Public Lecture

Örjan Wikforss

Housing and the Role of the Architect

Public Lecture
10 April 2014, Thursday


This public lecture is the first in the series "Whatever Happened to Swedish Modernism? Radical Swedes" which will expand along two terms from the Spring 2013-2014 to the Autumn 2014-2015.

The lecture is co-organized by the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention (LiAi) in the framework of an ongoing course on the interplays of the notions of "The Other/Coexistence" in relationship with the role of architecture in the design of spaces for being and living together.

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Örjan Wikforss

Örjan Wikforss is an architect SAR/MSA, PhD and professor. His main interest and clear thread is different forms of communication in architecture, planning and construction.

Today he is working as an architect and researcher at Arkitekturanalys sthlm AB. As practitioner he has been head of Wikforss Architects Office in Uppsala. He has been working at White Architects and FFNS Architects, an architect's office with 300 employees where he was managing director. He has also been head of IT and R&D at Sweco AB (publ).

Örjan Wikforss was appointed professor in Project Communication at Royal Institute of Technology, KTH in Stockholm 2007. Since 2012 he is professor emeritus at the Department of Real Estate and Construction Management. He reached his PhD in architecture 1977 and was appointed associate professor 1980. Örjan Wikforss has been adjunct professor both at the School of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (1986-96) and at the Department of Landscape Planning, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala (1994-00). He has been visiting professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Organization at KTH (2000-2006).

Örjan Wikforss is a member of Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. He is vice president at Swedish Association of Architects and member of the board of SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation. He is also a member of the steering committee of ResArc: Swedish Research School in Architecture. Örjan Wikforss has participated in a number of joint-trade projects for development in the building sector, such as Swedish Council of Building Research, Swedish Building Standards Institution, Swedish Building Information Centre, International Organization for Standardization, ISO, The National Association of Swedish Architects, SAR, IT Construction & Real Estate, Arkus, IQ Samhällsbyggnad, the Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment and Umeå School of Architecture.

Örjan Wikforss is often engaged as a lecturer and moderator. He writes chronicles on a regular basis in the trade magazine Fastighetsnytt.