Architecture research includes building design, urban and traffic planning, where aesthetics is joined with functional, technical, practical and economic dimensions in relation to people, sustainability, landscape, and the built environment.
The research team sees architecture, design, economic, practical and functional design integrated with the aesthetic, harmonious, and symbolic dimensions. It also includes what architecture means for the relationship between people, nature, history and built environment in the various levels of society.
We investigate and develop innovative proposals for how planning processes can be further developed, the urban and built environments, and buildings can be designed to better meet the needs and desires, resulting in large variations in seasonal climate and future climate change. This places special requirements on how buildings and physical structures of society developed, the traffic solution is chosen and how they are integrated, how the buildings located and designed and how this how this, in conjunction with each other, enriching the living environment both indoors and outdoors for a long winter season.
We work with several cooperative fields of knowledge like planning, transport, architecture, development issues and economics. The scale varies from a very detailed level to larger structural planning on regional, national and international level.
Our research in traffic engineering concerns road safety, accessibility and security in urban areas for pedestrians and cyclists. We also study the weakest road user groups like children, youth, elderly and disabled. Physical measures in traffic and traffic safety for vehicles are also included in our research.
The architecture group is also responsible for the education program, Master of Science in Architecture.