Welcome to Anthropological Approaches in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design.


Description: Qualitative research methods developed in anthropology are increasingly used among other disciplines e.g. architecture, urban planning and design. But how can anthropological methods contribute to your project in combination with approaches from architecture and other disciplines? And what are the analytical implications of combining such approaches? The course will focus on how anthropological method and analysis can be developed in relation to architecture, housing, city, space, design and built environments. The course is relevant for you, if you use fieldwork /qualitative interviews / participant observation in your project, or if you are currently analyzing your qualitative data. The focus will be both on how to design, plan and conduct empirical data collection in the field, and how to process the data and move from field work to analyzing and writing up of your thesis.

The specific subjects will be adjusted to the needs and interests of the course participants, but may include discussions about:

  • Qualitative interviews, participant observation and other methods for collecting empirical data
  • Organizing, coding and analyzing data
  • Combining methods from architecture and anthropology
  • Visual ethnography and different types of registration
  • Forms of writing about and representing data in your thesis

The discussions will be based on the course literature and lectures as well as the participants’ presentations of their own projects. Before the course all participants are therefore obliged to send a 3-5 page paper introducing their project’s objective and approach to gathering and analyzing empirical data – preferably a text that can afterwards be rewritten to form part of the thesis.

Organizer: Marie Stender, Danish Building Research Institute, AAU, email: mas@sbi.aau.dk

Lecturers: Marie Stender & Mette Mechlenborg, Danish Building Research Institute, AAU


Time: 27. - 28. March 2017

Place: AAU, Copenhagen Campus

Zip code: 2450

City: Copenhagen

Number of seats: 10

Deadline: 6. March 2017


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.