Alexander specialises in communication and is responsible for DOGA’s digital channel strategy. He has broad experience with social media, web and digital presence from companies like Posten Norge and a range of clients on behalf of IUM/McCann. Having earned his Master’s in Visual Communication from the University of Oslo, he has expertise in how pictures and other visual elements can be combined with text to create effective content. Alexander is the project leader for the updated DOGA.no and is responsible for DOGA’s visual profile.
Alexandra holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Lisbon and has extensive experience as a project manager and programme coordinator at private and public institutions, both in Norway and Portugal, including the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Grafill.
Alf earned his degree in Civil Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He also has many years of experience as a teacher on all levels and is responsible for DOGA’s architectural course for children, young people, students and teachers.
Anita focuses on the strategic use of design in innovation processes in both the public and private sector. She is particularly interested in increasing awareness among administrators and managers of the value that design methodology can bring to a business. She earned her degree from the BI Norwegian Business School and has been both a project manager for the Designdrevet Innovasjonsprogram (Design-Driven Innovation Program, DIP) and a board member at DOGA. Anita recently completed a course in organisational development, innovation and societal responsibility at BI.
Ann Kristin coordinates and administers the processes associated with the jurying, selection and presentation of awards and distinctions. She manages these processes with a steady hand and makes sure that all pieces of this complex puzzle fall properly into place. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oslo and worked in the media industry before joining DOGA.
As an advisor for DOGA’s Design-Driven Innovation Program, Anne Elisabeth works to strengthen the competitive strength and innovation ability of the Norwegian business community. She lived in both London and the U.S. for many years, earned a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has 20 years of experience in the international and Norwegian business sectors. Anne Elisabeth has also worked for JP Morgan, Geelmuyden.Kiese and Forsvarsbygg/Akershus Fortress. She has also completed a programme in Architectural History at the University of Oxford and Garden Design at Cornell University.
Aslak is familiar with every nook and cranny of the DOGA building and knows all there is to know about organising exhibitions and other events. He has an extensive network and knows who to call to arrange almost anything. Before joining DOGA, Aslak worked at such cultural institutions as Astrup Fearnley and Galleri Dobloug. He was also an apprentice at the former Norway Says.
Benedicte is one of our experienced design specialists with competencies that span a range of disciplines and sectors. Her main responsibility is to provide advice and guidance that triggers growth or innovation processes and helps minimise risk. She feels strongly about design being perceived as something that is measurably value-creating and as a parameter for innovation and competitive strength. Benedicte earned a degree in Graphic Design in the U.S. and has previously worked as a designer in both Norway and the U.S.
As HR Manager, Bjørg works together closely with the board of directors, managers, representatives and other collaborative partners and contributes to the development of the organisation. She is also responsible for health, safety and the environment. Bjørg has extensive practical HR experience in a variety of sectors, studied Pedagogy in Denmark and holds a degree from the BI Norwegian Business School.
Bjørg K. is an accountant who has worked at DOGA since the fall of 2010. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field and previously worked in the advertising industry. She is also DOGA’s safety deputy and a born problem-solver.
Bjørg has worked as an accountant for many years and is a true jack-of-all-trades. At DOGA, she is responsible for all invoices related to the running of the DOGA building, including the shop.
Caroline works with the DOGA awards aimed at young talent and feels strongly about helping newcomers and unestablished designers. Caroline holds a Master’s degree in Product Design from Oslo and Akershus University College.
Cathrin focuses on the Design-Driven Innovation Program (DIP) and other strategy and innovation projects. She earned a Master’s degree in Innovation and Business Development from the Copenhagen Business School and has previously worked for Innovation Norway in Copenhagen and Bekk Consulting. She feels very strongly about using design as a strategic innovation tool.
Celina is one of DOGA’s accountants and is responsible for financial matters, including incoming and outgoing invoices and monitoring the flow of documents within the company. Celina studied Economics at the University of Oslo and University College of Southeast Norway and began working on a Master’s degree in Political Science in the fall of 2017.
Elisabeth currently heads the Finance Department here at DOGA. She earned her Bachelor’s in Economics from the BI Norwegian Business School, specialising in Human Resource Management and Marketing. Elisabeth has more than 25 years of experience in economics, administration and management, and was part of the Norsk Form management team from 1993-2014.
Ellen works in communications at DOGA, both externally and internally. With a background in language, culture and communication studies at the University of Oslo, she is a text and language expert. Ellen has extensive experience as a communications advisor in various sectors, including for Norsk Folkehjelp (Norwegian People’s Aid) and Forskningsrådet (Research Council of Norway).
Ellen Margrethe focuses on exhibitions and information/communication. She is more than happy to take you on a guided tour and/or city tour and is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic storyteller. She earned her Master’s from the University of Oslo, specialising in Art History, Literary Science and the History of Ideas. Ellen Margrethe has previously worked in the field of communication at various cultural institutions in Oslo.
Gro receives all visitors to the building and runs the DOGA shop, which she stocks with Norwegian design products, ranging from jewellery and sunglasses to lamps and blankets. She is also responsible for organising shop-related exhibitions and activities. Gro enjoys working together with designers to offer exclusive collections or set up pop-up shops.
Hanna makes sure that Oslo’s biggest architecture and urban development event is a relevant and evolving meeting place for professionals, decision-makers and city residents. She has past experience in the production and organisation of cultural events in collaboration with 0047, Arkitekturfestivalen (Architecture Festival) and Europan Norway, among others. Hanna earned her degree in Civil Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Ida has worked at DOGA since 2012 and is responsible for preparing for the design weeks in London, Milan, New York and Stockholm. She has an educational background in visual communication, PR and media and many years of experience producing events and exhibitions. Ida has previously worked with communication and profiling in both the public and private sectors.
Ingerid is an architect MNAL, and works with DOGA’s international projects. She trained at Oxford Polytechnic and the Architectural Association in London, and practiced in Great Britain and Norway. She has taught and lectured at several universities nationally and internationally, including at the AA and at Parsons School of Design in New York. She has worked as a writer and critic for publications at home and abroad, and was editor-in-chief of Arkitektur N, the Norwegian Review of Architecture, from 2004–2007.
Ingerid is an architect MNAL. She trained and practiced in Great Britain, and has taught and lectured at several universities, nationally and internationally. She has worked as a writer and critic for publications at home and abroad, and was editor-in-chief of Arkitektur N, the Norwegian Review of Architecture, from 2004-2007. She works with DOGA’s international projects.
Ingvil’s speciality is cooperation and social sustainability in city and urban development. She is currently working to develop tools and methods to ensure compliance with the municipality’s legal obligation to involve residents in the planning process. Ingvil previously spent eight years working as an advisor in Oppland county municipality and ten years as a planning architect at several architectural firms, including Asplan Viak. She earned her degree in Civil Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and has also completed courses in land use planning and regional planning.
Jannicke focuses on design and sustainability through Framtanker, Oslo Manifesto and the business network for green growth. She is also responsible for programmes and workshops in design management and service design. Jannicke earned her degree from the Handelsakademiet (currently the Oslo Business School) and completed the Sustainability Leadership program at Harvard. She also has experience in the daily management of start-ups and product and market management, both in Norway and abroad.
Judith feels strongly about the value of the strategic use of design methodology in innovation management, restructuring processes and the development of new business models. She holds a doctorate in Service Innovation Management from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), an MBA in Design Management from London and completed a special course in organisational development, innovation and social responsibility at the BI Norwegian Business School. She combines her business background with knowledge of design methodology. Judith gladly shares her experiences through lectures for academia, the business community and the public sector.
Everything runs like clockwork at DOGA thanks to Juste. She solves administrative problems of all shapes and sizes and makes sure that everything functions in the most effective and agreeable manner possible. She also works in the DOGA shop when necessary. Juste holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Lithuania and has work experience in the culture, design and service sector.
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Kaia holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Arts in London and a Bachelor’s in International Management and Marketing from the BI Norwegian Business School. She has many years of experience as a Communications Advisor for the JKL/MSL Group, where she worked as an advisor on strategic and operative communication work in the public sector and private business community. Kaia also has experience in PR work and journalism from London.
Knut earned his degree in Product and Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design and has more than 25 years of experience in international and Norwegian design work. He advises companies on the strategic use of design, specialising in the use of design to solve complex challenges. Knut works with design and sustainability through Framtanker, Oslo Manifesto and the business network for green growth and completed the Sustainability Leadership program at Harvard.
Line has worked to communicate DOGAs activities since 2011 and has headed such major projects as Merket for god design (Design Excellence Award), Unge talenter (Young Talents) and Norsk design i 100 (Norwegian Design in 100). She has a background in journalism and media, web design and photography and years of experience in communication and profiling work for Pur Norsk, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Embassy in London and Marston Hotels in England, among others. After having worked in London for eight years, she speaks English like a native.
Matti is responsible for filling the large exhibition hall at DOGA with meaningful content. She transforms empty rooms and flat surfaces into spaces that communicate stories and knowledge. Matti is a trained painter with a degree from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and studied Product Design at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. She has worked as an artist, curator and project manager in the fields of architecture and contemporary art. In addition to holding various board positions, she has also been a general and technical consultant for art projects in public space. Matti also has experience with hands-on collaboration projects and the use of temporality in the development of public space.
With a background in architecture and planning, Morten primarily works in urban development. His particular focus is on the connection between retail and urban development, such as how shopping centres affect their surroundings. Morten has also worked extensively with planning in Groruddalen and is intimately familiar with the problems associated with suburbs. He is currently working on the development of the Haugesund city centre and how digitisation affects urban development. Morten is also one of the initiators of the Architecture Film Festival in Oslo.
Onny is responsible for the Design for alle (Design for All) strategy and heads the Nyskapingsprogrammet Innovasjon for alle (Innovation Programme for All), which aims to promote inclusive design as a strategy for sustainable innovation and value creation based on human diversity. The focus of this work is on methodology and competence development, knowledge distribution and communication. Onny holds a degree in Civil Economics from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics and has extensive leadership experience from the Norwegian and international business sectors.
Ruben is DOGA’s operating technician. He knows all there is to know about event-related matters and is responsible for ensuring a smooth event process, both before and after. Ruben works together closely with event organisers to ensure that all needs are met. He earned his degree from the Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio (NISS) and has extensive experience with all things technical and events.
Siri’s focus at DOGA is on architecture and urban development from a societal perspective. Her work is both political and strategic and she is particularly enthusiastic about a living city centre and smart cities. Siri previously worked as a consultant and earned her degree in Civil Economics from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics and has completed additional courses in both design and urbanism. She also heads PechaKucha Night Oslo, held at DOGA four times a year.
Skule works with the Design-Driven Innovation Program (DIP). He holds a degree in Civil Economics and has 25 years of experience in the international finished goods industry as a business manager and chairman
Souhail is responsible for monitoring and facilitating DOGA’s pursuit of its goals, which entails measurements and evaluations, as well as project and management support. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Master’s in Political Science from the University of Oslo.
Susanne leads the communications department at DOGA. The department comprises everything from exhibitions, events and DOGA awards to more traditional communication work. Susanne has vast experience from Norwegian funding agencies for research and innovation, in the intersection of communication and innovation. Susanne holds a master's degree in political science and bachelor's degree in media and communication science.
Thea is a project manager for DOGA awards and aims to promote developments in design and architecture in Norway. She earned her Master’s in Industrial Design and helped start the American home design company Teroforma. Having worked together with professionals in Europe, Asia and the U.S., Thea has extensive international experience in design and market development.
Thrine is an economist with years of management experience in the private business sector. She heads the Finance and Administration Departments at DOGA, specialising in finances, human resources, administration and business operations in the DOGA building.
Tor Inge has a background in architecture and experience as a project manager for complex buildings and plans. He founded CONDITIONS and is the former head of the National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL). Tor Inge has held lectures both in Norway and abroad and has been involved in education, curating and moderating. He also contributed to the biennial in Venice several times and is responsible for DOGAs international work.
Torgeir is responsible for DOGA's events. He works closely with clients to ensure good flow and follow-up both before, during and after events at the house. Torgeir started working DOGA while studying design at AHO, and knows the building in and out. He is happy to answer any question if you are planning an event and need a great place to hold it.
Trude holds a degree in Civil Economics and Art History and has headed such organisations as the Akershus Art Centre, Oslo Kunstforening (art gallery and art society) and Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts. She is known for initiating and implementing major changes in the organisations she has headed and has extensive experience with international networks and projects.
Since 2009, Victoria has worked with project management for the Innovation Programme for All, which aims to promote inclusive and user-focused design process in the development of innovative products, services and environments that promote innovation and contribute to value creation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design & Technology from the Vestfold University College and a Master’s in Visual Communication from NTNU.