Studies in Architecture
The area of Architecture, formerly known as Mejan Arc, conducts advanced level urban research focusing on recent societal changes and the ability of architecture to meet the needs of a liveable environment.
Architecture in the RIA takes into consideration how cities are shaped by issues such as human rights, real estate and global capital, fostering an expanded understanding of the urban as a contested territory.
The courses address conservation and preservation from a perspective of use, sustainability, materials and technology as well as critical consideration of historical contexts and future developments.
Architecture has a strong interdisciplinary approach, which includes the selection of students from diverse professions and backgrounds as well as a methodological framework based on multiple approaches to knowledge production. This environment creates conditions for participants from differing disciplines to engage in a critical discussion together, developing new ideas and approaches. The practical work is important in all courses and the city is investigated through research-, art- and design-based methods.
Architecture engages in global urgencies by generating relevant and tangible projects, as well as creating professional networks that extend outside the academic realm. Projects that are initiated in the department often become independent platforms that continue to develop on their own.
Studies in Architecture offer one-year post-Master courses for professional architects, designers, urban practitioners or those with equivalent experience.
Architectural Theory and History
‘Research-Lab’ is primarily designed for practitioners within the fields of architecture, design and the arts and who are interested in pursuing theory and practice based individual projects with a critical focus on urban and material culture. There are two components to the course: the first comprises regular lectures, group sessions and individual consultations with the professor designed to help advance each students’ individual research project. The second comprises a series of collective workshops designed to test concepts developed for institutional settings and public environments: this year the R-Lab institutional partner is Färgfabriken.
‘Architectural Conservation’ is a year-long post-master course that explores how existing architecture in historic environments can be developed and used as a resource, a possibility, and a tool for change. Various methods of inventory are utilized to analyse the context and as basis for the generation of sustainable proposals, which can result in something new, added, or something old that is restored. The course gives qualified, cutting-edge competence to professionals in the field of architectural restoration. A comprehensive view of the complex issues concerning architectural restoration is discussed in historical, contemporary and future contexts, with focus on both national and international issues.
‘Critical Habitats’ is a year-long post-master course that forges emancipatory thought in architecture by exploring the conditions for socially and critically aware modes of living. By working through historical polemics in urbanism, the course aims to illuminate current forms of collective agency and activism around critical habitats, and explore the possibilities they open for contemporary urban life.