CSoP 02 - The Changing Shape of Practice

Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice

The events are part of AHO's contribution to the Oslo Architectural Triennial 2016.

CSoP 02 - THE CHANGING SHAPE OF PRACTICE - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture
Symposium Thursday 29 September 2016 | International PhD Seminar Friday 30 September 2016 | Exhibition + Book Launch
AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with DogA - The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture for OAT 2016 - Oslo Architectural Triennial

CSoP SYMPOSIUM - Thursday 29 September 2016

The symposium focuses on the following questions: Architectural practices worldwide have to deal with increasingly complex design requirements. How do practices acquire the ability to do so? What kinds and forms of knowledge are needed and produced in different types of practices? How are results, new knowledge and competences documented, shared and disseminated internally as well as externally? Is research itself now used as a strategic tool by architectural offices? How do research and practice in architecture mutually shape one another? The first edition of the CSoP symposium in 2013 at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden. This years second edition of the CSoP symposia series brings together 6 internally renowned practices and includes a round-table discussion, including: Kieran TimberlakeSHoP ArchitectsSnøhettaHelen and Hardvoid, and White. The second day is a PhD symposium in which PhD candidates will discuss their research with the invited practitioners.
Organizers and Chairs: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson


08:30 Coffee

09:00 Introduction - Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel
 [RCAT - Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics]

09:30 Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake] - Near Future Practices
Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP, is a partner at KieranTimberlake, a prominent architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. She leads a trans-disciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research she conspires to pursue an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?” Billie Faircloth has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for a trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s ‘posture’ towards trans-disciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time. Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now, On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, was published by Routledge in June 2015. Billie currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Harvard University, and is a VELUX Visiting Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed research studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies.

10:30 Gregg Pasquarelli [SHoP Architects] - Out of Practice
Gregg Pasquarelli is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, as well as a registered architect in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine. Gregg received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Science from Villanova’s School of Business. He has served as a Principal on many of SHoP’s most prominent and high-profile projects, including the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards, the Steinway Tower at 111 W57th Street, the Porter House, and the South Street Seaport and master plan for the East River Waterfront. Gregg is a fellow of the National Academy, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York. He has served as the Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and has also held teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, and the University of Florida. Gregg’s commitment as not only a practitioner but as an educator demonstrates his dedication to impacting his field, challenging a new generation of architects to understand that innovative and beautiful architecture, and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.

11:30 Eli Synnevåg & Kristian Edwards [Snøhetta] - Snøhetta - Search and Research
Eli Synnevåg designed during her architectural studies an orphanage in Nepal, which was realized in 1994. This project received attention both in Norway and abroad, and received both the Erskine Award and the AR Emerging Architecture Award. Since 2000 she has in Snøhetta been working on a wide range of national and international projects. Eli has been part of the team working on the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and has been responsible for urban planning and façade work. From 2007 to 2010, she has had a team leader role in the KAAC project in Saudi Arabia, with design and interdisciplinary coordination for central parts of the cultural complex. She has also been project manager on large scale project and competitions like, Quarter 8, Max Lab IV and Lund University, School of Economics. In addition to her architectural practice she has been a part time teacher and invited critic at AHO, external examiner for the Masters at NTNU Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art and supervisor for Julia Schlegel,” The Gap between Design and Vision”, the first Industrial PhD work at AHO and in the humanities in Norway.
Kristian Edwards has experience from multiple projects covering an array of building typologies. Kristian has worked with groundbreaking pilot projects in collaboration with the Research Centre for Zero Emission Buildings and Naturligvis (Natural ventilation) research project. In addition Kristian has worked on various parametric projects of advanced complexity. Collaboration with the independent research body SINTEF has led to development of framework methodology for BIM integration in zero emission projects and of analysis tooling to model aircraft noise for adaptive architecture. Kristian has participated as a resource to ZEB and Powerhouse/Futurebuilt workshops and lectured on sustainability and zero emission projects and methodology.

12:30 CSoP Exhibition Opening + Book Launch @ Galleri AHO

13:30 Bjørn Gunnar Staal & Joakim Wiig Hoen [void] - VOID - Experimental Design Research
Bjørn Gunnar Staal is a multidisciplinary designer and software developer from Norway. Throughout his career he has worked on a wide range of commercial and non-commercial projects ranging from generative identity systems to interactive, kinetic installations. In February 2015 Bjørn co-founded the computational design studio Void as a natural continuation of his focus on pushing technology to become an integrated part of the design process.
Joakim Wiig Hoen is a Norwegian architect educated at Sci-arc and AHO. After working at a few of the leading practices in the country, on small and large buildings as well as research projects and competitions, he went freelance to focus on his interests in computational design and advanced visualisation in architecture. Two years later he co-founded Void to bridge the gap between our virtual and physical spaces. Since 2012 he has taught at AHO and co-founded the ACDL studio in 2014 where he is still an active member of the teaching staff.

14:30 Reinhard Kropf [Helen and Hard] - Timber Structures and Space - H&H's recent Research and Experiments
Reinhard Kropf founded together with Siv Helene Stangeland the architectural office Helen&Hard based in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. He studied at the Technical University in Graz/ Austria and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO, under Sverre Fehn. He was a guest teacher at Kansas State University, Lécole dárchitecture/ Paris, Bartlett University/ London and Hust University, Wohan, China and a critique in several universities like AHO or NTNU/ Norway. He has been involved in most of Helen & Hard`s projects, several of them have received national and international honours and awards, including twice the Norwegian National Award for Building and Environmental Design for the Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge and the Vennesla Library. Reinhard Kropf has written, published and lectured extensively all over the world about their practice and research on sustainable architecture and timber architecture. Helen & Hard have won several competitions including the Norway Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010 and have an comprehensive body of built work. They have exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, the Lisbon Biennale, Manifesta 7, and in several museums like MOMA/ New York, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen or Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

15:30 Jonas Runberger [White] - Integrated Research Networks in Practice
Jonas Runberger is a practicing architect, educator and researcher focusing on the role of computation within architectural practice. He is head of Dsearch, a computational development environment within White arkitekter, and a member of the R&D Board for White Research Lab. He is also an Adjunct Professor at KTH School of Architecture, where he teaches a Master’s Studio and completed his PhD in 2012. His talk will present specific findings within the networked R&D practice of White arkitekter AB.

16:30 Coffee break

16:45 Panel Discussion - The Role of Technology in Research in Architectural Practice

17:30 End



The seminar will act as a forum for discussion and exchange between practice and education with focus on research. The PhD seminar features a lecture by Dr. Julia Schlegel and presentations by a number of PhD candidates from AHO and Chalmers University whose research relates to the research themes of the practices that presented the day prior.
Organizers and Chairs: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson


09:00 Coffee

09:15 Introduction

09:45 Lecture - Dr. Julia Schlegel [Snøhetta] - Industrial PhD Between Academia and Practice
Dr. Julia D. Schlegel has worked in different countries in architecture as well as in visualization and holds a degree as a Diplom Ingenieur from Germany and a PhD from Norway. Being interested in the processes of architectural practice Schlegel conducted an industrial PhD in collaboration with AHO and Snøhetta. Her main research interests concern the organizational and communicational aspects of architectural practice as well as the changing dynamics of the architectural profession and its position in and connection to society. How we cooperate to design and create architecture and how we communicate and interact with the people we design for is an ongoing topic of her research. 

10:45 Sareh Saeidi [AHO Architecture] - The Agency of Envelopes in Architecture: Synthezising Spatial, Material and Performative Aspects in Architectural Design

11:30 Ute Christina Groba [AHO Architecture] - Making a case - the potential of urban timber housing

12:15 Manuela Aguirre Ulloa [AHO IDE] - Prototyping a design culture within public sector systems for collective well-being

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Frans Magnusson [Chalmers Architecture] - Realtime & Development - Modes of Computation in Architectural Practice

14:30 Erik Linn [Chalmers Architecture] - Active Frontages – A key element of urban space at ground floor level

15:15 Closing Note - Prof. Dr. Andrew Morrison [Director Centre for Design Research, IDE]


Date: 29. September, 2016 - 30. September, 2016
Time: 9:00 am

Venue: AHO A2, Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Michael Hensel