Autor: Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA)

The Firm
Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA) is an independent Oslo-based architectural firm with a high level of expert knowledge and a distinct ideology. The firm has a strong conceptual approach combined with experience from past accomplished projects. RRA has a permanent staff consisting of 13 graduate architects, one managing director, 2 administrative staff, and 2-4 permanent openings for architectural students. Over the years RRA has produced a wide range of innovative and ground breaking projects with an exceptional variation of scale and program. We have earned a reputation for creating bold, simple architecture with a strong connection to the Scandinavian context and the impressive Scandinavian landscape in particular. Common for all our projects are that they are driven by a genuine dedication to humanist values. We build in both urban and rural areas, all over Norway and recently our projects are increasingly gaining attention also outside of Norway.

Design Skills, innovation and artistic vision
As architects and designers we are fortunate to experience the overall process, from the first conceptual phase to the completion of high quality projects. The firm has shown a multitude of approaches in solving assignments, both nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards and recognitions for its projects. RRA’s unconventional approach to problem solving always results in unexpected yet inspirational architecture with high artistic quality. RRA works with the environment in mind in all our projects, both in terms of planning and administration. RRA is very concerned that projects are planned with solutions that are environmentally progressive in relation to the operation, maintenance, energy use, functionality, flexibility and the context. We focus on efficient use of energy and follow up with the latest technology in the field. Our special competence is in balancing practical aspects of architecture such as technical and economic demands while maintaining the underlying concept throughout. We are eager to find pragmatic solutions with users as well as technical consultants, at the same time we are passionate to maintain and make sure that the original concept is carried through in the end result.

Experience
RRA is one of the few studios in Norway today with such a degree of diverse assignments. The projects are geographically spread and take place in a manifold of contexts, from compact urban locations to dramatic and uncultivated landscapes. The portfolio of the office contains commissions with huge contrasts in relation to scale, context, budget and demands of function. RRA has experience of producing complex buildings for intricate city center from our Tønsberg Town Hall project where the building is placed in the center of historical town of Tønsberg, Norway, University College Østfold project which is located in old cultural landscape, and Cultural Center Stjørdal, a cultural center with Selvika, National Tourist Route Havøysund new approach both in terms of complex functionality and overall concept. Trollstigen National Tourist Route Østfold University College

Execution of the Design and Construction Process
RRA has developed a dialog-based process for project development where the clients and users are very important resources and act as key contributors. We place great importance on maintaining a close dialogue with different user groups as well as other consultants to ensure good and functional solutions with a high degree of usability. It has been a successful working process that results in good working relationship in project groups. We have experience in working with bigger project where we are able to maintain budget and time frame through efficient and close-up project management. We have received high scores in clients’ satisfaction in our projects, some with the project period nearly 10 years. RRA also has routine of producing a status report for each project phase, a very useful tool to communicate internally in the project group and has dedicated staff members with high graphic skills to produce communication materials to the media such as presentation materials of high quality that we use for various international lectures and publications.

Awards and Nominations
RRA has received numerous awards and publications for its works. In addition, Reiulf Ramstad has been engaged in series of lecture and seminar both domestic and international forum. Recent achievements includes:

– 2013 Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
– 2012 Norwegian Concrete Award
– 2012 Sundt’s Award for private building in Oslo
– 2012 WAN award for leading architects for the 21st Century
– 2011 Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
– 2011 Nominated for Oslo City Architecture Award
– 2011 Nominated for The Norwegian Governments Building Award
– 2011 Shortlisted for WAN Residential Award
– 2010 Nominated for Oslo City Architecture Award
– 2010 One of five finalists for Norwegian Design Award
– 2009 ArchDaily’s Building of the Year Award
– 2007 Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

Exhibitions and lectures
Selected lectures include at internationally recognized universities in Glasgow (UK), Ghent (BE), Lyon and Strasbourg (FR), Guangdong, Gouangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing (CN), Alaska, Philadelphia and New York (US). Our most recent exhibitions, seminars and lecture series in Europe, America, and Asia, include:

– 2012 The World Architecture Congress, Dubai, key note speaker
– 2012 7th Biennial of Landscape Architecture, Barcelona, key note speaker
– 2012 13th International Biennale of Architecture, Venice, part of exhibition Lighthouses
– 2012 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, lecture and exhibition
– 2012 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, part of exhibition New Nordic with Trollstigen featuring cover of catalogue and poster
– 2012 Transforming Landscapes, travelling exhibition on RRAs works invited to Paris, Brussels, Ghent and Copenhagen (2011), Glasgow and Sofia (2012)
– 2012 Norwegian Contemporary Architecture 2000-2005, part of touring exhibition for five years
– 2012 Danish Architecture Center (DAC), Copenhagen, part of exhibition DETOUR with two selected projects by Reiulf Ramstad Architects and Peter Zumpthor
– 2011 The Gwangju Festival of Architecture & Urban Culture, South-Korea, lecture and exhibition
– 2010 Norway – Powered by Nature, part of exhibition Norwegian Pavilion at the Expo 2010, Shanghai
– 2000 7th International Biennale of Architecture, Venice, part of exhibition Less Aesthetics, More Ethics Reiulf Ramstad is a permanent thesis critic at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2008-2012, and formerly at The Norwegian School of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2001-2006.

Main Publications
The office is frequently published by magazines and websites globally; in Europe, Asia and America, as well as collaborating with international publishers for monographic books about RRA:
– 2013 Hatje Cantz publication with selected projects and academic essays
– 2012 Monograph.IT-issue featuring complete project portfolio

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