Summer PhD course at Malmö University. Space, politics and aesthetics, a close reading and seminar-based course with start in June 2019. Apply before 23 of April. More info (pdf).



Open lecture/seminar Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy with professor Albena Yaneva Thursday 13 September at 09.15-11.00, 2018, in room A:5012 (A-huset / LTH / Lund).


Albena Yaneva is Professor of Architectural Theory at University of Manchester and is currently holder of Lise Meitner chair at LTH, LU. As a researcher she is primarily known for her ethnographic methods in the studies of architecture, including on-site observation, interviews with decisive agents, and long-term studies of architectural projects and how media covers them.



PhD course at Malmö University in Urban Studies with start in October 2018. Apply before 15 September. More info (pdf).



Transdisciplinary PhD course 25-28 September 2018 organized by the research platform SLU Urban Futures, in collaboration with UPC Polytechnic University of Catalonia. More info (pdf)


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.

Swedish Research School in Architecture


Ongoing course: Communications - Staging the Message. The Architecture of Communication


The ResArc Communication course intends to offer participants in-depth theoretical and practical tools for communication and media production.


Module I: November 21-23 2018,

Module II: February 20-22 2019,

Module III: March 2019,


For more information, course material, assignment, public lecturers, tours, and forum discussion see under Courses and the course description (pdf).


Application to the course due by 31st of October 2018. Apply by sending a statement of interest to resarc@arkitektur.lth.se.


Responsible and contact Meike Schalk (meike.schalk@arch.kth.se), Roemer van Toorn (roemer.vantoorn@arch.umu.se).



Earlier activities

25 % Seminar


ResArc PhD student Sara Hyltén-Cavallius will discuss her research texts Care to Share and Caring Sunflowers in Dangerous Times


Time: 10 January 2019 between 13-15

Place: Room 4011, A-huset, Sölvegatan 24 Lund, LTH


Final seminar


ResArc PhD student Pawel Lech Szychalski will discuss his draft : PLATEAU GEHRY_CONNECTIVES


Time: Monday 26th November, at 13:15

Place: Room 5012, A-building, Sölvegatan 24, Lund, LTH


Reader: Hélène Frichot, Professor, KTH


Main Supervisor: Lars-Henrik Ståhl, Professor, LTH


The seminar will be in English.


Please contact Lars-Henrik Ståhl, if you want to attend for a copy of the seminar text,




Start seminar


ResArc PhD student Johan Wirdelöv will discuss his draft Sociomateriality and urban everyday life: Studies of things, times and uses in public spaces of the Öresund region


Time: Monday 26th November, at 13:00-15:00

Place: Lilla sessionssalen, The Castle, Alnarp (Slottsvägen 5), SLU


Reader: Gunilla Lindholm, senior lecturer in landscape architecture Dep. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU


Main Supervisor: Lisa Diedrich, professor of landscape architecture Dep. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU


Please contact Johan Wirdelöv for an outline of the project, johan.wirdelov@slu.se




Final seminar


ResArc PhD student Muna Mohammad Alibrahim will discuss her draft PhD thesis:

Effects of art and design on users’ orientation in a hospital environment - A study of newcomers’ wayfinding in a Swedish hospital setting


Time: Friday 26th October, at 10:00.

Place: Room 5057, A-building


Reader: Anders Warell, Professor, Department of Design Sciences, LTH


Main Supervisor: Lars-Henrik Ståhl, Professor, Architecture and built environment, LTH

Co-Supervisors: Gunnar Sandin, Docent; Anna Petersson, Senior lecturer, Architecture and built environment, LTH


Dissertation: Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment: An Anthology



ResArc student Helen Runting will publicly defend her doctoral thesis Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment: An Anthology More info


Friday 18 May 2018, 14.00 - 16.30, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH


Opponent: Dr. Douglas Spencer, Architectural Association London, UK


Main supervisor: Docent Hélène Frichot






Dissertation: Influential Moments in City Planning Meetings: A Study of Decision Making Situations in a Jordanian Municipality


ResArc student Marwa Al Khalidi will publicly defend her thesis Influential Moments in City Planning Meetings: A Study of Decision Making Situations in a Jordanian Municipality

Abstract (pdf)


Friday 12 October 2018, 13.15, A:C, A-huset, LTH, Sölvegatan 24, Lund


Opponent: Docent Jonathan Metzger, KTH, Stockholm


Main supervisor: Gunnar Sandin


Co-supervisor: Emma Nilsson, Catharina Sternudd and Marwa Dabaieh


Dissertation: Interruption: Writing a Dissident Architecture



ResArc student Sepideh Karami will publicly defend her doctoral thesis Interruption: Writing a Dissident Architecture. Abstract (pdf)


Friday 20 April 2018, at 13.30 at A108 at KTH School of Architecture, Osquars Backe 5, Stockholm


Opponent: Professor Dorita Hannah, University of Tasmania and Aalto University


Main Supervisor: Associate Professor, docent Hélène Frichot


Co-supervisor: Professor Katja Grillner






Disseration: Rhythm architecture



ResArc student Paulina Prieto De La Fuente will publicly defend her doctoral thesis Rhythm architecture – on sequential aspects of materialities in urban space.


Friday 23 March, at 10 am at Fullskalelabbet, School of Architecture, A-huset, Sölvegatan 24, Lund.


Faculty opponent: Dr Isabelle Doucet, The University of Manchester, UK


Supervisor: Professor Mattias Kärrholm


Half time seminar


ResArc PhD student Sahar Al-Rabadi's

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

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.




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.