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Materials, Structure & Ecology

Materials, Structure & Ecology

Materials, Structure & Ecology will convey updated knowledge about the relationships between urbanization and buildings and the environment on a global, regional and local scale. The group will initiate critical studies of existing and emerging strategies for low energy and low emission buildings and cities. 

Tine Hegli, Professor
Marius Nygaard, Professor 
Bjørn Normann Sandaker, Professor 
Børre Skodvin, Professor (50%) 
Nils E. Forsén,  Adjunct Professor (20%) - 2018 
Jan Strumillo 
Ute Groba  
Lars Hamran  
Marcin Wojcik

Together with the group Design in Practice, Materials, Structure & Ecology takes responsibility for the new “Building Envelope” course that will be a mandatory part of the sixth semester studio. 

Teaching and research themes
Materials, Structure & Ecology aims at enabling students and architects to design buildings with a high and lasting technical, functional and architectural quality. This is a vital requirement for a building´s sustainability. 

We offer teaching and research on structures seen as a creative instruments to make architectural spaces of a high quality, not merely as a tool to establish those spaces physically, but also with a potential to suggest a character or to influence directly on spatial properties like daylight and room acoustics. 

Materials, Structure & Ecology will plan and carry out studio courses where the students are presented with updated and research-based information in lectures and during supervision. This will in turn justify increased ambitions regarding the research relevance of the students´ projects. 

Following the program of the Wood Be Better project, timber materials and constructions will be the primary area of research. New component types like CLT slabs and panels, as well as traditional whole wood constructions will be studied together with suitable joining and production technologies. Hybrid systems where timber is complemented by steel and/or concrete are a natural extension of studies. Future courses and research projects may take these and other materials as a starting point, facilitating an overview and critical comparison of relevant material groups and structure systems. 

To secure relevance of the studio work the design tasks will have a substantial size and complexity, emulating the character of real-world architectural projects. They will include a wide variety of functional and structural requirements that must be handled using the available materials and components. 

Materials, Structure & Ecology regards the built result as the aim of design and the verification of architectural quality. Accordingly the development and documentation of solutions and details vital to the quality of the built projects will be given priority. 



Other Units/fields

Architecture and Urbanism: Architecture & Culture, Architectural historyArchitecture and Landscape, Building heritageCitiesDesign in PracticeForm, Large Scale Architecture, Performance & ComputationPractise, Space & Technique Collaboration

Design: Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Service Design, Systems oriented Design

Landscape Architecture: Infrastructure and landscape, Landscape urbanism, Emerging Landscapes and Territories, Architecture and Landscape, Public Space and Parks