Fredrik Nilsson

Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods, Research - Architectural Theory and Method

Fredrik Nilsson is an architect and Professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers, where he leads the strong research environment ‘Architecture in the Making’ in a national collaboration between the Swedish schools of architecture at Chalmers, KTH, LTH and Umeå university. He is also Head of Research in Practice at Älvstranden Utveckling AB. Nilsson’s research is directed to developments in contemporary architecture, architectural theory, architectural methodology and practice, with special interest in the epistemology of architecture and interaction between theory, conceptual thinking and design practice. Important aims are contributions to reinforced exchange between research and architectural practice.

Source: chalmers.se

Publications

2017

Emerging Epistemic Communities and Cultures of Evidence. On the Practice of Assessment of Research in the Creative Fields

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Perspectives on Research Assessment in Architecture, Music and the Arts. Discussing Doctorateness, p. 15-32
Book chapter
2017

Four Arrows of Knowledge. Some Notes on Practice-Based Research

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Hantverksvetenskap, p. 37-46
Book chapter
2017

The Art of Assessment - Focusing Research Assessment from Different Perspectives

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow, Nel Janssens
Perspectives on Research Assessment in Architecture, Music and the Arts. Discussing Doctorateness, p. ix-xx
Book chapter
2017

Perspectives on Research Assessment in Architecture, Music and the Arts. Discussing Doctorateness

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow, Nel Janssens
, p. 1-194
Book
2016

Chalmers School of Architecture Yearbook 2016. History of architecture. Questioning architecture

Tabita Nilsson, Lotta Särnbratt, Fredrik Nilsson
Edited book
2016

Creating Visions for the Future with a Brace against the Past

Fredrik Nilsson
Chalmers School of Architecture Yearbook 2016. History of Architecture. Questioning Architecture, p. 6-7
Magazine article
2016

AHA! festival 2016

Anna Maria Orru, Fredrik Nilsson, Peter Christensson et al
Other
2016

Arkitektonisk kunskap utforskad genom att göra och rekonstruera historiska artefakter

Fredrik Nilsson
Stockholmsutställningen 1930 rekonstruerad, p. 11-25
Book chapter
2016

Exploring architectural knowledge by making and reconstructing historical artefacts

Fredrik Nilsson
Reconstructing the Stockholm Exhibition 1930, p. 10-24
Book chapter
2016

The Changing Shape of Practice. Integrating Research and Design in Architecture

Michael U. Hensel, Fredrik Nilsson
, p. 1-198
Book
2016

Introduction: The changing shape of architectural practice and research

Fredrik Nilsson, Michael U. Hensel
The Changing Shape of Practice. Integrating Research and Design in Architecture, p. xiv-xvii
Book chapter
2016

Chalmers School of Architecture. Emerging from Strong Profiles and Open Dialogues.

Fredrik Nilsson, Magnus Persson, Matts Heijl et al
Chalmers School of Architecture Yearbook 2016. History of Architecture. Questioning Architecture, p. 66-71
Chapter in monograph, book - popular science
2016

Brist på kunskap eller brist på överföring av kunskap?

Henriette Söderberg, Fredrik Nilsson
Magazine article
2016

Integrated networks of knowledge in architectural practice: Research as strategic tools for design and work culture of White Architects

Fredrik Nilsson, Marja Lundgren
The Changing Shape of Practice. Integrating Research and Design in Architecture, p. 25-35
Book chapter
2015

Exploring Future Architecture - On the Threshold between Education, Research and Practice

Fredrik Nilsson
Master's Theses Architecture, p. 4-5
Magazine article
2015

AHA! festival 2015

Anna Maria Orru, Peter Christensson, Claes Caldenby et al
Other
2014

The Concept of the "Wheelchair"

Fredrik Nilsson
Bricolage Truth - The Accident Issue (2)
Magazine article
2014

Research as a Driving Force for Change: On Triadic Practice in Architecture

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Reflections (17), p. 15-27
Journal article
2014

'Doctorateness' in the Making Disciplines. What do experts say on the issue?

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow, Laila Fauske et al
4th International Conference on Professional Doctorates. 10th - 11th April 2014. Wales Millenium Center, Cardiff. Conference Proceedings
Paper in proceedings
2014

AHA! festival 2014

Anna Maria Orru, Peter Christensson, Claes Caldenby et al
Other
2014

Collaboration is not enough! What do architects and designers bring?

Fredrik Nilsson
Collaboration: Organising for design impact and value. Transdisciplinary Design Research Symposium 2014
Conference contribution
2014

Making as Architectural Thinking and Practice

Fredrik Nilsson
Towards an Ecology of Tectonics. The Need for Rethinking Construction in Architecture, p. 82-97
Book chapter
2014

Design Education, Practice, and Research: On Building a Field of Inquiry

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Studies in Material Thinking. Vol. 11
Journal article
2013

Architectural Laborations. Setting up research as strategic tools in architectural practice

Fredrik Nilsson
Knowing (by) Designing, p. 754-763
Paper in proceedings
2013

Emerging 'Doctorateness' in Creative Fields of Architecture, Art and Design. Some experiences from a Nordic-Belgian context

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Artistic Research Then and Now: 2004-13, p. 128-145
Book chapter
2013

On the emergence of research by design and practice-based research approaches in architectural and urban design

H. Dunin-Woyseth, Fredrik Nilsson
Design Innovation for the Built Environment: Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice, p. 37-52
Book chapter
2013

Architectural assemblages and materializations - Changing notions of tectonics and materiality in contemporary architecture

Fredrik Nilsson
Structures and Architecture. Concepts, Applications and Challenges, p. 408-416
Paper in proceedings
2013

Developing Making Scholarship. From Making Disciplines to Field-specific Research in Creative Practices

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Knowing (by) Designing, p. 40-49
Paper in proceedings
2013

Making, Thinking, Knowing Architecture. Notes on Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice

Fredrik Nilsson
When Architects and Designers Write / Draw / Build / ? Essays on Architecture and Design Research, p. 126-147
Book chapter
2012

Building a culture of doctoral scholarship in architecture and design. A Belgian-Scandinavian case

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. Vol. 23 (1), p. 41-55
Journal article
2012

Negotiating 'Doctorateness' in Practice-related Design Disciplines. Some Notes from a Scandinavian Perspective of Research Education

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
3rd International Conference on Professional Doctorates. Conference Proceedings
Paper in proceedings
2012

Doctorateness in Design Disciplines. Negotiating Connoisseurship and Criticism in Practice-related Fields

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
FORMakademisk. Vol. 5 (2)
Journal article
2012

Creating stronger awareness of traditional academic and "by design" scholarship. Investigating 'Doctorateness' in Belgium, Sweden and Norway

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Reflections+ (16), p. 19-27
Magazine article
2012

On the Emergence of Research by Design and Practice-based Reseach Approaches in Architectural and Urban Design

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Design Innovation for the Built Environment. Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice, p. 37-52
Book chapter
2011

Research by Design: Progress in establishing field-specific research in architecture and design - an update on four national scenes

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Reflections +15, p. 14-22
Magazine article
2011

Building (Trans)Disciplinary Architectural Research - Introducing Mode 1 and Mode 2 to Design Practitioners

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth von Turow
Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism. Towards Hybrid Modes of Inquiry, p. 79-96
Book chapter
2011

Det osynligas framträdande. Om form, formationer och formerande krafter

Fredrik Nilsson
Passepartout. Vol. 17 (31), p. 45-62
Journal article
2011

Kring 2000

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitekturteoriernas historia, p. 453-481
Book chapter
2010

Expertgruppens kommentarer till projektrapporterna inom konstnärlig forskning

Fredrik Nilsson, Johan Widén, Ingrid Elam et al
Forskning och kritik - granskning och recension av konstnärlig forskning. Årsbok Vetenskapsrådet Konstnärlig FoU 2010, p. 159-166
Book chapter
2010

An Emerging Research Culture – Building Doctoral Scholarship in Architecture and Design

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth
Magazine article
2009

The Visible and the Invisible

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (6)
Magazine article
2009

Visual thinking as bridge building – Testing a pedagogical concept, drawing some new insights

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth
Reflections +9, p. 42-49
Magazine article
2009

Building a culture of doctoral scholarship in architecture and design. A Belgian-Scandinavian case

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth
UKCGE International Conference on Professional Doctorates
Paper in proceedings
2009

From Control to Design. Parametric/Algorithmic Architecture

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2009

Words, Images, and Rhetoric. Communication and Production of Knowledge by Design

Fredrik Nilsson
Communicating (by) Design: International Conference on Research and Practice in Architecture and Design, Brussels, Belgium, 15-17 April 2009, p. 115-125
Paper in proceedings
2009

Arkitektur av natur II

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2008

Wheelchair

Fredrik Nilsson
Magazine article
2008

Architectural and Residential Visions – Tendencies and Strategies in European Architecture and Housing

Fredrik Nilsson
Ways of Residing in Trans-Disciplinary Focus
Paper in proceedings
2008

Far from Equilibrium

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
2008

Some notes on practice-based architectural design research: Four ‘arrows’ of knowledge

Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth
Reflections +7
Magazine article
2008

Industriell utveckling av arkitektur i Sverige

Fredrik Nilsson, Dan Engström
Report
2008

Bilder av Framtidsstaden

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (2)
Magazine article
2008

The Evolution of 20th Century Architecture

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (7)
Magazine article
2008

Arkitektur av natur

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (6)
Magazine article
2007

KM3. Excursions on Capacities

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (2)
Magazine article
2007

Design, Rhetoric, Knowledge – some notes on grasping, influencing and construction the world

Fredrik Nilsson
Design Inquiries. The Second Nordic Design Conference
Paper in proceedings
2007

Tracing Eisenman

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (6)
Magazine article
2007

Architectural Objectiles – Architecture, form, meaning and experience in the digital era

Fredrik Nilsson
Architecture & Phenomenology International Conference. Proceedings CD
Paper in proceedings
2007

Tendenser i europeisk bostadsarkitektur

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2007

Forming Knowledge – On Architectural Knowledge and the Practice of its Production

Fredrik Nilsson
The Unthinkable Doctorate, p. 241-250
Journal article
2007

Future Systems

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (4)
Magazine article
2007

Bostadens rum. Chalmersarkitekter om bostadens kvalitéer

Ola Nylander, Sten Gromark, Fredrik Nilsson et al
Book
2007

Archipelago

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (8)
Magazine article
2007

New Technology, New Tectonics? - On Architectural and Structural Expressions with Digital Tools

Fredrik Nilsson
Tectonics - Making Meaning. Conference Proceedings
Paper in proceedings
2006

Utforska med arkitektur. Transdisciplinaritet, arkitektonisk design och kunskapsproduktion

Fredrik Nilsson
Utforskande arkitektur, p. 271-293
Book chapter
2006

Recension av 'Hunch. Disciplines'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2006

Recension av 'Losing the Plot'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
2006

Digitala förbindelser

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
2006

Recension av 'Katsura: Imperial Villa'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (4)
Magazine article
2006

Recension av 'China Contemporary'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (8)
Magazine article
2006

Recension av 'Eero Saarinen'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2006

Recension av 'Frame and Generic Space'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (7)
Magazine article
2006

Recension av 'The Architecture of Hospitals'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (8)
Magazine article
2006

Om modet att utforska

Sten Gromark, Fredrik Nilsson
Utforskande arkitektur. Situationer i nutida arkitektur, p. 21-29
Book chapter
2006

Utforskande arkitektur. Situationer i nutida arkitektur

Sten Gromark, Fredrik Nilsson
Book
2005

Architectural Design. A Strategy for Understanding

Fredrik Nilsson
Building a doctoral programme in architecture and design, p. 120-125
Book chapter
2005

Forming Knowledge - On Architectural Knowledge and the Practice of its Production

Fredrik Nilsson
The Unthinkable Doctorate
Paper in proceedings
2005

Knowledge Production by Architectural Practice

Fredrik Nilsson
Between Research and Practice. Dublin 2004 - Conference Proceedings / Grimes, Brendan
Paper in proceedings
2005

Recension av 'Zaha Hadid Complete Works'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (4)
Magazine article
2005

Knowledge in Urban Situations and Architectural Design Practice

Fredrik Nilsson
Life in the Urban Landscape. Integrating Urban Knowledge & Practice. Conference Proceedings
Paper in proceedings
2005

Recension av 'Massive Change'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (6)
Magazine article
2005

Architecture beyond the predictable?

Fredrik Nilsson
White Annual Report 2004, p. 56-57
Magazine article
2005

Recension av 'Verb Connections, Matters, Processing'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
2005

Arkitektur bortom det förutsägbara?

Fredrik Nilsson
Report
2005

Recension av 'Learning from Manhattan'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (8)
Magazine article
2004

Transdisciplinarity and Architectural Design

Fredrik Nilsson
Book chapter
2004

Recension av 'Winy Maas/MVRDV: FiveMinutesCity'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (4)
Magazine article
2004

Philosophy and the Development of Architectural Thinking

Fredrik Nilsson
Congress CATH - Philosophy of Architecture. Architecture of Philosophy
Conference contribution
2004

Recension av 'FOA: Phylogenesis'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (8)
Magazine article
2004

Arkitektur - från statiska objekt till diagrammatiska fält? Om form i ett digitaliserat arkitekturtänkande

Fredrik Nilsson
Nordisk Arkitekturforskning. Vol. 17 (3)
Journal article
2004

Kylig elegans i väntan på värmande spår

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (8)
Magazine article
2004

Recension av 'Hunch 6/7'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (1)
Magazine article
2004

Recension av 'Véronique Patteauw (red): Reading MVRDV'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (4)
Magazine article
2004

Resanderum med elegant anslag och osäker detaljering

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (6)
Magazine article
2004

Rationell struktur med inre kvaliteter

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (4)
Magazine article
2003

Dagens utopier

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (4)
Magazine article
2003

Virtualitet, nya media och arkitektonisk fom

Fredrik Nilsson
Book chapter
2003

Piano spelar upp

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (7)
Magazine article
2003

Recension av 'Arkitekturkritik, Arkitekturmuseets årsbok 2002'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (3)
Magazine article
2003

Till efterkonstruktionens lov

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (2)
Magazine article
2003

Tro, hopp och Holland

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur (7)
Magazine article
2003

Bygga arkitekturtänkanden. Tolkande, demonterande, aktivt konstruerande

Fredrik Nilsson
Nordisk Arkitekturforskning. Vol. 16 (2)
Journal article
2002

På arkitekturens olympiad

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (8)
Magazine article
2002

Recension av 'Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2002

Recension av 'Bibliotek och arkitektur. Byggnader, rum, samlingar'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (6)
Magazine article
2002

Recension av 'Mutations'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2002

Recension av 'Archis & de Architect'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (2)
Magazine article
2002

[ur ett pågående samtal] Om Arkitektur

Claes Caldenby, Fredrik Nilsson
Book
2001

Komplext, avspänt och väsentligt

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (7)
Magazine article
2001

Recension av 'Architecture of the Information Society'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (7)
Magazine article
2001

Recension av 'Hem i förvandling'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (3)
Magazine article
2001

Från outsider mot allt högre höjder

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (20 november)
Magazine article
2000

Recension av 'The Anaesthetics of Architecture'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (1)
Magazine article
2000

Ett holländskt framgångsrecept

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitekttidningen (10)
Magazine article
2000

Recension av 'The Socius of Architecture'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (6)
Magazine article
2000

Recension av 'Architectural Theory since 1968'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (4)
Magazine article
2000

Recension av 'Arkitekturteorier'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (4)
Magazine article
2000

Stora ambitioner med anonymt uttryck

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
1999

Recension av 'Move'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (7)
Magazine article
1999

Hur modern är modern arkitektur

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (8)
Magazine article
1999

Att göra en plats

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (1)
Magazine article
1999

Recension av 'Vi byggde Göteborg'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap, p. 3-
Magazine article
1999

Recension av 'Ecstacity. Ingångar till en ny urbanism'

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
1999

Mer plats åt folket

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (4)
Magazine article
1998

Jag kom förbi ...

Fredrik Nilsson
Arkitektur : byggnad, interiör, plan, landskap (5)
Magazine article
1998

Mångtydiga rum - Där verkligheter möts

Fredrik Nilsson
Rummet på rymmen, p. 64-71
Book chapter
1998

Arkitektur som matlagning

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (28 maj)
Magazine article
1997

Arkitekturen skapar rum för lek med tiden

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (17 juni)
Magazine article
1997

Förändring och tradition

Fredrik Nilsson
Nordisk arkitekturforskning (4)
Magazine article
1997

Tävlingar har format Göteborg

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (2 mars)
Magazine article
1997

Vacker vardag

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (20 januari)
Magazine article
1996

Arkitektur - långt ifrån bara hus

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (22 maj)
Magazine article
1996

Jakten på förebilder

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (11 juni)
Magazine article
1996

Tid för högteknologisk ekologi

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (21 november)
Magazine article
1996

Våga bygg!

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (24 mars)
Magazine article
1996

Korrugerad plast - ger himmelsk transparens i ny holländsk arkitektur

Sten Gromark, Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (1 oktober)
Magazine article
1996

Hus som historisk handling

Sten Gromark, Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Posten (21 februari)
Magazine article
1996

Ulvskog till insikt

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (10 oktober)
Magazine article
1996

Soleri på Chalmers

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (14 mars)
Magazine article
1996

Arkitekten som gör historien synlig

Fredrik Nilsson
Göteborgs-Tidningen (25 februari)
Magazine article

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Projects

2015–2017

Nordic Built – Sustainable Transformation and Environmental Design (STED)

Liane Thuvander Architectural theory and methods
Paula Femenias Building Design
Fredrik Nilsson Architecture
Nordic Innovation

2011–2017

Architecture in the Making: Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice

Fredrik Nilsson Architecture
Frans Magnusson Architectural theory and methods
Formas

2016–2019

Architectural Convertibles: Towards an alternative artistic approach to designing interactive architectural environments

Malgorzata Zboinska Architectural theory and methods
Fredrik Nilsson Architecture
Monica Billger Architectural theory and methods
Swedish Research Council (VR)

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