Annually, QS presents a universal university ranking as well as faculty rankings in various subject areas. In 2019, the Architecture subject at Chalmers rose from top 51-100 to 46th place in the world. This year, Chalmers University of Technology climbed nine placements and is now ranked 37th in the world.
“It is very encouraging that we continue to strengthen our position internationally. Above all, this is because of our proficient, dedicated teachers and researchers who do a fantastic job”, says Fredrik Nilsson, Head of Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers.
"We have worked strategically"
Chalmers also advances in fields like Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Natural Sciences and Engineering and Technology in the newly published QS ranking list, but it’s Architecture that consolidates its position as Chalmers highest ranked subject.
“We have worked strategically and long-term to increase visibility, strengthen our publications and to establish strong international and national networks with important partners”, he says.
“Even if you should take all rankings with a pinch of salt, it obviously means a lot to us. The subject of architecture is often difficult to assess against the more traditionally established disciplines, not least at a technical university of science, but this is a confirmation that we are internationally strong in our field. It strengthens our confidence and gives a clear signal that we are on the right path.”
The path to a sustainable society
While building on the previous strong collaborations with practice and the surrounding world, the field will continue to work even more with strengthening its methodological and theoretical framework.
“Architecture is central to building the future sustainable society, and here Chalmers and Sweden have a strong tradition and potential”.
According to Fredrik Nilsson, the challenge remains to work more actively with the funding issues, as architecture and urban design as a research and subject area often have difficulties with financing in competition with more established areas.
“At the same time, it is precisely this subject area that can handle the complexities in building our society and connect many other areas, which is needed to gain the right knowledge to solve our challenges of sustainability.”
Text: Vedrana Sivac