BAS participates in many different collaborations with authorities, non-profit organizations and educational institutions at home and abroad to work with specific issues related to local, regional, national and international challenges.

We care about our neighborhood, and we care about developments in the world and will work to illuminate the opportunities that lie in well-thought-out site development and architectural design responses as tools to deal with both landscape and society, both nature and culture, resource use and material qualities.

We are curious and like to work in dialogue with both thorough processes and interested people from other disciplines. We like to be surprised and to surprise and together find ways and answers that pull the discussion in new directions

Building projects, Design & Build

Through our teaching, we engage in many collaborations that give us the opportunity to realize construction projects for the community. In these projects, we have collaborated with municipalities, organizations and sponsors on non-profit purposes. Examples can be a new youth library, U-ROM together with Bergen public library, free overnight cabins on the city mountains such as Tubakuba and Egget in collaboration with Bergen municipality, playgrounds and recreational pavilions in elderly homes such as the greenhouse / concert stage at Solheim Alderspensjonat, Lyse. We have also for a number of years worked with Balestrand municipality to realize various recreational projects in collaboration with local enthusiasts there

Student engagement and collaboration

Students at BAS get involved internally at the school, in collaboration where students from the different classes come together, as in SOBAS, and the group of committed students who have built and now run the Laser Cutter. Student representatives from BAS are also represented in the student council, the national board of NAL and AFAG and in the student-run collaboration Trestykker, where students from all schools of architecture in Norway come together to plan and build something every year. The location revolves around and the last time it was built in Bergen was in 2017. Before Christmas 2019, a group of BAS students engaged in arranging a Christmas market on Sandvikstorget in collaboration with local actors such as the Coastal Culture Center and the local grocery store.

The Sandviken Days

The Sandviken Days is a collaborative project between Bergen School of Architecture, the Coastal Culture Center in Bergen, Old Bergen Museum, the Norwegian Fisheries Museum and Museum Vest. The event is supported by Bergenhus and Årstad cultural office. In 2019, a diploma project on the reuse of wood materials, based on an old log house in Sandviken, was exhibited at the Norwegian Fisheries Museum, one of the school’s neighbors and a participant in the Sandviken Days. The project RECLAIM / OMBRUK, Assembling Old and New Wood for Everyday Spaces in Sandviken, made by Alicia Lu Lin is a direct continuation of the log house master students rebuilt at Sandviksdagene 2018 as part of the master course Open Form- New Wood.

Sustainable breakfast meeting, the cities of the future

This series of lectures are meetings where news in sustainable architecture, building and urban planning is presented at the same time as breakfast is served. The events are free and open to everyone, but are mainly aimed at anyone who studies or works in the construction and planning industry. Breakfast meeting is a collaboration between Bergen Municipality, Hordaland County, the County Governor’s Department of Agriculture, the Housing Bank, Bergen University College, Bergen School of Architecture and Spacelab at the departement of Geography at the University of Bergen.

Focus on wood

BAS participates in Treklang together with Bergen municipality, Hordaland county , the county governor’s agricultural department, the University College of Western Norway and the University of Bergen to shed light on regional wood investment.

Together with the County Governor’s wood specialist and the Faculty of Architecture at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, the school received funding from DIKU (SIU) to work for a two-year period with a focus on strengthening the regional wood environment. The project was completed in 2019 with the book New Wood Architecture between Contemporary and Tradition

International collaborations

BAS has entered into bilateral exchange agreements with 15 countries in Europe through the Erasmus program and also collaborates with schools in Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Brazil, Chile, India and China. See overview.

BAS is part of the NordPlus collaboration and is a member of the NBAA (Nordic Baltic Academy of Architectural Education) and EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education) and collaborates there through the Education Academy and Educating the Educators on schemes to strengthen the competence of teachers and the relevance of the educations.
We are also partners in various international projects with support from EEA, DIKU and Erasmus +.

As of today (September 2020) we are involved in the following project;

PhDby Design. Mapping Conceptual Groundings, Reflecting Methodological Approaches and Modulating PhD-Curricula (2018-2021) is an Erasmus + project coordinated by the University of Liechtenstein together with partners KU Leuven- Faculty of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology- Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and Bergen School of Architecture

Social and Environmental Impact Academy for Architects (SEIAA), 2020-2023,  Erasmus + project led by the University of Liechtenstein, with partners from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Hasselt University and Bergen School of Architecture.

Empaty in Art (EMIA), 2020-2022, EEA supported project led by the Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Design, with partners from Bergen School of Architecture and Iceland University of the Arts, Department of Design and Architecture.

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