Rolf Johansson

Rolf Johansson


I am an architect by training and Professor Emeritus/researcher in Landscape Architecture, with a specialisation in Design Theory. I work mainly with PhD education and research.


 In teaching, I work with research training by managing courses and supervising graduate students. The PhD courses I offer are in  the fields of theory and methods of research. Many of the PhD students are in sida-funded capacity building programmes with partner universities in Tanzania, Uganda and Bolivia.



The purpose of the specialization in design theory is to conceptualise the design process and its results. Some specific issues that me and my PhD students are interested in are: communication through other than visual means; logic by inference to the best explanation in creative thinking; case-based knowledge development; shapes and the significance of criticism; and issues related to informal urban development in the Global South.


At precent I am engaged in supervision of two PhD students registered at SLU, one registered at SLU and within a sida-financed capacity building programme Sweden-Bolivia, one registered at SLU and within a sida-financed capacity-building programme Sweden-Uganda, and three registered for double degree at SLU and Ardhi University within a sida-financed capacity-building programme Sweden-Tanzania.

Publikationer i urval

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. (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.

Rådberg, Johan, & Johansson, Rolf. (1997). Stadstyp och kvalitet  (Forskningspublikation, nr 4). Stockholm: KTH, Institutionen för Arkitektur och stadsbyggnad. (Rådberg is the main author).

Rådberg, J., Friberg, A., Jacobson, H.,  & Johansson Rolf. (1997). Stadstyper i Västerås – Bebyggelseanalys med hjälp av GIS. (Forskningspublikation, nr1). Stockholm: KTH, Institutionen för Arkitektur och stadsbyggnad. (Rådberg is the main author).

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

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Arbetsbeskrivning: Professor Emeritus och forskare i ämnet landskapsarkitektur med inriktning på designteori. Jag arbetar huvudsakligen med forskarutbildning och forskning.
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