Areas of Research Excellence

The four Swedish Schools of Architecture (SSA) at LTH, Chalmers, KTH and Umeå University have collaborated through the cooperative platform Swedish Schools of Architecture to propose two strong research environments in architectural theory and method,  "Architecture in the Making" and "Architecture in effect".

These environments approach architectural research from different, strategically complementary, points of view. Architecture in the Making emphasises architectural thinking and contemporary challenges for practice, while the Architecture in Effect accentuates a critical understanding of the built environment and its societal context. Both environments share a strategic identification of four areas of study recognized in the challenges above: material practices and conditions; the role of history; the generative processes of design and critical imagination; and professional and educational cultures. These also function as sites of collaboration within the frame of the research school.