Background and activities

Bendik Manum is architect and civil engineer by education and professional practices and holds a PhD from AHO, Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

His main field of work is structural mechanics for architects, ranging from teaching theory and supervising design to conducting research on loadbearing structures in architecture. Bendik Manum is particularly interested in teaching and research merging the scholarly and professional practices of architecture and structural engineering. During recent years, this collaboration in teaching and research across the disciplines has resulted in several interesting works by students to be built in real and uniting architectural and structural design. In order to proceed improving collaboration across engineering and architecture at NTNU, NTNU from 2019 starts a pilot project providing a Minor in Architecture as a part of Masters degree in civil engineering, structural engineering in particular.

Besides this, Bendik Manum is involved in research on spatial morphology. At current state, this work in carried out in SMS-ZEN, the research group for Spatial Morphology Studies in FME-ZEN ( SMS-ZEN works on modelling and analyses of topological properties of urban space. Based on GIS-based models of street-networks, topography, land-use and building-layouts, various measures of density, accessibility and proximity are developed, measures that according to research are decisive for sustainable urban development. The studies aim to identify spatial indicators mapping potentials for urban environment to be attractive places to live and work and where daily life is handled by sustainable modes of transport. The latter implies paying particular attention to walkability and bikeability. The spatial indicators can be applied to compare likely effects of alternative urban development proposals. Besides providing methods and data useful for research within ZEN, the studies include visualization-methods making the results easily accessible for multiple disciplines working on planning and design on neighborhood and city-scale.


2015- Professor, NTNU-AB, Department of Architecture, History and Technology

2013-2019 Professor, AHO (2015-2019: adjunct professor)

2011-2013 Head of Department, NTNU-AB, Department of Architecture, History and Technology

2010-2015 Associate Professor, NTNU-AB, Department of Architecture, History and Technology

2007-2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship, NTNU-AB

2006 PhD, AHO

1998-2001 Teaching, AHO

1996-1998 Structural engineer, consultant, Dr.Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, Oslo

1993-1996 Architect, 4B Arkitekter, Oslo

1992 Master of Architecture (Sivilarkitekt MNAL), AHO

1986 Master of Science (Sivilingeniør bygg), NTNU (NTH)

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Manum, Bendik; Bjerkan, AnneLise. (2011) Snippen, hytte i Trollheimen. Bendik Manum og AnneLise Bjerkan. 2011.


  • Wellinger, Steffen; Manum, Bendik; Stangeland, Truls Nedland. (2014) Arkitektur 6 Boken 2014 / GNIST. 2014. ISBN 978-82-7551-097-4.
  • Siem, Jan Helge; Braaten, Bjørn Otto; Aalto, Pasi Olav; Gilberg, Arnstein Olav; Manum, Bendik. (2012) Birdwatching Tower in Rindal. 2012. ISBN 978-82-7551-077-6.

Part of book/report

  • Taraldsen, Simen Dalen; Izumi, Bunji; Sandaker, Bjørn Normann; Luczkowski, Marcin; Manum, Bendik; Rønnquist, Anders. (2022) Can education of structural engineers be improved by including architecture in the curriculum?. Structures and Architecture. A Viable Urban Perspective? Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2022), July 6-8, 2022, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Dyvik, Steinar Hillersøy; Luczkowski, Marcin; Mork, John Haddal; Rønnquist, Anders; Manum, Bendik. (2019) Design of freeform gridshell structures – Simplifying the parametric workflow. IABSE Symposium 2019. (3 PARTS) Towards a Resilient Built Environment - Risk and Asset Management.
  • Dyvik, Steinar Hillersøy; Manum, Bendik; Mork, John Haddal; Luczkowski, Marcin. (2019) Structural aluminium in architecture – the history and future of aluminium as a structural material. Structures and Architecture - Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders.
  • Heyman, Axel; Chen, Xianwen; Nowell, Megan Sara; Manum, Bendik; Barton, David Nicholas. (2017) ATTRIBUTES OF LOCATION AND HOUSING PRICES IN OSLO: A monetary valuation with spatial configuration in mind. Proceedings 11th International Space Syntax Symposium.
  • Manum, Bendik; Nordström, Tobias; Gil, Jorge; Nilsson, Leonard; Marcus, Lars. (2017) Modelling bikeability; Space syntax based measures applied in examining speeds and flows of bicycling in Gothenburg. Proceedings 11th International Space Syntax Symposium.
  • Manum, Bendik; Rønnquist, Anders; Aalberg, Arne; Labonnote, Nathalie. (2017) The Rollout Stress Ribbon Bridge. Footbridge 2017 Berlin Conference Proceedings 6-8.9.2017.