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The Aspelin Ramm prize

Good urban development demands a high level of competence! Aspelin Ramm wishes to encourage further knowledge and understanding of the subject, and facilitate better and more future-oriented development for cities and towns. We’re inviting masterstudents from Nordic universities and colleges educating property developers, architects, landscape architects, community geographers, engineers, economists and planners to participate. Only masters’ thesis from 2017 or 2018 will be considered.

Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary understanding, and the paper’s theme must be relevant and applicable to the subject of urban development.

The submission must include a summary of up to 200 words alongside the thesis itself.

The application deadline is August 13th, 2018. A link for registration will follow in the spring.

Selected participants will be invited to present their work before the jury and an audience at Folketeateret during Oslo Urban Arena on September 18th. The winner of “Aspelin Ramm-prisen 2018” will be announced the following day (September 19th): The winner must have made an important contribution towards future-oriented urban development in cities and towns.

The winner will receive a prize sum of 25.000 NOK as well as a diploma designed by Enzo Finger.

See the program for Oslo Urban Arena here.

The jury
The jury will be led by Marianne Skjulhaug, head of the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). The other members are Per G. Røe, head of the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at UiO, Elin Børrud, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Gunnar Bøyum, CEO of Aspelin Ramm.

Previous winners

  • 2017: Cecilie Espedokken Vik for the thesis Urbane naturområder – hvordan balansere hensynet til biologisk mangfold med tilrettelegging for menneskelig aktivitet, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
  • 2016: Tin Phan for the thesis Coworking Spaces, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).
  • 2015: Even Bakken for his thesis Byrom for fysisk aktivitet – støttet av norske spillemidler, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).



Photo credits 2017: Finn Ståle Felberg
Photo credits 2016: and 2015: Oslo Urban Arena