Provincial and Outdated?





school, identity


Teachers are far more decisive for the quality of architectural education than curriculum, academic organization and management. Put all efforts into reorganization and restructuring. It will, however mean little to the quality of education. Good schools are built by outstanding teachers. And architectural education is socially relevant and valid, linking to the culture and needs of a society. At least this was so in a small school close to the North Pole, started in 1945, right after the second World War as part of a process of rebuilding a nation.

How to Cite

Ellefsen, K. O. (2019). Provincial and Outdated?. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 72–73.



Author Biography

Karl Otto Ellefsen, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Karl Otto Ellefsen was a professor at The Norwegian University of Technology until 1995 and is professor in architecture and urbanism at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He was heading the school as Rector from 2001 — 2015. Ellefsen has taught architecture and urbanism in universities since 1984, and has headed doctoral programs and given PhD supervision since the beginning of the 1990's. He is currently a chaired professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Karl Otto Ellefsen was the president of EAAE from 2013 to 2017.