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.