Kristina Fridh received her Master of Architecture degree in 1987 and her PhD in 2001 at the Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. She was a student in Interior Architecture at Konstindustriskolan, now HDK, in 1985–86. The title of her thesis is Japanska rum (Japanese Rooms) – also published as a book in 2004. Before starting her doctoral studies, Kristina worked as a practising architect within the fields of interior and building design. In interior design, she worked among other projects for SAS International Hotels.
Kristina is now a researcher and co-ordinator for the doctoral students at HDK and teaches in design on BA and MA level. From 2006 to 2009, she has been the project leader of “The Materiality of the Surface”, a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council. The project focuses on use of materials connected to different cultures’ conceptions of space, with references to Swedish and Japanese architecture, and glass as a building material. The Japanese architectural offices are Kengo Kuma & Associates and SANAA. Their Swedish counterparts are Wingårdhs and Claesson Koivisto Rune. The research project was presented in the form of an exhibition at the Röhsska Museum and a book was published, Ytans materialitet (The Materiality of the Surface). This project is a continuation of Kristina’s thesis, where traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture is examined, the point of departure being Japanese conceptions of space. Kristina Fridh has had lectures, among other places, at the Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm and is also part of the network NAJS, Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society.