Henric Benesch


The Artistic Faculty
Visiting address
Eklandagatan 86
41261 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 141
40530 Göteborg

Senior Lecturer

The Design
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Henric Benesch

I am trained as an architect at Chalmers University of Technology and acquired a PhD in Design at Academy of Design and Craft at GU in 2010. Ever since, I´ve been working in a number of interdisciplinary research projects in a national context: "The passion for the real" (VR 2006-2008), "Interventions - Art in Urban Life and Planning" (VR 2007-2009) and "Interplace - The interplay between citizen initiatives and invited participation in urban planning: An interaction research project" (Formas 2011-2013), as well as an European context: "TRADERS - 'Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space" (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN 2013-2017) and "Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe - Towards an integrated, interdisciplinary and transnational training model in cultural heritage research and management" (H2020-MSCA-ITN 2017-2021), my focus-area has been design with regard to critical spatial practice and institutional aspects of participation and knowledge production. Since 2013 I have been active at the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS), where I run a research cluster - Curating the city - together with colleagues at the Department of Conservation at GU and University College London.

Ongoing work together with Onkar Kular - The Right to Design - address design as a form of literacy and prerequisite for informed citizenship which therefore should not be limited to its current institutional settings. I also, together with Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Dean Sully, Clare Melhuish and through CCHS - have established a collaborative research platform - Hidden Sites set up to engage with “heritage places” as fundamentally pluriversal sites in order to re-construct pasts that include more of us, rather than corroborating heritage places as sites of exception in terms of access, narratives and usership.

I currently supervise 2 doctoral students: Franz James and Moniek Driesse.

Since 2018 I am Deputy Dean at The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.