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AD237V Architecture and Gender: Essay 7.5 credits

By working with writing projects, the course aims at enabling the student to develop tools for feminist interpretations of architecture and in an extended sense, to create new architectures. During the course we will study feminist writing within architectural theory and critical practice. The course is built up with individual assignments, essay-writing, and seminars.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AD237V (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

During the course we will study feminist writing within the feminist theory and critical practices of architecture. The course contains lectures and tutorial seminars. The following themes are dealt with in the lectures: Writing feminism; Voice and address; Place, space, situation and dialogue; Academic conventions. The writing project is supported by current assignments.

Intended learning outcomes

The objective of the course is that the student, through working with an essay, will develop tools for feminist interpretations of architecture and in an extended sense to create new architecture. On completing the course, the student will have a basic orientation concerning feminist writing practices within architecture and interior design, and have initiated the development of a personal relation to it.

Course disposition

The course consists of exercises and a writing project and it contains five seminars and an assignment of 2000 words and illustrations.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

University studies of 60 cr (hp) and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Katarina Bonnevier Behind Straight Curtains – Towards a Queer Feminist Theory of Architecture, AxlBooks, Stockholm 2007.

Annelie Bränström Öhman och Mona Livholts (red.) Genus och det akademeiska skrivandets former, Studentlitteratur, Lund 2007.

Katja Grillner, Per Glembrandt, Sven-Olov-Wallenstein (Eds) 01.AKAD – Experimental Research in Architecture and Design – Beginnings, AKAD through AxlBooks, Stockholm 2005.

Nina Lykke Könsforskning: En guide til feministisk teori, metodologi og skrift, Kap 9, sid 177-200, och Kap 10, sid 201-216  (Forlaget Samfundslitteratur, Fredriksberg 2008)

Further readings will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • MOM1 - Active Participation 80%, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • MOM2 - Essay, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Requirements for the grade passed: 80% presence on all tuition, accepted project/assignment and active participation on final seminar.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AD237V

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

The course is a part of the series Architecture and Gender, which contains four courses of 7,5 cr each and a project of 15 cr.


Katja Grillner,

Supplementary information

The course is a part of the course series Architecture and Gender, which is directed towards a broadly defined feminist target group: for instance students of architecture, planning, design and art, professionals within these fields as well as those in other fields who are interested in architecture.

Schedule and other information will be published at the School of Architecture homepage.