Job: PhD Position, Portals, Past and Future. 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 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.

Portals, past and future takes the series of eight plaster portals cast in situ at the stave church Urnes in 1907 as a starting point for investigating today’s circulation, production, destruction, preservation and replication of monuments ex situ, on a global scale, across media and materials, and in light of the ongoing development and refinement of technologies for documenting and preserving cultural heritage.

AHO looks for applicants with strong and original project ideas within humanities-based architectural research that link to OCCAS’ archive-based work on preservation, interpretation, criticism, and mediation, and with a design component related to an international exhibition. Preservation in an expanded field makes the framework for this PhD project, that will set out from the reproduction of the North portal of the Urnes church, with a possibility of the inclusion of other cases. The project will be a testbed for emerging digital preservation techniques, such as 3D depth sensing and laser scanning, and a generator of critical perspectives. The candidate will work with Madrid-based Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation in preparing and performing the recording and production of a high-end facsimile of the Urnes north portal, and with OCCAS faculty in organizing an exhibition that includes this facsimile and the still existing casts from the 1907 casting operation from museums across Europe, as well as a book.

Projected supervisors: Professor Mari Lending

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

Application deadline: 28 February 2021

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