Today was the opening day for The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) exhibitions.
AHO is one of the most competitive design institutions in Scandinavia. With professors, speakers, and administrators from top design organizations, the students have excellent resources. With programs ranging from bachelors degrees through the PhD level, the intricate yet intuitive courses are created not to develop students who fit a mold, but rather those who flow outside of one – they are conditioning “thinkers” into being well rounded creators.
At today’s opening exhibition I was really impressed by the minds at work behind the exhibits. Each student had their location carefully curated to capture a degrees worth of work, into a poster, object, and short video. Being here truly brought back my own memories of being a part of the B + C | A program as an undergraduate and the long nights in the studio building models and writing summaries, in an effort to capture abstract ideas and put them onto paper.
Several of the exhibits really spoke to me, particularly in the Master’s of Design diploma exhibit: “Biocharging Urban Neighborhoods,” “Norway’s National Memory,” and “The Oslo Experience” just to name a few. I look forward to delving into these works individually. These brilliant students certainly aren’t just making pretty products, they are solving big problems in rapidly changing environments: tech, travel, sustainability. I can’t wait to share more about these exhibits.
Designing and thinking don’t always come hand in hand, but if these students aren’t already there, they’re certainly well on their way.