May 20, 2013

Call for applications: advanced level courses at Mejan Arc

Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm
Photo: Petter Lehto.

About Mejan Arc at the Royal Institute of Art
With a history dating back to 1735, the Royal Institute of Art is one of the oldest and most influential higher education art institutes in Europe.

The architecture department of the Royal Institute of Art – Mejan Arc is a forum for architecture, architectural conservation and urban studies that offers one-year courses on an advanced level. The goal of Mejan Arc is to engage society through the generation of relevant and tangible projects, as well as the creation of working networks that continue outside the academic realm. Projects generated at the institute often become independent platforms that develop on their own.

The offered programs share an interest in our built environment and the city while differing in their focus—history and identity, conservation, social aspects and future urban possibilities. By utilizing methods of research and design the potential of urban environments in a rapidly changing world is explored.

Educational opportunities:
Architectural Conservation
3,500 churches—problem or opportunity? Architectural Conservation 2013/2014
Course on advanced level, 60 ETCS
Last application date: June 3, 2013

Current challenges in conservation work are rapid changes, new technology and new use. Cultural heritage in interaction with the processes of change requires creative and unconventional work, still maintaining respect for building values. New competence among architects, antiquarians and engineers is needed. Swedish churches are currently exposed to the most comprehensive pressure for change in their thousand-year old history.

Architectural Conservation 2013/2014 explores church buildings. What is the value of cultural heritage? How can we maintain, refine, improve? When is the requirement to preserve absolute and when is change a necessity?

Contact: Senior Lecturer Cecilia Sagrén, [email protected]

Resources.13 Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro
Course on advanced level, 60 ETCS
Last application date: June 17, 2013

The urban is a process of continuous change. Transformation sometimes appears to be aimless and ad hoc, sometimes consciously planned with distant goals in mind. Is change driven by a vision of a more accessible and fair city, of a more stable climate, of social interaction, of more beautiful environments or of economic growth? Or is it the individual citizen’s everyday needs that regulate the urban and constitute the epicentre of change? Change can occur incrementally, in which accomplishments are added to one another, or in a radical manner, with an expectation of instant acceptance of that which is entirely different? Resources.13 will explore urban strategies in Rio Janeiro, and pose the question: How are people’s needs and dreams affected by global agendas and motives?

More information:, or contact: Subst. Lecturer Katarina Nitsch, [email protected]


Architectural Theory and Architectural History
Theory Seminar. Urban Re-Mix: a critical perspective on emerging trends in the arts, architecture and design
Course on advanced level, 30 ETCS
Last application date: June 17, 2013

What do tap dance and rap dance have in common? How can a handmade object drive a new wave of mass consumption? Why are today´s modern cities evolving into medieval towns? One cliché cited time and again is that history repeats itself. That might be why the world we live in today is one massive sampling of current events, fictions, histories, legends. Reading future trends requires recognizing the complexity of this daily reality.

The theory seminar Re-Mix can be seen as a manifesto on the recycling of everyday experiences, from secondhand clothing to politically radical ideologies. History becomes a deep resource for exploring the present: icon paintings and comic books, baroque theater and 3D cinema, Paxton´s Glass Pavilion and the Pompidou Center are part of a continuous yet jump-cut stream of innovative cultural developments. The History/Theory Seminar (plus workshops) will focus on the study of specific contemporary urban-based case studies, with the goal of expanding our knowledge on the evolution of the city. The advanced seminar/workshop uses an array of critical approaches that include theory based analyses and multi-media documentary techniques to produce original project reports.

(Students select a single urban case study in a city of their choice over the academic year, employing specific research and documentary tactics and narrative devices, including audio recording and videography, diagramming, mapping, graphic illustrations, and other hybrid techniques. The course goal is to assemble and publish the project findings).

Contact: Professor Peter Lang, [email protected]

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