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 town and city developments.

The contest is open to graduates holding master’s theses from Norwegian universities and colleges, as well as Norwegian citizens holding degrees from abroad. Participants must in 2018 or 2019 have completed a thesis on property development, architecture, landscaping, social geography, engineering, economy or urban planning.

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

Deadline for submission is August 5th.

Sign up here (Norwegian).

Selected participants will be invited to present their work to the jury and an audience at Oslo Urban Arena – a urban development conference at September 12th. The winner should have made an important contribution towards future-oriented urban development.

The master’s theses selected for presentation at OUA should:

  • Consider urban development from a social and sustainable perspective.
  • Contribute new understanding by shining a critical light on established knowledge and practice within today’s urban development.
  • Develop solutions and proposals that are of clear relevance to how today’s towns and cities are being formed.
  • Show new thinking and creativity, contributing to practical innovation.

Through their presentation, the winner will have conveyed their topic, issues and results in a clear, easy-to-understand and interesting way.

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
Atdhe Illyrian Belegu for the thesis 03 Assembly Palace. A contextualized restructure and adaptation of local assets in Fjell, Drammen, Bergen School of Architecture (BAS)
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 the thesis Byrom for fysisk aktivitet – støttet av norske spillemidler, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).



Photo credits 2017 and 2018: Finn Ståle Felberg
Photo credits 2016 and 2015: Oslo Urban Arena