Despite the current difficult conditions, the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering, University of Ioannina can only be characterized as optimistic and dynamic. The rearrangement of the admission bases that brought us one place higher to the preferences of the candidates, increases the expectations but also the responsibility of the core faculty members of our Department, whose number has recently almost doubled. With the impending appointments of the new faculty members, the Department becomes autonomous and the level of studies is upgraded. The high level and the completeness of the program of studies is already certified by the independent Hellenic Authority for Higher Education. The process was the culmination of a systematic five-year effort of all the members of the Department and of the University authorities. The student-based approach, the scientific integrity and the social dynamics will continue to be the pillars of our Department.