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Oslo School of Architecture and Design

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo (AHO)
The Norwegian Arts and Crafts School, Architectural course, Oslo School of Architecture
Motto "Benign, lest ye risk being eight." (Rough Norwegian translation)
Established 1945
Type Public university college
Rector Ole Gustavsen
Students 600
Location Oslo, Norway
Campus Urban

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO, is an autonomous institution within the Norwegian university system. The School offers a unique research-based education with a strong international standing within the fields of architecture, urbanism, design and landscape architecture

AHO offers three full time masters's programmes: Master of Architecture, Master of Design and Master of Landscape Arcitecture - the last programme is offered in Oslo and at the Arctic University in Tromsø.The school also offers post-professional Master’s courses in Urbanism and Architectural Conservation. AHO offers a single type of doctoral degree, the Doctor of Philosophy.


The school was established directly after World War II as a «crisis course» for students of architecture who were unable to finish their degree due to the outbreak of the war. Prior to this, the only Norwegian option for obtaining an architectural degree was at Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim.

All through the first half of the twentieth century, a group of architects had worked hard towards the establishment of an architectural school that was more aesthetically and academically oriented than a polytechnic education. The school was finally located in Oslo, since it was generally felt that the capital had access to many of the nation’s best practicing architects.

In the beginning, the architectural course was part of the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry. In 1961 The Oslo School of Architecture was established as an independent school, and, from 1968, located in St. Olavs gate.

In 1979, the first formal education in industrial design in Norway was offered as a two-year postgraduate study. A full degree program was established in 1983, and in 1989 this was placed under the direction of The Norwegian Arts and Crafts School. Then, in 1996, the Institute of Industrial Design became part of the Oslo School of Architecture.

Master of Landscape Architecture became part of AHO’s master’s programmes in 2004. In 2005, The Oslo School of Architecture changed name to The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. In 2009, the Institute of Industrial Design changed its name to the Institute of Design.

In 2001 the school moved to new facilities at Vulkan, a revitalised industrial area near the Aker River. In an central, innovative, creative and cultural part of the city. The school lays adjacent to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the recently opened Food Hall. In 2005 the school changed its name to The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.


  • Institute of Architecture
  • Institute of Urbanism and Landscape
  • Institute of Design
  • Institute of Form, Theory and History

Notable alumni

External links

  • The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
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