There is a controversial – but even close, real and urgent – topic in the architectural discourse that faces the delicate, undeniable, relationship between the economic system and the modes of production within practices. Architecture is a liberal profession that needs money to be realized as work but it is, or it should be, also able to generate an economic turnover to sustain the life of the labourers involved in it. The nature of the work in architectural profession is a crucial point of departure that this research addresses, and probably the reason of many dissatisfied architects.
Scholars have extensively focused both a genealogy of the main exporters of modes of production and, also, those cases where the friction between labour and work has been more evident. However, the cases of the knowledge-importers instead, and Scandinavia as one of those, have rarely been discussed. In this latter an investigation of the profession in relation to the economic system has not been a priority of scholars yet, concerned instead on the works of the architects, as welfare outcomes.