AHO PhD: 25 Years Anniversary Seminar

AHO PHD at 25, Seminar 16-17 November 2017, A2 Sverre Fehn, 09.30-15.30

AHO is marking 25 years of organized research training with seminar to look forward and to take up issues around the future of PhDs in design and architecture within an international context.  The seminar will provide an overview of ongoing PhD research, a backward glance through former PhD students and a look forward at the future of PhD education and forms of dissemination. The Friday event is open to the public.
Please register on facebook for the Friday event 


Thursday 16 November: AHO PhD Colloquium 

09.30 – 12.00 AHO PhD Colloquium session 1
Presentation of ongoing research 2nd year students in the programme

09.45 Eirik Bohn, Institute of Form History and Theory
  • The book and the reading room: Jacopo Manilli writing the Villa Borghese
10.30 Beata Labuhn, Institute of Architecture
  • Environment(s) in Christian Norberg-Schulz´s Editorship for Byggekunst (1963-1978)
11.15 Sverre Bjerkeset, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape
  • Case selection in an ethnographic study of urban public space​
12.00 – 12.45  Lunch for AHO PhD Colloquium participants
12.45 – 14.00 Open Pedagogic workshop
The PhD: how to enhance the educational aspects of the degree
With Rune Johan Krumsvik
14.15 – 16.30 AHO PhD Colloquium session 2
Presentation of ongoing research from 2nd year students in the programme

14.15 Jonathan Romm
  • Practitioners’ Perspectives on The Radical’s Dilemma: Redesign Health Care from the Inside or Outside?
15.00 Karianne Rygh
  • Supporting co-design in complex healthcare systems through the affordances and metaphors of tangible tools
15.45 Frida Almqvist
  • Designing for service implementation: Exploring the service design handover

Friday 17 November: International Seminar (Open to all) 

09.30 – 15.30 PhDs in Architecture, Design, Urbanism and Landscape: education, dissemination and effect

The session on Friday invites an open audience to discuss how PhDs are mediated and how they can reach wider audiences, as well as allowing personal and disciplinary development. In morning and afternoon sessions, with keynote lectures and roundtable sessions, we look back at theses produced at AHO and forward at the potentials of the PhD in the next 25-year period.

09.30 Introduction Erik Langdalen, Vice dean of Education and Tim Anstey, Head of the AHO PhD Programme. 
09.45 Keynote — Design research and the doctorate, Prof. Murray Fraser
10.30 Evolving the article based PhD, Chair: Andrew Morrison, with Einar Sneve Martinussen, Manuela Aguirre and (tbc) 
  • Three presentations from recent PhD graduates and a discussion about the article based form and the interface between PhD studies and a wider research and practice context                       
11.30 Break
11.45 Keynote  Doctoral education and a PhD in transition, Prof. Rune Johan Krumsvik
12.30 Lunch

13.15 Reflections on AHO 
  • Foundations, Halina Dunin-Woyseth
  • The state we´re in, Tim Anstey
14.00 The monograph after: three case studies, Chair: Tim Anstey, with Anders Ese, Even Smith Wergeland and Julia Schlegel
  • Three presentations from recent PhD graduates and a discussion about the monograph form and the interface between PhD studies and a wider research and practice context

15.00 Break

15.15 Concluding Roundtable, Chair: Andrew Morrison — Articles, Monographs, education and distributed dissemination
16.00 Close
Halina Dunin-Woyseth is an architect and professor emerita (Dr.techn.) at AHO. Since 1990 and up to 2007, she was the founding head of AHO’s Doctoral Programme. Later on, she has contributed to establishing several new doctoral programmes in architecture, design and the arts in Sweden and Belgium. Her teaching and research have focused on architectural knowledge, design theory and theory of science in relation to the possibilities of producing knowledge through architectural, design and artistic practice. She has a broad teaching and research practice from Scandinavia and other countries.​
Rune Johan Krumsvik is Professor of Education (Dr.philos), Head of the research group Digital Learning Communities and Head of Western Norway Graduate School of Educational Research II (WNGER II) at University of Bergen. He will discuss the implications of his PhD-book about the article-based dissertation, concentrating on the possibilities and challenges in the Norwegian context. 

Murray Fraser is Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of the Environment at UCL, London, and has been key to the development PhDs by Design within the UK academic system and in developing research assessment to acknowledge the contribution of design based disciplines and the architectural humanities.  


Date: 16. November, 2017 - 17. November, 2017
Time: 9:30 am

Venue: A2 Sverre Fehn
Address: AHO, Maridalsveien 29

Contact: Tim Anstey