Centre of Rural Architecture

Centre of Rural Architecture is a department of Estonian Open Air Museum, which is doing research on Estonian vernacular architecture. We also organise seminars for house owners and consult them individually.

Our goal is to value vernacular buildings and landscapes that have not been noticed enough. One of the most important subject fields is research and mapping of Estonian barn-dwelling.

We are not looking only at standalone objects, rather the traditional village landscape as a whole and the changes human activity has caused. We have researched villages in Kareda parish, on Vormsi Island, on Prangli Island, in Vihula parish and on the coast of Peipus. You can see our findings at Estonian Open Air Museum.

Centre of Rural Architecture has received the Grand Prix of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2015 in the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category with the Programme for Owners of Rural Buildings in Estonia. Read more here.

For the centre’s 10th anniversary in January of 2017, we compiled a comprehensive booklet about our main activities and accomplishments. It can be viewed here