Mari Hvattum


Mari Hvattum is an architect and historian, professor of architectural history and theory at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and a founding member of OCCAS. She received a diploma in architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim in 1993 and studied philosophy and aesthetics at the University of Bergen. In 1994, she received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD at the same institution in 1999. Hvattum has taught at the Architectural Association, London; Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow; University of Edinburgh; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Central European University, Prague. She publishes widely on nineteenth and twentieth century architecture and was vice president of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) from 2010 to 2014. She led the OCCAS research project “Routes, Roads and Landscapes: Aesthetic practices en route” from 2008 to 2012.

Hvattum is currently leading the research project The Printed and the Built. Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe, a multidisciplinary project studying publication culture and architecture in 19th and early 20th century Europe. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and executed in collaboration with the University of Oslo, The National Museum, and a wide international network (The Printed and the Built Blog).

Area of expertise: Modern architectural history and theory, 1800 to the present.


Selected publications:


Hva er Arkitektur, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 2015.

Heinrich Ernst Schirmer. Kosmopolittenes arkitekt, Oslo: Pax 2014.

Gottfried Semper and the Problem of Historicism. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press 2004.


Edited Books:

En Nutids-Skabning: Striden om Stortingsbygningen 1835-1860, Oslo: AHO 2014.

w/ M. Lending, Modelling Time. The Permanent Collection 1925–2014, Oslo: Torpedo Press 2014.

w/ M. Lending, ‘Vor Tids Fordringer’. Norske arkitekturdebatter 1818–1919, Oslo: Pax 2012.

w/ B. Brenna; Routes, Roads and Landscapes, Farnham: Ashgate 2011.

w/ G. Lauvland and K. O. Ellefsen, An Eye for Place: Christian Norberg-Schulz as Architect, Teacher and Historian, Oslo: Pax 2009.

w/ C. Hermansen, Tracing Modernity: Manifestations of the Modern in Architecture and the City, London: Routledge 2004.



“The Moss/Plug Juxtaposition”, A10. New European Architecture, no 55/2014.

“Sverre Fehn’s Villa Schreiner”, in Nina Berre and Mari Lending (eds.), Villa Schreiner, AsBuilt Classic, Oslo: Pax 2014.

“Crisis and Correspondence. Style in the Nineteenth Century”, Architectural Histories – Journal of the EAHN 2/2013.

“The Engineer’s Garden”, Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia (ACTA), 26/2013.

“The re-enchantment of history. Jan Digerud and figurative postmodernism”, in Jan Digerud, Collage, Oslo: A+O Publishing 2013.

“Arkitekt Heinrich Ernst Schirmers studiereise til England, 1843-44” (w/ Iselin Bogen), Kunst og kultur 2/2013.

”The King’s Road: Constructing the National Landscape” (w/Brita Brenna, Torild Gjesvik and Janike Kampevold Larsen), in Kjerstin Aukrust (ed.), Assigning Cultural Values, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2013.

“Historiske imaginasjoner: arkitekturen i det norske 1800-tallets publiseringskultur” (w/M. Lending), in Mari Lending and Mari Hvattum (eds) Vor Tids Fordringer. Norske arkitekturdebatter 1818-1919. Oslo: Pax, 2012.

”Making Place”, in Michael Aasgaard Andersen (ed.), New Nordic: Identity and Architecture. Copenhagen: Louisiana, 2012.

”Utsikter fra veien”, in Nina Frang Høyum and Janike Kampevold Larsen (eds), Views: Norway seen from the Road / Utsikter: Norge sett fra veien . Oslo: Nasjonalmuseet / Press forlag, 2012.

“Forms of Friction: JVA architects 1996-2012” in Design Peak 14: Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects. Seoul: Equal Books 2012.

“Architecture and the Archive” (w/ Mari Lending), Nordic Journal of Architecture 3/2012.

“Nordic Nonumentality” Nordic Journal of Architecture, no 2/2012.

“Bridging the Gap”, Docomomo Journal vol. 45, 2/2011.

”Panoramas of Style: Railway Architecture in Nineteenth Century Norway”, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians v ol. 70, 2/2011.

“She came down like a dream.’ Gordon Matta-Clarks Splitting”, Agora. Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon 3/2010.

“Lost in Place: Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects”, World Architecture vol. 245, 11/2010.

“Landscapes en route”, ’Scape Magazine: Landscape architecture and urbanism 1/2010.

“Stedets tyranni”, Arkitekten (Denmark) 2/2010.

“En Medkjæmper for den gode Sag”, Heinrich Ernst Schirmer og Intelligencens arkitektur”, Kunst og Kultur 1/2010.

“The problem of Aesthetics”, in Made in Norway. (ed. Ingerid Helsing-Almaas), Basel: Birkhäuser 2010.

“Modified modernism: the relational architecture of the low-rise high-density movement” in C. Spliid-Høgbro and A. Wischmann (eds), Nortopia: Nordic modern architecture and postwar Germany. Berlin: Jovis Verlag 2010.

“Genius Historiae: Christian Norberg-Schulz and the historiography of modern architecture” in G. Lauvland, K.O. Ellefsen, and M. Hvattum (eds.) An Eye for Place: Christian Norberg-Schulz as Architect, Teacher and Historian . Oslo: Pax 2009.

“En reise i fremmed land: Verneteoretiske posisjoner i samtidsarkitekturen” in P. Butenschøn (ed.), Tid i arkitektur: om å bygge i fire dimensjoner . Oslo: Akademisk Publisering 2009.

“The Pleasure of Surprise” In: Positions. On Modern Architecture and Urbanism Histories and Theories 1/2008.

“Stilstrid og tidsuttrykk: noen temaer fra historismens arkitekturtenkning” in Kunst og Kultur 3/2008.

“Veiled Works and Blurred Contexts”, Journal of Architecture vol. 13, 2/2008.

“Unfolding from within: Modern Architecture and the Dream of Organic Totality”, Journal of Architecture vol. 11, 4/2006.

“Origins Redefined: a Tale of Pigs and Primitive Huts”, in Primitive: Original Matters in Architecture (eds. F. Samuels, J. Odgers, A. Kerr) London: Routledge 2006.


Originally posted Jan 19, 2013. Latest revision Mar 2, 2015.

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