PhD Projects

There are at the time five PhD students who are in one or the other way connected and involved to S.O.D.


Arild Midtbø Kalseth



Helge Tor Kristiansen is PhD candidate financed by a maritime project at HiALS who is based at AHO for doing the PhD.

He is related to the UBC research project.



Manuela Aguirre

Manuela Aguirre is a PhD fellow at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design researching the role of Systems and Service Oriented Design in the Public Sector.  She is also dedicated part-time to the Systems Oriented Design course this fall semester 2013.  Before starting her PhD studies, Manuela was working in the intersection between health care and design thinking at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  As a service designer within Mayo Clinic´s Center for Innovation´s group, she worked on a diverse range of projects, spanning from practice redesign, experimenting with different outpatient care models to visioning activities with Mayo Clinic leadership on defining what is the future of Connected Care – and how will Mayo Clinic position itself in that new space.

Manuela has participated in the Global Service Jam twice, first by being a “jammer” in Oslo and then by co-hosting the Twin Cities first Global Service Jam in 2013.

Coming from an integrated design background, Manuela has progressively been more engaged in the Design for Social Innovation work and researching minority social groups.  Her Master Thesis, Designing for Dignity, done in collaboration with Jan Kristian Strømsnes, addressed the needs of a Sexual Assault Survivor (SAS) throughout their medical and legal care, by designing a holistic spectrum of system interventions.  In 2013, Designing for Dignity received the Young Talent Award given by the Norwegian Design Council and the Core77 Service Design Student Runner-Up recognition.



Aguirre M., Agudelo N, and Romm J (2016) Facilitating generative emergence within large-scale networks: Unpacking six dimensions of design practice. In Jones P. ed. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium. Toronto Canade October 13-15, 2016

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Aguirre M., Paulsen A., (2014) Using material properties to understand and shape relationships in public and social services. Working Paper in Sevaldson B., Jones P., RSD3 Proceedings: Relating Systems Thinking and design 2014, AHO Oslo.
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Aguirre M. & Vink J. (2013) Catalyzing Systemic Transformations in Health Care: Lessons learned by design practitioners at Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Working Paper, in Sevaldson B. and Jones P., Eds, RSD2: Emerging Contexts for Systemic Design: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2013 Symposium Proceedings, AHO, Oslo
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Sigrun Lurås

Sigrun Lurås is a Ph.D. Fellow in Systems Oriented Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She holds a Master in Industrial Design Engineering from NTNU in 2005. She also has two years of Engineering Cybernetics studies at undergraduate level and upgrading courses in Human Factors and Psychology. Prior to starting on her Ph.D. Sigrun worked as an interaction designer and human factors specialist. Sigrun is particularly interested in design for safety critical systems, and her Ph.D. project addresses how Systems Oriented Design can be used to design for enhanced situation awareness on the bridge of offshore support vessels.

Finalized in January 2016


Thesis Sigrun Luras.pdf



Other publications:

Lurås S 2016 Systems Intertwined: A systemic view on the design situation. Design Issues, Vol. 32, No. 3, Pages: 30-41, MIT press  >>>>> 


Lurås S., Lützhöft M., Sevaldson B., (2015) Meeting the complex and unfamiliar: Lessons from design in the offshore industries. International Journal of Design.
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Lurås s., Nordby K., Radical Design Processes for Systemic Change, in Sevaldson B. and Jones P., Eds, RSD2: Emerging Contexts for Systemic Design: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2013 Symposium Proceedings, AHO, Oslo.
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Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel [MSc EmTech AA Dipl RIBA II] (born 1979, İstanbul, Turkey) is an architect, interior architect, principle researcher and currently a board member in OCEAN Research and Design Association (2008) and research fellow at AHO (2008-2012). Currently she pursues her PhD entitled; Multiple Performance Integration Model for a Generative Design Process Based on Wood and Clay Based Systems.

 Finalized 2017



Marie Davidová, MArch. is a founding member and chair of Collaborative Collective, z.s., PhD research fellow at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec and scientific consultant in studio FLO|W at the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. She gained her master degree in architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Marie had been working as an architect in studios Snøhetta and Expology in Oslo and teaching as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She had been visiting studio course leader at the Architectural Institute in Prague and at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec in the cooperation with Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

Finalized 2018


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