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Established in 1996, the Autonomous Department of Architecture emerged as a strategic goal within a university aiming to encompass all disciplinary areas. Thus, in close relation with the pre-existing disciplinary areas, efforts were taken to develop the education, generation and diffusion of knowledge in architecture, urbanism and construction.

Twenty years later, in a continuous process of growth and consolidation, the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho (EAAD) welcomes, in its academic offer, different technical-artistic languages, aiming at the evolution and strengthening of the students’ critical thinking. In addition to the Integrated Master in Architecture and the PhD in Architecture, EAAD also welcomes a Bachelor in Product Design ,  a Master in Product Design and Services. and  a Bachelor in Visual Arts.

​In order to educate architects, artists and product designers, with the necessary skills to intervene ably in any circumstances, EAUM defends a teaching based in the activity of atelier, while area of synthesis, articulating knowledge in the humanistic, technological and artistic areas. 

​EAUM also includes a R&D Centre and a Study Centre, where research projects, scientific and artistic dissemination, and services to the community are developed.

It is in this commitment to produce knowledge and educate architects and designers, technically apt and ethically sensitive, that lies the essence of EAAD​.