The exchange term at Umeå School of Architecture Design gives the student the opportunity to explore of new fields of knowledge related to architecture and urban design. The aim is to develop your own critical thinking and your ability to apply new perspectives, designing alternative architectural proposals, strategies and practices that can contribute to change in today's societal- and urban development. Important elements of the programme are social- and environmental sustainability, resource awareness, work on different scales, experimenting with technical solutions and prototyping through full-scale construction and architectural interventions and installations in the physical environment. The package consists of two seminar courses run in parallel with a synthesis course in the form of a design project. The seminar courses introduce and deepen theoretical and technical concepts, methods, processes and issues. Design projects are carried out within different studios, allowing you to choose an approach departing from your personal interest.   5AR423 Synthesis course 2: Architecture and Urban Design Project, Resolution The course is studio based and focused on a specific architectural and urban research theme within which the student is encouraged to develop his or her own position and agenda. The students will develop and apply urban and architectural design strategies in the design of a complex and technically resolved architectural and/or urban design project. Specific course information, themes, design requirements and submission requirements are adjusted and determined for each school year by the examiner.   5AR424 Seminar course 2a: Architectural Technology, Resolution In the course the students will further develop their knowledge of structural engineering, environmental comfort, material consideration, system and detail design development. The students will apply this knowledge in design projects with particular focus on sustainability and environmental impact.   5AR425 Seminar course 2b: Professional Studies in Architecture and Urban Design  In the course the students will develop skills, knowledge and understanding of professional practice. The course will provide the students with knowledge about the fundamental legal, professional and statutory responsibilities as well as critical reflection on the regulatory, financial and professional controls of their future roles as practising architects.