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. 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.
Former interns: Karam Kifah (carpenter), Eva Kvam (industrial designer/social entrepreneurship), Stina Ovesen (Interior architect BA) & Erik Rolt (technical drawer).
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.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT MLA
KRISTIN SUNDE is an Oslo-based Landscape Architect (MLA) with a BA in Political Science & Environmental Science from Vancouver. Her previous work varies from bicycle infrastructure planning, to academic research, gardening and social work. An activist and maker, she is particularly interested in discovering links between art, landscape democracy and preservation. Kristin is currently running a project about designing and constructing a travelling pavilion that will be a central artwork for the Oslo Green Capital, revolving around food preservation and storage.
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.
Co-founders of MakersHub Volunteer: Miriam Stuempfl, Ida B. Wold & Maria Årthun
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