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Håvard Breivik-Khan




Håvard Breivik-Khan is an architect (MNAL), researcher, and educator with a decade of experience from crisis response, humanitarian relief, and development efforts. Håvard has been deployed to United Nations agencies in Haiti, Nepal, North Macedonia, Hungary, and the UN HQ in New York through the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster, NORCAP (2010-2020). Håvard is currently responsible for the master’s course In Transit Studio at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and as of fall 2019, a PhD fellow at AHO’s Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the same institute, with residencies in Paris (ENSAPLV) and Shanghai and Chongqing, China.


DWELL: Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City|Spatial Mediation: Place‐based approaches to the dynamics of forced migration in arrival cities​

Publications (5)



The Concept of Place in Displacement Management

The concept of place increasingly appears in literature produced by and for actors of global displacement management relating to interventions concerning the built environment. Place, in this context, is presented as a concept appropriate for interventions in especially urban, non-camp settings... Read »


Displacement and placemaking in design studios

This article explores how placemaking took place in architectural and design studios working with migrant and displaced communities at universities in three countries. Placemaking is a dimension of architectural and urban design practice that is emulated in architectural design studios – and often takes the form of a top-down and expert-driven exercise... Read »



In Transit Studio: Oslo Files

This booklet is about the Oslo cases of the In Transit Studio portfolio. The In Transit Studio is part of the EUIndia Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP)-funded research project Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City (DWELL), which compares case studies in India, Finland, Norway, and the UK... Read »