Department of Architectural Design, History and Technology
The department’s goal is to contribute to the development of high-quality, comprehensive and sustainable architecture through our educational offerings in two main areas: the technical and environmental aspects of the design and use of buildings, and the preservation and development of existing built environments, where history, cultural understanding and protection or preservation are important aspects.
The department offers special expertise in the following areas:
Building materials and construction
This area of expertise addresses the technical and structural aspects of building design and use. An important challenge for architects is to take advantage of the technical, physical and aesthetic characteristics of specific materials and components to develop high quality architectural solutions. The department has had a special focus in recent years on developing an understanding of wood as a building material. A new priority area is prefabricated buildings based on digital models.
Energy and environmentally responsible buildings
Buildings are responsible for 40% of Norway’s energy use, and generate 40% of the country’s waste. Architects have a great responsibility to help reduce these numbers, both the fabrication and operation phases. This area of expertise aims to develop knowledge and skills in different areas of energy and resource use, and to apply them both in the design of new buildings, and for energy and environmental measures in existing buildings.
Architectural history and theory
Basic knowledge of the architectural perspectives and structures of the past is a prerequisite for understanding and interpreting today's architecture and our built environment. There is a particular emphasis in the classroom on identifying and explaining the social, ideological and technical assumptions that have influenced building design and built environments through time.
Transformation - preservation and development
The conservation and development of existing structures is of increasing importance for architects, and affects both individual structures and built environments. Instruction takes a comprehensive architectural approach that encompasses all aspects of the processes of change - cultural, functional, technical and experiential. An appreciation of the relationship between architecture and natural conditions, and the design of architecture in relation to the landscape are also considered.