Course Syllabus for

Exhibiting Architecture or Architectural Exhibitionism
Att ställa ut arkitektur eller utställningen som kommunikationsverktyg

AAA040F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2021
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
Date of establishment: 2021-01-25

General Information

Division: Architecture
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


This course will leverage the architectural exhibition as a medium to advance doctoral research. The aim of the course is to explore the architectural exhibition both as subject and method feasible for scholars in architecture and related fields to utilize when correlating critical discourse with societal concerns, and to communicate such means both inside and outside their disciplines. Concerned about architectural exhibitionism, or how architecture has exhibited itself over time, this course argues that contemporary architecture is not only put on stage but is likewise (re)constructed and (re)defined through the very means of communication itself. Drawing on the increasing needs to correlate transdisciplinary research with disciplinary knowledge development, the course will use the exhibition as a medium to explore means for the doctoral students to correlate communication and method in research when addressing the urgency of societal issues through knowledge production and dissemination at the disciplines of design and living environments, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, art history, urban planning, design, environmental science, urban history etc. A second aim of the course is therefore to generate new knowledge through direct public engagement, specifically through the act of conceptualizing and realizing an architectural exhibition and/or event.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Demonstrate knowledge in the history and theory of communicating research through the architecture exhibition medium

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Demonstrate ability to critically extrapolate different ways of communicating research in architectural and design related academic fields through the exhibition medium

Course Contents

This doctoral course is concerned with the communication of architecture through exhibition. Exploring the architectural exhibition both as subject and method, this course will investigate means for scholars in architecture and related fields to correlate critical discourse with societal concerns, and to communicate such means both inside and outside their disciplines. Seminar 1 (Architectural Exhibitions as Subject & Method): This seminar unpacks the history and theory of architectural exhibitions as both subject and method. How, we ask, has architecture exhibited itself throughout time, and how has the architectural exhibition been leveraged to offer an ever-evolving definition of the con-temporary? Specifically, we will look at a range of architectural exhibitions from the mid-20th century to present. Invited guests will present and discuss recent curatorial projects as a means to (re)conceptualize the form and content of exhibitions. Seminar 2 (Exhibiting Doctoral Research): This seminar will focus on how each doctoral student is proposing to deploy the exhibition as a method to advance and promote their current research interest/focus. Invited critics will offer focused feedback on how to refine and develop these exhibition proposals, analyzing both the potential of the research topic and specifically how it can more effectively leverage the exhibition itself as a space to both develop new knowledge and well as engage new and expanded audiences. Seminar 3 (The Future of Architectural Exhibitions): Doctoral students will showcase a discussion about the future of architectural exhibitions in a public setting at Form/Design Center in Malmö.

Course Literature

Pelkonen, E.: NA. Phaidon, 2018. ISBN 9780714875170.
Complete literature list will be provided two months before the course starts

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, project. The course has two course leaders. A cohort of seminar critics, presenters, scholars, and experts on curatorial practices will be invited, thus added to the course program.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants, miscellaneous. Participation in two seminars and completed exhibition project
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Selection criteria: The course is open to ResArc students and other doctoral students with an interest in the course theme, max 25 students will be admitted. Admission will be made through review of the submitted statement of interest, which includes the motivation for participating in the doctoral course.

Further Information

In accordance with the critical limit, which is 6 students.

Course Occasion Information

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