The plan to start a new school of architecture in Prague was born in 2005 in a group of people around the architect Martin Roubík (1949–2008).
The college situated in the heart of Europe offers instruction only in the English language and is truly international, with an emphasis on international students and faculty. The size and focus of the school suitably complements existing institutions providing architectural education in the Czech Republic, which makes for a broader choice of options for students interested in studying architecture.
The programme of the school is based in studio instruction; other professional courses should relate to it and complement it. Lectures in theory combine with practice-oriented seminars, excursions and workshops – practical instruction is assigned a great weight in the study programme.
ARCHIP puts students in contact with the practice and helps them understand architecture in its context. The instruction takes place in Prague and in other parts of the Czech Republic. The size of the school (60 students per year) allows a close contact between the faculty and the students during instruction, tutoring and the final evaluation of student works – it is essential for the atmosphere of open communication and creative collaboration at the school.
ARCHIP is a platform for architecture in general, with its own information, promotion and publication activities. It has its own exhibition space and a professional reference library with a reading room with magazines; it also would like to organise lifelong learning courses and hosts lectures of leading local and international architects. Excursions to visit outstanding local and international architecture is organised throughout the year.
The school keeps in close contact with the professional and lay community, and with other local and international institutions in the field.
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