The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Oslo, NO
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Maridalsveien 29
0175 Oslo

N 59° 55' 28.04'', E 59° 55' 28.04''
 Irene Alma  Lønne 

 Irene Alma  Lønne 
Head of School
Degree programmes
Faculty profile

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.
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.
The school also offers post-professional Master’s courses in urban studies and architectural conservation. AHO offers a single type of doctoral degree, the Doctor of Philosophy.
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.
Four institutes—Institute of Architecture, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, Institute of Form, Theory and History, and Institute of Design—organize the education at AHO. Each Institute has its own research centre that informs and inspires teaching and practice.
As an international school, AHO’s Master’s programmes are taught in English. International students constitute 25% of the Master’s students and 50% of the PhD candidates.
The school boasts of three unique workshops for wood, plastic and metal, alongside a full-scale construction hall, Rapid manufacturing labs, libraries, and the most current IT resources. Studios, data labs, and unstaffed workshops are open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The international faculty consists of academics and practicing professionals who provide the necessary breadth needed for a contemporary architecture and design education.
AHO is located in the centre of Oslo, at Vulkan, a revitalised industrial area near the Aker River. An innovative, creative and cultural part of the city. The school lays adjacent to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the recently opened Food Hall.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design is situated in the centre of Oslo, close to the Aker River. The schools dwellings are in an old factory building, modernized and updated to suit the school’s needs.


  • Workshops for wood, plastic and metal
  • Full-scale construction hall
  • Rapid manufacturing labs
  • CAD – Lab
  • CNC Milling
  • Laser Cutter
  • Library
  • Plot centre


Student Activities

All students are members of the Organization of Student welfare in Oslo. The students have a student union, and are represented in all boards and committees. The students run their own pub and film club.

Admission Requirements

Master's level admission

Students with a completed bachelor or equivalent undergraduate education of at least three years duration in Architecture, Design or Landscape Architecture may apply for admission

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate courses are taught in Norwegian. Undergraduate admission to AHO is based on the minimum requirements for Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway, fulfilling the language requirements and passing the admission exams at AHO.

Exchange to AHO

To be eligible for admission as an exchange student you must be enrolled in one of AHOs partner institutions. It is an absolute prerequisite that you have completed a minimum of three years of study prior to the exchange.

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Tuition fees

Tuition free of charge. Semester fee € 75. Regular students are eligible for funding in the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund

Application Deadline

For master level admission: March 1st

Undergraduate admission: April 15th

Master, Architecture, 5-year programme, Master, 130,

Master of Architecture, 5,5-year programme (the first 3 years in Norwegian, 2,5-year master level in English)
Enrolment: 60 students for 1st year, 15 for master level

Master, Landscape Architecture, location Oslo, 5-year programme, Master,

Enrolment: 12 students

Master, Design, Master,

Master’s of Design (the first 3 years in Norwegian, 2-year master level in English)
Enrolment: 30 students for 1st year, 15 for master level

Master, Landscape Architecture, location Tromsø, Master,

Master of Landscape Architecture, location Oslo, 2-year programme (English)
Enrolment: 15 students

Master, Landscape Architecture, Master,

Master of Landscape Architecture, location Tromsø, 2-year programme (English)
Enrolment: 15 students

The teaching profile is based on an academic tradition with studio-based project work and a  conceptual design approach. This approach is combined with an introduction to traditional subjects in architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture. The curriculum/list of courses is changed each semester. A concise study plan with descriptions of all courses are available on the AHO website.

AHO’s educational programme leads to a master’s degree in architecture. In addition three post-graduate master’s programmes are offered, leading to master degrees in urbanism, architectural conservation and computer related design. The school also has a PhD program and in-depth research projects are conducted within the core disciplines.
The Master of Architecture programme at AHO has an average duration of 11 semesters – 330 ECTS points. Each semester is worth 30 ECTS credits. The first 4 semesters consist of mandatory foundation level teaching. The next six semesters consist respectively of a full-term studio course and a shorter theme course. Every term offers a variety of choices in each
category. During the third year of studies, alternative electives can be chosen, and will be announced in the semester’s curriculum. During the fourth year of studies, students can choose freely among elective studio courses and intensive courses listed in the Study plan. Parts of the foundation studies will be in cooperation with the students at the Industrial design programme. The last semester consists of an individual diploma project evaluated by external examiners. The Master degree is the required formal qualifi cation for practicing architecture within the EU. It is also the basis for future Ph.D. studies.
Master of Landscape architecture:
The Master of Landscape Architecture programme has a duration of 4 semesters ‘ 120 ECTS credits. Admission to the programme is based on a three year bachelor degree from an institution on the same level as AHO.  The study emphasizes urban landscape architecture within a studio based curriculum focused on design, and students are educated in concept and project
development. The programme offers studio courses in both landscape architecture and urbanism, as well as intensive courses in history, techniques and theory, which in combination forms a professional education and gives the title Master of Landscape Architecture.

Post-graduate master programmes:
Programmes in Urbanism, Architectural conservation and Computer related design, mainly directed towards professionals within these fi elds. All degrees are on part time, estimated to three years of study, and give 90 ECTS credits. The degree programmes offer professionals to get an update and new inspiration within their fi eld, as well as being inspired by other groups of professionals. The post-graduate master programmes are subject to tuition fees, and certain procedures of application and admission apply. For more information, see or contact our institution.

AHO offers a single PhD qualification that fulfills the grounds for the award of an academic Doctor of Philosophy. The PhD is examined by a committee of three peers based on the assessment of:

  • a document of record (the “thesis”)
  • an aural examination (disputas)
  • a trial lecture

We supervise PhD projects in all aspects of design, history and theory of architecture, preservation, architecture and its technologies, urbanism and landscape studies.

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