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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 candidate should have a master degree in architecture, architectural history, art history, cultural history, classics, or related fields.

The candidate should document past experience with academic writing.

The applicant is required to speak a Scandinavian language.

The application must include:

-An application letter describing relevant background, motivation, research experience and network. (two A4 pages maximum).

-A tentative project description of maximum 5 pages, setting out an independent research proposal within the indicated field. The project description should define the empirical material and approach, and situate the research within the relevant fields.


-Certified copies of educational certificates, transcript of records, diplomas and letters of recommendation.

-List of publications and other academic work

-Examples of work written by the applicant. Three works maximum.

-2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number)

Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications that do not fulfil the formal requirements will not be considered. Attachments beyond the required documents will not be taken into consideration.

The material for the PhD application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

The quality of the project description (outline)

The applicant's suitability for the research tasks

The academic competence of the applicant

Please apply directly at www.jobbnorge .no

The application  deadline is February 28. 2021

Enquiries about this position should be directed to professor Mari Hvattum: mari.hvattum@aho.no , tlf +47 97538037

We offer:

The PhD scholarship is fully funded and there is no tuition fee. The salary is Ltr 54/NOK 482 200 for a full position; extensive relevant experience can give a higher start salary. From the salary, there will be a mandatory deduction of 2 % as a contribution to the State Pension fund (SPK). Standard employment conditions for state employees in Norway apply for the position.

An annual sum of 20 000 NOK for literature and other necessary academic activities.

Office space in a professionally stimulating working environment.

Attractive welfare benefits and generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

Formal regulations: The educational component in the AHO PhD Programme is mandatory and requires fulltime attendance. Residency in Oslo for the employment period is mandatory. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is encouraged. The PhD fellowship will start 01.09.21.

For questions  about the PhD Programme at AHO contact Tim Anstey: tim.ainsworth.anstey@aho.no and Reier Møll Schoder: reier.moll.schoder@adm.aho.no

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