The INSA Strasbourg architecture course focuses on project-based architecture and the theoretical teaching provides students with the necessary methods and knowledge.
A technical culture
This rests on the package of scientific and technical knowledge already acquired by students admitted to the first year of architecture, in a truly polytechnic institution.
A dense teaching programme
The high number of lectures each week allows students to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills over the five years of their architecture studies. The teaching method also favors group work and seeks to generate exchanges, debates and interactions between students.
The fact that the architecture departments exists in a polytechnic institution means that it is possible to create more and more educational and operational bridges between the different departments.
A coherent teaching faculty
Educational supervision is provided academics and practicing professionals.
Internships-final course projects
Several mandatory internships must be completed during the training. At the end of Year 1, the equivalent of the engineers’ “shopfloor” placement: the student will be on a building site with a construction company, in a worker role. In subsequent years, the internships will be with architects’ or urban planning firms, or construction engineering firms. The total duration of the internship is at least 24 weeks.
The preparation of the final course project (PFE) is completed with a presentation of the student’s work in front of a panel of 80 people, two thirds of whom are professionals from outside the school. The highpoint of the course comes at the end when all the students in the architecture department take part in the “charrettes”, a unique collective training exercise, that forges a shared spirit between INSA Strasbourg architects.
More information on final course projects in architecture.
The architecture course includes an introduction to research, with the writing of a research dissertation. Students can go on to do a vocational or research master’s, then a doctorate in architecture. INSA Strasbourg awards the master’s in “Architecture, structures and urban projects”.
The research work is done as part of joint research team with the ENSAS (Strasbourg school of architecture): the AMUP laboratory (architecture, urban morphogenesis and the project).
An international summer school for architecture students is organized since 2013. It offers students the opportunity to engage in construction, installation of objects and film making in connection with the theme of the Rhine. It is co-organised by INSA Strasbourg, ENSA Strasbourg, ArtEZ in Arnhem (Netherlands) and the Hochschule Konstanz (Germany). The architecture blog of INSA Strasbourg presents its different editions.
The INSA Strasbourg diploma in architecture leads to all forms of independent or salaried practice in both the private and public sectors. It paves the way to all the architectural professions: general building architecture, urban projects, rehabilitation, interior architecture, architectural programming, scenography, heritage, design, teaching, assistance and consultancy, etc.
Every year the Academy of Architecture awards prizes to the final course projects or young architects.
Architects from INSA Strasbourg are regular winners and nominees.
For more information see the INSA Strasbourg architecture blog.