The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Oslo, Norway
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) offers a unique research-based education of international standing. 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.



Established in 1945, today it has built a solid national funding base and is prominently ranked internationally.


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.


Four institutes - Institute of Architecture, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, Institute of Form, Theory and History, and Institute of Design - organsize the education at AHO. Each Institute has its own research centre that informs and inspires teaching and practice.


  • Centre for Design Research
  • Oslo Centre for Urban and Landscape Studies
  • Oslo Centre for Critical Architecture Studies
  • Research Center of Architecture and Tectonics

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)


Student services

Academic Services has administrative responsibility for AHO’s study programmes and provides support services for students, academic staff and school management.

The main responsibilities include student service, admission, exchange and internationalization, exam management, evaluations, and student regulations.

Housing services

All students admitted to AHO are eligible for accommodation through The Foundation for Student life in Oslo (SIO). You apply by completing the online application form on the SiO website. When asked for your Norwegian ID-number, you may enter your date of birth.

It is advisable to apply as soon as possible after being admitted to AHO.

International students are prioritized for SiO housing. However, remember to set up a number of alternatives for accommodation. Due to high demand in student housing in Oslo, there is no guarantee that you will get your first priority.

Library services

The Library is situated on the ground floor towards the lovely landscape along Akerselva River. Only AHO’s students and staff may borrow books.

The main emphasis of the collection is on architecture, urbanism, art, design and building technology; supplemented by a general background collection on social sciences, philosophy and science studies.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Other Degrees