Stockholm, Sweden


The KTH School of Architecture is a platform for learning, researching and practicing the role and agency of architecture in its technological, cultural and socio-political context. The Architectural Technology research environment conceives computational design and digital technologies as means to tackle complexity within urban, architectural, structural and material scale. A strong focus is put on interdisciplinarity of architects and engineers with key figures of the world leading structural design practices (such as AKT and Bollinger + Grohman) contributing to research and teaching. KTH School of Architecture is a key partner in two strong research environments in architectural theory and method: “Architecture in the Making” and “Architecture in Effect”. The national initiative links the four schools of architecture in Sweden. The Architectural Technology research environment currently run runs a 3-year research project on a novel convergence of computational design, digital fabrication, concrete and innovative formwork and contributes to the research on designing an Energy Efficient Campus in Albano.
The PhD Programme in Architecture encompasses specializations in Architectural Design, Architectural Technology, Critical Theory, Theory and History, and Urban Design. Since 2012, the School additionally participates in the Swedish national research school, ResArc, expanding the range of high quality courses available for PhD students.


Researchers: Assistant Professor Oliver Tessmann, Professor Johan Silfwerbrand and Professor Ulrika Karlsson.


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Hélène Frichot

Helene Frichot

KTH / Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture / Director or Research Studies

Dr Hélène Frichot is Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm, where she is the Director of Research Studies. Hélène is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, where between 2004-2011… read more

Ulrika Karlsson

Ulrika _Karlsson_webb

KTH / Professor

Ulrika Karlsson is a professor at the School of Architecture, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology and a professor at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She is pursuing design led research invested in the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states, with a focus on the translations between digital information and material processes. At KTH School… read more

Vasily Sitnikov



Vasily Sitnikov is PhD candidate at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. His 4 years spanning research is dedicated to behavior of fresh concrete and means of its digital simulation. Combining physical probes and numeric experiments in the methodology of the investigation, the research aspires to establish a novel concrete casting technology, which intrinsic principals would allow a… read more

Helena Westerlind

Helena Westerlind


Helena Westerlind is a PhD Candidate at the KTH School of Architecture within the InnoChain training network. Her research investigates the morphology of concrete with the aid of computer controlled depositing technology. By eliminating the need of formwork in concrete construction the project seeks to examine ways of integrating material behaviour in newfound relationships between materiality and form. The… read more


research projects


Author: Vasily Sitnikov

The PhD student will investigate and develop methods for the simulation of formwork in architecture. This will entail research into the transformation between states of fluidity and solidity germane to casting, the dynamic relationship between casting material, formwork and environmental factors, and the architectural possibilities and consequences. read more

Keywords: · Buro Huppold · concrete casting · digital simulation · KTH · material performance · nonrepetitive ?fabrication

ESR11- Concrete Deposition

Author: Helena Westerlind

Generally, applied digital fabrication technologies are subtractive causing material waste at fabrication level. New research explores additive processes in building realization creating more sustainable and materially smart solutions. read more

Keywords: · concrete · deposition · material resolution