RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics

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RCAT | ACDL alumni have obtained and developed explicit research capacity and a broad scope of high level of skills. They either run their own succesful practices, or work in advanced positions in leading offices in architecture, such as Snøhetta, Nordic, Dark, and Norconsult, or at leading practices in other parts of the creative sector. Alumni also continue studies in acclaimed programmes at top rated universities such as ETHZ, TU Munich, etc.


Dr. Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel is an architect, interior architect, and research. She is board member and principle researcher in the OCEAN Design Research Association. Defne gained BA's in interior architecture at KIAD Kent Institute of Art & Design, Rochester, and architecture at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, Canterbury, UK. She completed her diploma degree and RIBA II at the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK where she also gained her MSc in the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme [EmTech]. In 2017 she completed her PhD at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She received the Holloway Trust Award and the Buro Happold studentship for the EmTech Master of Science at the AA in 2006, a stipend by BDA Brick Development Association and the Anthony Pott Memorial Award and the PMI Award in the industrial category of the Pottery Mechanics Institute in 2007, as well as the IASS Tsuboi Award for the most meritorious paper published in the journal of the IASS International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures in 2013. She held Innovation Fellowships, published, lectured, taught, exhibited, organized symposiums, exhibitions, conducted workshops internationally.



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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". She is now director of research at Snøhetta.




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Matteo Lomaglio received his bachelor degree in architecture at Politecnico di Milano and his master degree in architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2017. During his studies he joind the RCAT | ACDL studio where he developed the Project Oslo Convergence, which received the Oslo research award 2017.  He also collaborated in 2016 with Noumena I Barcelona  and IAAC, the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, as well as studying at ETSAB UPC. His diploma work "Encoded Ecologies of The Venetian Lagoon" pursued a new  computational approach to dynamic ecosystems and multiscalar design through the integration of environmental data and robotic technologies. He is now enroled in the master of advanced studies program in Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the ETH Zurich.


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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.


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Joakim Svela received his master of Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture in 2013. He is currently creative director at IDEAN in Norway.


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Joakim Wiig Hoen is a Norwegian architect educated at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) where he received his master’s degree in architecture. Previously he worked at the architectural offices of Helen & Hard, Eriksen Skajaa and Snøhetta in Oslo. Since 2012 he teaches at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and opened his own practice, Hoen Arkitektur, in 2013. These positions enable him to pursue his interests in the intersection between architecture, design and digital technologies, through both practice and academia. He is now a partner in Void, a computational design studio that works at the intersection between design, architecture, art and technology.