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80 611 AHO futures

Full course name in English: 
AHO futures
80 611
Syklus 2
2019 Vår
2019 Vår
Maksimum antall studenter: 

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS).

Om emnet


The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) currently resides in Maridalsveien 29. Since moving there in 2001 both the organisation and the number of students has increased by roughly 250 to a total of 650 people. The school, now filled to the brim with employees and students, has begun to feel an ever-increasing pressure upon its premises. In addition, politicians and authorities have for a long time made plans for a new art university, a merge between KHIO, AHO and Musikkhøyskolen. Some claim this scenario is put on ice, while other say it is just a matter of time before the schools are merged together. 

Challenge- what's at stake.

A lot of work has been done to investigate how these challenges can be met. In order to broaden the discussion, AHO Futures- School of tomorrow wish to operate beyond the immediate needs of the school in and explore freely how the institution can change and adapt to the future. How can the premises be developed? How is the relation to the city.

  • Urban strategies: A part of the studio will be to develop urban strategies for the school. These will be translated into specific architectural proposals
  • Integration: The school’s location by Akerselva is in an environment of buildings and landscape with various levels of listing. The urban context is transformed and in transformation. How can the institution integrate (or not) architecturally and professionally, what components does it consist of? What and who is it relating to?  Position in the city, separation vs unions of different professions.
  • Internal and external organization: We will develop alternative organigrams. Under this topic how architecture relate to pedagogics and aim for the role of the professions. What kind of spatial qualities and atmosphere should the future school of architecture and design have?

The goal is that this work can develop and establish visions for the future of the school through a variation of specific architectural responses.


The course will provide skills/tools for formulating frames for a complex architectural proposal: What, for whom, where?

The course will provide tools for the translation from an overall intention to a more specific program for design; setting up a room program, controlling dimensions, relational diagrams, studying reference projects, identifying site specific conditions and possibilities.  

  • Context: The course will provide experience in various contextual approaches: social, political, geographical, physical, energy, economy etc
  • Situation: The course will provide experience in several approaches to relationship between the project and place.
  • Program to project: The courses provide experience in translating program / intentions into architectural proposals with specific architectural qualities and atmospheres.
  • References: Students will during the courses become familiar with and analyse references.
  • Construction: Become familiar with constructive and technological principles and bring this into their proposals.
  • Process: Be familiar with various process tools, working methods and approaches.
  • Communication / presentation: The courses will provide experience in tools and techniques of presentation. Here, the development of narrative of the project will be crucial.
  • Multidisciplinary workshop: Be familiar on the input that may come from other disciplines. How do we involve both students and teachers from landscape and design

The courses will give experience in architectural representation relevant to the tasks at hand.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The course will be studio based. There will be teachers present at least 2 days a week and there will be individual and group tutorials, and course reviews.

The course will be divided in 2 parts:

1) FRAME(s) will deal with establishing the overall intentions. The intention is translated into specific ideas for interventions, choosing field of interest, programme, and setting up a world of relevant references both collectively and related to specific proposals.

2: PROPOSAL(s) Will deal with translation of FRAME into specific design proposals.  In this phase there will be workshops with input and deliveries on specific topics: Intuitive models, Situation, Structure and Architecture, Material Philosophy, Essential detail.

The students may work in groups or individually.

Study trip:  

Flight Rotterdam train Delft, Ghent, Paris, Nantes. Flight Paris – Oslo

Work to see(preliminary list) : Architect school Delft, Architect school Ghent, Versailles. School of architecture Nantes ENSA.


As part of FRAME we will study relevant theory/ readings in Workshopform.

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning PåkrevdAttendance and participation in announced reviews, lectures, meetings, seminars and workshops is mandatory.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Attendance and participation in announced reviews, lectures, meetings, seminars and workshops is mandatory.
Prosjektoppgave-Bestått / ikke bestått The students may work in groups or individually.
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar: The students may work in groups or individually.
EkskursjonThose who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Kommentar:Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.