Join the Summer Program on Architecture, Land Development & History of European Architecture

The main goal of the Summer Program on Architecture is to cover aspects of the profession and a wide range of related subjects normally not studied at schools of architecture; something that will be very helpful to the students in the real world. Once architecture students leave the world of academia, they are faced with new challenges: dealing with clients, (either private individuals or business companies like developers), institutions and governments. After graduation junior architects start working within teams of consultants including engineers (structural, mechanical, electrical, fire safety, cost management, traffic) or other specialists in the field (interior designers, landscape architects, signage designers, real estate consultants, art consultants). Managing real projects also means dealing with various levels of authorities, obtaining planning and building permits. This can be highly demanding side of architects’ work, requiring full understanding of the process and special negotiation skills.

Architecture, Cities, Land Development, History


Initially young architects’ work goes on under leaderships of senior architects. As junior architects progress in their careers, they become the leaders on various projects themselves. The ECCE School in general is oriented towards preparing students for future careers in various fields and on becoming the leaders within their profession. The ECCE Architecture program of lectures is designed on that basis. The three parts of the curriculum: the lectures, the internship program and the design assignment should give students much better understanding of the business world of architecture, planning, real estate land development and construction.

What is our approach?Here is how ECCE Summer Program works.

General Structure of the Program

Part I - Lectures (3 weeks, July 10 to July 29)

The lectures are undertaken over a period of 3 weeks and focus on two key areas:


 (i)     Architecture, Cities, Development, Business (mornings)

(ii)     The History of European Architecture (afternoons)


During mornings (i) the course lectures will deal with subjects like cooperation between architects, land developers and real estate consultants, architectural design of commercial buildings from the commercial point of view, working with clients and with authorities, planning and management of cities, heritage protection.


In afternoons (ii), the practical themes from mornings will be followed by lectures on the history of European architecture. Prague is a highly suitable historical city for such a course, there are well preserved buildings from all historical periods going as far back as 10th century. Therefore most of history teaching will take place outside of the lecture rooms, visiting and studying some remarkable historical buildings from various periods including contemporary architecture. During the history classes, true to the general theme of the ECCE architecture program, we will also look into the business and development aspects of the process at various historical periods. The idea is to narrate stories of how particular historical buildings came to exist and about their life after the completion.


Three one-day excursions on three respective Saturdays, related to the curriculum, include visits to Vienna, Berlin and Brno/Zlin in Czech Republic. They are included in the program.


The courses will be taught by leading local and international architects, professionals from land development and real estate firms, and by leading architectural historians.


Part II - Internships (3 - 4 weeks, July 31 to August 19 or 26)


Internships with prominent local and international architectural and development firms.


In the second half, after the three weeks of lectures, students will have an opportunity to work for three to four weeks (it is their choice if 3 or 4 weeks) as interns with some of the prominent architects and developers in Prague, all of them international firms. Here they will have an opportunity to apply and further advance knowledge gained during the lecture stage.


Part III – Design Assignment (6 weeks, July 10 – August 19)


In addition, there will be a simple design assignment related to the content of the curriculum, for students to work on over the duration of the program. It will be assigned on the first day of lectures.


The syllabus of the school focuses on the development of leadership skills considered necessary to become successful professionals in the field of architecture and land development.

ECCE Grand Reception

Traditionally Summer Program opens with:


  • Welcome gala evening for ECCE students, an opportunity to meet the inspiring people who contribute to the ECCE community and also to meet other students.
  • In 2017 it will take place on July 10 in the evening.
  • The Reception is also seen as an annual meeting of top-level representatives from Czech and foreign companies, politicians, diplomats and academia.
  • Each year ECCE hosts about 350 guests. Past guests of honor, (when ECCE did not have the architecture program), included: Gao Xiqing (former president of China Investment Corporation), Xiu Laigui (Xiuzheng Pharmaceuticals, EY Entrepreneur award of the year 2015 in China, the winner), Amy Cheng (VP Bank of China), Graciela Chichilniski (Nobel Peace Prize laureate), to name but a few.
  • In 2017 we will have a similar caliber of guests, this year many will be directly related to the field of architecture and real estate development, including the lecturers from the program and architects from the sponsor companies.


Our students and guest speakers are welcome at an ECCE gala evening. This evening offers to the students an opportunity to meet many inspiring peers as well as network with top-level professionals, representatives, academics, and politicians from Czech Republic and other countries, who contribute to the ECCE community in various ways.

Lectures & Lecturers

Here are some of the lecturers for the Architecture program:


  • Vladimir Šlapeta, DrSc. (Architect, Historian, Professor at Technical Universities in Prague and Brno: European and Czech Functionalism)
  • Petr Franta, Ing. arch, ČKA (Principal Partner at Petr Franta Architects: 21st Century Architecture in Prague & International Influences)
  • Christian Junge, Dipl.Ing. Arch. MSc LSE (Urbanlogic Ltd, Principal Partner: Planning and Designing Green Cities)
  • Vendula Hnídková, Ph.D. (Professor at the Institute of History of Art, Prague: Cubist Architecture, and Bauhaus Movement)
  • Sean Clifton, RIBA  (Architect, Director at Prague office of Jestico+Whiles Arch’s: Commercial Aspects of Residential Architecture)
  • Jan Kasl, Ing. Arch (Architect, Best Development Prague s.r.o., Former Mayor of Prague: Planning Cities, Challenges for Cities in Global World)
  • Stephen Weeks, Royal Society of Arts (Conservationist, Historian, Writer, London, Prague: Conserving and Adapting Historical Buidlings   & History of Romanesque and Gothic Architecture)
  • Martin Krummholz Ph.D. (Professor at the Institute of History of Art, Prague: History of Renaissance Architecture & Baroque/Rococo Architecture)
  • Dr. Richard Kurdiovsky, Mag. (Institute for History of Art & Musicology in Vienna: City Planning, Viennese Architecture of 19th century)
  • Filip Pokorny, Ing.Arch, Ph.D. (Director at Chapman Taylor Architects, Prague: Commercial aspects of Shopping centers Design)
  • Omar Koleilat (Architect, Co-founder and CEO of the Crestyl Group: Architects and Business of Real Estate Land Development)
  • Karen Hartley Real Estate Consultant, Director at Prague Properties: Architects and Real Estate, Business Environment, Evaluating Transactions)


More on the Internships


ECCE internship programs offer much needed and a unique job experience with some of the best architecture and development companies in Prague and abroad:


  • The 3 - 4 week internship (students’ choice if 3 or 4 weeks) at a local architecture or real estate development company chosen specifically for each student (1-2 students per company)


  • Students can choose between a 3 week or 4 week period for the Internship, depending on their travel plans


  • Internships are always under close watch and guidance of senior company representatives, who attend to students and coaches them further. Office-based work related to the practice of architecture such as research, work with various computer programs, attending meetings, visiting construction sites, etc.


  • Tailored to each individual student


  • Our partners range from large international companies with a broad scope to smaller but focused practices. For architecture program we have partners like Jestico+Whiles Architects, Urbanlogic Ltd., Chapman Taylor Architects, Aukett Swanke, Ian Bryan Architects, D.A.M., etc.. The complete list of partners can be seen under INTERNSHIPS on this web site.


ECCE also offers its students varied and interesting entertainment options while in Prague:


  • ECCE staff arrange various team-building events for students throughout the period of lectures and internships
  • We encourage students to participate in local culture and immerse in the local life-style
  • We arrange a number of social events including Prague sightseeing tours. ECCE students are also able to visit galleries and museums and attend concerts, theater, opera and other significant cultural events.
  • We can also arrange trips around the Czech Republic and other European countries to destinations such as Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Vienna, Berlin, and Dresden.


Graduation & Certificates


  • The ECCE Certificate of Graduation is recognized worldwide.
  • Following the completion of lectures, ECCE management holds an informal certificate awarding ceremony
  • Certificates of ECCE graduation are issued under the auspices of ECCE partner companies granting certificates of internships

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Wishing to apply for one of our unique Summer Programs?

To apply simply complete the ECCE on-line form. We will respond as quickly as possible. Should you have any questions feel free to contact us at

Thank you for your interest & welcome to the world of ECCE Summer Programs!

Registration fee
1 350 € Early registration fee until 31 March


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