Nordic Master in Architectural Heritage

The professional study programme Nordic Master in Architectural Heritage (NORDMAK) is an academic supplementary programme in architectural heritage. It bridges the gap between theory and practice and provides students with skills in theory formation, exploration, and documentation, valuation as well as market process management within the subject area.

We call the programme a Nordic master for the reason that the four semester weeks are located in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland respectively.

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What is NORDMAK?

  • NORDMAK is an investment in the future – for heritage, for the workplace and for the students who will be front runners when it comes to understanding, defending, enhancing and communicating the architectural heritage of cities, landscapes, cultural environments, and buildings.
  • NORDMAK is based at Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. The educational programme is, however, inter-Nordic and involves close cooperation between schools of architecture in the Nordic region and teachers and students from the Nordic countries.
  • NORDMAK provides the foundation for a Nordic network of experts across the participating countries.
  • NORDMAK is aimed at fully-qualified graduates who work with architectural heritage, including architects, engineers, design engineers, planners, residential building managers, archaeologists, historians and museum curators and others who works with buildings of cultural heritage, – from private as well as public companies, organisations, and administrations.
  • NORDMAK provides supplementary education to participants – professional as well as methodical – which allows them to manage and disseminate architectural heritage at a high level.
  • NORDMAK contributes to the personal development of participants, enabling them to argue their case based on theory, to learn to communicate the subject area to a wide range of stakeholders and equips them to give impact to their specialised knowledge.

The academic supplementary programme was set up in 2007 and has been approved by The Danish Ministry of Culture.

Mogens A. Morgen, professor in architectural heritage at the school, is the programme’s professional and academic leader. As a former head of office in The Danish Agency for Culture, Professor Morgen has been responsible for the area of building cultural heritage in Denmark and has himself participated in NORDMAK.


The master is taught in Danish, English, Swedish and Norwegian. Assignments are written in the same languages. When writing assignments supervision is carried out via Skype.

Quotes from former participants

The current NORDMAK group of participants consists of nine architects, one contractor and one theologian. Check out what former NORDMAK participants say about the programme by clicking the link below.


Every second-year NORDMAK admits 12-16 participants on the basis of an application form. Applicants must:

  • hold a Master’s Degree
  • have minimum two years’ relevant professional experience (internships not included)

NORDMAK is part-time-based and the tuition fee is DKK 140,000, paid in four instalments of DKK 35,000. The fee is paid before each semester. This tuition fee covers the four semesters and includes teaching, lectures, field trips undertaken during the week, as well as some meals during the week. Students should expect to cover travel expenses to and from the Nordic countries as well as accommodation.

The next NORDMAK programme begins in September 2018. Application deadline 1 February 2018. More details to come.


Please feel free to contact us if you want to know more or are interested in signing up for NORDMAK.