Swedish Research School in Architecture


Half time seminar

ResArc PhD student Sahar Al-Rabadi's will have her half time seminar on:


Thursday January 25 at 13.15-16.00

LTH, Sölvegatan 24, Room 4011


Working title: Urban Design and the Crowdability of Space, a Socio-material Analysis of Clustering and Declustering Rhythms of Pedestrian Groups in Public Spaces


Invited reader: Ebba Högström, Senior lecturer, Blekinge Institute of Technology.


Supervisors: Mattias Kärrholm and Emma Nilsson

Upcoming ResArc Course: Philosophies

This course aims to address how the researcher in architecture can make use of the plethora of philosophies available to them, both from within and from without the discipline. We will place a special emphasis on the two-way conceptual traffic between architecture and philosophy, in the recognition of the reciprocal relationship of influence these two disciplines have historically maintained with respect to each other. What are the strategies and tactics that can be fruitfully employed to engage in diverse philosophies from the point of view of the discipline of architecture? How does the architectural researcher maintain a creative and critical relay between theory and practice? How can concepts and arguments (drawn from philosophy and elsewhere) be mobilized by the architectural researcher?


Module I February 22-23 2018

Module II March 22-23 2018

Module III April 26-27 2018

Module IV September 20-21 2018


Contact and Course Co-Ordinator Hélène Frichot Helene.Frichot@arch.kth.se

Deadline for application 29 January 2018. For more info see course description (pdf)




Dissertation: Wild Poethics:

Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making



ResArc student Anna Maria Orry from Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers, will publicly defend her doctoral thesis Wild Poethics: Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making. Abstract


Thursday 7 December, at 9.15 in SB-H5 salen (SB-building), Sven Hultins gata 6, Chalmers, Gothenburg.




ResArc course: Approaches

From theory to practice - methods for knowledge production in architectural research


The ResArc PhD course Approaches will be devoted to an introduction and to training in research skills. The focus will be put on the research methodologies characteristic for the fields of Architecture and Design. Special attention will be given to critical understanding of different approaches to ecologism, including sustainability, sustainable development and beyond sustainability. The course will consist of three modules with a three-fold objectives:

(i) orientation and positioning in broader landscapes of knowledge and research strategies (ii) architectural approach to the discourse of sustainable development and beyond (iii) studying, assessing and disseminating scholarly assessment.


Module 1: November 8-10 2017

Module 2: December 6-8 2017

Module 3: January 29-31 2018


Deadline for course registration is October 2 2017. For more info, see the course description (pdf). Link to application.




Dissertation: Architecture’s Red Tape: Government Building Construction in Sweden, 1963-1973. The example of the National Board of Public Building, KBS (Kungl. Byggnadsstyrelsen)


ResArc student Erik Sigge will publicly defend his doctoral thesis Architectures's Red Tape Friday 22 September, at 2 pm at Kollegoesalen, Brienellvägen 8, KTH, Stockholm.


Faculty opponent: Professor Reinhold Martin, Columbia University, USA


Supervisor: Associate professor Helena Mattsson




Making Effect Symposium and Exhibition


14–16 September 2017, at ArkDes, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design and KTH School of Architecture. How does research in architecture relate to architectural practice, to politics, and to the larger societal context? Making Effect – Architecture + Research + Society will address this question in a three-day event and an exhibition, with the aim of concluding and making public five-years of research in architecture in Sweden. Making Effect is organised by Architecture in Effect, Architecture in the Making and ResArc, and produced in collaboration with ArkDes and Design and KTH School of Architecture. More info (link)



Dissertation: Utopology – A Re-Interrogation of the Utopian in Architecture


ResArc student Fredrik Torisson will publicly defend his doctoral thesis Utopology – A Re-Interrogation of the Utopian in Architecture



Friday June 2, at 13:15. at the Skissernas Museum/Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Finngatan 2, 223 62 Lund.




Faculty Opponent: Director Mark Cousins, The AA School of Architecture, London

Supervisor: Professor Lars-Henrik Ståhl, LTH, Lund University, Lund

Assistant Supervisor: PhD Catharina Sternudd, LTH, Lund University, Lund


Dissertation: Att göra en klassiker


ResArc student Anna Wahlöö will publicly defend her doctoral thesis Att göra en klassiker: En studie av fenomenet moderna möbelklassiker i en samtida svensk kontext abstract.


17 March 2017 10.15 at room A:B, A-huset, Sölvegatan 24, Lund.



Opponent appointed by the faculty is Professor Christina Zetterlund, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm





Dissertation: Mixed Substrate Computation


Public defense of the doctoral thesis Mixed Substrate Computation - Sensor Based Artificial Cognition for Architectural Design and Modification by ResArc student Stig Anton Nielsen.


27 January, 2017, 13:00 at Eko lecture hall, 1st floor, Chalmers Architecture, Eklandagatan 86, Gothenburg.


Supervisor: Monica Billger, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Examiner: Fredrik Nilsson, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology


Opponent: Phil Ayres, Associate Professor, CITA, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark


More info and abstract at Chalmers Architecture.





Dissertation: How to think about a place not yet


Public defense of the doctoral thesis How to think about a place not yet - Studies of Affordance and Site-Based Methods for the Exploration of Design Professionals' Expectations in Urban Development Processes by Sandra Kopljar will take place at 13.15, Monday, December 19, 2016..


Opponent appointed by the Faculty is Dr Lina Olsson, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University.


The dissertation is held in Fullskalelabbet, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, A-building, Sölvegatan 24, Lund.



PhD-course at KTH. Decision Theory & Decision Analysis, Dec 2017-May 2018. The course provides an introduction to decision analysis as it is currently practiced within the critical social sciences. More info (pdf)



Making Effect Symposium and Exhibition 14-16 September 2017: More info (link)


Urban Futures Öppna Forskarskola - PhD Courses 2017 & 2018. Co-producing knowledge in transdisciplinary research – From practice to theory. More info (link)



5th International Summer School in Ethnography - Department of Sociology and Social Research - University of Trento - September 10-15 2017. The Summer School builds on the collaborative working environment established in the previous editions. The School’s core mission is to provide participants with an inside view on the practice and the skills of ethnography. More info (pdf)



From May 22-26, 2017 the Department of Architecture, “Federico II” University of Napoli offers a PhD workshop on Assemblage Methodology, RE—CONNECTING THE MATERIAL CITY: Representing urban architecture for what it does. The aim of the workshop is to experiment with alternative modes of representing the built environment inspired by the idea of buildings as ‘indeterminate and contestable’ objects. More info (pdf).



PhD course: Ethnography of Space and Place. This course sketches some of the methodological and theoretical implications of the ethnographic study of the contemporary city using anthropological tools of participant observation, field notes, behavioral mapping, and theories of space and place to illuminate spaces in modern/post-modern cities and their transformations. More info (pdf).



PhD course: Exploring Fieldwork - A critical consideration of empirical methods and

habits-of-mind in design research. The course addresses the ‘field’ or site of ‘method’ in design-led research. Broadly, we are interested in exploring the back-and-forth interaction of research intentions and practices as these shape research outcomes. Registration date: Februari 15, 2017 More info (pdf).



Five PhD positions announced through The European Joint Doctorate Programme urbanHIST. Research fields: "Historiography of European urbanism", "Urbanism, political and development strategies" and "Urbanism, architecture and building of national identity". More info at urbanHIST.



Who defines the city's identity? Which stories are considered essential, and what makes them so? The conference Creating the city: Identity, memory and participation is organized by the Institute for Studies in Malmö's history, 9-10 February 2017. More info at MAH.







Eschewing the slick, the finished and the true in favour of the tangential, the speculative and the fuzzy, LO-RES publishes essays on architecture that resonate at lower resolutions.




The abstract collection Facts and Fictions (pdf), published at the 10th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium, is dedicated to a critical and constructive discussion on trans-disciplinary approaches to the fictive-factual duality of architecture.


The abstract collection Co-laborations - Sharing authorship and space in architectural and urban research (pdf) addresses the motivations and mechanisms of co-creation, co-making and co-writing, and how they form part of participatory practices.