Job: PhD Position, Domesticating Antiquity. AHO, 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 encompass design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 145 employees.

The Institute of Form, Theory and History (FTH) teaches and researches architecture, architectural history and building heritage. The FTH faculty —counting approximately 30 architects, architectural historians, artists, and philosophers — engages on BA and MA levels, and has a particular responsibility for the PhD program. FTH offers an executive Master in Building Heritage, as well as a Nordic executive Master in Architectural Heritage (NORMAK), a collaboration of Architecture School in the Nordic countries. The Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies(OCCAS) is part of FTH.

AHO’s Institute of Form, Theory and History invites applicants for a PhD position linked to the prospective interdisciplinary research project Domesticating Antiquity. A collaboration between The University of Oslo, AHO, and the National Museum, Domesticating Antiquity will study the appropriation of Antiquity in 19th-century Norway. The project will look at three areas: education (the Latin schools); literature (the translation of Greek and Latin classics); and architecture. This particular PhD position is part of the architecture work package and will examine the conflicting uses of the classical tradition in 19th century architecture. We want to study the paradoxical ways Antiquity was appropriated to bolster an emerging national culture, but also the way “the classical” served as source of historical continuity, a means for cultural renewal, and a vehicle for international exchange. We are particularly interested in the way classicism, as an architectural lingua franca, contributed to shaping the architectural profession, allowing for a lively migration of architects and craftsmen across Europe. We ask for applications that by means of a well-defined historical material explore these issues, and particularly encourage projects that draw on the archive of 19th-century architectural drawings at the Norwegian National Museum.

Projected supervisor: Professor Mari Hvattum

The application requirements and the link for applying are available through the AHO website.

Application deadline: 28 February 2021

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