International cooperation

Estonia has integrated well into international architectural networks and policy forums, we participate in major international architectural events and in setting development trends in European architectural policy.

Adviser on architecture and design at the Ministry of Culture co-chairs an Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of Member States’ experts on High-quality architecture and built environment for everyone (mandate, pdf (342.18 KB, PDF)). The OMC was launched in 2020 in line with the Davos Declaration "Towards a high-quality Baukultur for Europe" adopted by the European Ministers of Culture in January 2018, which highlights the central role of culture in the built environment. The OMC group will work in an integrated and balanced approach to the built environment while focusing on the specific contributions made by architectural policies and practices. "Quality architecture" in this context is not only defined by aesthetics and functionality but also by its contribution to people’s quality of life and to the sustainable development of our cities and rural areas. The OMC that is administrated by European Commission operates in accordance with the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.
A valuable partner for the state in international activities is the Estonian Centre for Architecture, which mostly focuses on introducing and exporting Estonian architecture abroad.
The Ministry of Culture helps to implement the European Landscape Convention in Estonia regarding the aspects of cultural heritage and built environment.

Most important international festivals and other events


  • Trends in architectural policy

    The Ministry of Culture participated in the work of the 2007-2018 European Forum for Architectural Policies – EFAP, which annually organised various meetings to discuss trends in European architectural policy.

    In 2017, the European architectural policy conference was held in Tallinn.
    Read more about the architectural polices of various countries on the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) website.
  • Venice Biennale of Architecture

    Estonia has participated in the world’s largest architecture festival in Venice since the year 2000.
    Estonian participation is handled by the Estonian Centre for Architecture and financed by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture and private donors.
    The curators of the Estonian exposition are selected through an open competition organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.
    You can read more on the Venice Biennale of Architecture on the webpage of its organisers and the Estonian Centre for Architecture.
  • Tallinn Architecture Biennale

    The Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an international forum of architecture and city planning, which is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture. The architecture festival has a diverse programme to enhance synergy between Estonian and foreign architecture, and architects and the public, by offering a chance to make contact and share ideas.


Last updated: 8 July 2020