About us

  Last updated 01.11.2016

National Association of Norwegian Architects

National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL) is a professional ideal members organization. We work to promote good architecture and architects shared interests. NAL participate in the public debate about architecture and local development, and we are pushing for the development of architectural policy in Norway against politicians the decision makers. We promote high quality in the exercise of profession through education, pilot projects, architectural competitions, magazines and various initiatives.

Architectural Competitions
NAL is a consultant and facilitator for the implementation of architectural competitions in Norway. We assist clients with the implementation of the competition and provides guidance and advice to our members. In addition, we monitor the competitive market and crack down on offending, illegal or unsuitable competitive arrangements or conditions.

A venue for training , dissemination and exchange of experience
NAL offers members training and education in various architectural academic areas. We organize seminars and conferences on various topics of architecture and local development. The primary goal is to raise architects knowledge and skills and to be a forum for the dissemination and exchange of experience.

Environment and sustainability
NAL is a leading supplier of knowledge in the fields of environment and sustainability. Through project collaboration with governments and national research resources we develop new approaches and brings out best practices and pilot projects focused on achieving change in practice. With a multidisciplinary approach NAL aims to increase collaboration between architects, consultants and other stakeholders in the construction industry.

Some of our projects:

“Urban timber”
The project aims to increase the use of wood in urban buildings. Especially high-rise buildings like apartment housing, commercial buildings, public buildings, nursing homes and schools. Of great importance is the visualization of wood as a real alternative to other materials. The project will also encourage innovative supplier development in the use of wood in an industrial perspective with a high degree of repeatability, and to develop environmental and economically competitive solutions for the use of wood in urban areas.

“Wild Card”
This project is addressed towards young architect 's offices and new architect offices who are not yet in a position to get assignments through market competition. Wild Card is initiated by the Norwegian government and coordinated by NAL. Through the Wild Card project NAL works with project development and follow-up in collaboration with developers, private and public organizations, real estate developers and contractors on small and medium-sized projects to small and unmerited firms. In this way, the project contributes to a more diverse and innovative architectural production. Other important parts of the Wild Card project are human resource development offerings, mentoring, counselling and networking. Around 100 offices across the country registered as Wild Cards.

“Buildings of the future”
Buildings of the future is an investment in the future cities and aims to develop climate-friendly buildings and urban areas in 10 of the largest cities in Norway. The project will contribute to the realization of pilot projects and models that inspire others to build for a sustainable future. The results appear in energy efficient buildings, new energy solutions, reduced carbon footprint from transportation and use of environmentally friendly building materials. In addition to produce pilot projects raises the participants' expertise in sustainable design.

"Future countryside"
Through seven selected pilot projects in small communities or villages, the project contributes to increased knowledge and examples of how sustainable and climate friendly local development can make smaller places as role models. The villages can lead towards sustainable development with increased use of wood and other short travelled building materials, utilization of local renewable energy and natural conditions, in addition to building towns that ensures short distances between everyday chores. The project aims to advance knowledge about how communities can become suppliers of environmental resources to the larger cities. Future countryside is a collaboration between environmental organization Zero, the research centre Trefokus and NAL and is supported by the Norwegian government.


Our Journals

ForsideArkN-05-20130905ForsideArkN-05-20130905ForsideArkN-05-20130905Architecture N
Architecture N is the foremost architectural professional journals and presents the ultimate in Norwegian architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. The journal has been published under the name Byggekunst since 1919 and changed its name to Architecture N in 2007. Architecture N comes with 8 issues per year with a circulation of approx. 6 500. Arkitektur N.

In 2012 Arkitektur N launched a website in English: http://www.architecturenorway.no 
The contents of architecturenorway.no are based on projects and articles published in the magazine Arkitektur N. 

ArkitektnyttArkitektnytt• Architect News
Architect News brings you the news from Norway and abroad on architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture. The magazine focuses on architects working at different levels. Besides being a current affairs magazine, Arkitektnytt is an arena for debate, subject criticism and technical innovation. The magazine is published 11 times a year, with a circulation of 5 800.


NAK 449 forsideNAK 449 forside• Norwegian Architectural Competitions
Norwegian Architecture Competitions (NAK) is the only magazine of its kind, where architectural competitions documented in a systematic and professional manner. We present the winning project and the other prize, purchased and honored drafts, as well as the central part of the jury's criticism.




NAL has approximately 4100 members in 14 local associations. We have 35 employees and are located in the Architects' House in Oslo. NALs 14 local associations have their own arrangements of both academic and social nature.