PhD: Oslo School of Architecture and Design Institute of Design

PhD position: Designing For Additive Manufacturing
The Institute of Design, AHO offers a PhD position directed towards developments in Designing for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM). Currently, this is still about designing for different technologies, topology optimization and material handling. A smaller portion is about artisan work, unique artifacts and bespoke products. There is still a lack of knowledge as to how the holistic product development process might be envisaged, co-created, implemented and assessed. This PhD will therefore need to address matters of such developmental expertise in AM and Product Design and its place in the only significant model of design-based AM (AICE Model developed at AHO and circulated internationally). The applicant will need to use this model and resituate it with respect to contemporary transdisciplinary research in the context technical change with respect to the Internet of Things (IoT) and socio-technical artifact production and circulation in new models of use. The candidate is invited to critically elaborate on how research in AM can contribute to more sustainable New Product Development models and practices, with attention to key aspects of designing in AM (e.g. recyclable materials, just-in-time co creation, modes of optimization-customisation). AM will need to be situated within critical perspectives on the circular economy, drawing on literatures on critical theories of technology, post-industrial collaborative manufacturing approaches, and new material-re-use relations. The goal of the research should be an advancement of methods, tools and approaches developed both by the AHO research environment, the applicant and with regard to international inquiry into AM.. More information and the application can be found here. Applications are due 5 March 2022. 

PhD position: Interaction Design
The Institute of Design, AHO offers a practice-based PhD in interaction design. Interaction design systems are today an essential part of interaction design practice that allow efficient and consistent design across large organisation or communities by defining reusable design components and patterns. Current design systems practice is expanding as diverse interaction technologies such as 3D audio, multiscreen, gestures, eye-tracking, mixed reality and haptics that are embedded in people’s social and physical contexts. As this trend continues it is important that we learn how to integrate such embodied and multimodal expressions into usable design systems for design practitioners. As such there is a need to experiment with and investigate frameworks allowing the definition of extended modalities and distributed interaction into design systems in interaction design practice. More information and the application can be found here. Applications are due 27 February 2022. 

PhD position: Inclusive and Sustainable Design of Technologies of Care
The Institute of Design, AHO offers a PhD position that focus on inclusive and sustainable design of technologies of care. The position will contribute to research on the role that interaction design plays in supporting intersecting issues of health, social and environmental justice. It seeks to explore feminist posthumanities theories and more-than-human design approaches that attend to and design-with the relations between human bodies and the environment. The PhD position will research this in the context of health and wellbeing, by inquiring into the social, cultural, and ecological dimensions of health technologies, and by designing technologies that nurture caring practices for humans and the Earth. More information and the application can be found here. Applications are due 27 February 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, 4 February 2022 at 14:00 CET. See for more information.

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