Rolf Johansson

Rolf Johansson


I am an architect (SAR/MSA), Dr. and Docent in architecture, and from 2016 a Professor Emeritus at SLU. I still engage in academic assignments and practice architecture.


In third cycle education I have been developing and teaching courses mainly in Theory of Science, Research Methodolgy, Scientific Writing and Achitectural Criticism at KTH and SLU from 1997 and onwards. 



In the late 60ies I studied Mathematics, History of Art and later Pedagogy at Stockholm University. I graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) as an architect in 1976 and worked in practice until 1990. During the next ten years a was a researcher at KTH (50%) and practicing achitect (50%). My research was mainly in the field of quality in housing. In 1992 I graduated from the School of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KKH) in Stockholm. I was awarded a PhD in architecture at KTH in 1997 and became engaged in third cycle education. In 2002 I was awarded a Docent degree in Architecture at KTH and became a Senior Lecturer at KTH and Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at SLU from 2004, Professor i Built Environment Analysis at KTH, 2005, and Professor in Landscape Architecture/Design Theory from 2011. Between 2007 and 2012 I was Head of Department (prefekt) at the Department of Urban and Rural Development. I initiated and developed sida-financed collaborations in PhD-education between the Landscape Architecture unit at SLU and universities in East Africa.


As a main supervisor in third cycle education I have guided nine students who are awarded a PhD and two awarded Licentiate degrees.

Publikationer i urval

Peer reviewed articles in journals / book chapters
Namuganyi. Lilian, & Johansson, Rolf. (2014). Constructing Alternative Spatialities in Kampala City: Two case studies. In Ricardo Garcia Mira & Adina Dumitru (eds.): Urban Sustainability. Innovative spaces, vulnerabilities and opportunities.A Coruna: Institute of Psychological Studies and Research “Xoan Vicente Viqueira”.

Johansson, Rolf. (2012). Case Studies in Renovation and Urban Regeneration: Learning by doing. In R. J. Lawrence, H. Turgut & P. Kellett (eds.): Requalifying the Built Environment: Challenges and Responses.Göttingen: Hogrefe and Huber.

Johansson, Rolf; Rönn, Magnus; Werner; Inga Britt, (2008). Om kvalitet i arkitektur. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, vol .20,nr 1, 95–105. (All authors are main authors).

Johansson, Rolf. (2007). On Case Study Methodology. Open House International, vol 32, nr 3, 48–54.

Johansson, Rolf. (2004). Types of generalisation from a single case. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol 6, nr 3-4, 213-221.

 Johansson, Rolf, & Svane, Örjan. (2002). Environmental Management in Large–scale Building Projects. Learning from Hammarby Sjöstad. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, vol 9, nr 4, 206–214. (Johansson and Svane are both main authors).

Johansson, Rolf. (2002). Ett explikativt angreppssätt. Fallstudiemetodikens utveckling, logiska grund och betydelse i arkitekturforskningen. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, vol 15,nr 2, 19–28.

Johansson, Rolf. (2000). Ett bra fall är ett steg framåt. Om fallstudier, historiska studier och historiska fallstudier.Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, vol 13,nr 1–2,  65–71.

Johansson, Rolf. (2000). Om abduktion, intuition och syntes. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, vol 13, nr 3. 13–19.
Non-peer reviewed articles / book chapters / reports


Johansson, Rolf. (2013). A Model for Goal-Free Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Residential Housing. Electronically published at

Johansson, Rolf. (2012). Venedig – stad i vatten. Urban. Nr3-2012. Uppsala: SLU, inst. för stad och land

Johansson, Rolf. (2011). Ur Roms förflutna. Urban. Nr 2-2011.Uppsala: SLU, inst. för stad och land.

Johansson, Rolf. (2009). Naturvetenskap och arkitektonisk gestaltning. In: Per Hedfors (Ed.), Urban naturmark i landskapet. En syntes genom landskapsarkitektur.Uppsala: SLU, inst. för stad och land.

Johansson, Rolf, (2007), Historielös ombyggnad. Invandrare och Minoriteter. Nr 4–5, s.51 –54.

Johansson, Rolf: (2005). Arkitekturkritik i dagspressen. I: Rolf Johansson, Magnus Rönn & Inga Britt Werner Om kvalitet i arkitektur. Forskningsrapport. Stockholm: KTH. S.59–77.

Johansson, Rolf, Rönn, Magnus & Werner, Inga-Britt: (2005). Om kvalitet i arkitektur. Forskningsrapport. Stockholm: KTH. (All authors are main authors). S.1–7.

Johansson, Rolf. (2003). Case Study Methodology Reflected in Architectural Research. In Book of Proceedings. Four Faces—The Dynamics of Architectural Knowledge. (pp.71–74). The 20th EAAE Conference Stockholm—Helsinki/May 8—11.

Johansson, Rolf. (2001). Hypertextteori. In Conference Proceedings. Conference on Architectural Research and Information Technology. Arkitektskolen i Aarhus. April 27-29. P 15-18..

Johansson, Rolf. (1997). Utvärdering av bostadshus i bruk. Om att bedöma kvalitet i boendet. (PhD thesis). Stockholm: KTH, Institutionen för Arkitektur och stadsbyggnad               

Hanström, Maj–Britt, Johansson, Rolf, & Leijonhufvud, Sten. (1995). Grimsta. Utvärdering av självbyggda hyresrättsradhus.(Forskningsrapport, nr 10). Stockholm:  KTH, Institutionen för Arkitektur och stadsbyggnad. (All authors are main authors).

Hanström, Maj–Britt, & Johansson, Rolf. (1994). Rinkeby – förort i förvandling. (Forskningsrapport, nr R2). Stockholm: KTH, Institutionen för Arkitektur och stadsbyggnad. (Hanström and Johansson are both main authors).

Johansson, Rolf.  (1993). Möbler som spar utrymme. Forskningsrapport 66. Stockholm: Möbelinstitutet.

Johansson, Rolf,  & Lingqvist, Lena. (1993). Normfritt byggande. Utvärdering av kvarteret Solen i Borlänge. (Forskningsrapport R36). Stockholm: Byggforskningsrådet. (Johansson is the main author).

Johansson, Rolf,  & Lingqvist, Lena. (1993). Kvarteret Nedre Gruvriset, Falun. Kvalitet i boendet.(Forskningsrapport R2). Stockholm: KTH, Institutionen för Arkitektur. (Johansson is the main author).

Johansson, Rolf.  (1993). Kök i nya bostäder. Forskningsrapport R6:1993. Stockholm: KTH.

Johansson, Rolf.  (1992). Hygienrum för kvarboende. Forskningsrapport R1:1992. Stockholm: KTH.
Johansson, Rolf, & Ribjer, Lotta. (1990). Kvalitet i boendet – en studie av två småhusområden. Rapport R3:1990. Stockholm: KTH. (Johansson is the main author).

Book reviews


Johansson, Rolf: (2005). Research education and the research magazine. Research Magazine, nr 7, 116–119.

Johansson, Rolf. (2005). [Review of the journal: Research Magazine], Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 18, Nr 4, 93–96.

Johansson, Rolf. (2002). [Review of the book: Case Study Research Methods by Bill Gillham], Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 15, Nr 4, 91–92.

Johansson, Rolf. (2001). [Review of the book: Socrates in the Labyrinth by David Kolb], Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 14, Nr 3, 101–106.

Johansson, Rolf. (2000). [Review of the book: The Art of Case Study Research by Robert Stake],Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 13, Nr 1–2, 125–127.


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