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Tone Selmer-Olsen




Tone Selmer-Olsen is an architect, assistant professor at the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) and a member of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster, NORCAP. She has broad experience from crisis response, humanitarian relief, and development efforts, and have been deployed to United Nations agencies in Haiti, Nepal and Macedonia. Tone is the responsible teacher for the Master’s course In Transit at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at AHO. Tone has worked with projects ranging from private housing to large-scale award-winning culture buildings. Tone is currently the President of the Oslo Association of Aachitects (OAT)


DWELL: Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City

Publications (5)



Policy Brief: The Role of Urban Public Spaces in Managing Displacement in Norway

Refugees, temporarily displaced people, and migrants who arrive in Norwegian cities would benefit from equitable access to urban public spaces. Research suggests that the design and management of public urban spaces and local neighbourhood centres can improve migrants’ wellbeing and encourage local cross-cultural interactions... 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 »