Architectural design manages, develops and communicates knowledge in the field of design. Of central interest are research questions about the production of ideas, creativity, visualization and quality assessment of architectural projects. Methodologically architectural design has its main focus on design theory, research-by-design and innovation. Architectural Design is a key profile in undergraduate, masters and research education, supported by a strategy to recruit excellent faculty that span between research, teaching and practice. The work of the group contributes to four major fields of research and development: studies in design process, studies in sustainability, studies in digital methodologies and studies in experimental architectural practice and media.
Architectural Design has a strong national and international network within architectural practice through Anders Wilhemsson (Professor), Johan Celsing (Professor), Sara Grahn (Professor), Ulrika Karlsson (Guest Professor) and Helena Pavic Nirjc (Affiliated Professor); associate professors include members working with experimental architectural practice (Roger Spetz, Marcus Aerni, Tor Lindstrand) and faculty members working full-time in academia (Magnus Rönn, Leif Brodersen, Helena Mattsson).
Architectural Design runs the inter-institutional research group, directed by Magnus Rönn including Dr Jonas E Andersson, Dr Christina Bodin Danielsson, PhD Student Stig Gustavsson and PhD Student Charlotte Svensson. The research is focused on process in relation to assessment, design, planning, and the knowledge loop in architectural design projects, with a particular focus on architectural quality as a key concept. There is a strong connection to the Nordic countries through Magnus Rönn, who is president for the Nordic Association of Architectural Research.
Architectural Design contributes to the research group Digital Fabrications Laboratory (DFL) of which Ulrika Karlsson is initiator () and to KTH’s initiative to create frameworks for design-lead research ( ).