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Jørgen Hallås Skattland
Course supervisor

Assistant professor
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Jørgen Skatland graduated with a degree in architecture in 2011. He is currently pursuing his PhD in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, NTNU. His research project “Reconstructing knowledge integration in the construction industry” deals how epistemological unity manifest in the contemporary Norwegian AEC-industry. The projects pursues the problem both theoretically and empirically by analysing what characterise acts and information that are universally recognised across different professional agencies, despite their different stakes, aims and educational backgrounds. By developing methods for analysing and describing the knowledge component of building information; the research finally aims to apply the insights found strategically back into the industry. Jørgen has been teaching studio courses in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Design since 2011, and is a member of the Urban Trigger research group.

Erik Frydenlund Hofsbro
Student contact and coordinator 

Faculty of Architecture and Design
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Erik Hofsbro began his master in architecture at NTNU in 2013 and graduated in the early summer of 2018. Shortly after his graduation he began his job as a research assistant at the Institute of Archtiecture and Planning within the Faculty of Architecture and Design, where he has been attached to courses in urban planning, urban design and complex buildings. From the summer of 2020 he is employed as a lecturer. During his education he has been involved in several student workshops in cooperation with Arkitekturedagen 2015 and Byåsen Library among others. For several years he was also a part of the student council as an institute- and later faculty trustee. In 2017 he was a board member of the faculty board of the Faculty of Architecture and Design. His master thesis was about the transformation of a usable but unused barn in the countryside, an ever increasing challenge in the rural parts of Norway.

Ole Møystad

Faculty of Architecture and Design
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr.Ing. Ole Möystad M.Arch  was appointed Full Professor at the NTNU ( in 2012. 2011-2015 he was the head of the faculty’s office at Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology in Xi’an (, where he founded the Sino-Norwegian Architecture Forum (, which he led in collaboration with XAUAT in Xi’an and Tsinghua University in Beijing through 2015, when he initiated and now heads the Urban Trigger Group at Metamorphosis, NTNU. The Urban Trigger Network comprises researchers from NTNU, TUDelft and Bartlett UCL. During 2016 Möystad was visiting researcher at TUDelft.

Möystad received his M.Arch from Oslo School of Architecture in 1986, and after obtaining his doctor of engineering in 1994, he took up a full time position as assistant professor in Architecture and Urban Design at the American University of Beirut (, where he taught, practiced and researched on processes of rapid change and urban reconstruction.  Later he has been associated to ETSAB, Barcelona and Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa as a visiting lecturer in their PhD programs.

In order to maintain a realistic and pragmatist foothold for his research interests, he has always been engaged in architectural practice. In 2006 he co-founded STUDIO hp AS with M.Arch. PhD Hettie Pisters:, and in 2015 he founded the Urban Trigger Group at the NTNU in Norway.

His research interest, first established in his doctorate, concerns the city conceived and construed as an intelligent (eco- )system. His main focus has always been to understand the built environment not in terms of bricks and mortar, but in terms of how we shape it (from initiation and concept through construction and use) and how it shapes us. After studying this topic theoretically through his doctoral research, he spent three years in post war Beirut investigating the pathology of the urban environment caused by the strain of too rapid change.  During later years he has pursued these topics through a number of articles and projects, all with a keen eye on questions of intelligence, meaning and pragmatism; on the interplay between thoughts and things, as well as a search for the agents and triggers of urban change and development. He has recently published a scientific monography titled Cognition and the Built Environment on Routledge London/New York:

Jostein Breines

NHP Eiendom AS  
Architect MNAL

He is inspired by the complexity and layering in our diverse field of work, from strategies to details. In 2012 he delivered his master thesis Looptopia, together with Mads Nermo, which since has been presented on different occasions – for instance at a meeting in the committee “How To Feed the Planet” in Paris, november 2012. He will be a contributor to the teaching team this fall.