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About AHO and FTH
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 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 all academic levels: Undergraduate and graduate 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.
The Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) is a centre for advanced, humanities-based research into architectural culture. The centre encompasses an interdisciplinary community of researchers dedicated to the documentation, interpretation, criticism and contextualization of architecture as a cultural, historical, political and material phenomenon. Combining updated theoretical perspectives with thorough archival studies, OCCAS insists on the contemporary relevance of historical research, its critical potential, and its urgent function in understanding the built environments of the present and the future. Through strong international networks and significant research projects such as the HERA funded “Printing the Past” (http://priarc.aho.no/), OCCAS studies the cultural significance of the built world, its historical preconditions and its contemporary status.
Proposed Research Topic
For the upcoming PhD position we look for applicants with strong and original project ideas within humanities-based architectural research. In particular, we look for projects that link to OCCAS’ work on interpretation, criticism, mediation, and historiography. The projects must be based on a clearly defined historical material and the applicant must demonstrate his or her mastery of relevant scholarship in the field. Of particular interest are projects that revisit the question of categorisation in architectural history and projects that challenge and critique what can be defined as the object of architectural history research.