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The Institute of Design at AHO is celebrating 40 years, and you're invited! To celebrate we are hosting a series of jubilee lectures about various aspects of design. The theme for this lecture is technology and innovation.

The lecture is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Please register for the event on Facebook.


17:00 AHO Alumni on Technology and Innovation

  • Bekk: How digital products are made
    Ola Clausen, Vilde Reitan and Maiken Steen-Johnsen 
  • FINN: FINNovation - Designing for smart and sustainable choices
    Claire Dennington and Sephira Bjørndalen
  • SPOOR: Building a startup with a design mindset
    Ask Helseth

18:15 Food and drinks

19:00 Special Projects: Design and magic

  • Clara Gaggero Westaway and Adrian Westaway

20:00 AHO Pub



Special Projects

forelesning_4_-_side_2.jpgSpecial Projects is an award-winning design and innovation studio founded by designer Clara Gaggero Westaway and magician Adrian Westaway. 
They work with brave companies to bring clarity to complex problems, discover new opportunities and transform them into tomorrow’s most loved customer experiences and products.

Clara Gaggero Westaway
Co-founder & Creative Director, Special Projects

Clara is a designer, inventor and educator leveraging human-needs to create meaningful innovation that addresses pressing societal issues. She is the co-founder and creative director of award winning design and invention agency Special Projects and a thought-leader shaping the narrative on human centered design. Her mission is to improve lives through hopeful and sustainable design solutions that encourage well-being and a healthy relationship with technology.

Adrian Westaway
Co-founder & Director of Technology and Magic
Adrian is an award-winning designer and inventor whose unique approach to design draws on his two biggest passions: magic and technology. Fascinated by the similarities between the two disciplines, he joins them together in products and experiences that have the ability to not only surprise and delight but prompt positive change for individuals and communities.

AHO almuni


forelesning_4_-_side_3.jpgBekk is a Norwegian technology consultancy firm. We make services for all people, regardless of whether you live in a city or not. Solving the complexity of everyday problems tighter with our partners. Technology and design is in our core.

Ola Claussen 
Design manager, product developer 
Graduated from AHO in 2017. Currently working with dagpenger at NAV. 
Vildre Reitan 
Maiken Steen-Johnsen 


forelesning_4_-_side_4.jpgClaire Dennington
UX Manager in Nordic Marketplaces

Claire has a service design background from AHO, and is currently working in FINN/Nordic Marketplaces as a UX Manager, where she heads up a team of designers working across the organisation. Before this she has worked both independently and within large scale brands and companies with a focus on circular service design and innovation, mainly in the fashion and lifestyle industry

Sephira Bjørndal
UX Product Designer at FINN.no

Sephira graduated AHO in spring 2022, specialising in interaction design, and is currently working in Recommerce as a UX designer in FINN.no Torget - working to make buying second hand the obvious choice. 


forelesning_4_-_side_5.jpgAsk Helseth
CEO and Co-founder of Spoor.ai

Ask Helseth is the CEO and Co-founder of Spoor.ai, an AI company developing solutions for the renewable energy and biodiversity sectors. He is passionate about using tech and design to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges.


Date: 26. October, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo, A2 Sverre Fehn
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo