The exchange term at Umeå School of Architecture Design gives the student the opportunity to explore of new fields of knowledge related to architecture and urban design. The aim is to develop your own critical thinking and your ability to apply new perspectives, designing alternative architectural proposals, strategies and practices that can contribute to change in today's societal- and urban development. Important elements of the programme are social- and environmental sustainability, resource awareness, work on different scales, experimenting with technical solutions and prototyping through full-scale construction and architectural interventions and installations in the physical environment.
The package consists of two seminar courses run in parallel with a synthesis course in the form of a design project. The seminar courses introduce and deepen theoretical and technical concepts, methods, processes and issues. Design projects are carried out within different studios, allowing you to choose an approach departing from your personal interest.
5AR420 Synthesis course 1: Architecture and Urban Design Project, Positioning, 20 Credits The course is focused on a specific architectural and urban research theme within which the students are encouraged to develop their own position and agenda. The students will formulate and develop a strategic, research-based approach to the generation of urban and architectural design strategies. The course is studio based. Specific course information, themes, design requirements and submission requirements are adjusted and determined for each school year by the examiner.
5AR421 Seminar course 1a: Technology, 5 Credits In the course the students will develop knowledge of structural engineering, environmental comfort, material consideration, system and detail design development. The students will apply this knowledge in design projects with particular focus on sustainability and environmental impact.
5AR422 Seminar course 1b: History & Theory, 5 Credits The course will provide the students with an orientation of the contemporary debate on architecture and urban planning, developing an awareness of the historical, theoretical political and professional concerns and agendas that drive it. Departing from the broad overview the students will identify, explore and research a specific issue related to their work in the synthesis project.
This course is only included in the course package.
Application and eligibility
Architecture and Urban Design, term 7, 30 credits
Autumn Term 2023
The information below is only for exchange students
28 August 2023
14 January 2024
Type of studies
A Bachelor´s degree (of at least 180 ECTS) with Architecture as main field of study and work samples/portfolio. English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6.
Students applying for courses within a double degree exchange agreement, within the departments own agreements will be given first priority. Then will - in turn - candidates within the departments own agreements, faculty agreements, central exchange agreements and other departmental agreements be selected.
This application round is only intended for nominated exchange students. Information about deadlines can be found in the e-mail instruction that nominated students receive.
The application period is closed.