Freshmen Orientation Workshop

October 9th, 2014


A 3‐day program   [October 15th - October 17th, 2014]


[Day 1]:               Introduction to the Faculty & University Venue





09:00                     Epoka Bus leaves from city center (near Teatri Metropol)

09:30-10:00       Welcoming Speeches

(Venue: Conference Hall, E-Building)

EPOKA University Rector:  Prof.Dr. Remzi ALTIN

Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Architecture: Assoc. Prof.Dr. Huseyin Bilgin

Head of Architecture Department: Assoc. Prof.Dr. Sokol Dervishi

10:00-10:20       Cocktail-Coffee Break

10:20-10:40       Presentation of Architecture Department Activities

10:40-11:00       Introduction to 1st Year Curriculum

                        Brief information on the courses of the 1styear in Integrated Degree in Architecture

11:00-11:40       Introduction to Registration Process/IT/Library Use/ Students Clubs

Responsible person from each of the above mentioned departments will give brief information in relation with the processes students will need to pursue. The responsible persons will accompany the students to the respective offices.   

11:40-12:00       Announcement of the Studio Workshop

Students will be introduced to an assignment that will be accomplished during one and a half day in the workshop.

12:00-12:30       Lecture

Introduction to the principles of composition (architectural principles/elements/themes) that are needed to fulfill the assigned Poster Essay/Graphical Essay

12:30-13:30         Lunch Break

13:30                     Epoka Bus leaves back to Tirana city.

14:00-…                Walkshop in Tirana City

                        Students will explore the city and capture visual images that reflect/contain the principles of composition (architectural principles/elements/themes).


[Day 2]:               Studio Workshop Day

09:00                     Epoka Bus leaves from city center (near Teatri Metropol)

09:30-12:00         Practice: Studio Work

(Venue: Epoka Social Center and Department of Architecture)

After exploring the city and capture moments students are supposed to work, as group, in poster presentation. During work they are supposed to pay attention to the story they will tell with visuals, photography and sketching qualities. Visuals that in general vary from 5 to 15 images in an essay should flow together and be easily connected.

Note: Bring to university 70*100cm paper and cardboard rulers, pencils, glue, scissors, cutter, other materials you think are in need for a “cut and paste” studio work.

12:00-13:00         Lunch Break

13:00-14:00         Final Poster Preparation

Students have one-hour time to make the final preparations (make some print outs, cut and glue, glue the final poster to a 70cm*100cm cardboard and be prepared for a brief jury session)

14:00-16:00         Jury: Presentation Panel of the Group Works

                                A walk through in the panels of the exhibited posters to hear the group’s essays

16:30                     Epoka Bus leaves back to city center



[Day 3]:               Colloquium Day

09:00                     Epoka Bus leaves from city center (near Teatri Metropol)

09:30-10:00         Architecture Documentary Screening

Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio.

The 25- minute film offers a glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students. Its mission is to examine the current state of studio-based, design education and create a meaningful discussion about its future.

10:00-10:20         Talking Panel

Prepare yourself for your first weeks at university. Hear from a panel of current students about their experiences at the university.

10:20-10:40         Open Conversation

Freshmen and the academic staff of Architecture department (Epoka University) are invited to participate to an open session of Questions & Answers. Relevance to the previous sessions of Archiculture screening and the Talking Panel is strongly recommended.

10:40-11:00         Concluding Speeches

Head of Architecture Department: Assoc. Prof.Dr. Sokol Dervishi

11:00-11:30         Cocktail

12:00                     Epoka Bus leaves back to city center