Course syllabus

Arkitektur - I kontext
Architecture - In Context

AAHF25, 15 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2017-03-28

General Information

Elective Compulsory for: A3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim is to, through designing in complex contextual contexts characterized by different time footprints, provide knowledge of architecture spatial characteristics and develop their ability to design architecture in specific physical and socially complex situations.  Special focus is devoted to the contextual dimension, understood both as tangible and intangible contexts, and how it affect the built environment.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

demonstrate in-depth knowledge of techniques and theoretical foundations in the field of architecture and the built environment with special focus on various contexts.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

demonstrate skills to, in a project consciously relating to various contexts, design, plan or renew environments and buildings.

demonstrate the ability to identify and deal with fundamental issues in the areas of architecture and community building.

demonstrate an ability to, with adequate architectural synthesis method, critically, independently and creatively implement design tasks in the course program.

demonstrate the ability to present their architectural project so that it communicates in a professionally acceptable manner.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

to assess the value for their project of different types of background information.

demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate their own work results during and after the design process.


This course provides basic information about the built environment's various contexts, and how these are discussed and evaluated in practice and theory. Adequate methods are introduced and in an applied design task the students are trained in how buildings/environments can utilize, develop and renew existing physical, cultural and social contexts in the built environment.

The design task - the dominant element - is situated in an urban or landscape context. The project work should invite to a critical examination of the architectural foundations and to encourage an experimental approach, where innovative and pioneering solutions are tested.

Students are supervised on a weekly basis and at interim briefings and trained to communicate architecture in a structured and insightful way, in words and pictures. The design task is supported by lectures, workshops, literature and seminars. Final examinations are held at a public briefing where invited external critics are involved.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: For a passing grade a completed and approved design project, comprehensively documented in a portfolio, ie a summary of the project in drawings, images, text and model photos, is required. Active participation in all interim and final briefings. 80% attendance at lectures and seminars. In addition, active participation in the scheduled course activities (at least 80% attendance) as introductions, briefings and seminars. The examination will be both oral and written.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 24
Selection: Interview and portfolio review.
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Christer Malmström,