Svava Riesto

Svava Riesto

Associate Professor

Svava Riesto, PhD, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Copenhagen.

Svava Riesto's research interests lie in the the cultural studies of 20th and 21st century urban landscapes, cities and architecture. 

Svava Riesto is author of Biography of an Industrial Landscape. Carlsberg's Urban Spaces Retold (Amsterdam University Press 2018), whiich develops biography as a critical writing practice to  discuss urban projects from a heritage perspective, and to narrate histories of industrial open spaces.

The book Forandring i Forandring. Christiania og bevaring som ressource i byudvikling presents the freetown Christiania as a laboratory for alternative and critical architectural and urban preservation practices. (Co-edited with A. Tietjen and P. Skov, 2007).

Publications in journals and books on critical heritage studies, landscape architecture, cultural studies and urbanism, as well as feature and review articles in professional magazines as an architecture- and heritage critic.

Women in Danish Architecture. A new history of gender and practice (project leader with Henriette Steienr)

Public Space in Social Housing (PuSH)  Leader of the work package on European post-war housing as heritage (2020-2022).


Teaching, supervision, mentoring

Theories and Methods of Landscape Architecture, MSc course, course responsible

Landskabsarkitektens historie, nutid og fremtid, BSc, course responsible

MSc and BSc thesis supervision

Post-doc mentor for Heidi Svenningsen Kajita (Im)possible instructions. Inscribing use-value in the architectural design process). International post-doc based at Newcastle University (Independent Reserach Fund Denmark 2019-2021)

Phd supervisor for Lærke Keil: Practicing Welfare Landscapes – The social role of an architectural element in Albertslund Syd. (main supervisor). The Independent Resesarch Fund Denmark (2018-2020)

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