Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social in Architecture

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Partner organizations

  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) (Academic, Sweden)
  • Umeå University (Academic, Sweden)
  • Lund University (Academic, Sweden)
Start date 01/09/2011
End date The project is closed: 30/06/2015

​Architecture in Effect is a strong research environment in Architecture Theory and Methodology funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas 2011-2016.


Architecture in Effect aims to critically examine through original research the role and agency of architecture in its cultural and socio-political context, e.g concerning professional roles and education as well as power relations within and of architecture. It engages in current global economical, ecological and socio-political crises and conditions of sustainability, integration, gender equality, welfare and care. The research environment responds to these challenges, and makes a significant contribution to the development of new theories and methodologies for critical interpretations and articulations of architecture. It combines critical theory with methodological and topical perspectives that emphasise the material, spatial and symbolic specificity of architecture. Architecture in Effect contributes on an international level to the development of new theories and methodologies for furthering a critically and socially engaged architectural research, education and practice.


Architecture in Effect structures its research in four program areas defined in relation to particular theoretical problems and methodologies within the field of architectural interpretation: Critical Historiography, Material Conditions, Critical Projections, and Architects in Formation. Effects and articulations of power relations are examined as constituted in the built environment and embedded within the architectural discipline and its societal relations. The environment hosts researchers with defined scientific output demands for concentrated periods of time, and builds a renewed research culture for the field through interdisciplinary dialogue.


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  • Formas (Public, Sweden)

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