Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Architectural Conservation

( 60 ECTS Credits )

Photo: Anders Engström


Architectural Conservation 17/18
Theme: Residential Architecture. Administration, refinement, distortion?

The course investigates the residential architecture as a cultural heritage, how homes and neighborhoods are administrated, refined and perhaps distorted through restoration measures, condensations and conversions. We also study how other buildings can be converted to residential housing and supplied with new qualities. How is it possible to meet today’s large housing needs while at the same time safeguarding and developing the cultural and architectural values?


Level: Post-Master
Requirements: MA in architecture or another relevant field, minimum one year’s professional experience.
ECTS Credits: 60
Programme Length: 1 year, part-time, divided into concentrated work periods at the RIA alternating with independent studies
Teaching Language: Swedish. Parts of the course in English.

Right now, housing is being built like never before in Sweden; and there will be more to come if the state housing policy of 250 000 new homes before 2020 is to be realized. Mainly this involves building new homes and neighborhoods, but also includes retrofits of existing buildings. At the same time, the existing stock of housing faces a cumulative need for renovation.

The course is given at an advanced level and is intended for  professional architects, antiquarians, restorers, engineers and similar professions. It runs for one academic year, 60 ETCS credits. The course will commence September 4.

Finance, Fees and Accommodation

Admission and tuition fees apply for students from countries outside the EU/EEA.  The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is 307 000 SEK for the academic year 2016/2017 and the admission fee is 900 SEK. There is a scholarship available to cover the tuition fee. The scholarship is awarded to one student and the application is made through the digital application for the programme. International students who have been accepted to a study programme in Sweden must show financial means of support during study time to the immigration authorities in order to obtain a study visa. Info about fees 2017-18

In terms of accomodation, The Royal Institute of Art is a partner of, the international student-to-student housing platform. Students who are coming from abroad to Stockholm can find & book a student room on The rooms on this platform are offered by private landlords and our students that go abroad for a study abroad semester, exchange, Erasmus or internship. Using the platform itself is completely free for you as a student; when you make a concrete booking an administrative fee will be charged as a part of Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system.


Slussen, Stockholm. Photo: Lars Epstein

Photo: Lars Epstein


Ongoing 2016/17: Future Issues

The course for 2016/17 is examining the very frontline of architectural conservation. What do we need to address going forward? Architecture in the future will be a matter of transformation and critical restoration. 70% of all architectural projects are dealing with what is already built. Competency in Architectural Conservation is therefore key in the future development of our built environment and societies.

The course credits can be used toward a PhD degree. It is directed primarily at architects, but also at restorers, urban planners, engineers, curators and others specialised in heritage issues. The course is multidisciplinary in order to stimulate an active discussion between different professions.



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