Since 2016 the Academy has implemented the SDGs in our curriculum. More than 1000 graduation projects have had this focus. All are displayed in the virtual and physical graduation exhibitions.
The core of The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation is rooted in research, practice, and artistic development. But five years ago, we added a strategic level, when we in 2016 chose to include the SDGs as a focal point of our curriculum.
As designers and architects, we are part of the problem so we must also be part of the solution. We believe that the SDGs can inspire our students to consider how we should design and build in the future. We use a holistic perspective to provide new, original, and necessary solutions to the challenges addressed by the goals. In addition, aesthetic considerations are essential to sustainability.
The focus is reflected in our study programs and research projects and reaches its climax in the graduate projects, where all graduate students are asked to relate to the SDGs. The graduates focus on one or more goals, but it is also possible for them to opt out of this agenda. At the same time, the projects are built on the programmes’ basis in research, practice, and artistic development.
All projects are displayed in our final graduation show. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we transformed the graduation show into an online format, where visitors could search on a particular SDG – and find specific projects related to the goal. In 2021 we are going to work even further on this successful way of presenting the graduate projects to a wide audience.
The target groups of the exhibitions are future employers, the business community and stakeholders, the public sector and opinion makers, NGOs and academia.
By choosing an online format we wish to inspire communities worldwide to take advantage of the skills of architects, designers, and conservators in solving the major challenges of our planet – today and in the future.
Originally our work with the SDGs was a 3-year focus to make a change towards sustainability within our institution. Now the focus is deeply rooted in our institution and we will continue this focus and contribute to fulfilling the goals by 2030.
Please note: the 2021 online show will be published July 2021.
If you wish to see the 2020 show, please contact Inge Henningsen for a link.