OCEAN Design Research Association

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Updated 20/11/2015

Latest News


++ OCEAN welcomes new Honorary Member Prof. Dr. Murray Fraser, Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London and the Vice-Dean of Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

++ OCEAN welcomes new member Dr. Renee Puusepp.

++ OCEAN welcomes new member Dr. Salmaan Craig.

++ OCEAN welcomes new Honorary Member Prof. Dr. Anne Beim, Head of CINARK - Centre for Industrialised Architecture.

++ New Book Grounds and Envelopes - Reshaping Architecture and the Built Environment by Michael U. Hensel and Jeffrey P. Turko launched in June 2015 has nearly sold out the first print-run.


Welcome to the main website of the OCEAN Design Research Association,

The OCEAN Design Research Association is a not-for-profit association registered in 2008 in Norway that conducts inter- and transdisciplinary research in design across creative disciplines. 

OCEAN was initially founded in 1994 as a collaborative and interdisciplinary network focusing on research by design in architecture and urban design. Its scope was expanded in 1995 onwards to include numerous other creative disciplines. Today the association has 21 active members and 7 honorary members that collaborate in the context of OCEAN's research areas and frameworks and in related contexts of strategic importance.

We welcome collaborations in the context of our existing research areas, proposals for new collaborative research initiatives and trajectories, as well as intensive collaboration with academia and practice.

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel

Founding and current Chairman, OCEAN Design Research Association