ArkDes has started a long-term project to research its collection in order to curate a new permanent exhibition on architecture in Sweden. To learn from ongoing research about the history of architecture in Sweden we are now arranging a symposium.

What is currently being investigated, how are different theories, concepts, and practice-based methods influencing historical studies, how is the increasing internationalisation shaping the field and, above all, how could such knowledge be invested in a contemporary display while also contributing to the scholarship around Swedish architecture at large?

The symposium will take stock and cover the full range and breadth of knowledge generated by architecture and the built environment and aims to address research on topics mainly concerned with the 20th century to the present day.

The symposium is free of charge and includes a light lunch and coffee.
As the number of places are limited, please register before December 11 by sending an email to bas@

The symposium is being organised by ArkDes (Mikael Andersson and Christina Pech, research coordinator). Any further questions should also be directed to bas@


09.00-09.30 Registration and coffee.

Introduction, in Aula ArkDes
09.30 Welcome, Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes.

09.40 Introduction, Christina Pech, coordinator of research in architectural history, ArkDes, Frida Melin and Johan Örn, curators of collections, ArkDes.

Session 1, in Aula ArkDes
Moderated by Martin Rörby, Independent scholar.

10.10 Erik Sigge, KTH School of Architecture: Buildings and Bureaucracy – The Administration of Architecture and Its Histories.

10.30 Isabelle Doucet, Chalmers University of Technology: (Swedish) Architects and 1968: Trajectories Towards an Entangled History.

10.50 Angela Gigliotti, Aarhus School of Architecture: Sweden as a Knowledge Exporter: the Urgency of Architectural Efficiency under the Cold War.

11.10 Discussion

Short break

Keynote Lecture, in Aula ArkDes
11.45 Janina Gosseye, ETH Zürich, and Naomi Stead, Monash University: A Short History of Silence. The Politics of Voicelessness in Architectural Historiography, commented by Helena Mattsson, KTH School of Architecture.

12.30-13.45 Lunch.

Session 2 (parallel), in ArkDes ArkDes

Moderated by Johan Mårtelius, KTH School of Architecture.

13.45 Antonello Alici, Università Politecnica delle Marche: Ralph Erskine and Italy: a Dialogue with the Historical Town.

14.05 Álvaro Clua, ETSAB Barcelona: Unpacking Slussen. The Understanding of Contemporary Urban Interstices through Archive-Based Research.

14.25 Chiara Monterumisi, EPFL Lausanne: Beyond Classical Resonances. Stockholm Mass-Housing Experiments Before the 1930s.

14.45 Discussion.

Session 3 (parallel), ArkDes Studio.
Moderated by Mikael Andersson, ArkDes.

13.45 Catharina Nolin, Stockholm University: Who is Behind the Drawings? On Some Examples of Collaborative Creativity in ArkDes’ Collections.

14.05 Angelo Maggi, Università IUAV di Venezia: Kidder Smith’s SWEDEN BUILDS: an Enlightening Architectural Book on “Northern Simplicity”.

14.25 Martina Malešič, University of Ljubljana: »Swedes are Masters of Simplicity!« Sweden in the Slovenian Architectural Publications after WWII.

14.45 Discussion.

Session 4, in Aula ArkDes

Moderated by Malin Zimm, White Arkitekter.

15.30 Stina Hagelqvist, Independent scholar: The Paraphernalia of Architecture.

15.50 Daniel Movilla Vega, Luleå University of Technology: Swedish Constellations. The Construction of the City Beyond the 60th Parallel North.

16.10 Ulrika Karlsson, KTH School of Architecture: Stora Sjöfallet/Stuor Muorkkegårttje.

16.30 Karin Reisinger, ArkDes Fellow 2018-19: A Disappearing Mining Town in the Archive. Staying with its Non-Permanency Towards a Feminist Cartography.

16.50 Discussion.

Short break.

Concluding remarks, in Aula ArkDes

17.20 Thordis Arrhenius, KTH School of Architecture and Claes Caldenby, Chalmers University of Technology, in conversation with Christina Pech, ArkDes.