Part I - Lectures (3 weeks, July 8 to July 26)
The lectures are undertaken over a period of 3 weeks.
The morning lectures taught in classrooms will concentrate on career-oriented subjects like cooperation between architects, land developers and real estate consultants, the architectural design of commercial buildings from a commercial point of view, working with clients and with authorities, planning and management of cities’ growth, and heritage protection. We will touch on the know-how of the land development process and discuss how various markets’ trends (e.g. hotels, retail, office, residential) impact the design and development process; we will teach the skills that students need to become team leaders in that process.
In the afternoons, students will often be using the City as the classroom. They will be studying specific historical and contemporary buildings and neighborhoods in Prague, as well as in Berlin, Vienna, and Brno during excursions, in such a way that supports and complements the commercial and business-oriented curriculum of the ECCE School. We will also explore the business and development aspects of the process during various historical periods, which are well represented in Prague. The idea is to teach and learn how historical and recent projects and city planning processes influence current thinking and trends. The afternoon program, just like the morning one, is specifically designed and structured to advance students’ career options.
Three one-day excursions on three respective Saturdays, related to the curriculum, include visits to Vienna, Berlin, and Brno in the Czech Republic. They are all included in the Architecture program.
The courses will be taught by leading local and international architects and planners, professionals from land development and real estate firms, and by leading architectural historians.
Part II - Internships (3 - 4 weeks, July 29 to August 16 or 23)
After the three weeks of lectures, the students will take part in Internships with prominent local and international architectural and development firms based in Prague or possibly in other surrounding countries. The students will have an opportunity to apply and further advance knowledge gained during the lecture stage. More details about Internships below in the text.
Part III – Design Assignment (6 weeks, July 9 to August 16)
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. Some of the architects, developers, and professors which make up our Lecturers list will be involved in design workshops and in evaluations of students’ work.