Umeå School of Architecture (UMA) is a department of The Faculty for Science and Technology at Umeå University established in 2009. Since 2010 the school is located in its own building at Umeå Arts Campus (Henning Larsen Architects & White Arkitekter) with Umeå School of Design, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and the museum for contemporary art Bildmuseet as closest neighbours.
For Umeå School of Architecture, holistic, interdisciplinary and experimental approaches are perceived decisive to address the contemporary global challenges and possibilities of Architecture such as climate change, rising inequalities, environmental devastation, different geographical living conditions and migration. The lack of institutional history brings an open, curious and sensitive atmosphere that tends to amplify such approaches. Likewise, the situating of Umeå School of Architecture in the local- and regional context of Umeå and Northern Sweden is, together with the school’s International profile a dynamic vantage point to address global or structural issues while working firmly to engage with and learn from affected communities.
Arkitekthsk _151443_100915_JGS_625Umeå School of Architecture has around 30 employees with an academic and professional background in almost as many different contexts and approximately 250-300 students from all over the world. UMA provides education in the form of a five-year Architecture programme, a two-year Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design as well as periodical Single-subject Courses.