How can mobility and migration inform and shape our cities? How can social infrastructure and new ways of living contribute to the creation of diverse, tolerant and inclusive neighborhoods? How do we plan and facilitate diversity and social sustainability in our communities?
Escalating urbanization trends accompanied by increasing occurrences and intensity of natural and man-made disasters are reasons for why millions of people are forced to leave their homes – many of whom increasingly seek sanctuary in cities.
Who we are
In Transit Studio is a hub for architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism students from all over the world who devote their skills and ideas to collaborative knowledge production about displacement, urbanization and space. The Studio is dedicated to exploring the subject of mobility and migration in the age of urbanization, and to propose local, spatial and site-specific solutions to global challenges.
In Transit Studio is a master level course in architecture and urbanism run by Håvard Breivik-Khan and Tone Selmer-Olsen at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design's (AHO) Institute of Urbanism and Landscape in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)/NORCAP, a global and independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. The Studio was created in 2016 to contribute new thinking to this emerging field and to educate future built environment professionals, who are ready to take on the challenges of our times.
Tone Selmer-Olsen is an architect and assistant professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). She is currently responsible for the Master’s course In Transit Studio at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at AHO. Through her own private practice and with collaborating partners, Tone has worked with projects ranging from private housing to large-scale award-winning culture buildings. She has broad experience from crisis response, humanitarian relief, and development efforts, and been deployed to United Nations agencies in Haiti, Nepal and North Macedonia. Tone holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the Institute of Architecture at the AHO, including exchange programmes in Copenhagen (KADK), and at the AA, London.
Håvard Breivik-Khan is an architect, reseracher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), and responsible for the Master’s course In Transit Studio at AHO's Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. With more than a decade of experience from crisis response, humanitarian relief, and development efforts, Håvard has been deployed to United Nations agencies in Haiti, Nepal, North Macedonia, Hungary, and New York, as a member of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster, NORCAP (2010-2020). He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from AHO’s Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, including exchange programmes in Shanghai and Paris (ENSAPLV).
This website was supported, in part, by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Design and development by Alejandro V. Rojas. Editing by Håvard Breivik-Khan & Tone Selmer-Olsen.