Stories and articles about events and ongoing projects at Umeå School of Architecture
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
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.
UnFashion Show 2018 - Body as
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aspiranten wrote an article before the public lecture Becoming
Architect in Aleppo by Ario Racho on April 25th.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
In his lecture Matthew Butcher presented both speculative and
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"
The artist Do Ho Suh visited Umeå School of Architecture for a
lecture in connection to the vernissage of his exhibition at
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
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'.
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.
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.
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
She visited Umeå School of Architecture to hold her
lecture Maropeng Acts I & II.
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.
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.
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