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Decolonizing Architecture: Modernism and Demodernization

In European cities, an increase of populations with a migrant background has meant that the struggle for decolonization, which was once mainly located outside Europe, has today moved within its borders. Historical processes of colonization and decolonization, as well as today’s conditions of coloniality and decoloniality, have shaped the world order. In this global scenario, architecture has always played a crucial role in organizing both spatial relations and those of ideology and hierarchy.

Architectural modernism continues to be lauded for its progressive social and political agenda. At the same time, the modernist rhetoric of innovation hides a dark side, with built-in dimensions of homogenization, authoritarianism and segregation. These modernist concepts are still present in contemporary architecture and urban planning, where in the name of modern architecture entire communities, historical sites and ways of life are erased.

Decolonizing Architecture is part of a course- and research-series that forms the platform: Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies (DAAS) for higher education at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Each year the course focuses on a specific theme.

2nd year continuation course

A supplementary course gives students the opportunity to further develop the research project that grows during the first year. The Decolonizing Architecture Continuation Course allows students to join a collective international group interested in the social and political dimension of architecture. It also gives the participants access to necessary materials and learning processes to develop their own practice in art and architecture.

Practical information

Second cycle, 60 credits, 100%
Language: English
Course coordinator: Alessandro Petti and Marie-Louise Richards
Starts: September 1, 2020
Ends: June 6, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Master’s degree in art, architecture or related field
Prior learning gained through other relevant education and professional experience.


Previous projects and experience, as well as a letter of motivation. The letter should clearly state why the course and its conceptual framework are relevant to the applicant.


The last registration date was May 5, 2020.