Public Lecture: Professor Andrew Morrison ‘Re-viewing Design Research: Circumpolar North’


Public Lecture by Professor Andrew Morrison
‘Re-viewing Design Research: Circumpolar North’
Friday 27 March, 2015
5.30 for 5.45pm start
Blg 80, level 2, room 007
445 Swanston St,

Circumpolar North provides a unique laboratory for studying future landscapes of production, infrastructure, excavation, and environmental change.

Northern territories are under pressure due to planned exploration and extraction of oil, gas and minerals, bringing about rapid development of cities, settlements and landscapes. The project maps these ‘future’ landscapes from an interdisciplinary perspective and studies the relationship between people and their environments as well as the importance of social and individual agency in the development of the landscapes.

The project is founded in a conception of landscape as a shared material human experience, one that supplements the traditional conception of landscape as primarily an aesthetic category. The project both looks at landscape as the result of political, cultural and social development –but also explores landscape and as an agency in the production of these.

The project will raises awareness and knowledge of new landscape typologies, include the everyday in the category of landscape, and explore tools to articulate and narrate such perspectives.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape and the Institute of Design, with the Barents Institute as an external partner.


Andrew Morrison is Director of the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway and Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design (IDE). As co-ordinator of research, Andrew takes part in and leads a range of design research projects. These cover Communication Design, dynamic interfaces and social media; RFID, mediation and activity; Service Design and innovation in leadership; electronic arts installation; narrative and mobile media; practice-based research/research by design; online research mediation and design research methods. Andrew also focuses on design writing, fiction and criticism.

He has been central to the ongoing redesign and teaching of the PhD school at AHO. He has supervised a dozen PhD students at AHO and others at the University of Oslo in design, media and education. Andrew is a member of the Research Committee and the Board of AHO. He was paper co-chair for Nordes 09, Engaging Artifacts, 3rd Nordic Design Research Conference ( and been a board member of the Design research Society. He has published widely in journals, books and online and has a special research interest in online research mediation. He has edited and co-edited several collections of papers and chapters related to design and new media.

Formerly Andrew was an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo at the interdisciplinary research centre InterMedia where he led the Communication Design Group