About the Institute

We offer three graduate programmes and one undergraduate programme, together with cross-curricular elements within the School of Architecture and KADK, including KADK’s PhD school. The Institute is aiming at a financially self-supporting Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage.

The vision of the Institute
Cultures are complex, intricate entities, which can be characterised by the specific ways, in which social, ideological, political, historical and aesthetic factors interact. The Institute of Architecture and Culture examines how architecture results from, but also co-creates such cultures. The Institute focuses particularly on: historical building cultures; the notion of architecture as an artistic culture; and architecture’s current political and ideological implications. Studies are of both a theoretical and research-related nature and include the preparation of proposals, including artistic development projects.

The Institute’s heterogeneous focus in relation to the concept of culture is considered significant and productive. The historical viewpoint is used to look at current political agendas, e.g.: sustainability; the artistic approach confronted by an ideological critique; and Danish cultural heritage discussed in the same forum as current global issues. Thus the Institute will make a contribution through the development of socially relevant architectural agendas, providing a leading academic environment in Denmark for the study of architectural history, architectural theory and cultural heritage.

The Institute educates its students to become reflective practitioners, who can translate complex relationships into significant, forward-looking architectural statements with respect for the culture that surrounds them. Graduates must be able to engage in both traditional, professional architectural practice and in more theoretical and artistic practices.