Swedish Research School in Architecture


ResArc course: Tendencies in architectural and urban research: Focusing on everyday life


The upcoming course Tendencies in architectural and urban research: Focusing on everyday life provides opportunities for doctoral students to achieve an overview of trends, approaches and practices in contemporary architecture research. The course also provides a basic introduction to architecture theory, methodology and academic publication. We will discuss themes, theories and methods of research on everyday life.


Session 1: April 25-26

Session 2: June 13-14

Session 3: September 13


The course is held at School of Architecture, LTH, Lund University and at KTH, Stockholm.


Confirmed guests: Prof. Albena Yaneva (Manchester University), Prof. Andrea Mubi Brighenti (University of Trento), PhD Jennifer Mack (KTH Stockholm), PhD Jesper Magnusson (Malmö University) PhD Kajsa Lawaczeck Körner and Ass. Prof. Eja Pedersen (Lund University).


Deadline for course registration is March 31st. For more info, see the course description (pdf).





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 abstract


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


Faculty Opponent: Mark Cousins, Director of History and Theory Studies (The AA School of Architecture, London)



Supvervisor: 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.


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.



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.



Call for papers: 6th Malmö Real Estate Research Conference, May 18-19, 2017. The conference theme is: Political instability and financial uncertainty – consequences for the real estate sector. Deadline for abstract submissions: 17 March 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.