Master in Immediate Architectural Intervention

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Program Description

Master in Immediate Architectural Intervention

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology


The Master Programme LIAI is based on an artistic practice where the architect's most important skill is spatial conceptualization. The programme explores architecture as a strategic resource in the developments of societies in a global perspective – this means that projects can be developed outside of western culture. Therefore cultural understanding and respect are essential when working with architecture. It focuses on the realization of architectural ideas and an assessment of its impact at all levels of society.

Content and form


To gain a Master of Fine Arts in Architecture, the student must complete course requirements of 120 higher education credits, of which 30 credits must comprise a degree project and at least another 60 credits must be at second cycle level. The structure of the programme shall be based primarily on thematic projects and integrated courses that may be concentrated in time or run over a longer period as part-time courses. All tuition is in English.


A progress report meeting between teacher/supervisor and student shall be held every term and be summed up in writing.


All students shall document their project work in ”architectural synthesis” and compile a work portfolio. Every year, all students shall prepare and take part in an exhibition.

Study trips

Students shall participate in at least one study trip or the equivalent during the programme.

Foundation courses

Students are always guaranteed admission to a foundation course.

Programme structure

The programme consists of the courses below, listed here year by year. The courses are not listed in the chronological order they are done in an academic year. The order may vary from year to year depending on how the project-based tuition is applied. The courses within the fields of Theory of Architecture and Technology of Architecture are at second cycle level.

Course Credits

Architectural synthesis

Degree project 30

Theory of Architecture

Advanced design processes 6

Communication theory 2

Theory of architecture and sustainable architectural design 4

Technology of architecture

Construction technology and optimization 8

Material technology and resources 4

Social planning/Business studies

Project management and innovation design 4

Strategic planning 2

The profile of this Master programme is called LIAI, Laboratory for Immediate Architectural Intervention, and it offers profiled project courses named architectural synthesis. These second cycle courses are presented below:

  • Architectural intervention and cultural consequences
  • Architecture as acupunctual strategy
  • Architectural intervention, realization and consequences
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 10, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept. 2016
Sweden Umeå
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration Request Info
Price Request Info