Daylight: Rethinking Relationships/Changing Perspectives by Per Olaf Fjeld

Per Olaf Fjeld

07 Jun 2023



The Oslo School of Architecture & Design (AHO) presents a talk by professor emeritus Per Olaf Fjeld, available to watch from 07 June 2023.

The talk continues the 2023 series of ‘Daylight Talks’, organized by the VELUX Group. The talks explore the significance of natural light in architecture and will present prominent architects and educators working consciously and qualitatively with daylight in their projects and educational programmes.

The ‘Daylight Talks’ are organised by the VELUX Group in collaboration with individual schools of architecture and they are endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).


About Daylight Talk #12

​The talk will focus upon the unique relationship between daylight as part of nature and architecture’s capacity to capture and utilize its distinct properties. Prompted by the changing needs and desires of society, this relationship is never static, but in constant transformation.

However, there is also an underlying transformation in relation to our changing perspectives of the natural world, and thus architecture will face many challenges ahead. Physical space is confronted by other different virtual spatial identities, and this challenges our use and relationship to daylight. To revitalize architecture, the use of natural light must redefine its precision


About Per Olaf Fjeld 

Per Olaf Fjeld is professor emeritus at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he taught for many years and was rector for two terms. At present, he runs a small studio with his wife Emily Randall Fjeld. He received a master degree in Louis I. Kahn’s masterclass studio at the University of Pennsylvania, 1972-73, and upon his return to Norway he worked for Sverre Fehn with whom he developed a life-long friendship and experienced many years teaching together at the Oslo school. Fjeld returned to Philadelphia in 1984-5 to do research at the Louis I Kahn Archives on a Fulbright-Hays grant. He participated in The International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD) for 18 years, and he served as the president of the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) for three years.

He has lectured throughout the world and has had a number of guest professorships. In 2010, he received an honorary professorship from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and he was awarded Knight 1st class in the Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav in 2019.

Fjeld has written a number of books and articles among these: Sverre Fehn The Thought of Construction, Rizzoli International Press, Sverre Fehn The Pattern of Thoughts, The Monacelli Press, Hands ON: 16 prototypes, Østberg/The Greenway Group, Louis I Kahn The Nordic Latitudes, The University of Arkansas Press, and The Power of Circumstance Architecture and Creative independence KADK Copenhagen.  


About The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) 

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) offers a unique research-based education of international standing. Established in 1945, today it has built a solid national funding base and is prominently ranked internationally. AHO awards three master’s degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design, as well as a PhD programme. 


About Kathrine Næss

Kathrine Næss is an architect and associate professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). She teaches both undergraduate and master students with an Elective course on daylight: Nordic light in Architecture. She has been teaching next to her own practice for 12 years after her graduation from the Royal Danish Academy — Architecture, in 2007.  Among other courses she has for two years been a part of the previous B3 team with Per Olaf Fjeld