BIRGER SEVALDSON PhD
INTERIOR ARCHITECT / Designer NIL
Professor Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo Norway
Member of OCEAN design research association.
Swiss mother and Norwegian father. Grew up in Norway, Denmark, Iran, and Switzerland.
Earlier education and work in agriculture (agronomy) agricultural research and construction work on building sites and interior carpenter with own wood workshop.
Married with Liv Brenden.
Hobbies: Sailing, photographing, skiing.
1982 - 86 Student at National College of Art and Design, Oslo (NCAD), Institute of Interior design and Furniture Design.
1986- Working as design consultant. Work spans from Interior design to furniture and industrial design.
1988 Diploma NCAD
1989 NCAD Seminar in Theory of Science with Axel Øyjord.
1989 Computer courses WP, LOTUS etc.
1995 - 2005 Doctoral candidate at Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).
1997 Completed research education seminars at Oslo School of Architecture and Desgin.
1999-2000 Research annum.
2005 Finalized PhD thesis with dissertation 15th December 2005.
1992 -1996 Assistant Professor at Institute of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design and Institute of Industrial Design, NCAD, Oslo.
1996 -2005 Associate Professor at Institute of Industrial Design, AHO, Oslo.
1997 Member of OCEAN Oslo group.
2001- 2005 Elected leader of the council for Norwegian design educations.
2001 - 2003 Leader of the research council at AHO.
2001- 2005 Elected Pro-rector at AHO.
2001- 2005 Board member at AHO.
2001 - 2005 Member of main jury FEIDAD award.Taipei, Taiwan.
2002 - 2008 Board member at Intermedia, University of Oslo.
2002-2003 Guest Professor at the NCAD, Oslo.
2004 Co-Chair of Cumulus conference, KHiO and AHO, Oslo.
2005 - Full Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo.
2006 Visiting Critic at Syracuse School of Architecture, NY, USA.
2007-2008 Member of the Council for Norwegian design educations.
2008 - Founding member of the editorial board of FORMakademisk design research journal, Oslo.
2008 - Board member of OCEAN design research association.
2008-2009 Co-chair of NORDES conference, AHO, 2009.
2008 - Chairman of OCEAN design research association.
2009 - Curator of the Gallery AHO.
2010 Member of evaluation committee of design research, Ministry of Culture, Denmark.
2010 Member of evaluation committee for HETAC, Ireland.
2010 - Member of the council of the Design Research Society, England.
2011 – Manager of development project financed by the Norwegian Research council and the Ulstein ship yard.
Design practice and projects
(for more information on design projects go to http://www.birger-sevaldson.no/prof/ )
1984 - 86 Peter Opsvik NIL. Part time employee. Balans-chairs, HAG office chairs.
1986 - 87 Sven I. Dysthe NIL MID employed furniture designer.
1985 - 88 Designed and built own house.
1987 - 88 Employed interior architect at Kjell Richardsen NIL. Office design.
1988 Interior planning of pharmacies for Øyvor Helle, NIL.
1988 Diploma: Rodeløkken Maskinverksted, Alnabru. Redesign of medium size metal plant. Redesign of offices and production spaces.
1988 - 90 Jemtland Arkitektkontor MNAL employed interior architect. Plan of central public areas for main building for SIEMENS headquarter, Oslo.
1990 - 91 Svein Gusrud, NIL, Engaged as design consultant.
1991 HÅG a/s, Design consultant.
1992 Design projects. Stand for fair for General Electric cooperation with Espen Arnesen, NIL.
1993 Received Norwegian CAD price (other nominees were the CAD-team of the Lillehammer Olympics and Alcatel Norway)
1993 - 1998 Several design commissions for other designers e.g. modelling of Colgate toothbrush for Geir Øxseth, MNID.
1995 - 1998 Several furniture types for ForaForm in co-operation with Terje Hope, NIL .
1996 Consultant for Hadeland Glassverk (Glass plant) and Savo AS (Office furniture)
1996 - 2001 Design of lightning equipment and armatures for SG AS.
1997 Member of the international experimental architecture and design group OCEAN.
1997 OCEAN Urban Surfaces, Exhibition at Sonia Henie - Onstad Art Centre.
1998 OCEAN; Chamberworks, installation, Gallery RAM, Oslo,.
1998 Chair for patient rooms at the new University Hospital for Oslo, in cooperation with Terje Hope, for ForaForm, Norway.
1998 OCEAN; Adaptive Technologies and Smart Materials, AA London Synthetic Landscape III. Exhibition and conference presentation, London, England.
1999 OCEAN; a_Drift, New York Times -Time Capsule, Invited competition. Exhibition at American Museum. New York, USA.
2000 Founding OCEAN NORTH together with Michael Hensel, Kivi Sotamaa and Tuuli Sotamaa.
2000 “Ambient Amplifiers” rhetorical urban design project together with Phu Duong. Honourable mention FEIDAD award. OCEAN NORTH project. Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 OCEAN NORTH; Social Scale, Exhibition. Innsbruck, Austria.
2001 D-Fusion. Participating on exhibition at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland.
2002 SMALL FORMATIONS abstract objects exhibited at the FORMATIONS installation at the Trussardi Foundation. OCEAN NORTH project. Milan, Italy.
2002 Participated in the design of IONIC virtual gallery for NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art), OCEAN NORTH project. Helsinki, Finland.
2002 World Centre for Human Concerns. Invited participation at the Max Protetch Gallery, New York, on the exhibition “A New World Trade Centre” With Michael Hensel and Achim Menges OCEAN NORTH project. New York, USA.
2002 AGORA - Boundary Conditions. Sound active installation at the Oslo Central Station. With Natasha Barrett and OCEAN NORTH. Oslo.
2003 Participating with OCEAN NORTH at the Latent Utopias exhibition in Graz. Exhibition, curated by Zaha Hadid. Graz, Austria.
2003 AGORA performance / installation, at the Black Box theatre in Oslo. Co-operation with the composer Natasha Barrett. Oslo.
2006 Design of several types of professional speed boats for diving, transportation and for passengers. For and with Ronny Andresen, YNOR, Kragerø, Norway.
2007 BARELY Sound active installation. With Natasha Barrett, ULTIMA Festival for contemporary Music, Oslo.
2009 BARELY PART 2 Sound Active installation. With Natasha Barrett. Gallery Rom, Oslo
2009 Walnut dinner table
Curated Exhibitions at Gallery AHO
(for more information on Gallery AHO go to http://www.aho.no/no/AHO/Galleri-AHO/ )
2009 Roma 2009, Exhibition of study tour sketches, with Carsten Loly
2009 Norsk Murarkitektur (Norwegian Brick Architecture)
2009 World Usability Day
2009 First Year Ambitions
2010 Facilitating the Empirical - Rapid Prototyping in Architecture ans Industrial Design,With Michael Hensel and Steinar killi
2010 Sven Ivar Dysthe - Norwegian furniture designer
2010 Sadar Vuga Architects
2010 Arne Eggen / A Fascination for Bridges
2010 Eladio Dieste, (Main curator Michael Hensel, assiting curator Birger Sevaldson)
2010 Norsk Bildesign, Norwegian Car Design (with Geir Øxseth)
(for full list and downloadable papers go to http://www.birger-sevaldson.no/phd/ )
1996 DEcon ‘96 Special Focus Symposium and Design Convention, Baden-Baden: “Science, Scientific Reasoning and Research on Design” (Published in conference proceedings)
1999 Dynamic Generative Diagrams. Paper at the eCAADe conference, Weimar, Germany.
1999 Research on Digital Design Strategies. Paper presented at Useful and Critical, the Position of Research in Design, conference., Helsinki, Finland.
2000 The Integrated Conglomerate Approach: A Suggestion for a Generic Model of Design Research. In D. Durling & K. Friedman (Eds.), Proceedings of the conference Doctoral Education in Design: Foundations for the Future, held 8-12 July 2000, La Clusaz, France (pp. 163-170). Stoke-on-Trent: Staffordshire University Press, England.
2001 Computer Aided Design Techniques. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. Gothenburg, Sweden.
2001 Digitale Designstrategier. Arkitekten, 07, 2-7. Copenhagen, Denmark.
2001 The Renaissance of Visual Thinking. Konference om Arkitekturforskning og IT. Århus school of architecture, Århus, Denmark.
2002 The Space of Extremes. Co-editor with Michael Hensel. Published at Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Oslo.
2004 Designing Time: A Laboratory for Time Based Design. Paper presented at the Future Ground, 17-21 November, Melbourne, Australia.
2004 Ways of Working. Paper presented at the Digitale Designprodukter - vision og virkelighed, Aarhus, Denmark.
2005 Developing Digital Design Techniques. Doctoral Thesis, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Oslo.
2008 Rich Research Space. FORMakademisk, 1(1). Oslo.
2008 A System Approach to Design Learning. In A. Menges (Ed.), Systemisches Denken und Integrales Entwerfen / System thinking and Integral Design (pp. 22-33). Offenbach: Präsident der Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, Germany.
2009 Deichmannske Media Pods: Realisation of a student project with research content. In M. L. Berg (Ed.), Fremtid Formes / Shaping Futures. AHO, Oslo.
2009 Systems Oriented Design, 2009, from http://www.systemsorienteddesign.net
2009 Why should we and how can we make the design process more complex? In M. L. Berg (Ed.), Fremtid Formes / Shaping Futures (pp. 274 - 281). AHO, Oslo.
2010 Discussions & Movements in Design Research: A systems approach to practice research in design. FORMakademisk Vol.3. nr.1, Oslo.
2010 Exploring relations between Ergonomics and Systems oriented Design, Birger Sevaldson and Tom Vavik. Paper presented at NES2010, Stavanger, Norway.
2010 Systems oriented Design and Sustainability. Birger Sevaldson, Michael Hensel, Björn Frostell. Paper presented at Lens Conference Sustainability in Design : NOW!, Bangalore, India.
1993 Freeform modeling, lecture at Senter for Industriell Matematikk, SINTEF, Oslo.
1993 The implementation of 3D software in design, lecture at Senter for Industriell Matematikk, SINTEF, Oslo.
1994 3D for industrial designers, lecture at FEM engineering, Trondheim, Norway.
1994 The use of CAD/CAM in the education of industrial designers in Norway, presentation at Eurographics 94, Oslo.
1994 Construction Principles, presentation at C/World user meeting, Oslo.
1994 3D Representation and Construction Principles, Silicon Graphics, Oslo.
1995 On Solid Modeling, lecture at TechnoCad User Conference, Oslo.
1996 3D for designers, lecture at NIBI Norwegian Intergraph User Group, Asker, Norway.
1998 Research Education in Design, Cumulus Conference, Prague, Czech Republic,
published in conference proceedings UIAH, Helsinki, Finland.
1998 Internet based 3D Chat environments, Cumulus Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Conference proceedings UIAH, Helsinki, Finland..
1998 New Digital Design Strategies, presentation at Adaptive Technologies and Smart Materials. Architectural Association, AA School of Architecture, London, England.
1998 Dynamic Relations in Design, presentation at the seminar New Digital Design Strategies, Det Norske Arkitekt Akademi, Oslo.
1999 OCEAN Lonely Video, presentation at NAL seminar Tendenser 1999, Oslo.
1999 Research Design in Design Research, presentation at Cumulus Conference, Rome.
Conference proceedings by UIAH, Helsinki Finland.
1999 Digital Design Strategies, guest lecture at NTNU, Trondheim University, Trondheim, Norway
2000 Digital Design Strategies, at Cumulus conference, Helsinki, Finland.
2000 The Integrated Conglomerate Approach: A Suggestion for a generic model of design research, at Doctoral Education in Design, DRS conference, LaClusaz, France.
2000 Bevegelsesstudier påvirker formen, article in Computerworld, Oslo.
2000 Hva er det Virtuelle?, Presentation at KhiO SHKS, Oslo.
2000 Cyberspace uten 3D-trøkk, article in the Norwegian Computerworld, Oslo.
2000 Ambient Amplifiers, finalist and Honourable Mention in the FEIDAD Award together with Phu Duong, presentation Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 Form og Flexibility, presentation at KhiO SHKS, Oslo.
2002 Some Thoughts on Design Computing, article in AHO yearbook 2002. Oslo.
2002 Designing Time, presentation in AHO yearbook 2002. Oslo.
2003 Light Objects, at Contours: Evolutionary Strategies in Design, exhibition at the Architectural Association in London, England.
2004 Ways of Working, keynote speaker at the conference “Digitale Designprodukter” at the Design School in Kolding, Denmark.
2004 Designing Time: A Laboratory for Time Based Design, presentation at the Future Ground conference (DRS), 17-21 November, Melbourne, Australia.
2005 Design Computing in the Post-digital Age, guest lecture at NTCU architectural school, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
2005 Digital Design Techniques, exhibition in relation to doctoral disputation. AHO. Oslo.
2006 Developing Digital Design Techniques, lecture in the guest lecture series at Syracuse School of Architecture, New York, USA.
2006 Exhibition: Digital Design Techniques, at Syracuse School of Architecture, New York, USA.
2006 Design Computing in the Post-digital Age, lecture at IIT, Institute of Design, Chicago, USA.
2006 Digital Design Techniques, exhibition at IIT, Institute of Design, Chicago, USA.
2006 Developing Digital Design Techniques, lecture at the School of the Institute of Art, Chicago, USA.
2006 OCEAN NORTH, Presentation at Arkitekturdagene 2006 for the Association of Swedish Architects, Stockholm, Sweden.
2007 Exploring Digital Design, conference presentation, CMC Conference 07, University of Oslo.
2008 Digital Design Techniques, guest lecture at institute of informatics University of Oslo.
2009 Five installations, lecture on seminar on integrated art at NAL / NIL, Oslo.
2009 Systems Oriented Design, lecture at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2010 Design Research and Design Practice, Lecture at NAL-seminar on public architectural policies, Oslo.
2010 A Systems Approach to Re-understanding Wood as a Material, Institute of Industrial Ecology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
2010 Systems Oriented Design, Presentation for the Norwegian Design Council.
2010 Exploring Relations Between Ergonomics and Systems oriented Design, presentation at NES2010 conference, Stavanger, Norway.
2010 Systems Oriented Design and Sustainability, presentation at Lens Conference: Sustainability in Design : NOW! Bangalore, India.
2010 Systems Thinking in Design, lecture at faculty of Design, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo.
Publications and press.
Listing of publications where our works are presented.
1997 Morgenbladet, Oslo, OCEAN interview.
1998 Omveltningens arkitektur: Synthetic Landscape 3, OCEAN Cologne / Helsinki / Oslo. Arkitektnytt, p. 1, 4-5 , Oslo.
1998 Projects review OCEAN Cologne / Helsinki / Oslo. Space Magazine, p.88-109, Seoul , Korea.
1998 Chamberworks, OCEAN Cologne /Helsinki / Oslo. Archis, p.11, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1999 ”a_drift” Time Capsule OCEAN Cologne/Helsinki/Oslo. In Designs for the Next Millennium by Herbert Muchamp The New York Times Magazine, 5/12, New York, USA.
1999 Projects review OCEAN in Hybrid Space, ed. Peter Zellner, p 150-163, Thames & Hudson, London, England.
2000 OCEAN projects review, OCEAN Cologne/Helsinki/Oslo in DOMUS 5/1 “Urban Surfaces” p.32-35, Milan, Italy.
2001 What Architects Believe Should Rise from the Ashes of the World Trade Centre, by Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian, England.
2002 Stars Vision for NY World Trade Centre, in Building Design, England:.
2001 Ambient Amplifiers, OCEAN NORTH, in Defining Digital Architecture Edited by Yu-Tung Liu. Dialogue, pp.44-48, Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 OCEAN north Essay by Michael Hensel, in Kenchiku Bunka no. 652 vol. 56 pp. 81 - 85. Japan.
2001 OCEAN north, in Dialogue, Taipei, Taiwan
2002 World Center for Human Concerns, in A New World Trade Center, ed. Max Protetch, Regan Books Harper Collins New York, USA.
2002 World Center for Human Concerns, in Maja, Estonia, .
2002 A New World Trade Centre, exhibited at National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA.
2002 Defining Digital Architecture 2001 FEIDAD Award, Yu-Tung Liu, Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland.
2002 Chamberworks, Interior no. 112, Taipei, Taiwan.
2002 Are we Ready to Compute? by Michael Hensel, in Contemporary Architecture, Vol 42, Seoul, Korea
2002 Contemporary Techniques in Architecture, Architectural Design, Wiley Academy, London, England.
2002 Kreativ debatt om Ground Zero, Simen Sætre, Aftenposten, Oslo, Norway.
2003 Agora sound active Installation by Natasha Barrett and OCEAN NORTH, in Developing Digital Architecture, Ed. Yu-Tung Liu, Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland.
2003 OCEAN NORTH, in Innovation – From Experimentation to Realisation; Ed. Alexandra and Andreas Papadakis, pp. 90-93, New Architecture, 2003
2004 OCEAN NORTH, in New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific, Ed. Ippei Yamasaki, , pp. 26-29, Fram Kitagawa, Japan
2004 OCEAN NORTH, in Fast Forward - Hot Spot Brain Cells Architecture Biennale Beijing 2004; Ed. Neil Leach, p. 89, Map Book Publishers, 2004
2004 OCEAN NORTH – Curvature Logic, Ed. Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Byggekunst 04/04 pp. 16-29; Oslo, Norway, 2004
2004 OCEAN NORTH, in Imagining Ground Zero, Ed. Suzanne Stephens with Ian Luna and Ron Broadhurst,; p. 138, Rizzoli, New York, USA.
2004 A New World Trade Center – Design Proposals from leading Architects Worldwide, Ed. Max Protetch, pp. 110-111, Regan Books Harper Collins, New York, USA.
2004 AGORA: A music-theater performance and installation, article in “Diversifying Digital Architecture, 2003 FEIDAD Award” ed. Yu-Tung Liu, Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland.
2004 Digital Architect[ure]s, in Digital Tectonics, AD Wiley Academy, London, England
2005 OCEAN NORTH, in Blobjects & Beyond – The New Fluidity in Design, Ed. Steven Skov Holt and Mara Skov Holt, pp. 171, 190-191, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, USA
2005 OCEAN NORTH, in L’Arca, Milan, Italy.
2005 OCEAN NORTH, in 10x10_2, pp. 264-267, Phaidon, London, England.
2006 Collective Intelligence in Design, Architectural Design by Chris Perry and Christopher Hight, Whiley. London, England.
2006 Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design, Architectural Design ed. Michael Hensel, Achim Menges, and Michael Weinstock, Whiley, London, England.
2008 NIL-yearbook, BARELY installation with Natasha Barrett, Oslo.
2008 OCEAN - Conception Performative, Exhibition Catalogue. FRAC Centre, Orleans, France.
2008 Performalism, exhibition catalogue, pp. 98-105, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel,
Listing of the most important teaching activities.
1990 - 1991 Guest teacher, Institute of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design: Construction Principles. NCAD (National College of Art and Design, SHKS, today part of KHiO), Oslo
1991 Guest teacher, Institute of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, diploma seminar. NCAD, Oslo.
1991 Guest lecturer Institute of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design: Lecture series on office design. NCAD, Oslo.
1991 Guest lecturer Institute of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design: Lecture series on the history of building technology, NCAD, Oslo.
1991 Part time lecturer. Teaching computer courses: CAD, Windows, Alias, Anvil 5000, CAM. NCAD, Oslo.
1992 -1996 Assistant Professor NACD and Oslo School of Architecture and Design. (Institute of design migrated from NACD to AHO in 95) Oslo.
1992 – 2000 Responsible for CAD and computer related design at Institute of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design and Institute of Industrial Design, NCAD / AHO, Oslo.
1995 Expert advisor for doctoral student Jon Herman Rismoen NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
1995 Lecturer at Workshop “The Challenge of Complexity”, UIAH, Helsinki, Finland.
1996 -2005 Associate Professor at AHO, Oslo.
1996 - 2002 VORB 1-5, Virtuelle Objekter Rom og Bevegelser: Virtual Objects, Spaces and Movements, Experimental workshop series on design strategies for the virtual. AHO, Oslo.
1997 -2000 First cooperation with Telenor Fou, the research department of the Norwegian State Telephone Company. R&D project related project for forth year students. Oslo.
1998 -1999 Expert tutor, digital tools at Diploma Unit 4, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, England.
1998 Workshop tutor “Building Dynamic Relations”, RIBA approved course, Helsinki / Vaasa, Finland.
1999 Member of diploma jury at ESAG, Paris, France.
1999 Workshop tutor in Dynamic Relations in Design, Oslo. Collaboration between AA School of Architecture, London, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norwegian Academy of Architecture, Oslo, AAA School of Architecture Aarhus, Denmark.
2000 Jury at Greg Lynn’s course at ETH, Zürich
2000 Design for Internet Solutions for E-business. Studios at Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo.
2000 Conceptual Design Studio: 3. Year. AHO, Oslo
2000 Brand Building on the Internet: 4. year. AHO, Oslo
2001 Starting up new part-time master in IT-related design. AHO, Oslo.
2002 - 2007 Leading the new IT-master at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design together with Simon Clatworthy. AHO, Oslo.
2002 - 2003 Guest Professor at the National College of Art and Design in Oslo
2002 Designing Time and Narrative Design. Developing new studio Courses at Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Research based on teaching. Oslo.
2003 Design Discourse, design theory course with Simon Clatworthy. AHO, Oslo.
2003 Designing Time, master studio, AHO, Oslo.
2004 Member of intermediate jury at the AA School of Architecture, London, England.
2005 Designing Time, master studio, AHO, Oslo.
2005 Member of committee for the PhD dissertation of Thomas Leerberg at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark.
2005 Designing Time, master studio, AHO, Oslo.
2005 Designing Time, workshop at NTCU architectural school, Hsinchu ,Taiwan
2006 Professionalizing design, design studio course for third year students, AHO, Oslo.
2006 Teaching diploma preparation, AHO, Oslo.
2006 Survival Kit, master studio lead by Søren Sørensen. AHO
2006 Visiting critic at Syracuse School of Architecture, teaching time based design. With Phu Duong. Syracuse, New York, USA.
2006 System Thinking and Complexity in Design, studio for master students at AHO. Oslo.
2007 Systems Oriented Design, master studios and research. AHO, Oslo.
2008 Systems Oriented Design, master studios and research. AHO, Oslo.
2009 Systems Oriented Design, master studios and research. With Michael Hensel. AHO, Oslo.
2009 Performance Oriented Design, master studio lead by Michael Hensel with Defne Sunguroglu Hensel. AHO, Oslo.
2009 External examiner at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2010 Systems Oriented Design, master studios and research. AHO, Oslo.
2010 External examiner at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2010 Member of committee for PhD dissertation of Flemming Tvede Hansen. Denmarks Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2010 Auxiliary Architecture, master studio lead by Michael Hensel with Defne Sunguroglu Hensel. AHO, Oslo.
2011 Systems Oriented Design, master studios and research. With the Norwegian Design Council. AHO, Oslo.