Architecture for our common future

Umeå School of Architecture is part of Umeå University and is beautifully located on the banks of the Ume River, a stone's throw from the centre of the town. Umeå is with its 119 000 inhabitants the larg- est town in northern Sweden. It is a university town with a vibrant cultural scene, elected European Capital of Culture in the year 2014.

The school of Architecture was established in September 2009 and is a laboratory for experimental architecture where both education and research are conducted. Here future architects are being trained in a unique environment, based on an integrated approach of the artistic, technical and academic fields. It is part of the newly built Umeå Arts Campus together with Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, HUMlab-X (digital humanities), Bildmuseet (a contemporary art museum), Sliperiet and a library with literature within the fields of art, design and architecture.

Umeå School of Architecture distinguishes itself through the integration of scientific, artistic and professional methods and means of study in an international profile. The intermingling of technology, sustainability and art at the Arts Campus encourages development. The education aims to point clearly towards sustainable architecture and integrated design.

AThe five-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 first three years of The Architectural Programe have instruction in Swedish and English while the Master's programs are entirely in English and open to Swedish and international students from other universities. 

Instead of just looking at architecture and its design as a rich self-referential discourse describing the object, we focus upon the spatial consequences of activity, including its non-Western territories. Not signature buildings, or autonomous monuments but spatial repertoires, building details, infrastructural networks (and landscapes) that become operational through encounter and performance form the heart of education and research. While a lot of institutes propagate sustainability from a merely political correct perspective, UMA incorporates a culture dimension in the investigation of climate responsive design. In both the Bachelor and the Master laboratories for Immediate Architectural Intervention, Architectural Sustainability, and the PhD/Postdoc Research school for Relational Architecture UMA investigates how aesthetic and spatial practices of architecture can both depict and enact social and political emancipation for the environment, the collective and individual in our urban age and its hinterland. The school has internationally qualified architects and subject-specific teachers. 

Umeå University

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world-leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4,000 employees and 36,000 students have already chosen Umeå University.

Professional Qualifications Directive

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.