Becoming Citizens Architects

A Reflection on Architectural Education Across the Nordic Baltic Academy of Architecture NBAA





architectural education, NBAA network, citizenship, cosmopolitan


This paper is the result of multiple forms of inquiry on architectural education across the sixteen schools of architecture part of the Nordic Baltic Academy of Architecture NBAA.

In particular it reports the following:

— Fourteen in-depth conversations conducted with architectural students during October, November, December 2018, and January 2019 across eleven schools of architecture part of the NBAA: KADK in Copenhagen, Chalmers in Gothenburg, AHO in Oslo, BAS in Bergen, VGTU in Vilnius, VDA in Vilnius, RTU in Riga, EKA in Tallinn, Aalto in Helsinki, NTNU in Trondheim, and IUA Iceland University of the Arts in Reykjavik.

— A workshop on architectural education with the second-year students in architecture conducted at the IUA.

— A reflection based on a questionnaire posed to all second-year students at the IUA (architecture, fashion, visual communication, and product) and international students who came to Iceland to participate to the multidisciplinary six-week live project called ‘Together 2019 a Platform for Citizenship Design’.

How to Cite

Santanicchia, M. (2019). Becoming Citizens Architects: A Reflection on Architectural Education Across the Nordic Baltic Academy of Architecture NBAA. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 162–167.



Author Biography

Massimo Santanicchia, Iceland University of the Arts

Massimo Santanicchia is an architect, associate professor, and program director of the school of architecture at the Iceland University of the Arts. Since his graduation in architecture from IUAV in 2000 Massimo has been working internationally in the field of architecture. Massimo holds also an MA in Housing and Urbanism from Architectural Association and a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from London School of Economics. Massimo’s current research investigates how the notion of cosmopolitan citizenship can contribute in renewing and expanding the agency of architecture.


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