Stories & Projects

  • UMA Research Seminars on Architecture


    The UMA Research Seminars on Architecture provides a forum for exchange, presentation, peer review and discussion of ongoing research at Umeå School of Architecture, as well as other work related to architectural research strategies in Sweden and abroad.

  • What is Architecture?


    As Umeå School of Architecture (UMA) enters its second decade, the school invites its teachers to respond to a fundamental provocation: what is architecture?

  • Prizes: Students at UMA Wins Competition


    Fanny Tersmeden, Johannes Henriksson och Oscar Landing, studying their fifth year at the Architecture Programme at UMA, won the architecture student competition Nya ögon på byggkeramik with their contribution 'Bind ihop bandet'.

  • Radical Swedes


    In Radical Swedes the pedagogy and theme of Studio 2 is presented through work done by students from year two and three of the Architectural Programme during the academic year 2018/2019. The students have investigated how migration can fuel innovation in the domestic and public sphere and how the concept of the cosmopolitan created places and communities in permanent negotiation.

  • New Leadership at Umeå School of Architecture


    A new leadership has been appointed at Umeå School of Architecture at Umeå University. New head of department is Mikael Henningsson, former head of the Department of Psychology. Sara Thor steps in as deputy head of department and Michael Gruber becomes assistant head of department.

  • Exhibition: TimeFramed – City Fragments


    One fragment of a wooden pavilion, designed and built by the first year students of the architectural programme 2018/2019, was exhibited in the city centre of Umeå. The fragment can be used as a stage for performances, to rest or to sit and have an ice cream. 

  • Architecture, Exploration and Reflection


    The summer course 2019 offered the opportunity for architecture students to immerse in a process-oriented project work and to explore a site-specific architectural issue. Within the course, the students explored which role architecture can have in relation to social and environmental aspects in society. Critical reflection and evaluation of the own work process and the results were important aspects of the course.

    Workshops within the course was held in four different places in the world: Rome (Italy), Zvizzhi (Russia), Seoul (Southkorea) and Lesvos (Greece). The students worked with themes and questions specific to each place. 

  • Ana Betancour Resigned as UMA:s Rector

    In late May 2019, Ana Betancour announced her resignation as Rector for Umeå School of Architecture. Three other employees whom have been part of  the School Leadership resigned simultaneously from their assignments as Deputy Head of Department, Director of Studies and Programme Responsible. Ana Betancour returns to her ground assignment as Professor of Architecture, two other employees to their roles as lecturer and senior lecturer while the former Deputy Head returns to her original position at another department within' Umeå University. From August 1 2019 the Dean at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Mikael Elofsson, is acting as rector until a new permament leadership is assigned.  

  • Former UMA students' winners in Rome Collective Living Challange

    Vita del Muro

    In July Bee Breeders announced the winners in the Architectural Competition "Rome Collective Living Challange". 1:st price was given to three Master's Students from Lund for the submission "Vito del Muro - Co-inhabiting the Aurelian Wall". Two of them, Lisa Fransson and Karin Frykholm, has previously recieved their Bachelor's Degree at Umeå School of Architecture. 

  • UMA in the media: Local daily paper VK about the End of Year Exhibition 2019


    June 6th 2019, local newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren, had a reportage on the 2019 End of Year Exhibition UMA10 titled "Umeå environments in the works of archictecture students". Student Johanna Lundström as well as teachers Marie Kraft and Alejandro Haiek were interviewed. 

  • Architecture in Effect Double Volume Book Published


    Between 2011-2016 researchers at all four Swedish Schools of Architecture  at KTH, LTU, Chalmers and Umeå University cooperated within' two Formas financed Research Environments titled "Architecture in Effect" and "Architecture in the Making". This has resulted in a May 2019 published double volume book with 50 essays. For one of them, "After Effects - Theories and Methodologies in Architectural Research", UMA professor in Architectural Theory Roemer Van Toorn has been co-editor and has also contributed with an essay. Former UMA PhD:s and teachers such as Alberto Altés Arlandis,  Hannes Frykolm, Katja Hogenboom,  Sepideh Karami and Oren Lieberman are also among the contributors. 

  • UMA in the media: Interview with Carla Collevecchio in magazine Arkitekten on Swedish Design debate

    May 13th Swedish magazine Arkitekten had a piece on the current debate on architectural design and style, focusing on how the architectural education relate to the discussion. For UMA, Carla Collevecchio, teacher in Year 1 in the Architecture programme, was interviewed. 

  • Open Lecture: Han Sungpil on the Architecture for, and of, Photography

    The Ivy Space

    Thursday May 2nd, globally acclaimed visual artist Han Sungpil lectured with the aim to demonstrate how architecture has inspired his photography, and more importantly, how his work may return the favor by hopefully inspiring the architects of our future.

  • Open Lecture: Laura Vidje – Buildings as Trees, Cities as Forests

    Laura Vidje Lecture Theatre UMA

    How do we create something positive and regenerative instead of just reducing the negative footprint? What about buildings as material banks, reversible building design, material passports? Can we lease the "function" of a building? What circular business models exist in the building industry and in real estate today, which are beneficial for people, the environment and for business? These questions was the point of departure when Laura Vidje, sustainability consultant at Esam in Umeå, April 24th held an open Wednesday lecture in the Theatre at UMA. 

  • In-house Lecture with UMA Teacher Toms Kokins: Buildings as a Social Process

    Toms Kokins Lecture

    "Buildings as a social process" was the title when UMA teacher Toms Kokins lectured April 15th in a packed seminar room. Toms who is born and raised in Latvia shared his path from student and urban activist to the position of designing and completing a project in a small town near Riga according to his longtime dedication of developing public spaces away from wasteful traffic dominated solutions. 

  • Wood Day: A Sustainable and Local Construction Material

    The development, planning and execution of buildings are hot topics in the sustainability debate and wood as a construction material has gained a lot of attention therein. Wood is a material with a rich history in Västerbotten and still of great importance in the local industry. This was also the point of departure when  Umeå School of Architecture on April 12th invited to a full day dedicated to wood.

  • Thrilling Final between UMA and UiD in UMA Open Ping Pong Tournament

    Since a couple of years, it's a given part of the UMA spring semester that the Ping Pong Tournament UMA Open takes place in April. This year, the Theatre space was packed to watch the final game between Umeå School of Design (UiD)-student Simon Jonasson and Umeå Schoool of Architecture (UMA)-student Carl Sandberg. 

  • Architectural Fragments: System of Shelters – UMA1 Pavilion Contest

    Pavilion Contest UMA1 2019 4

    For first year students', the academic year at UMA concludes with a collective production of pavilions in scale 1x1. The pavilions are thereafter exhibited in the School's End of Year / Summer Exhibition in the beginning of June. The project comences trough students' sketching and modelling individual proposals for the pavilions. Between April 1st and 5th, these proposals where themselves exhibited for students, staff and the general public in the Balcony located by the staircase in the entrance of Umeå School of Architecture.

  • Open lecture: Spatial and Mental Changes on the Contemporary Countryside(s)


    A seminar was held on the 27th of March with the ambition to understand and to connect historic and contemporary transformations affecting the Swedish and German countryside(s). Speaker was  Martina Doehler-Behzadi. Director at IBA Thüringen and the panel consisted of Marie Kraft, Lecturer at Umeå School of Architecture, Peter Lang, Professor at Royal Art Institute in Stockholm and Madeleine Eriksson, Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Umeå University. Moderator was Daniel Urey, LABLAB

  • WOJR/Civitella Ranieri Architecture Prize to UMA teacher Alejandro Hajek

    March 19th the  Civitella Ranieri Foundation announced the winners of its WOJR/Civitella Ranieri Architecture Prize competition. One of them was UMA lecturer Alejandro Hajek who   will be given $15,000 to design and build a temporary architectural installation on a castle ground in Umbria, Italy during a six-week time frame this summer.

  • Debate and release of new issue from Student Magazine UMAN

    March 13 the board of Umeå School of Architecture's Student Magazine UMAN released their new issue during an event and debate at Scharinska Villan in Umeå.

  • Swedish Television about student magazine UMAN:s new issue

    Swedish Television show Västerbottensnytt noticed the release of student magazine UMAN:s new issue themed "BEAUTY", and their debate on the subject at Scharinska Villan. 

  • UMA in the media: New start for Student Magazines

    In the March Issue of the Swedish magazine Arkitekten, two students from Umeå School of Architecture - Stellan Gulde and Tove Brunberg - where interviewed about the relaunch of the Student' Magazine UMAN and their upcoming issue themed "BEAUTY". 

  • Arkipelago 2019


    On February 15th, the annual Arkipelago Fair was held at Umeå School of Architecture.

  • Exhibition, presentations & discussion about the future of Teg

    During the academic year 2018/2019 students in Year 4:s studio 11 are working with questions on sustainable urban development and the relations between urban and rural trough a site located along the Europa road 4 (E4) trough the areas of Teg, Umeå. Friday February 8th an exhibition along with students presenting their work was held to interact with neighbors in the area at Tegs Church. 

  • Interdisciplinary Workshop 2019: Intermediate Objects | In-between scales

    In January  2019 students from Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå School of Design and Umeå School of Fine Arts joined to collobarate in the interdisciplinary workshop themed "Intermediate Objects | In-between scales". 

  • Project from summer school in Træna exhibited at DOGA, Oslo


    During the summer 2018 Umeå School of Architecture had a summer course with workshops in cooperation with actors in various cities. One of these took place in Træna. The  project is exhibitied the coming month at DOGA in Oslo. 

  • UMA in the media: Alumna Daniela Lamartine in ArchDaily

    02_Floathub _re -imagining _housing _._Daniela Lamartine (1)ArchDaily, one of the world's most visited news site on archictecture, has written an article about the Master Thesis project Floathub of UMA alumna Daniela Lamartine.

  • Public lecture: Therapeutic Architecture


    In November 2018, Umeå School of Architecture invited the public to four Wednesday Open Lectures with architects Josefin Wangel, Rocío Pina, Javier Sánchez Merina and Art Historian Halldóra Arnardóttir. In his lecture Javier Sánchez Merina talked about therapeutic architecture. 

  • Architecture of the Future – Exhibition of Degree Projects from all Swedish Schools of Architecture at The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts

    How will future architecture look? What's the point of view of young architects? At the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, recent graduates from the Swedish Architecture Schools - Umeå, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Lund - show their work in Hall Mitt and Hall Öst.

  • Voids – Spaces from Within': Workshop with Casting techniques

    Between November 12th and 23rd of 2018, UMA1 students, teachers and technicians engaged in a two week workshop called VOIDS - Spaces from Within', where technology and synthesis course intertwine and merge completely, in order to explore new materials and construction techniques to understand the space from the configuration of a negative space. Casting techniques where used as a tool for the design process.  

  • Public lecture: Flexibility or Death


    In November 2018, Umeå School of Architecture invited the public to four Wednesday Open Lectures with architects Josefin Wangel, Rocío Pina, Javier Sánchez Merina and Art Historian Halldóra Arnardóttir.

  • UMA1 UnFashion Show 2018

    UnFashion Show 2018 - Body as shelter,  investigates abstract projections of the body into space allowing the visualization of an imaginary shelter for the body, as a temporary place, a physical space that materializes from the movement and interaction between two bodies.

  • Gaia Crocella's Master Thesis from UMA published by KooZA/rch

    UMA alumni Gaia Crocella's Master Thesis Project "INTERDINE: Investigating the moral role of architecture in an era of mass migration"  has been published by KooZA/rch. 
    KooZA/rch showcases specially choosen projects that explore and challange the role of architectural sketching and design in contemporary praxis.

  • Open lecture: Interrogating the Sustainable City

    In November 2018, Umeå School of Architecture invited the public to four Wednesday Open Lectures with architects Josefin Wangel, Rocío Pina, Javier Sánchez Merina and Art Historian Halldóra Arnardóttir. The lecture held by Josefin Wangel was an interrogation of the sustainable city, with the aim of identifying key shortcomings and silences which need to be addressed for urban sustainability to materialise. 

  • Public lecture: Arts, Memory and Alzheimer


    In November 2018, Umeå School of Architecture invited the public to four Wednesday Open Lectures with architects Josefin Wangel, Rocío Pina, Javier Sánchez Merina and Art Historian Halldóra Arnardóttir.

  • Ana Betancour lectured on "The Right to the City and the Right to Housing"

    During Thursday lunch time Umeå University regularly organizes "Science lunches" at centraly located Café Station. The purpose is to invite UmU-based researchers to present their research in a popular scientific manner. The frame for this semester is "Democracy" On October 18th Umeå School of Architecture rector Ana Betancour spoke on the theme "The Right to the City & The Right to Housing". 

  • Vertical Workshop 2018: Alternative Futures


    During the first two weeks of the fall semester, all students and staff at Umeå School of Architecture has been engaged in a workshop titled "Alternative Futures". The results of research, discussions and imagination have been compiled in the format of fanzines - do-it-yourself magazines. 

  • Summer Workshop in Træna


    The workshop in Træna gathered students from New York and Scandinavia to work together on concrete design issues between the urban and the "un-urban." It was a  collaboration between the School of Visual Arts (New York), Umeå School of Architecture (Sweden), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway), the Norwegian Centre for Design & Architecture, the  Municipality of Træna, and the  Træna Artist in Residence program.

  • Summer Workshop in Umeå


    During the workshop held in Umeå the students worked together to develop a new catalogue of social-public furniture; defined as Urban Entities. Engaged as an "act-tank" group, the students proposed solutions of immediate implementation and assemblage, using recyclable materials deployed with minimum impact construction methods. 

  • Summer Workshop in Palermo


    The workshop held in Palermo gathered international students in Architecture, Art and the Humanities during one week in Palermo, Sicily. The students, artists, local citizens and migrants created collective works by investigating how art and culture can influence the uses and the social relationships that produce the landscape of the city.

  • Summer Workshop in London


    During the London workshop 'School of Civic Action' students from across Europe gathered to collaborate, co-produce and co-create together with local citizens from London. The two week summer school was a partnership between Umeå School of Architecture,  public works Tate Exchange Roskilde Festival and  Curry Stone Design Honourees

  • Summer Workshop in Barcelona


    The workshop Exploring the Fence-world was held in Barcelona and gathered students from Umeå School of Architecture and visual artists from Barcelona. The students and artists worked together on the design of a socially conscious intervention in public space through the process of design, art and architecture. The workshop was a collaboration between the Umeå School of Architecture, El Centro de Enmedio (Barcelona) and La Virreina Centre de l'Imatge (Barcelona).

  • UMA in the media: Green community space in Broparken

    Local paper Umeå Tidning wrote an article about the greenhouse and urban gardening community space, built by Master students in collaboration with the Urban farmers in Umeå. 

  • UMA in the media: Student' Ario Racho in the journal Arkitekten

    The journal Arkitekten has done a interview with Ario Racho who is currently a student at Umeå School of Architecture after fleeing the war in Aleppo, Syria. 

  • UMA1 Pavillions at Umeå School of Architecture Summer Exhibiton


    Each academic year at Umeå School of Architecture is concluded with an open to the public exhibition of the work from students in year 1-5. For the 2018 Summer Exhibition, students in UMA1 collaborated in the creation of a series of scale 1x1 pavillions under the theme "[so:ma] From Body to Landscape". 

  • UMA in the media: Local daily paper VK about the Summer Exhibition 2018

    Each academic year at Umeå School of Architecture is concluded by an Open to the public Exhibition with students' work from all years 1-5. The local daily Västerbottens-Kuriren has written about the  2018 Summer Exhibition in a article titled "Architects with a social responsibility". 

  • Public Lecture: Cybernetic Forests and Radical Education


    The lecture by professor Peter Lang addressed the participation of Superstudio, Archizoom, and 9999 in the architectural competition for the new University of Florence campus in 1970 - 1971. 

  • Public lecture: Cruising Time-Zones


    By revisiting two decades of architectural and planning practice-research, a journey was defined through different latitudes and time-zones. The lecture supplied observations and analyses of the adaptation and integration of new concepts from a socio-cultural perspective and mentioned projects from for example Caracas, New York and Shanghai.

  • Public lecture: Becoming Architect in Aleppo


    Ario Racho started studying architecture at University of Aleppo in 2010. In 2012, due to the war, he was forced to abandon his studies. In 2017 he continued his studies at Umeå School of Architecture where he is currently at the Bachelor program.The lecture shared on a personal level the crucial moments of the Syrian war and specifically on student's daily life, navigating through their concerns and dreams, plans and hopes in contrast to before and after the war. 


  • Public lecture: Marge - In Various Scales


    The lecture by Susanne Ramel described the methodology of the office Marge through some of their most recognized projects - a nursing home in Örebro, a bench for a museum and a kiosk viewing the Royal Palace.

  • UMA in the media: Article before the public lecture Becoming Architect in Aleppo

    Aspiranten wrote an article before the public lecture Becoming Architect in Aleppo by Ario Racho on April 25th.

  • UMA in the media: The Student's Plastic Pavilion has been Built


    The winning contribution of UMA students Tobias Jansson and Oscar Forsman in the competition Nya ögon på plast [New Eyes on Plastic] has been built in the entry hall of the Nordbygg fair. Arkitekten writes about what it felt like for the students to stand inside the pavilion which they previously only seen in drawings. 

  • Public lecture: Ethics in Architecture, Executing Care


    In her lecture, Torange Khonsari touched on theoretical ideas of ethics related to architects. She outlined the causes for the decline in trust in the professional as the revered keeper of expert knowledge and highlighted the lack of innovation in forms of architecture practice that can expand the discipline and the role of the architect within an ethical and critical design practice. 

  • UMA in the media: Birch Bark as a New Building Material?


    There is an ongoing project with birch bark at Umeå University with the intention to contribute in the development of new materials in architecture, design and construction. One of the students at UMA, Frida Bergner, is involved in the project where they experiment with molding of birch bark and believe that it, amongst other things, could be used as wall panels and space dividers. 

  • Public lecture: Help us help, share your home


    The living situation for young refugees was discussed at Umeå School of Architecture when a seminar with the theme Democracy and Architecture was organized with the organization Arezo on March 28. The initiative came from the bachelor project of architect student Gabriella Magnusson and the seminar was arranged and implemented together with the department leadership and staff at Umeå School of Architecture.

  • Panel discussion: Gender-related Power Structures within the Building Sector, with a focus on Architecture and Urban Design


    Following the #metoo movement, women in the Swedish building sector has gathered under the hashtag #sistaspikenikistan where they have shared their experiences of sexual harassment, abuse and violence. Umeå School of Architecture held a panel discussion on March 7 with the theme Gender-related Power Structures within the Building Sector, with a focus on Architecture and Urban Design.

    The moderator for the talk was Umeå School of Architecture's alumni Cajsa Winge, one of the initiators behind #sistaspikenikistan. The panel consisted of Ana Betancour, professor in architecture and rector at Umeå School of Architecture, Anna Lundberg, office manager at Sweco in Umeå, Anna-Carin Dahlberg, office manager at White in Umeå, and Linda Gustafsson, gender equality officer at Umeå Municipality.

  • Prizes: Students at Umeå School of Architecture Wins Competition


    Tobias Jansson and Oscar Forsman, students at Umeå School of Architecture, has won first prize in the architecture competition "Nya ögon på plast" ("New eyes on plastic") held by Stockholmsmässan/Nordbygg, Svenska Teknik & Designföretagen, IKEM and Architects Sweden. Their winning proposal is called Paviljong (pavilion) and is rewarded with 20 000 SEK.

  • UMA in the media: Master Project Published on KooZA/rch


    The UMA alumni Sofia Musatti has been published on KooZA/rch with her master project The Size of Personal Space - Adaptation of vacant commercial spaces in potential homes through the involvement of Airbnb. KooZA/rch publishes selected projects that explore and challenge the role of the architectural drawing in contemporary practice.

  • Public Lecture: One's Own Place


     Ana Betancour, rektor at Umeå School of Architecture, held the lecture One's Own Place in conjunction to Do Ho Suh's exhibition Passages at Bildmuseet. The lecture gave an introduction to alternative modes of working and their impact on and challenge to the social production of space and architecture. 

  • Public lecture: Performance Architecture – Action and as Poetic Provocation


    In his lecture Matthew Butcher presented both speculative and built projects. 

  • Prizes: Architect Students Receive Honourable Mention in Tile Competition


    Byggkeramikrådet and Architects Sweden held a competition for architecture students for the seventh year in a row. This years theme was "A floating space for bath culture" (Ett flytande rum för badkultur) and the winner was rewarded with 20 000 SEK. One of the two honorable mentions handed out was received by the students André Backlund and Sofia Elldin Mårtensson at Umeå School of Architecture for their contribution "The Public Bathroom" (Publika badrummet).

  • In Collaboration with Bildmuseet: Passage/s with Do Ho Suh


    The artist Do Ho Suh visited Umeå School of Architecture for a lecture in connection to the vernissage of his exhibition at Bildmuseet.

  • UMA in the media: Master Student Maïté Biechy Published on KooZA/rch


    Master student Maïté Biechy at UMA has been published on KooZA/rch with her project about the unsustainable situation on the Baltic Sea. The site publishes selected projects that explore and challenge the role of the architectural drawing in contemporary practice.

  • Creating a Sustainable Venture


    Students from two of our Masters programmes took part in a joint workshop with Umeå Business School. This one day workshop was about inter-disciplinary exchange, learning from other courses and sharing new techniques. The theme of the workshop was 'Creating a Sustainable Venture'. 

  • Un-Fashion Show with UMA1


    Body Shelter/Un-Fashion Show is the result of a one week workshop with our first year students. They have built structural shelters in scale 1:1 to explore temporary and static relations between body and space. This body shelter represent the body's intimate space for simple movements and fundamental relations to other bodies and spaces.

  • Hunters and Gatherers


    The workshop Hunters and Gatherers was an introduction to the UMA Year 2 & 3 studio 1 theme and terrain in a wider context. The main tool of mapping during this workshop was by collecting food. The students headed out into the built and natural environment of Umeå with the aim to collect enough food for a common studio lunch at the end of the week. 


  • Public lecture: Returning to the Place of Origin

    Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic and the author of ten best-selling novels. She is currently Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been an on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space and practice for over twenty-five years. 

    She visited Umeå School of Architecture to hold her lecture Maropeng Acts I & II.

  • Vertical Workshop: Urban Networks


    Every academic year at UMA starts with a vertical workshop that engages all students and staff. This year, the theme was Urban Networks and the idea was to investigate urban space from within. To find their paths of investigation, the students threw cooked spaghettis randomly on a map of Umeå. The task was to explore social-, cultural-, ecological-, economic-, initiatives/structures/networks within that path, created by the spaghetti. By moving in this unconventional way, the students had to challenge their preconceived notions and a broader understanding of the path could take place.

  • UMA in the media: One day at Umeå School of Architecture


    The employee Journal of Umeå University Aktum published an article on the 3rd of July 2017 about what it is like to work and study at Umeå School of Architecture. The described atmosphere is calm and respectful with hard working students and staff during the last weeks before the end of the Spring term. 

  • About Stories & Projects

    The Stories & Projects section is a space for brief updates about the activities at Umeå School of Architecture: notes from on-going projects, links to articles in media, summaries from public lectures, reports on different collaborations. Click on the titles to see each full story.