Fredrik Nilsson

Head of Department, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural Theory and Methods at Chalmers University of Technology

Fredrik Nilsson is an architect, Professor of Architectural Theory, and Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He was Head of Research in Practice at Älvstranden Utveckling AB 2017-2018, and has a background as Partner at White Arkitekter, where he worked 2000-2017 and was Head of Research and Development 2007-2014.

His research is directed to developments in contemporary architecture, architectural theory, architectural methodology and practice, especially the epistemology of architecture and interaction between theory, conceptual thinking and design work, aiming to reinforced exchange between research and architectural practice.

He was director of the strong research environment in architectural theories and methods “Architecture in the Making: Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice” funded by the Swedish research council Formas 2011-2017.

He is author and editor of several books and frequently publishes in academic and professional contexts. Among his recent publications are The Changing Shape of Practice – Integrating Research and Design in Architecture with Michael Hensel (Routledge 2016), Perspectives on Research Assessment in Architecture, Music and the Arts – Discussing Doctorateness with Halina Dunin-Woyseth and Nel Janssens (Routledge 2017), and The Changing Shape of Architecture – Further Cases of Integrating Research and Design in Practice with Michael Hensel (Routledge 2019).