Umeå School of Architecture distinguishes itself by building on both the scientific, artistic and professional learning with an international profile.

Umeå School of Architecture offers a 300 credit architectural programme, enrolling 60 students yearly. The 5-year architectural programme leads to a Master of Architecture. It is also possible to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture after three years of study and a Master of Fine Arts in Architecture upon the completion of the two final years of study. The master degree qualifies students for work equivalent to students who hold a Master of Science and is fully acknowledged in all European Countries. The Architectural Programme is held completely in English.

Umeå School of Architecture and its courses are included in the European Commission's Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC. You can download the directive including Annex V.7.1 architect at the website of the European Commission.

The education is largely based on project assignments and aims to integrate theoretical and scientific knowledge with artistic process and research.

Throughout the first three years (bachelor), project courses are supported by courses in Architectural theory, Architectural history, Technology and Urban Planning. In second and third year, education is conducted in the format of Design studios with different themes and methods. Students have the possibility to choose a studio according to interest, but are not guaranteed their first hand choice. The overall focus is to provide students with a wide understanding of the subject architecture, the necessary practical tools for analysis, conceptual sketch and composition skills, and a wide range of technical knowledge. 

The two final years of the education also offers students to choose between Design studios in order to immerse themselves in the development of a professional identity, finding their way to a basis for future research and practice.

Umeå School of Architecture collaborates with an international spectra of schools and actors. While being localy grounded, working with our surrounding comminuties, our perspective is also international; our staff has been recruited from various countries and guest lecturers from a number of renowned schools are commonly part of scheduled education.

Umeå School of Architecture gives high priority to educational trips and exchange programs. To encounter different contexts and cultures, and to experience new buildings and situations will help our students formulate their aesthetic values.

  • Design studios

    Education in The Architecture Programme is structured around Design studios. Following the same  syllabus and having supporting courses jointly, the design studios form unique agendas, methods and pedagogical niches giving students the opportunity to explore matters of high relevance for contemporary and future architecture. 

    Design Studios for Academic year 2021/2022

    Year 1
    Fundamentals - Spatial Explorations

    Year 2-3
    Studio 1: Craftopia - Exploring building cultures.
    Studio 2: Designing Cycles at 64° - The water-sensitive Nordic city as a model and response to climate change
    Studio 3: Atlas of Future Explorations Towards a Constructed Ecology in Architecture.

    Year 4-5
    Studio 10: Building a Future Architecture for displaced populations in Greece and Turkey.
    Studio 11: Radical Domesticities - Reframing the Architecture of a Nation Domesticity 
    Studio 12: Performative Tectonics - Cultural Parks as Regenerative Infrastructures 

  • Interview: Waldemar Hessel

    When this interview was made in 2016, Waldemar Hessel from Stockholm was on his second year of the Architecture Programme in Umeå, Northern Sweden. He worked for two years after having finished school all the while interested in studying a different and creative subject, which made him decide to become an architect.

    Read the whole interview here