Research and artistic development

At the Institute of Architecture and Design, we seek to establish close collaborations across our fields of research.

We strive to build strong relationships across disciplines at KADK and externally with other research institutions and foundations as well as business and industry.

We work with artistic and scientific research and focus on societal challenges such as sustainability, welfare design, privacy, and inclusive design/accessibility. We make sure that our research is implemented into the daily educational activities at both bachelor’s and master’s programmes.

The institute is developing a new research strategy including three central research projects: Privacy, Inclusive Design, and Spaces of Danish Welfare. We plan furthermore to form clusters that will engage all IBD researchers around themes such as Light, Materials and Tectonics; Representation and Virtual Reality, Fashion and Identity; Co-Design; Methods and Strategic Design.


Centre for Privacy Studies examines how ideas about privacy formed the relationship between the individual and society from 1500-1800. In architecture, privacy is a central concept, also in a contemporary context, where notions of surveillance, security and privatisation of the public spaces are being debated. Privacy is not only a matter of physical separation, but about many other aspects that are important to take into consideration when designing and organising today's space.

Contact: Professor Peter Thule Kristensen

Inclusive Design

With this research project, we wish to design ideas and processes that promote inclusion and equality in relation to the built environment. We study spatial conditions for inclusion through the perspective of architecture and its related design elements and contexts. We engage with society’s challenging issues by taking an inclusive approach to research. We develop methods and tools that are empathic but also innovative, through which we seek an alternative insight into the way differences, vulnerability and sensitivity in design lead to environments with more potentials.

Contact: Assistant Professor Masashi Kajita

Spaces of Danish Welfare

How does architecture and design, buildings and cities, interior details and urban planning, in other words, spatial organisation, impact welfare? And how have ideas about welfare changed the spatial organisation of Denmark? These are the core questions in the research project Spaces of Danish Welfare, which seeks to analyse, visualise and discuss the spatial dynamics and effects of contemporary transformations of Danish welfare systems.

Contact: Professor MSO Kirsten Marie Raahauge

Francesca Leibowitz - former student /Institute of Architecture and Design
Francesca Leibowitz - former student /Institute of Architecture and Design

"What particularly attracts me is the generous and varied provision of workshops that offer students the opportunity to manifest their ideas in a physical way and gain a richer understanding of materiality through making."