About the Institute

The Institute of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape and Technology offers 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’s academic areas are the spatial transformation and development, both present and past, of architecture, towns/cities and cultural landscapes. This includes knowledge of how to produce qualified proposals for sustainable building, settlements, towns/cities and landscapes, informed by relevant research and artistic practice. 

The Institute believes that its main task is to educate architects, whose skills and knowledge are relevant in helping communities throughout the world to comprehend and tackle the challenges of globalisation, so that spatial changes and transformations contribute to enhanced quality of life. The current conditions and possibilities of architecture include: climate changes, social and demographic transformations, and energy, supply and infrastructural conditions. 

The three graduate programmes are all very different from each other, but all are based on “the full spectrum”, ranging from the individual building component at the small-scale end of the spectrum to the large-scale of towns and landscapes. The design of the individual room and the individual building component are examples of small-scale architectural tasks. The design of a complex architectural and urban entity in relation to its specific surroundings might be considered “medium-scale.” The experiential and strategic development of towns/cities, public spaces, landscapes and regions are large-scale tasks.

Typical starting points for study projects are the complex programmes of the welfare town: e.g. dwellings, buildings for education, culture and health, design of urban spaces, landscaped areas. Energy and infrastructural facilities can also be subjects for study projects. The vision of the Institute