“Sustainability is at the heart of all teaching!”
Mrs. Marianne Skjulhaug, Dean of BAS
Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) is one of three schools of architecture in Norway. BAS is a private academic alternative, founded by architect and proffessor Svein Hatløy in 1986. The school’s approach to architecture implies the use of unconventional teaching methods (www.bergenarkitektskole.no).
As part of its Masters degree curriculum BAS includes a comprehensive programme for sustainable development, focusing on landscape and climate forming a basis for architecture.Sustainability has been introduced as a central element in all teaching, and the aim is to make it a key component in all professional discussions, research and development as well as in student projects.
Being an architect in a foreign culture
A 4-6 week field study to countries with different cultures than that of our own is of the utmost importance in understanding “the greater picture”. The destinations, topics and duration vary from year to year. Previously BAS students have, in relation to this course-theme , travelled to destinations: Algeria 1990, Nepal 1994-96, Cuba 1997-98, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2000, Iran 2002, China 2006. In september 2009 we are travelling to South Africa and Mozambique.