We have a project-based approach to learning in which studies are grounded in real-world situations and problems. This provides a wealth of opportunity for students to develop increasingly sophisticated design skills, beginning with basic sketching and progressing until they can address the full complexity of a real architectural design project. The curriculum structure is a series of theory courses interwoven with design studio projects. At the start of the first year of study, all students share a common introduction to the field. In the yearsthat follow, they choose to specialize in one of the following three studio areas:
Matter, space, structure
This specialization studies architecture “from within”, as a field of knowledge with relative autonomy. Architecture is matter formed into space, where all three factors - matter, form/structure and space - are indispensable. The basic elements of architecture are: materials, the structures they are assembled into, the expressive potential of those structures as architectural form, and the nature of spaces and the relations between them.
Future Visions for Healthcare, Housing and Work
The studio explores renewed architectural approaches in situations of residential healthcare in an ageing society, in housing inventions corresponding to emerging ways of residing and in rethinking complex hospital design as healing environments. Projects are unfolding in collaboration with users and stakeholders and will range from analysis of specific sites to innovative solutions responding to urgent societal and cultural demands. It is the only architectural programme in Sweden with a healthcare profile.
Urban and Architectural Design
The point of departure in the studio is an understanding of architecture and the city as a dynamic system and the design process as a field of research. The aim is to develop alternative strategies and ways to operate and catalyse change within global transformations affecting cities today. The field of study is the impact of globalisation on architecture and urbanities.