AHO: open posts

The Institute of Design, at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), is growing and will expand the number of faculty extensively over the next few years. To meet the growing demand for designers in Norway, the Ministry of Education and Research granted AHO funding for 30 new student places in design in 2020. The size of the 5-year integrated Master programme in design will double, going from 30 to 60 students per year. This means that the Institute of Design is going through a unique and exciting transition – developing new curriculum, new research, and hiring new staff.

Institute of Design calls for 6 new positions:

  • Associate professor / Assistant professor in Interaction Design, (100% permanent position)
  • Associate professor / Assistant professor in Communication, Creativity and Interaction Design (100% permanent position)
  • 50% and 100% positions as Assistant Professor in Interaction Design (fixed term positions)
  • Associate Professor in Service Design, (100% permanent position)
  • Universitetslektor – Visuelle medier, kommunikasjon og tegning (fixed term positions and Scandinavian Language required).

I’m writing you to find out if it possible to advertise these positions at your webpage?

Kindly find the link to the above mentioned advertisement for positions here: https://aho.no/no/stillinger

Lahti Green Design Week

The European Green Capital City of Lahti the Lahti Green Design Week event is being held. As a part of that all Cirrus friends are invited to join in on the Design Venture Day on May 4th!

You can find the whole week’s programme and info at www.ldw.fi.
More info also available at www.facebook.com/LahtiDesignWeek and on Instragram www.instagram.com/lahtidesignweek/

Design Venture Day May 4th, 2021
LAB University of Applied Sciences showcases benefits of design in business in a variety of industries. Special themes are innovation, circular economy and responsibility. The programme is free of charge. (All times EET.) No registration is needed to seminar/programme.

Log in: https://vimeo.com/event/906635

  1. Programme (9.00 – 12.20)
    9.00 Avaus / Opening
    Veli-Pekka Räty, TKI-asiantuntija, TaT
    Marko Hanhisuanto, Toimitusjohtaja, KTM
    9.10 Kestävä ja vastuullinen vaatesuunnittelu, Annariina Ruokamo (in finnish/suomeksi)

9.50 Design and designer : Towards new industrial and marketing paradigms, Christian Guellerin (in English)
Christian Guellerin, Executive Director, L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, France
“The new industrial and commercial balance of the world, the green and sustainable economy, the management of a new social intelligence around networks are the principal stakes on which “globalisation of the economy and trade” will be dictated.
Designers will be the major actors to study and respond to the profound changes in which products and services will be conceived, sold and consumed. It seems likely that they will play a strategic role in the companies that need to develop. Many of them will have to adapt, mutate, and change their line of business if they wish to continue to live through the evolution and the industrial reorganisation. The socio-economic importance of the approach to creation and innovation in the global context follows the era of total quality: it is no longer a matter of “doing even better what we already know how to do” but doing by creating “the unknown from the known” in order to create new situations on a greater and sustainable level. This is probably how we should reconsider the industrial paradigms of western economies faced with globalisation. It is up to GM, Ford, and Renault to reflect logically and strategically on what they could produce as long as it is not cars. Who would have thought 10 years ago that Apple would be the market leader in music broadcasting apart from its designers perhaps?”
10.30–10.40 Tauko / Pause
10.40 Palvelumuotoilulla ympäristövastuullisuutta yritysten kuluttajaratkaisuihin, Mirja Kälviäinen (in Finnish/suomeksi)

11.20 Innovation VIA Design, Alok b. Nandi (in English)
Alok b. Nandi, creative director, Architempo + Spread Design
“From contextual exploration to scenario envisioning, how can Design help frame approaches and decisions, with an entrepreneurial mindset? The VIA Framework will connect Design Thinking with Innovation Tooling for today’s shifting moments, aiming to align desirable, viable and feasible.”

12.00 Miten muotoilu löytää tiensä yrityksen tuotteisiin ja palveluihin, Marko Hanhisuanto (in finnish/suomeksi)
12.20 Closing

  1. Innovation VIA Design Workshop (14.30-17.30) – Registration to workshop is needed, see below
    “How to focus on operations while implementing innovations in order to sustain activities?”
    The context is changing, characterised by complexity, ambiguity, contradiction. Systems are under stress. Collective vs individual behaviours are challenging the position and development of activities for companies as well institutions. We invite you to explore the Next and the Near, shaping propositions for bettering our place, our planet. Stretch imagination and sketch ideas. Collect stories and connect strategies.

More information: https://www.narrative.in/design/workshop/
Info and registration to the workshop: https://www.narrative.in/design/workshop/2021-may-4/

For additional information please contact:

Ulla Saarela
TKI-asiantuntija| RDI Specialist|Projektipäällikkö|Project Manager
LAB-ammattikorkeakoulu | LAB University of Applied Sciences
Muotoiluinstituutti | Institute of Design and Fine Arts
Mukkulankatu 19, 15101 Lahti, Finland
+358 44 708 0359 ulla.saarela@lab.fi

CIRRUS Talk 4: The SWITCH: Adapting design education to the virtual classroom

WHEN: Apr 16, 2021
09:00 AM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna / CET
10: 00 EET / 7: 00 Iceland
SIGN UP HERE (link will be sent to everyone who has signed up)

The SWITCH: Adapting design education to the virtual classroom 

In the past one year, we as teachers have been faced with many similar and unique challenges to adjust, modify or reorganise our conventional ways of working in the design education. While most of us tried to maintain the content and structure our courses, many new tools and platforms had to be learnt, which required reforming our own working styles for a careful and smooth transition of the courses needed to adapt rather rapidly, into this new online format. Several new features and online experiences were also discovered to communicate with the students, resulting us to be engaged with extended working hours and higher screen time. Not only that, many of the tried and tested methods, material and medium oriented tasks had to be replaced with new ones in order to prepare, operate and evaluate the outcomes aligned with the overall course objectives. This shift has definitely provided us with directions and insights to reflect on our own pedagogical approaches and their impact, while addressing several unanticipated issues to redefine, differentiate or demarcate the boundaries essential for physical, hybrid and virtual classrooms that would be useful to implement in future.

Jasjit Singh and Charlotte Sjödell from Lund University will host this upcoming Cirrus seminar. They will share some case studies from the past year and reflections on how it has worked to teach both project based courses as well as skill based courses in sketching and form development. After their presentation the participants will be able to share their hands-on experiences in regards of:

  • course content and structure 
  • tools, techniques and format
  • pedagogical strategies
  • results, outcomes and feedback
  • student/teacher psycho-social health
  • what worked: reflections and experiences
  • what may be useful to consider in future
Jasjit Singh and Charlotte Sjödell

Open lecture: Marie Absolonova (CAMPER). March 31, 11-12 AM/EET

Open lecture: Marie Absolonova’s designer journey, working for footwear company Camper. Lecture takes place on 31st of March 2021, at 11-12 AM (EET), followed with Q/A.

Marie Absolonova is a footwear designer from Czech republic.
She has entered the world of footwear fifteen years ago at high school, where she studied design and shoemaking. Since then, she has developed unique and recognizable design style that is deeply rooted in traditional classic shoes but always looks contemporary. She tends to make understated but strong statement shoes that tell a personal story.

Marie’s career has been mainly defined by working for spanish footwear brand Camper from Mallorca, where she lived for 6 years with her family. Currently, she lives in Prague, works freelance and focuses on Camper Kids and other personal and comissioned projects.

Register here to receive a ZOOM link for participation. Additional information: kelian.luisk@artun.ee

Marie Absolonova

ERKI Fashion Show extended deadline

Due to the movement restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 crisis, the deadline for submitting designs for ERKI Moeshow 2021 has changed.

Submissions are expected on April 15th, at 6 PM (UTC/GMT+2/EET).

Contestants of ERKI Fashion Show 2021 will be announced no later than April 20, 2021.

The rules of the competition can be found HERE

ERKI Fashion Show 2021 will take place on August 28, 2021.

Karin Kiigemägi
ERKI Moeshow Program Director
Faculty of Design

ERKI Moeshow web
ERKI Moeshow on Facebook

CIRRUS concert by Puuluup

March 17, 18.00 –19.00 CET / 19.00 – 20.00 EET

Puuluup is an Estonian nu-folk duo established in 2014. Members are Ramo Teder (Pastacas as a solo artist) and Marko Veisson.

The instruments they use are loopers and hiiu kannel (talharpa). Talharpa is an ancient viking violin that went almost extinct, was preserved by people on remote Estonian islands, and is now doing a strong comeback in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, etc. The band members call their music “neozombieposfolk” – playing on resurrected instruments with the help of new technology.

The band has won several Estonian music awards.

Their online concert is specially recorded for CIRRUS Tallinn 2021.


Energy session by OMAklubi

Chaired by:
Sven Idarand, EKA 
Kadi Aare, Tuuli Rand, Keio Vutt

March 18, 09:00–09:30 CET

Being stuck behind different screens trying to find good connection between people can be challenging. We hope this short greeting will give you a reason to move a bit, enjoy yourself and to find a common breath with all the participants behind their screens. Feel free to put on your own video and just follow the lead – enjoy moving together with everybody in the meeting. Video features live music by Tuuli Rand (vocals) and Keio Vutt (saxophone) and movement by Sven Idarand and Kadi Aare (OMAklubi).

Sven Idarand is a project manager and teacher of entrepreneuriship at EKA. He is also a group fitness trainer since 2004, a founder of OMAklubi and personal trainer education at FAF Eesti koolitused. OMAklubi is a small cozy studio in the heart of Tallinn offering training programs with emotions.

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Kristjan Mändmaa

Kristjan Mändmaa is a graphic designer and educator. He studied printmaking and book design in the Estonian Academy of Arts and graphic design in Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. As a designer, Kristjan has been involved in editorial work designing books, newspapers and magazines.

Since 2003, Kristjan has been teaching design in different universities in Estonia. He has created and run BA and MA programs in visual communication, entrepreneurship and interaction design. Since 2016, he has been working as a Dean of Design in Estonian Academy of Arts. Kristjan is also a CIRRUS board member

Kristjan Mändmaa

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Mart Kalm

As an architectural historian, Mart Kalm has mainly studied the work of Estonian architects in the 20th century (before and after World War II). Kalm has been active as an architecture critic and is interested in landscape and interior architecture. Kalm has been a long-time member of the Expert Council for Architectural Monuments of the National Heritage Board as well as the Head of the National Heritage Council 2006–2010. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Co-Chair of the Estonian delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Since 1992 Mart Kalm has been working at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2000 he became a professor at the academy, and between 1994 and 2007 he built the Institute of Art History. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Art and Culture. In January 2015 he became Rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts.

In 2010 Mart Kalm became the first art historian to be elected a member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Since 2014 he has held the position of Vice-President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

Mart Kalm

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Artistic vs Design Research

Chaired by:
Ruth-Helene Melioranski, EKA
Oliver Laas, EKA

March 18, 9.30 – 10.30 CET

The workshop address questions about the present and future of both artistic as well as design research from the perspective of shared practices, future prospects and the impact of technical developments, such as automation, on the creative professions.

Ruth-Helene Melioranski is a design researcher in the Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia. She has a background in design practices and many of her projects explore how design can tackle societal challenges. Through these practice-based research projects she is conceptualising new and emerging design practises both in professional and higher educational contexts. In her professional practice, she is leading several strategic, service and co-design projects which aim to help partners to vision their future possibilities and build scenarios.

Oliver Laas is a philosopher, cultural theorist and artist whose research focuses on metaphysics, logic, philosophy of technology and semiotics. He works in EKA Faculty of Fine Arts as an Associate Professor and Junior Researcher.

Ruth-Helene Melioranski
Oliver Laas

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