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Gunnar Almevik


Gunnar Almevik
+46 31 786 9301

Room number: 3.008B
Postal Address: Box 130, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Geovetarcentrum, Guldhedsgatan 5A , 41320 Göteborg
Duties: Research Fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

Department of Conservation (More Information)
Box 130
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4703
Visiting Address: Guldhedsgatan 5a , 413 20 Göteborg

About Gunnar Almevik

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Teaching areas
• Theory, practice and history of heritage conservation
• Cultural studies of crafts, buildings and built environments
• Building analysis, documentation and visualization
• Craft research

Almevik is senior lecturer in heritage conservation. His pedagogical experiences include teaching on bachelor, master and doctoral level, and the tasks range from lectures, supervision of experiments and fieldwork to administration and development of new courses and programs. In 1996 he founded and directed the Vocational College of Heritage Crafts (DACAPO) and led the incorporation with higher education 2005; now in form of BA programs, Master and PhD students in Building crafts, Garden and Landscape crafts at the Department of Conservation. At present he is head supervisor for four doctoral students in heritage conservation with craft research subjects.

Research Areas
• Intangible cultural heritage
• History of buildings and built environments
• Digital documentation and visualization
• Historic building materials and techniques

Almevik gained his PhD in 2012 with the thesis The building as a Source of Knowledge [Byggnaden som kunskapskälla].The thesis received The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy’s [Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur] award as ”an important contribution to the renewal of the historical research of buildings and built environments”. Almevik’s research concerns cultural perspectives on historical crafts, buildings and built environments, and has a general focus on methodological questions related to material culture and making.

Almevik also has a research interest in intangible heritage and the relation between heritage craft and conservation. In 2010 he founded and directed the Craft Laboratory at the University of Gothenburg. As director he supervised the practice-led research performed at heritage sites and restorations projects.

At present he is Research Fellow at The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. His research concerns medieval wooden building culture with cultural historical perspectives on uses and senses of the buildings and built environments. The research also takes on a methodological interest in the use of digital technology for documentation and presentation. The project Wooden Building Cultures involves cooperation with the Swedish History Museum.

Involved in Society
Almevik’s academic activities involve regular cooperation with actors and organizations outside of academia. How to bridge the gap between research and practice is one of his major concerns. Societal needs and requests have been were the main motives for establishing the Vocational College of Heritage Crafts, as well as the Craft Laboratory. The objective of this laboratory is to document, pass down and develop co-craft strategies in weak and endangered craft fields. Another objective is to initiate craft research and project based laboratories to re-enact forgotten knowledge and develop and expand traditional processes to make them sustainable in contemporary society.



Latest publications

Crafting film instructions: e-learning in craft education
Gunnar Almevik, Lars Eriksson, Annelie Öster, Göran Andersson, Linda Lindblad
Make and learn, Nordic Research Conference in Sloyd, September 17-20, 2019, Gothenburg, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

A virtual diorama: Methodologising the digital artefact in cultural heritage research
Gunnar Almevik, Jonathan Westin
Current Discourses and Global Challenges, 7-8 November 2019, Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg, Poster 2019

Kompetent för kulturarvs­arbete?
Gunnar Almevik, Petra Eriksson, Susanna Carlsten
Byggnadsvårdens konvent, 2019.09.25-27, Göteborgs universitet, Mariestad, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Professionalism in cultural heritage
Gunnar Almevik, Stavroula Golfomitsou
Professionalism in cultural heritage, Symposium 2019.01.24-25, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Skateboardens arkitekturhistoria
Gunnar Almevik
Byggnadsvårdens konvent 2019, Göteborgs universitet, 25-27 september, Mariestad, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Research-based education in crafts
Gunnar Almevik
Craft Conference; Studying Traditional Crafts: Goals and Methods in Higher Education, Viljandi, Estonia, November 12–14, 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Historiskt laboratorium: Digitala modeller och rekonstruktioner av medeltida kyrkorum
Gunnar Almevik
Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien årsbok. 2019, Stockholm, Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

What unites the craft sciences?
Tina Westerlund, Camilla Groth, Gunnar Almevik
Craft Conference; Studying Traditional Crafts: Goals and Methods in Higher Education, Viljandi, Estonia, November 12–14, 2019 , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Fostering cooperation in the European Union on skills, training and knowledge transfer in cultural heritage professions
Ana Galán-Péres, Iulia Grumazescu, Kate Gunthorpe, Ariane Limburg, Nessa Roche et al.
Professionalism in the Built Heritage Sector, London, Taylor & Francis Group, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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Log timber education in Sweden. National assessment
Gunnar Almevik
PROLOG. Project report Nordplus Horizontal, Mariestad, University of Gothenburg, Other 2014

The value of craftsmanship
Gunnar Almevik
Impact of Culture - Creative Businesses for Sustainable Cities. Conference by Tillväxtverket, Umeå 23-24 September 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Travel report. Fujian Heritage Studio July 2014
Gunnar Almevik
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Other 2014

Craft Laboratory
Gunnar Almevik
Arts & Crafts & Design, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Byggnaden som kunskapskälla
Gunnar Almevik
Fråga Föremålen. Red. Anna Maria Forssberg & Karin Sennefeldt. , Lund, studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Hantverkare emellan
Gunnar Almevik
Mariestad, University of Gothenburg, Edited book 2014
Edited book


Ingatorp. A corner timbered tithe barn from the 13th century
Gunnar Almevik, Karl-Magnus Melin
Poster at the conference: Church Archeology in the Baltic Sea Region, Turku University, 13.08.26-28, Poster 2013

Tacit record: augmented documentation methods to access traditional blacksmith skills
Gunnar Almevik, Patrik Jarefjäll, Otto Samuelsson
NODEM 2013. Beyond Control. The collaborative museum and its challanges. International Conference on Design and Digital Heritage. Stockholm, Sweden 2013, Proceedings., Conference paper 2013
Conference paper


Documentation of traditional craftsmanship - from archive to living heritage
Gunnar Almevik
Association of Critical Heritage Studies. ”Re/theorising heritage” 12.06.05-09, Gothenburg, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Forensisk byggnadsundersökning. Metodik för ökat utbyte mellan arkitekturhistorisk forskning och antikvarisk praktik
Gunnar Almevik
Arkitekturhistorien och praktikerna. Charlmers, Arkitektur och Göteborgs universitet, Kulturvård 2012.05.03-04, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

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