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Even Smith Wergeland

Associate Professor

Institute of Architecture

Even Smith Wergeland is associate professor at the Institute of Architecture within the field of architectural history, planning history and architectural heritage. He is the director of AHOs executive master’s in architectural heritage. Wergeland has an MA in art history from the University of Bergen with a thesis on Olympic architecture (2007) and a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture with a dissertation on mobility in post-war architecture and planning (2013). Wergeland was a member of the research project Routes, Roads and Landscapes during his period as a doctoral candidate at AHO, and a visiting scholar at the Royal Holloway Geography Department, University of London. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at OsloMet and an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. In addition, he has worked as an urban planner in the municipalities of Stavanger and Oslo.

Wergeland has published a number of articles on architecture, planning in heritage, often at the intersection of historical conditions and current practice. He has written about sports architecture, urban transport, radical heritage strategies, culture production, sonic culture and cultural politics in journals like Transfer, Journal of Design History, Agora, Nordic Journal of Architecture, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Soccer & Society, and Frontiers in Sport and Active Living. He has also published many chapters in various edited volumes.

He currently works on two monographs, Sonic Heritage: the Architecture and Geography of Sound Studios and Norwegian Garden Cities, which are set for completion in 2023.

Selected publications:

Wergeland, Even Smith & Hans Hognestad. “Reusing stadiums for a greener future: the circular design potential of football architecture”. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living 3 (July 2021): 1-14.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “‘Sacked in the morning’. The sonic heritage of football architecture”. Kunst & Kultur 3 (2020): 186-196.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “Nature is the new culture. The active body as a citizen typology on the rise”. In The Nordic Model and Physical Culture, edited by Mikkel B. Tin, Frode Telseth, Jan Ove Tangen & Richard Giulianotti, 182-198. London: Routledge, 2019.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “'There's a world going on underground'. Ecotopian realism in subterranean design”. In The Culture of Nature in the History of Design, edited by Kjetil Fallan, 116-128. London: Routledge, 2019.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “Architecture in Comic-Strip Form”. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75, no. 3 (2016): 381-382.

Wergeland, Even Smith & Charlotte Blanche Myrvold. “Participatory Action in the Age of Green Urbanism - how the Future Farmer leapfrogged the Cultural Consumer”. The International Journal of Cultural Policy (29 May 2016): 1-18.

Wergeland, Even Smith, “From High Voltage to High Density: The Urban Dynamism of Cable Street, Oslo”. In Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation, edited by Heike Oevermann & Harald Mieg, 47-61. New York & London: Routledge, 2015.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “Radical mobilities on display: the motorway aesthetics of postwar Oslo”. In Transfers 4, no. 1 (2015): 89-107.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “When Icons crumble: the troubled legacy of Olympic design”. Journal of Design History 25, no. 3 (2012): 304-318.

Wergeland, Even Smith. “Aerocabs and skycar cities: utopian landscapes of mobility”. In Routes, Roads and Landscapes, edited by Mari Hvattum et al, 151-159. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.


  • Architecture & Culture
  • Architectural History
  • Building Heritage
  • Cities
  • Infrastructure and Landscape