The Institute of Urbanism and Landscape in collaboration with the Institute of Design at AHO offers a PhD position linked to a research project granted by the Research Council Norway named: NATURACT. This project seeks to develop three landscape-based transition plans utilising Nature-based solutions (NBS) in order to prevent and mitigate geohazard events primarly related to flooding in Norway. NATURACT integrates the expertise and competence of various academic disciplines within risk management, ecology, earth systems science and landscape architecture, as well as explore community attitudes linked to landscape changes.
We call for a PhD candidate in landscape architecture or a related field, that can use methods and tools for large-scale cultural landscapes in transformation as well as methods informed by systems thinking and design (social-centered design and complex design projects through visual diagraming). The work will require working with and for communities. Based on an exploration of different modes of community engagement relating to enacting and anticipating long term changes of local landscapes, the project will map past and present landscape situations and develop a desirable alternative future that is both impactful and feasible.
The PhD candidate will, through a site-specific practice, focus on one or two given case study sites, and look for transferable methods to the other cases included in the project at large. The candidate will:
For more information about this research project, please visit www.ahophdlive.com
Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications that do not comply with the formal requirements will not be considered. Attachments beyond the required documents will not be taken into consideration.
The material for the PhD application will be assessed according to the following criteria:
The educational component in the AHO PhD Programme is mandatory and requires fulltime attendance. Residency in Oslo for the employment period is mandatory. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is encouraged. The PhD fellowship will start September 1st 2022.
The PhD Programme at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) will arrange an online information meeting about the AHO PhD Programme on Friday, February 4th 2022 at 14:00 CET. See www.ahophdlive.com for more information.
Questions about this PhD position can be directed to the supervisors:
For more information about the PhD Programme, please visit our website.
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is an internationally leading, specialized university within the disciplines design, architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. AHO offers a unique research-based education of international standing. Established in 1945, today it has built a solid national funding base and is prominently ranked internationally. AHO offers Master’s degree programmes that are designed to best equip the student to enter directly into professional practice or academia. Within the Master’s programmes, students may specialise in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism, industrial design, interaction design, service and systems-oriented design. The school has approx. 800 students and 155 employees.
The Institute of Urbanism and Landscape has a multi-disciplinary approach to education and research within the fields of urbanism and landscape architecture. Particular attention is paid to understanding change and transformation of cities and territories and to developing knowledge in order to enable strategy development and support design interventions in urban situations and landscapes. The institute has a strong international profile, with a well-established network of partner institutions within practice, teaching and research. Education activities comprise the MA in Architecture, MA in Landscape Architecture, MA in Urbanism as well as AHO’s PhD programme.
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