The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Organization Name

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Logo & Acronym

Logo AHO


Visiting address:
Maridalsveien 29
0175 Oslo

Mailing address:
PO Box 6768 St. Olavs plass
0130 Oslo

Contact Person

Professor Tom Vavik


Education (University)


The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) offers a unique research-based education of international standing. Established in 1945, today it has built a solid national funding base and is prominently ranked internationally. AHO awards three master’s degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design, as well as a PhD programme. In its education, the school follows a studio-based model with a faculty-to-student ratio that encourages individual development and collaboration.

The school has approximately 650 students.The first industrial design programme in Norway, the Institute of Industrial Design, was established at SHKS in 1983. In 1996, the Institute merged with 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.The PhD programme is organized as a separate academic and administrative unit. The programme includes approximately 50 PhD candidates who, along with AHO’s established academic staff, do research on artistic and academic problems.

AHO offers Master’s degree programmes that are designed to best equip the student to enter directly into professional practice or academia. Within the Master’s programmes, students may specialise in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism, industrial design, interaction design, service and systems-oriented design.