NAF/NAAR Symposium 2020
12th Annual Symposium of Architectural research 2020

22-23 October 2020 at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

Online symposium


The Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAF/NAAR) and the University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture (OSA), proudly join forces in organizing the NAF/NAAR Symposium 2020 and the 12th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2020 (ATUT2020), which will highlight and discuss the special features of the Northern context and architectural research in the Nordic countries.

NAF/NAAR ( is an independent association of architectural researchers from universities and schools of architecture in the Nordic countries. NAF/NAAR symposia are held once a year. They are important platforms for critical reflection on architecture and architectural research. To ensure their dynamic and democratic format, the events are conceptualized and organized in collaboration with various partners and are hosted by a different university or school of architecture.

The University of Oulu ( heritage, as one of the northernmost multidisciplinary universities in the world, is invaluable now, when mankind’s new growth frontier is to the North. The demanding conditions of the Far North have always forced people to be inventive and resourceful. Many ICT, health, and clean technologies that have changed the world have their roots here. An estimated 60 per cent of the wireless traffic in the world today is transmitted using technology originally developed in Oulu. In this vein, the designing of the built environment and infrastructure could be a field that plays a crucial role in creating and managing sustainable cities and communities that are viable in the North. To arrive at sustainable solutions, the design and planning processes need to be integrative and user-oriented, and they need to align with the comprehensive life span of the built environment.

However, what is the common-sense understanding of ‘Northernness’ in architectural research and practice today? What defines it, and in which ways does it inform research and practice? With this symposium, we wish to shed light on and theorize the notion of ‘Northernness’, the underlying cultural forces in society that shape—and have shaped—this quality in architecture, architectural education, and architectural research.

We have invited scholars and practitioners from the contexts of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning to pursue the theme of the symposium from fresh and diverse standpoints. Theoretical and practical approaches were equally welcomed, as well as spatial and temporal explorations through different architectonic scales and epochs. All authors should reflect on their research methods and positioning, contextualizing them within architectural discourse and ‘Northernness’ and their particular understanding of the notion.

Besides researchers and practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning, we have also invited scholars from collaborating fields to present their research on the built environment and its discourse.


Online symposium venue is Zoom. You can find instructions here.

About the venue in Oulu:

Key Dates

Late registration deadline for audience: 20 October 2020

PhD workshop: 21 October 2020

Networking party: 21 October 2020

Symposium: 22–23 October 2020

Online symposium includes also voluntary social program

Double-blind peer review process and publishing: After the symposium, see Instructions.


Symposium fee is 200 EUR and PhD students 115 EUR, and has been discounted for online symposium (updated 30 June 2020). The fee includes the double-blind peer review process for full paper and symposium kit. At least one author pays the fee per full paper.

It is also possible to participate without a full paper as audience, fee is 50 EUR per symposium day (symposium kit not included).

Each person participating online in Zoom pays the symposium fee, by invoicing.


Registration was closed 20 October 2020.

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