Department of Architecture and Urban Studies

About the Department

The Department of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the three Faculty of Architecture Departments at Varna Free University. The resolution to commence operation and establish the speciality of Architecture was made at Academic Council’s official sitting of 27 November 1998, on the initiative of the Varna Branch of the Union of Bulgarian Architects of 12 November 1998.

Instruction in the speciality of Architecture commenced in the 2002/2003 academic year with the admission of 39 students.

In July 2006, the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency gave green light to the project for establishment of the speciality of Architecture as a regulated professional speciality, whereas in November 2007 the speciality received curriculum accreditation with regard to the acquisition of a PhD Academic and Research Degree in the following specialities: 02.17.05, Architecture of Buildings, Facilities and Components, and 02.17.09, Territorial, Landscape and Town Planning.

The Department is currently employing 5 professors, 4 associate professors, 5 lecturers and 4 assistant lecturers.

The advancement of the speciality of Architecture is achieved in compliance with VFU’s academic mission and our quick adaptation to changes in the labour market, where the need for highly-qualified, dependable and competitive employees is the best acknowledgement for our university in the conditions of transition towards market relations as a part of the ever-changing global market. This makes Architecture one of VFU’s high-priority specialities.

The speciality of Architecture has been academically integrated with the rest of the specialities belonging to the Faculty of Architecture – Construction of Buildings and Facilities and Fire and Emergency Protection. In order to meet the needs of the teaching process, all three specialties use the same facilities, carrying out common instruction in fundamental disciplines, based on common research and expert teams. Thanks to this, we are able to provide information and logical cohesion for our educational product.

Instruction in general and management disciplines is delivered by tutors from the other two faculties.

The newly-established speciality of Architecture fills a critical void in VFU’s academic system, and along with the other three specialities (Construction of Buildings and Facilities, Legal Expert, Engineering, and Fire and Emergency Protection) shapes the mutually complementing and highly-efficient professional field of Architecture, Construction and Geodesy.

VFU’s speciality of Architecture has been granted national accreditation and notification under European Parliament Directive 2005/36/EC, which guarantees the recognition of all Architecture diplomas issued by Chernorizets Hrabar Free University of Varna throughout the EU.

The speciality of Architecture enjoys great interest from applicants, mainly evinced by young people from Northeast and Southeast Bulgaria. However, there are applicants from Central and Western Bulgaria as well. The most outstanding among them are graduates from foreign language and mathematics schools, and vocational schools of construction and architecture. A significant part of our current students are already doing a design and construction job at design offices and companies.

Our first architecture class graduated in 2008.


Head: prof. Atanas Kovachev, Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, DSc
Tel.: +359-52-359-596
еmail: atanas_kovachev@mail.bg
Room А-235
Reception day: Friday, 12:30 - 13:30;

Secretary: Antoaneta Kancheva
Tel.: +359-52-359-579
еmail: arch@vfu.bg
Room А-245
Reception days: All weekdays, 9:00 - 12:00; 13:00 - 16:00.