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Crown Princess Mette Marit celebrates Oslo School of Architecture and Design’s 75th anniversary

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit has taken part in celebrations at Oslo City Hall on the occasion of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design`s 75th anniversary.

Oslo’s Deputy Mayor Abdullah Alsabeehg hosted the event, which brought together about 400 of the school’s staff, former students and other guests. The Crown Princess was introduced to some of the guests during the reception. The Crown Princess visited the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo last time in 2018.

For one year, Oslo School of Architecture and Design has now marked the 75th anniversary of the school’s start-up in 1945. On Friday, the celebration was rounded off with a long-awaited celebration from morning to evening, with a series of anniversary lectures during the day and a reception in the evening where it all started, in Oslo City Hall.

Rector Ole Gustavsen addressed the start of the school over 75 years ago in his speech. After World War II, Norway, like so many other countries, was in a deep crisis. It was urgent to get the wheels moving. One of many measures was the creation of a crisis course to train architects who the country so badly needed. Over the course of 75 years, the crisis course has developed into a school that educates architects, designers and landscape architects.

Rector Gustavsen drew a line from the crisis in 1945 to the current situation. He said in his speech: “Today we have another crisis, again one that affects the whole world, climate change has become a serious threat and large parts of the world’s population live in endless poverty. There is a very great need for architects, designers and landscape architects who develop new knowledge and creative solutions that make the globe a better and more inclusive place, and not least bring it back on a sustainable track”.

After a long period out of the spotlight, the Norwegian Crown Princess has last week participated in a number of events, first during the Dutch state visit to Norway before she on Friday participated alone in this anniversary.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.