The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialized university and a leading international architecture and design school that provides education within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 145 employees.
The Institute of Architecture teaches and researches architectural design through a series of focal areas including sustainability, computation, housing and local building. The Institute sees architecture in an artistic, explorative and critical sense that includes but also exceeds the technologies of design and building. Through numerous master studios and a research-based approach to teaching, the Institute provides core architectural competence.
PhD Fellowship - Locally Specific Architecture and Computational Design
The Institute of Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design is seeking applications for doctoral researchers in the field of Locally Specific Architecture in Scandinavia, based on given local conditions and circumstances such as environment, resources and culturally specific patterns of articulating and using space. The PhD research is expected to focus on research by design and how to design for locally specific conditions and climate variation in Scandinavia and more specifically in Norway as a particular case, while taking into account relevant precedents of local architectures, as well as the impact of demographic change. Primary emphasis is placed on an explicit, critical and integrative computational design approach that foregrounds information based design. The aim is to integrate aspects of informed data-selection and -collection, computational generative design and correlated analysis, as well as the utilization of advanced computational visualization (AR/VR) and relates these to other existing planning and design processes.
The candidate will be placed in the context of the Institute’s research centre (RCAT) and will collaborate broadly with other related researchers in the institute and more specifically with the newly established post-doctoral researcher in locally specific architecture. The likely supervisor will be Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel.
The aim is to extract applicable knowledge for contemporary design from case studies, desirably in Scandinavian context, and more specifically in Norway, that complement traditional research with a contemporary information-based analysis. The goal is a more inclusive approach to sustainability and resources based on local conditions.
Candidates should base their application on the above described topics and elaborate a research proposal that studies the suggested field though an approach that employs a computational research-by-design process.
Applications should describe an approach for developing methods that address the integration of data-collection, data processing and advanced visualization. Advanced data and design visualization is an effort that spans across institutes at AHO and constitutes an area in which AHO has excelled in recent years. The stipend position will have a pivotal role in this ongoing effort.
Applicants should possess a Master’s degree or equivalent in architecture, and should submit a preliminary project description that addresses these themes, and describes intended research questions, methods and expected results. In addition, applicants should submit a detailed portfolio and examples of writing. Applicants should demonstrate relevant working knowledge and skills in computational design and related concepts, methods and tools, as well as good writing skills.
The application must include:
- A letter of application describing relevant background, motivation, research experience and network (maximum of two A4 pages).
- A tentative project description that addresses the research themes, and describes intended research questions, methods and expected results (maximum of three A4 pages).
- Copies of educational certificates (foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system)
- Portfolio and examples of writing / list of publications
- 2 references to persons that may be contacted for discussion of the applicant ́s qualifications for the research position. In addition, written recommendations may be submitted.
Applicants who do not have English as their mother tongue must provide full and formal documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL-test or similar).
All documentation for the application should be in English. Exam transcripts in a Scandinavian language are accepted.
Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the submitted project proposal, portfolio and examples of writing.
Position & Salary
The length of the fellowship will be three or four years fulltime, dependent on whether the candidate is found qualified to undertake teaching duties as part of the PhD position. The position requires full time residency for the full 3- or 4-year period. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is a possible.
The PhD fellowships will start in September 2017.
The PhD candidate is required to attend the AHO Research School in his or her first year. This is a mandatory introduction programme for all PhD candidates admitted to the PhD programme at AHO. The Research School runs for two semesters and has a total scope of 45 ECTS. Research School attendance is compulsory.
- An annual salary of NOK 432.700 - 489.300 (salary level 50-57), depending on qualifications
- A professionally stimulating working environment
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (a monthly deduction of 2% of gross salary will be made as a contribution to the fund)
More information about PhD fellowships at AHO can be found at: https://aho.no/en/content/regulations-degree-philosophiae-doctor-phd-aho