Sami architecture in theory and form

Published: 10 April 2018

Name: Johanna Minde
Age: 28
Hometown: Luleå
Programme: The Master Programme in Architectural Engineering

The thesis for a graduate in architecture entitled "Sami Architecture in Theory and Design" was presented by Johanna Minde in March 2018 at Luleå University of Technology.

What is your degree project about?

The work deals with how Sami architecture can be shaped, both in theory and in practice. The three aspects of Sami building tradition as basis, recognition, and without reference to previous building structures form the basis of the theory part of the work. I have also done a page project to an existing program, through Murman Architects, where I practiced the theory of a real project.

What conclusions have you reached in this work?

Sami architecture is a complex subject. As there are no specific architectural shapes that are intended for the Sami, there is also no right or wrong to build modern architecture for Sami purposes. On the other hand, recognition is an important ingredient for Sami architecture and can be reached in several ways. Not only through visual references but also by converting the core values ​​of the Sami culture to the architecture.

Sami crafts by Johanna Minde. Photo in courtesy of Sameslöjdstiftelsen Sámi Duodji. Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi
Sami crafts by Johanna Minde. Photo in courtesy of Sameslöjdstiftelsen Sámi Duodji. Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

What are your plans after graduation?

The plan is to proceed to a Master of Science degree. There is also much left to explore when it comes to Sami architecture and it would have been fun doing it through practical experiments. On the side of my studies, I work with Duodji, Sami craft. I am currently considering how to unite duodji as an art craft with architecture.

Supervisor / examiner for this degree project was Hans Walloschke and Jennie Sjöholm. External supervisor was Ulla Alberts from Murman Architects and opponent was Sara Kjellin.

Jennie Sjöholm

Jennie Sjöholm, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 491849
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering