PhD Fellowship: The Printed and the Built, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialized university and a leading 
international architecture and design school that provides education within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 120 employees.
Institute of Form, Theory and History (FTH) teaches and conducts research in architectural history and theory, design history, critical conservation and drawing. The faculty teaches at all academic levels, spanning from first year studio via master studios to the ph.d. programme. FTH offers a professional Master in Architectural Heritage.
Courses at FTH draw on ongoing research projects, with a focus on Norwegian architectural history/historiography, design history, transformation of historical structures, contemporary architecture, as well as museums, models and architectural exhibitions. Master diplomas and doctoral dissertations advised by FTH faculty are embedded in these fields. The staff includes historians and practicing architects, and counts 25 people, including ph.d. candidates and part time teachers.
The Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) is part of FTH (see

PhD Fellowship – The Printed and the Built


Extended call: PhD fellowship
Research project: The Printed and the Built
In connection with the research project The Printed and the Built. Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) announces the vacancy of one PhD fellowship for a period of three years, from the autumn of 2014. The project is collaboration between Oslo School of Architecture and Design and the University of Oslo, together with the National Museum of Art and a wide international network. It is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s FRIPRO program and runs for three years from September 2014. Project leader is Professor Mari Hvattum from Institute of Form, Theory and History (FTH) / Oslo Centre of Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) at AHO.
The project
The Printed and the Built. Architecture and public debate in modern Europe studies the relationship between the built environment and print culture in modern Europe. More specifically, it examines the relationship between the built, the drawn and the written as it comes to expression in newspapers, journals, magazines, and related media. The project moves from the renaissance treatise to 20th century mass media, yet our main focus is on the 19th and early 20th centuries. A marked shift in architectural publication took place in this period, in which the classical treatise was abandoned for genres capable of efficiently disseminating visual and textual information to a large audience beyond the academies. The new illustrated press played a particularly important role in this process, promoting a debate that placed the built environment firmly at the centre of modern public culture. In the early 20thcentury, the newspapers and journals were supplemented by a rich array of popular genres such as ladies magazines and advertisement, presenting both the private home and the public monument as matters of profound cultural importance. By studying the relationship between the built environment and print culture, the project examines the way architecture in the modern period becomes a site for public negotiation through printed media. Using approaches from architectural history, cultural history, and publication history, the multi-disciplinary research group aims to throw new light on the intricate web of spatial, material and discursive practices that shaped the modern public sphere.
A full project description of The Printed and the Built project can be obtained by contacting Mari Hvattum
PhD fellowship
Within the framework of the project, we advertise a three year PhD fellowship for research which contributes to the perspectives outlined above. We are particularly interested in research into the relationship between architecture and the public press in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The approach can be comparative or confined to one particular nation or medium, yet the project should be based on a specific and well-defined empirical material. The candidate is expected to complete his/her PhD dissertation within the project period.
Applicants to the PhD-position are invited from disciplines such as architectural history, art history, cultural history, publication history and related fields. In addition to academic excellence we seek applicants who are willing and able to contribute positively to the research team and the school, emphasizing team spirit and collaborative skills. Applicants should prepare a project description of maximum 5 pages (PhD) and submit samples of previous writing, preferably published. Design portfolios should not be submitted.
Evaluation Criteria:
Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the application, academic competence and the applicant`s suitability within the research project.
Position and salary:
The candidate is expected to start in September 2014, to have full time residency in Oslo and be present at AHO for most of the research period. However, a research stay abroad is encouraged. In accordance with AHO’s PhD regulations, the PhD fellow must complete a 6 month research education as part of the research period.
The position will be remunerated in accordance with the State salary scale.
The PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017), pay grade 50 (NOK 421.000,-)
From the salary there will be a mandatory deduction of the 2% as contribution to the State Pension Fund.
We ask for the following material to be sent us:

  • Application.
  • Project description of maximum 5 pages (PhD)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample of previous writing (preferably published)

2 references or recommendations explaining why, in the referee’s opinion, the candidate is qualified to undertake the prospective research at AHO.
More information about AHO and OCCAS can be found at and http.//

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