Our exploratory culture keeps curiosity and creativity alive in everyday life. With new knowledge, methods and innovations, we can drive a transition towards a more sustainable society.

Since 1951, we have been challenging ourselves and the world around us through practice-based research and development. From our artistic and humanistic foundation, we draw inspiration and strength and find methods for creative solutions to major challenges.

Research, development and learning lead us forward. Our mission is to drive the transition towards a sustainable life with the power of architecture. We do this through new knowledge and with new processes, methods and innovations that give us the opportunity to influence society.

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Anna-Johanna Klasander

Anna-Johanna Klasander

Research & Development director, Development director


+46 31 60 87 08


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The possibilities to drive R&D projects together with our clients and other actors in our industry is the key to real change.
Anna-Johanna Klasander, Research & Development Director

Research, development and innovation at White

White engages in R&D (research and development) and innovation to take responsibility for positive social development, as well as to educate the architectural industry worldwide. As a practice at the forefront of R&D, we offer a varied added value offer to our clients, partners and employees.

White Research Lab is our organisation for practical research, environmental monitoring and knowledge transfer. Through our competence networks, we capture current challenges, exchange experiences and knowledge, and monitor the front in our various fields.

White Innovation Lab is our organisation for exploring new ideas with the goal of bringing them to market. Here we transform creativity into concrete business offers for a sustainable future.

Together, the Research Lab and the Innovation Lab support practical R&D and innovation both internally and in collaboration with the industry at large, with the goal of creating a better society for everyone. We also allocate funds to our external research foundation, ARQ.

In parallel with our business plan, we develop a new research program every three years, with the aim of drawing up guidelines for the exploratory initiatives of the coming years. We also lead several large R&D projects with external funding. Through our doctoral students and colleagues who are part-time professors, lecturers, and assistant professors, we establish long-term collaborations within the academic world that strengthen our practice.

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Selected projects and publications

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Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab is our organisation for exploring new ideas with the aim of taking them to the market. Here we turn creativity into new value propositions – for a sustainable future. Innovation is about challenging who we are and what we do – both ourselves and the industry. Together with White Research Lab, our practice based research and development organisation, Innovation Lab supports solutions that drive us forward.

R&D Programme 2020-2023

Our Research Programme for 2020-2023 has an overall theme of Informed Design and a focus on the areas of Circular Architecture and Healthy Living Environments. During the programme period White Research Lab will stimulate R&D that pushes boundaries for what’s possible, that makes a difference for both people and the planet, and that shows how architecture, design and urban planning can contribute to the Global Goals.

R&D Magazine #3

In White Research Lab’s R&D Magazine #3, we share new knowledge, new tools and methods from our practice-based research and development. In this magazine you can, among other things, read about research projects, innovation, how the culture of knowledge is cultivated on White’s study trips and our annual meeting “Whitedagen”, as well as take part in some glimpses of the outside world.