Systems Oriented Design / Systemorientert Design (NO)

The designerly way to work with systems

The main mission of Systems Oriented Design is to build the designers own interpretation and implementation of systems thinking so that systems thinking can fully benefit from design thinking and practice and so that design thinking and practice can fully benefit from systems thinking.



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Tobias Luthe joins SOD at AHO

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We are happy to announce that Tobias Luthe has joined the SOD group at Oslo School of Architecture and Design in a part time 50% position.

Tobias is professor dr. at ETH Zürich, Dept of Civil, Env. and Geomatic eng. Institute for Spatial and Landscape development  >>>>>>

He will remain in a 50% position at ETH where he amongst other things teaches a course in Systemic Design for Sustainability   >>>>>

Tobias is a person with diverse interrests reaching from landscape ecology to systemic design. He is a mountain guide and the founder of the Monviso Institute.  

Tobias will contribute with different perspectives and approaches to the SOD environment. 

We wish him welcome and we are looking forward to an exiting collaboration.

See Tobias' website here >>>>>

Read more about Tobias here: >>>>>


Master Exchange students in SOD

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If you want to study SOD and you are in one of the Exchange schools for AHO you can apply as an exchange student. The deadline for applicaiton is 1st April.

To apply go to  



RSD8 IIT ID Chicago Call for Abstracts

Systems Change for Governance: Design + Networks + Activation

RSD8  Relating Systems Thinking and Design

October 17-19, 2019    IIT – Institute of Design

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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  • How can organizations engage and activate networks for reimagining livelihoods and the platforms for supporting them?
  • What is the role of leaders—including designers—in designing sustainable solutions that reimagine the interconnectivity of social, technical and ecological infrastructures?
  • How can socially-focused entrepreneurs prototype large-scale transformations that weave together new technological developments and more equitable and inclusive solutions?
  • Where might we learn from alternative or emerging models of developing and scaling access, inclusion, and equity in large-scale transformation initiatives involving multiple stakeholders?
  • What ethical and ecological principles — such as social justice, regenerativity, transparency, and “fit”— should inform how we enable systemic change in action?


Follow this link to read more and register: >>>>>



A map of the Norwegian state

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One of the SOD master students in the Design for Democracy studio of the autumn 2018 went bravely to the task of mapping out Norway as a state and organization. The map spans from the top to far down to the bottom of the governing hierarchy. Though the map is far from complete it reveals some of the immense complexity of our society. Understanding a bit of this should be valuable for anybody who regards themselves as citizens of a democratic society.

The print version of this map is 5x3 meters. Click the image to see a bigger version.

We hope to find some resources to pick this up and work on with it. It is valuable work but it takes time. After all this map of biochemical pathways took over 30 years of refinement: >>>>>


Read the report from the project here


Fully funded PhD

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Want to join the Oslo SOD team?

We are happy to announce a fully funded PhD possition in Systems Oriented design at AHO.

You will be working closely to the SOD team at AHO and the Oslo environment. You must be willing to move to Oslo for the period of four years.

Please follow this link to see the details:



We also have a 50% associate/ assistant professor in SOD announced

Follow this link to see the details






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