Royal Institute of Technology (STVL)
School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Stockholm, Sweden
Royal Institute of Technology (STVL)
School of Architecture and the Built Environment
International Office
100 44 Stockholm

N 59° 20' 55.04'', E 59° 20' 55.04''
International Office

t: +46 (0)8 790 60 00

Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science:
Master of Science:
Master of advanced Studies:
Faculty profile

The Royal Institute of Technology
School of Architecture in Stockholm was
founded in 1877. Last year nearly 600
students attended the tuition given by
almost 80 teachers. The School also
consists of several successful research
teams, responsible for the post graduate
The basic education has recently been
adapted to the 'Bologna agreement'.
Last academic year was a step towards
a Bachelors and a Masters degree. The
programme is divided into three initial
years (Years 1-3) and two years of specialization
(Years 4-5).

was founded in 1827 as Sweden's first polytechnic and is one of Scandinavia's largest (the largest by certain definitions) institutions of higher education in technology. 

Student Activities


KTH Accommodation tries to help Exchange students to find an accommodation during their studies at KTH. Due to a difficult housing situation in Stockholm KTH Accommodation is not able to help all Exchange students. The rooms are located on and around the main campus as well as in the suburbs of Stockholm and cities located close to Stockholm. Exchange students apply for accommodation on the general on-line application form for exchange students. You cannot contact KTH Accommodation directly to apply for accommodation. We will receive your accommodation application from your international coordinator at KTH. If you get a contract with KTH Accommodation it is signed upon arrival.

Accommodation for exchange students: +46(0)8-790 6071 /

Tuition fees

There are no fees for registration, tution or language course. No scholarships are given.

Application Deadline

For exchange students: The application should be returned before: April 15 for students arriving for the fall semester. October 15 for students arriving for the spring semester

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science [ Architecture ], 6 terms, Bachelor, 180,
Master of Science, Master of Science [ Architecture ], 4 terms, Master, 120,
Master of advanced Studies, PhD of Architecture, 6 terms, Master, 180,

The School of Architecture’s degree
course comprises project-based tuition
and tuition in specifi c academic and
practical subjects. Within the fi eld of
architecture and the architectural profession,
theory and practice are uniquely
interwoven, as refl ected in the architect’s
work process. The ability to formulate
problems, analyse, assess, summarize,
evaluate, synthesize, sketch and fi nd
multiple solutions is fundamental to the
subject. An architect’s approach to work
involves both theory and practice. The
School’s core focus is on architecture.

The project-based studies, in which tuition
is in small groups, integrates several
different academic and practical subjects.
To ensure these subjects are taught
thoroughly, and because it is more rational
to teach in large groups, the architecture
course has developed specifi c academic
and practical subjects which are studied in
parallel with the projects. Thus in the long
term, study of these subjects can build
up sound expertise and develop understanding,
thereby supporting the degree
course. Theory of Architecture is being
expanded and becoming more integrated
with the basic studies. History of Architecture
and Theory of Architecture are being
coordinated in the Theory and History of
Architecture block. The Construction Engineering
degree course (statics, science
of materials, structural physics, structural
engineering, infrastructure, mechanics,
etc.) is being developed within the new
Architectural Technology block. Tuition in
Artistic Training and Presentation Techniques
are being brought together in the
Architectural Communication block. These
subjects deal with theory, art, communication
and various tools and skills.
The fi rst year introduces fundamental
elements in architecture: conception of
space; presentation and representation;
sketching methodology; distances, measures
and scales; fundamental history and
technology. In the second year the tuition
is focused on architecture as physiology;
materials, physics, building design, details;
the projects becoming more complex and
aware of the context. The third year starts
with planning and urban design, and it
ends with a complex architectural diploma
project (Bachelors degree).

In the higher years the emphasis of
project-based tuition is now more on the
projects and is supported by the relevant
block subject being studied in parallel.
The big international student exchange
takes place in the fourth year. Nearly half
of the School’s students study for one
or two terms at a school of architecture
in another country and vice versa. This
means tuition during the academic year
will largely be in English. During the fi fth
year a synthesis and review of the diploma
project take place, aimed at clarifying and
supporting the work process dealing with
the concepts of analysis, method and
programme; the students’ diploma project
takes up half the academic year. The year
concludes with examinations (Masters
degree) at the beginning of June, with an
invited international jury. In conjunction
with the examinations there will be an
overall portfolio review and assessment by
the teaching staff.
Individual portfolio reviews
In recent years we have increased individual
reviews of students’ work portfolios
on. This gives students a direct response
from the teaching staff and valuable
opinions on the results of their studies.
Attention can be drawn to problems and
weak areas, which can then be rectifi ed
Overall aims of the programme:
‘ That the Architecture programme at the
Royal Institute of Technology’s School of
Architecture will be developed in such a
way that it becomes one of the leading
degree courses in the world.
‘To train independent, self-assured and
highly skilled individuals who can lead the
further development of architecture.
‘ For the School’s students to learn to
question, discuss and investigate; to fi nd
their own artistic voice; to develop an
aesthetic and ethical approach; to develop
creative methodology and communication;
to develop networks and international
‘ To provide the degree course with an
approach and an emphasis which permit a
wide range of opinions and attitudes ‘ to
create a conducive environment for new
thoughts and discussions.
‘ To constantly develop the subject of
architecture and teaching aims.

The KTH Department of Architecture
has two PhD-programmes: Architecture
and Architectural history. In Architecture
research into architecture and urban
planning is pursued within a very broad
spectrum. The research topics span from
building technology, spatial light and
colour analysis, space syntax, design- and
architecture theory and history. Research
by design is under development. In Architectural
history research on architecture is
pursued from a historical perspective with
topics including urban history, restoration,
architectural theory and cultural heritage.
PhD-studies are pursued within research
groups. The PhD-program in Architecture
offers courses in research epistemology
and methodology, theory and history of
architectural thought, and further specialized

Research at the KTH Department of
Architecture aims to build a strong
epistemological basis for the architectural
discipline from a design theoretical
perspective. The intention is both to
increase the theoretical level within the
discipline and to develop design knowledge
in such a way as to strengthen the
scientifi c foundation of architectural education
as well as reinforcing the School’s
role in informing other disciplines.
Current larger funded research projects
engage in the development of research
by architectural design, critical theoretical
studies in the history of the discipline,
space syntax analyses and methodological
development on architectural
and urban scales, urban morphology,
the notion of quality as evaluative tool
in architectural projects, expressions of
historicisms in modern architecture, and
questions of sustainable renovation of
large scale housing projects from the