KADK History

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) was formed in 2012, following a merger of the of the Academy’s School of Architecture, the Danish Design School and the Academy’s School of Conservation.

The idea of the merger was to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and to integrate expertise from related disciplines. Now, based on Holmen and Esplanaden in Copenhagen and at Nexø on Bornholm, the Schools form Denmark’s new, central educational and research environment in the fields of architecture, design and conservation.

KADK is the outcome of schools, who have been synonymous with Danish architecture, design and conservation for 250, 140 and 40 years. In 2011, KADK was given a new ministry, the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, and a new management model.

KADK is based on Holmen and Esplanaden in Copenhagen, and at Nexø on Bornholm.

Important dates:


The Royal Danish Academy of Art, including the School of Architecture, is founded

Foundation of the Danish Design School

Foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Conservation

The School of Architecture moves from Kongens Nytorv to Holmen

The Danish School of Design merges with the School of Glass and Ceramics on Bornholm

The School of Design moves its Copenhagen campus from Østerbro to Holmen

The School of Architecture, the School of Design and the School of Conservation merge, becoming the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).

KADK’s first board is appointed by the Ministry of Culture

KADK transfer from the Ministry of Culture to the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education (from 2014 known as the Ministry of Higher Education and Science) 

KADK acquires an overall Rector

For the very first time, the School of Architecture and the School of Design present a joint graduation show on Holmen

KADK acquires new academic management with seven heads of department, and the board adopt a joint vision and strategy for KADK

KADK introduce a new academic structure with seven new departments and 33 new programmes (12 undergraduate programs and 21 post-graduate programs)

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