Call for papers: The Production of Knowledge in Architecture by PhD Research in the Nordic Countries

This symposium provides an essential context for an understanding of the
function and practice of architectural knowledge production. A must for PhD students,
PhD-supervisors, senior researchers and Heads of Research and PhD schools.

Introduction
What does a PhD in architecture lead to? What kind of PhD research is carried out in the
Nordic countries, why, and how? What does performing research in architecture mean? What
is the relevance and value of PhD research in architecture for the architectural education, the
profession and society? What are the traditions and cultures of research at Nordic PhD
schools, universities, institutes, art academies, architectural offices, municipalities and the
industry? What is the significance of research settings in the Nordic countries for the
emergence of research practices, formats, methods and discourses that determine the way
we understand architecture as a field of research?

Researcher training in and about architecture has gained visibility over the past 25 years.
Since the 1990s institutional and individual based frameworks for PhD training have been
developed at both schools of architecture and universities. This has not just created an extra
level of qualification but has also contributed to a reflective interest in the architectural field in
the broadest sense: interior design, architectural design, city and landscape planning,
urbanism, architectural history and architectural heritage, conservation and preservation - in
short, all forms of spatial culture.

For 25 years The Nordic Association of Architectural Research has been a unifying key player
for architectural research in the Nordic countries, and thus also an important representative for
the different research cultures at PhD schools. With the symposium The Production of
Knowledge in Architecture by PhD Research in the Nordic Countries the association wants to
shed light on and map architectural research by starting a critical discussion on PhD research.
At the symposium this will be done by asking questions about the benefit, relevance, formats,
explorations, and interfaces of research - and about its current state and the perspectives for
its future.

The symposium seeks to connect subjective experience with the discipline-specific issues that
researcher training programmes have made possible as PhD training has gained ground.
Which notions on architecture have been promoted? What methodologies have been
developed? In what way have the forms of presentation and dissemination changed since the
1990s?

The mapping will take into consideration differences and similarities between the Nordic
nations and between their different discursive traditions. Fundamentally, researcher training in
and about architecture supports an institutionalised process of knowledge production that,
among other things, includes grants, PhD positions, supervision, courses, project work, etc.
From the perspective of The Nordic Association of Architectural Research it is also essential
to make visible and discuss these elements in order to support trans-disciplinary and crossinstitutional
research development in the wide-ranging field of architecture.

Target group
The symposium aims at illustrating the Nordic research community and its positioning in a
self-reflexive manner by putting into perspective the above. It is primarily aimed at PhD
students and PhD supervisors, but will be relevant to anyone who works with research and
knowledge production within interior design, architectural design, urban design and
development, landscape architecture and physical planning, architectural history and theory or
architectural heritage, conservation and preservation and who has an interest in the
epistemological questions raised by the way the concept of architecture and the concept of
research are interpreted in various research-related contexts. The symposium aims at
providing a broad platform for researchers, educators and professionals to share views,
results and experiences on the production of knowledge in architecture, and it welcomes
representatives from both academia and practice. Nordic as well as International PhDsupervisors
and senior researchers can attend the symposium at a reduced fee of 1000 SEK.

Conference themes and issues
The symposium invites all PhD students in the Nordic countries who engage in architectural
research. It gives participants an opportunity to present their dissertation projects and discuss
their experience from researcher training in a qualified context. "Call for Paper" is aimed at
PhD students who have dissertation projects in the following areas of research:

• Interior design
• Architectural design
• Urban design and development
• Landscape architecture and physical planning
• Architectural theory and history
• Architecturalheritage, conservation and preservation

We particularly seek texts by PhD students that (a) discuss architecture as a subject for
dissertations and a field of research, (b) present central "findings" in their dissertation projects
(c) deal with knowledge production and research methods, theories and formats, and texts
that (d) reflect on the benefits of PhD training programmes in relation to academic knowledge
production, the profession, the discipline, the industry and future challenges for society.

Time table – guidelines and important dates
An abstract of 300 words, a list of keywords (4-8), a title, subtitles, name of author and email
address to corresponding author should be sent (email) to the organization committee no later
than 15 December 2015.

Authors whose abstracts are approved will be asked to submit a full paper no later than 1
April. The conference paper should not exceed 8000 words exclusive abstract, references and
figures. Further guidelines will later be sent to authors whose abstracts have been approved.
Please note the following dates for submission, review process and symposium:

- Abstract, deadline: 15 December, acceptance: 15 January
- Full paper, deadline: 1 April, acceptance for presentation: 30 April
- Symposium, 19-20 May 2016

Conference Languages: English, the Nordic languages
Proceedings Publication: A double-blind peer reviewed proceedings publication will follow
the symposium. Proceedings will be in English, both printed and online.

Keynote speakers:
• Professor Halina Dunin-Woyseth, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
• Dr. Ann Legeby, PhD 2013, KTH/ School of Architecture
• Dr. Johan Linton, PhD 2013, Chalmers Architecture
• Dr. Marie Markman, PhD 2014, Aarhus School of Architecture
• Dr. Sari Tähtinen, PhD 2013, Aalto University

Organizing Committee:
• Dr. Charlie Gullström Hughes, KTH/School of Architecture
• Dr. Daniel Koch, KTH/ School of Architecture + The Nordic Association of Architectural
Research
• Associate Professor Magnus Rönn, KTH/School of Architecture + The Nordic Association
of Architectural Research
• Associate Professor Anne Elisabeth Toft, Aarhus School of Architecture + The Nordic
Association of Architectural Research

Scientific Committee:
• Dr. Jonas E. Andersson, The Swedish Agency for Participation + The Nordic Association of
Architectural Research
• Dr. Lars Brorson Fich, Department of Architecture and Media Technology; Aalborg
University + The Nordic Association of Architectural Research
• Professor Elin Børrud, Norwegian University of Life Sciences + The Nordic Association of
Architectural Research
• Dr. Charlie Gullström Hughes, KTH/School of Architecture
• Dr. Lisbet Harboe, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO + The Nordic Association of
Architectural Research
• Dr. Daniel Koch, KTH/School of Architecture + The Nordic Association of Architectural
Research
• Dr. Anders Larsson, SLU/ Dept of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management,
Alnarp + The Nordic Association of Architectural Research
• Associate Professor Henrik Reeh, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen
University + The Nordic Association of Architectural Research
• Associate Professor Magnus Rönn, KTH/School of Architecture + The Nordic Association
of Architectural Research
• Associate Professor Pirjo Sanaksenaho, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto
University + The Nordic Association of Architectural Research
• Dr. Inger Lise Syversen, Chalmers-Architecture + The Nordic Association of Architectural
Research
• Associate Professor Anne Elisabeth Toft, Aarhus School of Architecture + The Nordic
Association of Architectural Research
• Dr. Anni Vartola, Aalto University + The Nordic Association of Architectural Research

Organizer:
The Nordic Association of Architectural Research, http://arkitekturforskning.net/na,
in cooperation with the School of Architecture at KTH, Sweden, https://www.arch.kth.se,
Location:
School of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden
Conference fee:
1500 SEK
Contact:
naf-conference@arch.kth.se
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