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Syllabus for

Academic year
ARK630 - Managing design projects
Att leda och styra projekt
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-04 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture

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Teaching language: English
Application code: 05120
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 26
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Written and oral assignments 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c    

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Anders Svensson

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualifications for the master programme.


The students shall get an introduction to and basic knowledge in how design and construction processes are managed and organized, relevant design methods and basics in construction and real estate economy and finance. The long term objective of the course is to contribute to the architect's ability to adopt leading positions in design and construction processes by deepening the knowledge about how to take an idea to completion.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After completion of the course the student should be able to describe

  • The main stages in the design and construction process for small, mid-size and large projects.
  • The different roles and driving forces of actors and stakeholders within the design and construction process.
  • How values are created in different types of projects.
  • The architect's role in the process.
  • The complexity of a multidisciplinary design process.
  • Basics in different types of design methodologies,
Be able to formulate:
  • Questions relevant for understanding a design and building process.
Be able to comprehensively assess
  • Investment budget of residential property development project.


Design of buildings and urban areas is strongly interdependent of the actors and stakeholders and the relation between them. Frames and conditions for design are often defined by financial restrictions and values for both public and private investors. Project management processes are essential to qualify and reassure the ambitions in the project and create a functional platform for multidisciplinary collaboration cross boarders between stakeholders- and specialists. The course will give an overview of these subjects, partly from a more general point of view and partly from a practical view in contemporary projects.


The course consists of lectures, study visits, excercises and project assignments, together building up an comprehensive understanding of the process, the actors and stakeholders, value creating, economy and methodologies for managing design processes. A set of lectures and study visits introduces the subjects and themes and are followed by a project assignment in which students, in smaller groups, will study current cases/processes with focus on the main subjects of the course. The course ends with a seminar where the project assignments are presented and discussed.


"Boundary Spanning Leadership", Chris Ernst & Donna Chrobot-Mason, McGraw Hill, 2011
"Change by design", Tim Brown, Harper business, 2009
"Ekonomi för arkitekter", "Economy for architects", Hans Lind, KTH, Arkus, 2012

Examination including compulsory elements

Completed project assignments will be the base for grading. Examination form: completed report and concluding seminar. Examination will take place in groups and individually.

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