SITRAP network

Elin heads the centre, all of its daily management, activities, budget, and staffing. She is particularly responsible for reporting to the education manager and give input on the strategical work for future education, contact person and leader for the reference group.

Other than relating problem based studio course teaching to SITRAP, Marius Grønning will contribute to the centre development through an array of roles: research strategies, education curriculum development, international collaboration, and popular dissemination. Grønning has lead the establishment of the research group Territorialization & Methods in Planning (T&MP) and will take responsibility to actively link research responses to issues emerging from SITRAP. He has long experience as a programme committee leader for the 5 years master in urban and regional planning. He has also been country representative to AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning), he has been chairman of FUS (Association of Norwegian Planning Education), and he is currently leading the committee for capacity increase en planning education. This gives him a wide network and a unique overview over planning education in Norway and Europe. Grønning has also established the first international planning course at the NMBU, focusing on European cities, and is the first to have exported LANDSAM teaching principles abroad, to the French school of Sciences Po Rennes, establishing collaboration around common concerns with innovative approaches to spatial planning for societal transitions.

Terje’s specific role is to connect teaching and research in the cross section between property and urban development. He has already established a long teaching practice in this cross section, and also with several years as the project director for real estate on NMBU campus. Terje is currently teaching two courses, both includes students from different fields of study in spatial/physical planning. It is in the practice of teaching over several years, that he has developed a broad scope of studio teaching in interdisciplinary student-active learning. This experience will come in handy to reflect and develop didactics in spatial planning and to explore the opportunities for interdisciplinary, practice-based and profession-based teaching with a high degree of student-active self-learning.

Ellen’s specific role is to give a insight into teaching methods within complex landscape architecture practices. She has 20 years experience within national and internationally renowned offices, whereas 10 years has been giving input on urban and landscape in ministries on state level, understanding the political needs in relation to spatial planning on a national level. For the duration of her practice, she has also always been active with teaching, sensor work and lectures at both NMBU and AHO.

Of great relevance within spatial planning, is her role as project lead in creating the guidelines for “KLD: Network of public spaces”, a strategy for programming of the city’s space in Norwegian municipalities.

Ingrid's role is to contribute to learning and teaching in 1:1 scale, through mockups, interdisciplinary experiments, construction and demonstration in Norway's landscape laboratoy at NMBU. Her work also to include and safeguard the landscape architectural, and -engineering students interests in teaching and study program development.


Melissa’s main role in SITRAP is to develop collaborations with practice. She plans to develop a network for student-practice exchange with professional actors and our continuing education courses in Drammen. Additionally, she leads a course that teaches spatial analysis methods, which aims to further develop methods to analyse and predict spatial dynamics together with students. Her contributions to interdisciplinarity at LANDSAM include assisting in the development of the upcoming Global Master in Landscape Architecture and being active in research projects that bridge planning with landscape architecture, public health, and agroecology.

Tin's role functions as Elin's assistant, and is to follow up and execute the Centre's ambitions, projects, presence (on campus, social media, etc.). He is especially dedicated to ensuring contact between academic staff, and that the student's interests are followed up. He is the sole employee at SITRAP's goals.

Published 29. April 2019 - 9:35 - Updated 9. May 2019 - 10:57