Helena Mattsson is an architect, researcher and Associate Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at KTH School of Architecture. She is a docent in Architecture.
Her doctoral thesis was published 2004, Arkitektur och konsumtion: Reyner Banham och utbytbarhetens estetik (Architecture and consumption: Reyner Banham and the aesthetic of expendability). She has written extensively on architecture, art and culture, and is the editor for (with S O Wallenstein) Swedish Modernism – Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State (2010) and 1%(2006). Recently she has published "Designing the 'Consumer in Infinity': The Swedish Co-operative Union's New Consumer Policy, c. 1970" in Kjetil Fallan (ed.) (London: Berg, 2012), and ”’A Home Is Not A House': Swedish Ascetic Naturism meets a Luxurious American Modernism’” in Mikael Olsson, Frösakull Södrakull (London: Steidl&Partners, 2011).
Mattsson was in charge for a research project on the Museum of Architecture in Stockholm, Architecture and consumption in Sweden 1930 – 1970 (together with Sven-Olov Wallenstein). Currently she is working on the project The Architecture of Deregulations: Postmodernism and politics in Swedish architecture (together with Catharina Gabrielsson), and is part of the research project Architecture, Space, and Ideology (Södertörn University College). She is a member of the Steering Committe for the Strong Research Environment (FORMAS) Architecture in Effect (KTH). Mattsson is an editor for the culture periodical SITE.