Kharkiv School of Architecture — higher education


The Zero Year is an opportunity to try oneself in the modern profession of an architect and urban planner.

The Kharkiv School of Architecture trains practising architects equipped with profound theoretical, technological and practical competences, who are able to create up-to-date architecture in Ukraine and other countries



The Zero-Year course offers two semesters with a unique mix of disciplines and projects which will plunge you into the architectural profession of today and prepare for further training to obtain the Bachelor’s Degree from the Kharkiv School of Architecture or other leading international schools.

During the training, the students will become part of the Ukrainian and international architectural community, learn about professional opportunities in architecture and also make new acquaintances and get unique experiences.

Our Target Group

  • those willing to get enrolled into the Bachelor's Programme of the Kharkiv School of Architecture or other leading international Universities

  • high-school students interested in architecture and urbanism in search of a future profession

  • students majoring in architecture, arts and technical disciplines

  • licensed professionals who would like to expand their horizons

  • those dreaming to become an architect and willing to try their hand at the profession.

  • 1

    Basic practical skills of an architect and urban designer: sketching, photography, modelling, drawing, etc.

  • 2

    Understanding of the theory of urban space arrangement and architectural objectives

  • 3

    Research and interpretation skills.

  • 4

    Shaped personal views, ability to present, describe and render them by various methods.

  • 5

    The ability to properly shape, structure and finalize one’s own works and present them to an audience.

  • Venue:

    5 Kontorska St., Kharkiv, Ukraine

  • Course Duration:

    2 semesters, 8 months each

    Start of training: October 2020
    End of training: June 2021

    Winter holidays: 2 weeks in January 2021
    Spring holidays: 1 weeks in May 2021

  • Schedule

    One or two days a week, 6 academic hours

    Group 1:
    Monday and Wednesday, 17.00–20.00

    Group 2:
    Saturday, 11.00–14.00 and 15.00–18.00.

    (The finalized schedule will be published in September)

  • Language of training

    Ukrainian, Russian

  • Certificate

    about a successful completion of a one-year course in 14 disciplines

  • Tuition Fee:

    UAH 15,000 per semester (2 semesters)

  • Study Load:

    168 classroom hours
    32 hours of review
    250 hours of independent work

One of the principles of structuring the programme is to cluster disciples into specific theoretically- and project-oriented units  Together, the units create a “lens” to view a specific task, while each of the disciplines provides understanding of the specific features of the subject.


During the year, the students study various disciplines and design individual and group projects dealing with architectural theory, research, constructions, materials, etc. At the close of the one-year programme, the students design their own portfolio to apply for further training or employment.


Training is organized as lectures, discussions, practical work, at times – as surveying walks. Each of the projects finishes with a group review: a presentation and discussion of the students’ projects engaging their peers and faculty. Each of the reviews improves students’ preparation and presentation skills.



Semester 1






Semester 2










    The Unit introduces basic architectural issues, methods and challenges and expands on the acquired knowledge. It explains the concepts and context of architectural styles, clarifies what questions the form and aesthetics can answer, identifies trends we can spot in contemporary architecture and shares what an architect is working with today. We will learn to analyse and study architecture around us and to use the language of photography and its special perception of architecture to create personal projects, starting with taking photos to printing them and exhibiting our work.


    In this Unit, we will answer the question who we design for, clarify the difference between good and bad space for people, discuss how architecture affects us personally and what spatial qualities are important for us. At the same time, our studies in the theory of sociology and the methods of sociological research will train us to present our research and ideas using the graphic language. The academic process is organized to introduce the students to the three worlds of the graphic language: graphics, fonts, and photography. The relevant skills will be used to create a project presenting students' research in the format of a poster, a presentation, and other illustrative material.
    (Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and, of course, traditional graphics).


    Understanding technologies, constructions and the economic use of materials is an integral component of the work of an architect. So, we will design a constructive solution for a specific object, implement it in various materials and subject it to the strength test. An important theoretical background is provided by the knowledge of construction typologies and various possibilities; this is the major focus of the Construction and Materials Unit.


    As a general introduction, the course investigates the challenges of today's philosophy and the questions it poses to an architect and urban planner in terms of their professional work. It helps to develop an important skill of critical perception of one's own proposals and ideas. This unit introduces the students to contemporary art and finishes with their project which, without proposing specific design solutions, will influence architecture, the city, and its residents. The collaboration of philosophy and contemporary art will introduce the students to the metacontext and show to them how to create concepts, critically analyse texts and defend one's own point of view.


    Urban space is an indispensable general context for architectural, social and political scenarios. Today's cities are swiftly changing and adopting new vectors of development: comfort, ecology, and sustainable mobility. During the course, we will use the methods of sketching spaces and observing the city to study problems, identify idiosyncrasies and answer the questions what exactly makes our city good and pleasant.


    The Studio is an academic format in which students propose ideas and do design work under the supervision of their tutor. The task of one of the final units is to design a minor architectural form and implement the project idea by means of technical drawings and models. We will learn to design while creating models and making drawings for the project.


    The final unit teaches the students to compile their projects into one content-intensive logical story and to present them graphically. The Unit will give the students an opportunity to look at the acquired knowledge and experience, learn to present their projects, describe and edit them using graphic software. At the same time we will be shaping and implementing the exhibition concept. Making a portfolio to apply to educational programmes, discussing it and taking part in exhibitions is part of an architect's life.















Alina Yesaian

Architect at the Nikitenkoteam office, tutor for the Studio Block at the Kharkiv School of Architecture.


Alina Lysachkova

Графічна дизайнерка. Брала участь у великих міжнародних професійних виставках, таких як International Eco-poster Triennial the 4th Block, Moscow Global Biennale of Graphic Design Golden Bee, Plaster та ін.  У даний час працює у студії Grafprom та у ХША.


Anastasiia Palii

Urbanist and curator of the educational programme for the preparatory department at the Kharkiv School of Architecture, director of the Public Sector programme at the “Miski Reformy [Urban Reforms]” CSO.


Andrii Bidakov

Кандидат технічних наук. Засновник та керівник Східно-Європейської конференції з дерев’яних конструкцій ЕЕСТС. Експерт Європейського комітету COST Action FP1402 «Basis of Structural Timber Design» – from research to standards.


Borys Filonenko

Art critic, curator, editor of the IST Publishing House, lecturer of the Humanities at the Kharkiv School of Architecture.


Dmytro Zaiets

1. Socio-cultural research into leisure practices and preferences in cultural products consumption among the dwellers of Moscow mass residential areas. Auchan, IKEA, 2017-2019.
2. Research into the social capital structures in the Third sector of economy. The Institute for Social Capital Development. The Rybakov Charity Foundation, Moscow, 2016.
3. Implementation of an educational project for workers of rayon cultural institutions “The School of Good Neighbourly Relations” aimed at inter-community development, 2015.



Photographer, founder of Chekachkov Photo Academy.


Marharyta Borysova

Architect at Drozdov&Partners, a tutor of the Technical Block and 0-Year, Kharkiv School of Architecture.


Oleksandra Kryvtsova

Архітекторка, навчалась ремеслу в Україні, Німеччині та Італії. Працювала в Zotov&Co, Buro-o та Laisne-Roussel. Зараз є архітекторкою у бюро Drozdov&Partners та викладачкою блоку Студії та Навички у ХША.


Oleksandra Naryzhna

Перша проректорка та викладачка ХША. Архітекторка, урбаністика, міська планувальниця. Голова громадської організації Міські реформи, кураторка та керівниця проектів з трансформації Харкова.



Timber craftsman, workshop founder and participant of numerous municipal social projects, including “Summer Workshop”. Tutor of the Skills Block at the Kharkiv School of Architecture.



Архітектор, урбан скетчер, засновник Urban Scetchers Kharkiv, співзасновник креативної агенції Сяіво.


Vitaliy Pravik

Макетний майстер, працює в архітектурному бюро Drozdov&Partners.



Митець, художник, викладач.


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