OCEAN Design Research Association

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Updated 01/03/2017

Latest News

++ The Sustainable Environment Association [SEA] fuses with OCEAN to became its first formal sub-division entitled OCEAN | SEA.

++ The second volume of The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice is in production and planned to be launched in 2018.


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 24 active members and 9 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