KTH, School of Architecture and Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Architecture

The research focuses upon applied urban design and includes practice based research and research conducted in co-production processes. The research has an interdisciplinary character. Central is to understand the relation between the built environment and social processes. Architecture and urban design relates closely to cultural, economic, ecological and political phenomena that are critically explored. The aim is to develop the subject Applied Urban Design, and contribute to theories, methods and tools with the ability to support an urban design practice where sustainability is prioritized. To close the gap between practice and academia is important.

The role of architecture and urban design in relation to segregation, just cities and equal living conditions, and to climate change is central. A critical approach is applied upon public space, resource distribution and how this relates to questions of power. The research is future oriented; configurative analysis, scenario techniques, and analyses of consequences are essential.

You will be part of a research group and contribute to the development of the subject and to the research environment. You will do independent work related to the ongoing research projects, closely together with actors; municipalities, regions, authorities etc. A core question is to explore how social phenomena relates to the built environment and how spatial configurations may be analysed and understood, how living conditions may be mapped and work with representations. It will include empirical work, gathering and structuring of data, modelling and visualisation.

The Doctoral Programme in Architecture, Urban Design: https://www.arch.kth.se/forskning/f-utb/architecture

What we offer

PhD studies in a dynamic international research environment. Life-long network through KTH’s Alumni organization. A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest. Employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement. Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe’s fastest growing capitals. Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level within design oriented education; architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture or has worked professionally within urban design and planning.


As PhD student you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his/her work
  • ability to collaborate with others and be able to communicate
  • have a professional approach 
  • analyse and work with complex questions
  • critical and analytical reflection upon problems/challenges
  • relate to challenges within architecture-, planning-, urban design practice and to theoretical and methodological questions
  • have good knowledge about the Swedish planning system and Swedish urban design practice.

Applied Urban Design research is closely related to practice and knowledge and skills related to architecture or urban design/planning practice will be rewarded. After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20% of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH’s website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Contact information for doctoral section is found on the section’s website.


Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions. Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience
  • Application letter with a description of why you want to pursue research studies, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Describe how you understand the subject Applied Urban Design and why you want to study this (max. 2 pages). 
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages. 
  • Representative publications, technical reports or projects (where your role is described): For longer documents, please provide an abstract and a web link (selection of max. 15).


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2019-0314
  • Ann Legeby, professor, 08-790 60 59, E-post: ann.legeby@arch.kth.se
  • Ove Strind, HR-handläggare, 08-790 94 19, E-post: ove.strind@abe.kth.se
Published 21.Feb.2019
Last application date 20.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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