Professor Christian Hermansen

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Postboks 6768, St.Olavsplass, 0130 Oslo
+47 (0)2 299 7143
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Professor Christian Hermansen studied architecture in Santiago, Chile followed by a one year post-graduate programme in Urban Studies with a Ford Foundation Fellowship. He joined the faculty at the School of Architecture, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, and went on to do further post-graduate studies at Washington University, U.S.A. 1973-1974 on a Fulbright Fellowship. From 1974 -76 he worked with Environmental Design Associates, U.S.A. , and moved to London in 1976 where he taught at Kingston School of Architecture and did research at the Bartlett, University College London. Hermansen moved to Scotland in 1980 where he taught at Strathclyde University until 1984. In that year he started work with both the Mackintosh School of Architecture Glasgow School of Art from 1984 to 2002 where he was Director of Post Graduate Studies, and for Elder and Cannon Architects. The work with Elder and Cannon won numerous awards such as The Royal Scottish Academy Gold Medal for Architecture, RIBA Awards, GIA Awards, Civic Trust Awards, The Regeneration Scotland Prize, Europa Nostra Award, Eternit Prize for British Architecture, etc. In 2002 he moved to Oslo, Norway to work on the translation of Ildefonso Cerda’s Teoría General de la Urbanización (1867) and in 2004 became Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture, a position he held until 2009. In addition to the activities described above he lectured in America, Europe and Asia, has been Visiting Professor at The Central European University, Department of History and Philosophy of Art and Architecture, Prague; Washington University School of Architecture, St. Louis, USA; and Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile. He has published several books and contributed to journals, books and exhibitions in Europe and America. He is currently part of two EU funded research projects: the ENHSA Latin America Project, and e-archidoct project.

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Professor Christian Hermansen has been involved in equal amounts in practice and academia. Architectural practice has largely consisted of public housing design for British Housing Associations, and many of these projects involved urban renewal and user participation. Through this practice he has developed an expertise in both mass housing and urban renovation. In academia he was trained first as an architect then as an urban designer, and the city has remained the main focus of his academic endeavors. His books and articles have focused on the formation of the ideas of the modernist city. His current research includes two EU funded projects: Archidoct, a distance learning PhD programme in which 15 European schools of architecture share their PhD resources, and the ENHSA Latin America Project which has just started. Of particular relevance is his research project into spatial mapping e-Mapscholar funded by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (EDINA) to explore the potential of representing geographically sensitive socio-economic data, and his membership of the Board of the Geddes Institute Task Force on Cities & their Regions which aims to develop a policy strategy for Scottish cities.


1. Hermansen,C. Data City, e-Mapscholar study commissioned by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (EDINA) to explore the potential of representing geographically sensitive socio-economic data. Published in:

2. Hermansen,C. and Hvattum, M. (eds) Tracing Modernity: Manifestations of the Modern in Architecture and the City (London, Routledge 2004)

3. Hermansen, C., ‘Modernitet og mangetydighet i Ildefonso Cerdàs Teoría General de la Urbanización.’ In: Agora, Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon. Nr. 1-2, 2004, pp.46-73

4. Hermansen, C. Manifestoes and Transformations in the formation of the Modernist City. (London: Ashgate, Dec. 2009)

5. Hermansen, C. (ed. & trans.) Ildefonso Cerda’s General Theory of Urbanisation, 1867, Forthcoming.

6. Hermansen, C., Co-Director of three year research project which compared the development modernist urbanism, architecture and design in Budapest, London, and Glasgow, the results of which were published in: Ernyey, G., Britain and Hungary: Contacts in Architecture and Design during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Budapest, Hungarian University of Craft and Design 1999) (Vols I and II).

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