Simulation Laboratory
The Model Simulation Laboratory Centre of the Faculty of Architecture and Design STU in Poprad has activities oriented on CAD and regional issues.