In December 2022, International Architects Sweden (IAS) was invited by Malmöstad (Malmö’s municipality) and TiF to participate in the Urban Academy project.
Since the start of IAS in 2020, the platform has come to have a better understanding of the architecture industry in Sweden and some of the challenges that foreign architects face.
To name a few, the unemployment gap between foreign architects and local architects, language barriers, limited to no requirements for continued professional development, lack of support by employers and so on.
We are aware that internationality and diversity are not the same thing, however we do believe that one informs the other. We often ask the question: how international does the Swedish architecture industry want to be?
Given the small scale of the market here in comparison to the rest of the world, the importance of social sustainability and integration, the underrepresentation of minority groups, and the occasional pressure by the Swedish public or politicians to deliver design solutions that are deemed ‘aesthetically pleasing’ (ie. classical architecture) to counteract the poorly executed new built “modern” architecture, an international and diverse industry seems necessary to ensure we can respond to some of these contemporary issues.
We have a general knowledge that deciding to become an architect can be "commonly" influenced by one's social class and background. This is then pursued by the norms of whether one will be accepted entry to an architecture school given their background, and finally, being assessed equally during education and subsequent employment.