master thesis - ongoing

I am currently doing my master thesis together with Line Marie Moen Syversen at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. This page is being updated frequently throughout the project and shows where we are in the process.

My home for now is a project about the living conditions in asylum centers in Norway. The starting point for the project was that we wanted to design products that would improve everyday life for migrants in temporary housing in Norway. We were reading about the refugee situation everywhere and got interested in how we as product designers could contribute. So we decided to explore the possibilities in our master thesis.


 August - December 2016


Dikemark asylum center - one of the receptions we have visited





Research / Insight fase

We started the project by getting an overview of the situation we were designing for. To be able to design a new and better solution, we mapped out todays situation to find out what works and what needs to change. Through our insight, analyze of problems, user patterns and getting and understanding what everyday life is at the reception, we could define a brief and a goal for our project.



Else Abrahamsen Egenes is showing us around at Torshov transit reception





A debate about “living quality in asylum centers. How can architects and designers contribute?





In the research phase we have gathered a lot of interesting insights from many places. We have been to both transit and ordinary receptions, pop-up kitchen with food made by asylum seekers, a public meeting, a private opening for a new asylum center in Oslo, a debate about “living quality in asylum centers, and a music festival at a transit reception. We have also talked to many people with a lot of interesting things to say. Such as Reception managers and employees, The red cross representative, Volunteers, Designers, Interior architects, Architects, A Geographer, a Pedagogue and most importantly; asylum seekers.


One room at a reception. A family of five have been living here in their temporary home for many months.





Key findings

After this we could choose the situation we believe would be meaningful to design for, and that have a potential for a new and better product. The insight has been gathered into four key findings.

Practical key findings
1. Storage – a need for a better organizing solution
2. Carrying – everyone carries things back and forth between rooms

Emotional Key findings
1. Ownership – is necessary if people should treat objects carefully
2. Identity – everyone need to be recognized for who they are





Concept fase

We started our concept fase trying to understand the storage situation better. We analyzed and categorized the objects they have and mapped out which objects they bring to other rooms, when they use it and what demands it has on the storage.


Some of the things we have done trying to understand the storage situation as it is today – sorting every objects and belonging to the rooms.





Our working space at AHO. Working on new ideas and concepts for our design.





We have been exploring colors. These shades are inspired by syrian rugs.




Paper prototypes




Process - (sketches and ideas)




Time to start sketching our concept digitally




I have now continued in Rhino and Keyshot for more precise form studies






To be continued...