The Faculty of Architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics focuses on training highly professional experts in architectural engineering who are aware of the social and cultural implications of their profession. Versatility is emphasised so that students will gain fundamental knowledge and abilities in every possible field of architecture and be able to find work in a highly competitive job market, and in any building- or design-related area of consulting, construction, and management. The 5-year program in English leads directly to an MSc degree in Architecture and Architectural Engineering (Dipl. Ing.Arch.), but it is also possible to graduate as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture are qualified for a broad spectrum of architectural occupations:
• Design, construction and maintenance of residential, public, industrial and agricultural buildings;
• Reconstruction and the preservation of historical monuments;
• Urban design and settlement planning; and
• Administration of all these activities.
The curricula were organised on Swiss and German models. The Faculty has maintained these traditions for the last 40 years but provides additional European and international dimensions through guest lecturers from abroad, topical short courses, workshop seminars and exchange programs.
The five year program of the Faculty of Architecture taught in English is in full conformity with the fiveyear program provided in Hungarian, which after two years practice and experience is accepted for access to EUR-ING title.
General course – Preparatory Course
The year program in English, called the General Course preceides the Degree Program. It is designed to develop the skills of students from abroad so they will be at no disadvantage in meeting the Faculty’s exacting educational standards. Students are introduced to various aspects of the profession they have selected, and they concentrate on studying English and basic technical subjects such as mathematics and freehand drawing. Students who show enough skills at the Placement Test can automatically (immediately) start the Degree Program.
Academic Program of the Faculty of Architecture (BSc/MSc Studies)
The two-level B.Sc, M.Sc training in the English speaking section of the Faculty of Architecture is realized in a split-up system, in full comformity with the Hungarian speaking section. For B.Sc degree students has to accumulate min 240 credit points, for M.Sc degree min 300 credit points by accomplishing the obligatory subjects and gathening the remaining credit points by accomplishing elective subjects too.
B.Sc degree can be obtained in a minimum of four years, M.Sc degree in a minimum of five years of
study. Students, both international and Hungarian, who have a command of both languages can choose
from either program. The participation of Hungarian students in the program given in English has obvious advantages. It eases the integration of international students into the society, which surrounds them during the years of their studies. It also attracts students from European, American and other universities worldwide to study in Budapest within the the framework of the International Student Exchange Program and otheragreements.
Students who have earned BSc degrees in other schools of architecture can join the Master’s Program.
Programs will be tailored to their previous education and special needs. In general they are admitted to
the last two years of the five years program, and they have to collect minimum 120 credits. These studies encompass a wide range of complex design topics and elective subjects grouped in three directions:
• Structural Design – buildings and other structures.
• Architectural Design – buildings with different functions, their interiors and sorroundings; the preservation of historical buildings.
• Town Planning – urban design, settlement planning and management.
Note: The Faculty of Architecture reserves the right of changing the Curricula.
Graduation from the University is based on the successful completion of examinations in all subjects
and on the successful defence of a diploma project before a Final Examination Board. The examinations are public and the Board consists of professors and eminent specialists in the profession. Diploma projects are prepared in the last semester under departmental guidance and can be submitted only by students with an “absolutorium” (university leaving certificate). The diploma project is expected to reflect its author’s familiarity with technical and aesthetic knowledge fundamental to architectural practice, and his/her creativity in applying it. Currently, international agreements make it possible for certain Hungarian students to prepare and defend their diploma projects in the university of another country. Students from abroad can correspondingly prepare and defend their thesis projects under the guidance of the Faculty of Architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Department of Construction Technology and Management
Department of Architectural Representation
Department for History of Architecture and of Monuments
Department of Building Energetics and Building Services
Laboratory of Thermal Physics
Department of Building Constructions
Laboratory of Building Acoustics
Department of Industrial and Agricultural Building Design
Department of Public Building Design
Department of Residential Buildings
Department of Design
Department of Mechanics, Materials and Structures
Department of Urban Studies
The Department for History of Architecture and of Monuments of the BUTE through its predecessor department founded in 1870 is nearly as old as the scholarly organized architectural education in Hungary: his name, his task, his staff has been changed significantly, yet it has always been being the leading scientific institution of teaching history of architecture at national level.3200 Euro / Semester