Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 24. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Professor Christer Malmström,, Architecture and Built Environment. Prerequisites: At least three years approved full time education at university level (or a Bachelor degree) in architecture, or equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Passing the course requires that the project and the practical tasks assigned be completed satisfactorily, and also that one has attended class at least 80% of the time – including workshops, practical instruction, seminars and lectures. The student is also to prepare a portfolio of work carried out and to present it in a contest held at the end of the term. Written exams: 0. Further information: The course can be cancelled if fewer than 10 students elect it. Integration of the course with a course in environmental psychology or in structural or architecural design is possible.

The course aims to help the student apply the design methodology taken up in a more abstract way in earlier courses to the type of clearly defined and commercially oriented tasks taken up in architectural practice. The educational goal is to create continuity in the learning process through extending methodological insight attained earlier, applying it here at a project level involving greater difficulty and complexity of the design tasks, and greater need both of effective communication and of understanding the underlying theory. Thus, the aim is to combine what has been learned at a more purely academic level with the commercial realities with which the student will be confronted after completing his or her studies.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The architectural competition provides the student the opportunity for carrying out a clearly delimiuted architectual task in which, under the supervision of teachers likewise involved in the course, the student has the opportunity to carry out design experiments of advanced character with the aim of developing her/his knowledge of architectual design. This allows the student’s results to be assessed from separate standpoints. In part, they are evaluated in terms of the academic demands that instruction given within the framework of a project places on tasks carried out under conditions of competition. In part, they are also evaluated in a broader perspective, involving assessments made by independent experts, who evaluate it against the background of the competition’s aims and goals, independent of the Architectual School’s teachers or the architectual views of the School itself.

There are three areas of design dealt with in the course, distinguished from one another on the basis of the design methods and overall approach involved:

Investigating how designs that have been conceived but have been deemed impossible to carry out can be developed in a manner allowing them to become reality, this being done in a manner allowing the quality of the design and the basic spatial relationships to be retained.

Realizing the importance of a process-oriented spatial design involving an integration between spatial considerations, technology in general, building technology, and the material considerations, together with methods concerned with coordinated planning, practical aspects of construction work, manufacturing processes, industialization procedures, access to energy and to various natural resources, and conservation of natural resources.

Utilizing nethodologies and theories concerning design, processes of various sorts, structures, and visual communication, as well as digitalization, as well as techniques for spatial simulation, together with analyzing in critical terms various theories and metodologies, historical matters, criticisms within the field of architecture, social relationships, cultural considerations and questions integration.


The basic teaching approach adopted here involves a series of workshops, lectures and seminars presented and led by a guest professor of international renown, the work students do being oriented to preparating them for the competitive program referred to. The invited guest professor is to initiate intensive and concentrated activities focused on ideas and questions of a sort in the center of interest at the world’s leading architectural schools today.

The aim is to study contemporary urban development and its relations to space, to the scales involved and to architectural objects, taking account of these three areas of design. A study tour to Paris that participants can take part in can provide those who take this trip considerable insight into the background to many urban phenomena, those to be noted there concerning in particular the complexity of a progressive urbanism during the 1800s and 1900s involving both architecture and city planning.

To be decided upon by the invited guest professor.