MakersHub is a non-profit creative collective and volunteer organisation based in Oslo.
MakersHub was founded in December 2015 by a small group of engaged architecture students. Our aim was to investigate how we could become more socially engaged from the perspective of our professions...
WHO ARE WE
At the moment, we are two part-time employees in the collective plus an intern. We work project-based and depending on the project, we involve our collective members and collaborators to secure the right knowledge in the team.
FOUNDER + GENERAL MANAGER
ELSE ABRAHAMSEN is an interior architect MNIL with a MA from Konstfack in Stockholm and is the founder of MakersHub. She has a highly professional approach to participatory methods, and has experience from similar projects in the districts of Stovner and Bærum Municipality. Else’s primary focus is that everyone should be treated with dignity, regardless of background, culture or status. She is particularly interested in developing her field of interior architecture to take social responsibility towards modern world challenges.
PARTNER + PROJECT LEADER
JACK HUGHES is an architect from Northern Ireland. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and AHO, Oslo, and has worked in Belfast, London and Oslo, recently settling Norway. He has won numerous awards for his work with urbanism and sustainable design and has a particular interest in using architecture to encourage cohesion in diverse urban communities. He believes that by designing and building collaboratively, with residents and local organisations, will result in spaces that are not only functional and beautiful but also give a sense of ownership and belonging.
INTERN + TECHNICAL DRAWER
ERIK ROLT is a technical drawer with experience since 1995 on numerous project in various scales. He is interested in environmental protection, use and reuse of sustainable resources and human rights. He was also a part of the skateboard community in the late -80’s, when the police confiscated boards because of the ban. This formed his view on injustice, which he still has strong feelings about. Erik is an intern through NAV (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration).
MEMBERS OF THE COLLECTIVE
ARCHITECT + ART&CRAFT TEACHER
EMMA DAVIS is an architect from The University of Cape Town. She has worked as an architect for many years in South Africa, England and Norway, but decided to follow her passion for art & printmaking, and in 2015 founded the creative workshop, Åpent Verksted. She has a particular passion for using art as a tool for expression, inclusion, and confidence building, and has since 2017 run weekly art workshops for kids living in different asylum centres in Norway.
JAMES DUNCAN LOWLEY is a British designer and researcher based in Oslo. He has an MA in Product Design from OsloMet and will begin a PhD in Design for Health in 2019. He has worked on socially-oriented projects in England and Norway and is especially interested in the relationship between working with materials, well-being and sustainability. James is currently involved in developing a collaborative design platform together with other collective members.
KATJA HARDOY has a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from Universidad de Barcelona, Spain. She believes in meeting social challenges through an interpretative approach, seeing the individual stories as part of a greater social narrative. She is currently writing her masters about our project EMBRACE, studying the people-place bonds of the members of Oslo’s open drug scene.
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