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RCAT | ACDL Alumni
PhD

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Dr. Julia D. Schlegel has worked in different countries in architecture, as well as in visualization, and holds a degree as a Diplom Ingenieur from Germany and a PhD from Norway. Being interested in the processes of architectural practice Schlegel conducted an industrial PhD in collaboration with AHO and Snøhetta, the first industrial PhD in the humanities in Norway completed in 2015. Her main research interests concern the organizational and communicational aspects of architectural practice, as well as the changing dynamics of the architectural profession and its position in and connection to society. How we cooperate to design and create architecture and how we communicate and interact with the people we design for is an ongoing topic of her research.

The title of her PhD thesis is "The Gap between Design and Vision – Investigating the impact of high-end visualization on architectural practice". The thesis discusses the role of visualization in architectural competitions with a focus on the outsourced production of these images and the resulting cooperation between architects andvisualization specialists. The objective of this thesis is to create an account of the current situation and reflect upon potential issues and challenges. It was initiated by experience in practice, and supported by an increasing discussion of visualization, in architectural theory as well as popular media. To maintain the close proximity to architectural practice, the research was conducted as part of an industrial PhD program: The practice-oriented approach enabled the researcher to experience everyday challenges of architects while allowing the academic distance to reflect upon them. Besides keeping the research approach true to practice, this set up should also help to foster a closer collaboration between academia and practice. A theoretical and an empirical approach were employed to scrutinize the current situation. Ranging from a general to a more specific approach supports a holistic understanding of the phenomenon. First, the theoretical approach concerned a review of the discussion and representation of architectural visualization in competitions and associated thematic fields. The analysis of the documents and literature created the base for the selection of interviewees in the next step. Second, a series of interviews with relevant stakeholders in the field of architecture as well as visualization was conducted. Domains deduced from the analysis were used to define the unit of analysis and framework for the following step. Third, a series of case studies were conducted to study the phenomena described in the interviews in their natural setting and context. The criteria deduced from the case study analysis were utilized to restructure the results of the first two steps of the research and triangulate them.

Master in Architecture

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Karen Maria Eiken Engelgård received her Master of Architecture degree at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2017. Her master project focused on the parametric design of a new foorball stadium for QPR in London. She now works at Dark Arkitekter where she utilizes her knowledge and skills in computational design she acquired in the ACDL studio.

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Eskil Ravnangar Landet received his Master of Architecture degree at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2016. During his studies, he specialized in parametric design and VR in the context of the Advanced Computational Design Laboratory. Eskil’s master project Sandvika Intervention focused on the question of urban renewal through a key project and was developed in grasshopper. VR played a critical role in the design process. His interest spans from furniture design to area planning. Eskil is currently employed at Norconsult, where he continues to implement both parametric and VR workflows in projects of all scales.

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Sigurd Gjesti Berge received his Master of Architecture degree at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2016. He specialized in Advanced Computational Design, parametric architecture and wooden constructions. In his diploma project he explored the possibilities of close interdisciplinary work and parametric design in kinetic architecture by establishing a cantilevered viewing platform on the end of a nature trail in Vågsøy, Sogn og Fjordane. Other projects range from mixed program urban timber constructions to planning and design. He currently works as an architect at Norconsult, where he is involved in work ranging from large multidisciplinary railway projects to small-scale housing projects.