Silje Erøy Sollien is an architectural researcher (post doc.) at Vandkunsten. She is a qualified architect and holds a BA in Development Studies with Economics. Wanting to combine the social science background and a wide international network with being an architect, has led to research and a Ph.D on housing and urban development in Southern Africa. The home building practices of ordinary people, most of which takes place in the informal sector, are fundamental to an understanding of how African cities are growing.
At Vandkunsten Silje is investigating alternative housing strategies to meet current political and social challenges in Denmark. As a researcher she will carry out fieldwork in alternative housing settlements with a focus on social sustainability and architectural quality. She will also facilitate workshops with the purpose of developing utopias to critically investigate how we live today and challenge existing bureaucratic and financial frameworks in the building sector. The project is part financed by Innovationsfonden and will result in concrete proposals for new housing products for the European market.
Industrial PostDoc at Vandkunsten and the National Building Research Institute SBi
Project manager and urban planner, Ålesund municipality, Norway
Teaching assistant, KADK
Ph.D projektet ”The Macuti House in Ilha de Moçambique: Transforming the Other Side of a World Heritage Site” ved KADK i samarbejde med Gabinete de Conservação de Ilha de Moçambique
Lecturer, Faculdade de Arquitectura e Planeamento Fisico, Nampula, Mozambique
Researcher and teaching assistant, KADK, focus on housing studies in informal areas of urban Mozambique
Volunteer and board member, Architects Without Borders DK
Architect, BBP Arkitekter, Copenhagen
Architect Cand. Arch. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
BA Development Studies with Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, London