People who have lectured in SOD at AHO

Oct 2012 | News & Notes



Magnus Bjelkerud

Magnus Bjelkerud’s educational background is from NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) where he studied transport communications. He also holds a Master of Management from BI (Oslo, Norway). Magnus has a varied professional background. At the moment he is working as market coordinator within safety at Norconsult. Prior to this he has worked as a researcher at SINTEF and as a senior consultant at Det Norske Veritas AS. This has given him a broad experience in the field of risk management and safety within the industries aviation, oil&gas, road, rail and the public sector. 
In his lectures, the participants will learn how to think risk and also be able to perform a risk analysis on their own. The generic steps of a risk analysis will be instructed in detail and made practical. Also, the participants will learn to understand why humans make mistakes, how risk can be reduced and how risk can be managed to obtain an acceptable level of risk. The lectures are supported by international standards and research work within risk and safety.


Wolfgang Jonas

Wolfgang Jonas, born 1953, study of naval architecture 1971-76 at the Technical University of Berlin, research on the computer-aided optimisation of streamlined shapes, PhD in 1983. 1984-87 consulting engineer in the area of Computer Aided Design for companies of the automobile industry and the German standardisation institute DIN. Since 1988 design practice, teaching (CAD, industrial design, exhibitions) and research (system theory and design theory) at the University of the Arts Berlin and at the University of Wuppertal. 1994 lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in design theory.
1994 – 2001 professor for “process design” at the University of Art and Design Halle / Burg Giebichenstein.
2001 – 2005 professor for “design theory” at the University of the Arts Bremen.
2005 – 2010 professor for “system design” at the School of Art and Design, University of Kassel.
Since 2010 professor for “Designwissenschaft” at the Braunschweig University of Art, Institute for Transportation Design. Visiting professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, Université de Montréal, Canada, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Focus of interest: design theory as meta theory, design theory and design methods in a systemic perspective, systems thinking, scenario planning, research through design.
Numerous publications on theoretical and practical aspects of designing, for example “Design – System – Theorie: Überlegungen zu einem systemtheoretischen Modell von Designtheorie” (1994), “Mind the gap! – on knowing and not-knowing in Design” (2004), “Positionen zur Designwissenschaft” (2010), also publications on the history of naval architecture in Nordfriesland (1990) and on the aesthetics of modern ships (1991).



Former Lecturers


Øyvind Andreassen

Øyvind Andreassen has a MS in astrophysics and PhD in physics from University of Oslo. He is currently cheif scientist at Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and adjunct professor at University Graduate Center and University of Oslo. His interests include scientific computing and visualization, fluid dynamics and turbulence, wave physics, hydro acoustics and flow noise. He is currently conducting dispersion studies using scale models in wind tunnels.


 Björn Frostell

Björn Frostell is Associate Professor and researcher at Industrial Ecology KTH, Sweden. Main present focus of work is Industrial Ecology with emphasis on LCA of products, services and systems. During the last few years, Industrial Ecology for sustainable energy and water systems and sustainable urban development has become of main interest. He has extensive experience from international work, especially in poor countries.


Tom Halsør

Tom Halsør mainly works with data visualization. Work experience ranges from corporate identities too board game design. He has been teaching interaction design for many years. Full time employed at Statistics Norway as senior adviser in data visualization.


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.


 Jaan-Henrik Kain

Jaan-Henrik Kain is an architect and planner working with research and education at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. His main focus is on systems thinking in managing urban complexity and on multi-stakeholder planning and design processes.

 Derek Miller

 Derek Miller

Derek B. Miller, Ph.D (International Relations, University of Geneva) is Director of the Boston-based firm, The Policy Lab. He is currently senior fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and Associate Scholar at the Center for Local Strategies Research at the University of Washington. Miller has an MA in national security studies from Georgetown University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. In partnership with Lisa Rudnick, Miller pioneered the application of service design to international peace and security programming through the research and development of the Security Needs Assessment Protocol (SNAP) project at UNIDIR. He publishes and lectures on U.S. and international security policy, UN affairs, cultural research (especially in conflict zones), cooperative ethics, and political communication (especially media and foreign policy decisionmaking). He now resides in Oslo and is the author of a forthcoming novel (in Norwegian translation) with Cappelen Damm.


Annegrete Mølhave

Annegrete Mølhave has a PhD in information design, and is associate lecturer on the BA graphic design course at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. Her practice-led research identifies existing rationales and processes for transforming information into diagrams of ecological cycles in science textbooks. The methodology mixes visual content analysis, semi-structured interviews and phenomenographic analysis.


Maziar Raein

Maziar Raein is head of MA Design at the Oslo National Academy Of The Arts. He is originally trained as an artist and film-maker at St Martin’s School of Art. He worked and exhibited work through out Europe and was the Chairman of Artists collective, Cubitt Studios in London. 
In a “road to Damascus” conversion he changed his career in order to work as a graphic designer, were he was responsible for the branding and identity of companies such as Lastminute.com. He has also worked extensively as a design and identity consultant with Just Proportion (UK), Benchmarking Group International (USA) and was Director of Experimental Design for Impactopia (UK).
Maziar has been involved in design education for nearly two decades, principally teaching at St Martins College in London. He was a founding member and researcher for Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) and Practice, Research, Education in Design Forum (PRE Design) and also collaborating as a researcher with the Design Against Crime Research Centre. He is on the editorial panel and advisor to the Writing for Creative Practice Journal and has published in a number of academic journals and architectural publications.


Rachel Troye

Rachel Troye is a reknown graphic designer who teaches information visualization and graphic design. She lives and works in Oslo and teaches at the Oslo School of Architecture and design, at the National College of Art and Design, Bergen and at other schools.


 Suzanne Stein

Suzanne Stein, Foresight Expert:
Suzanne is a Foresight Analyst, Mentor, and Educator. She comes to OCAD from SMARTlab in the UK where she was Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow in Technology Futures. She also works with the CFC Media Lab where she holds a Faculty post.  She was formerly a member of Nokia?s Insight & Foresight group, which studied emerging trends and identified new business opportunities created by disruptive technological and market developments. Previously at Sapient Corporation, a business and technology consultancy, Suzanne was the Discipline Lead for the Experience Modeling (XMod) group in London, where she created and managed this group of diverse social scientists. She was also a Director in the User Experience Group, overseeing Creative development and articulation as well as the Research offerings. Prior to this, she was the Director of Insights and Director of Project Management at Xcorporation, a communications and design firm. Suzanne is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and founder of the research company, Everyday Life. She was also the Canadian juror for the UN Task force, the World Summit Awards and has held Mentorship positions with the Interactive Project Lab and various advisory boards.



Carlo Vezzoli

Since 1995 Carlo Vezzoli has been working at the Politecnico di Milano University with research and educational activities focused on design for sustainability. He is professor of Design for environmental sustainability and System Design for Sustainability within the Faculty of Design. He is the head of the research unit Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) and scientific supervisor of the laboratory Design and sustainability (De.SoS) within the INDACO (industrial design) department. Among others projects he is the coordinator of the international universities network LeNS, the Learning Network on Sustainability (funded by EU-Asia Link program, European Commission), for the development and the diffusion of the system design for sustainability discipline in world-wide universities of design (www.lens.polimi.it)