Welcome to the newest episode of Urbcast! It’s time for the second episode of the Copenhagen Architecture Offices Series.In the series I will introduce you to the architecture offices based in Copenhagen which I admire. Today I wanted to introduce you to one of the biggest Danish architecture offices – Henning Larsen Architects. It was founded back in 1959 by renowned Danish architect Henning Larsen – The Master of Light.
I want to use the opportunity of being a part of such an interesting office, full of inspiring designers, architects and engineers and show you how it works. The office is drawing of Scandinavian tradition and develops architecture with a huge role of sustainability. Recently, after becoming a part of the Ramboll group the office is developing as one big unit: Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism.
The second guest of this series is Signe Kongebro – Global Design Director for Urbanism and Landscape and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects.
Signe is the founder of Henning Larsen’s sustainability department and she has been a member of Henning Larsen’s management since 2008, and as partner she was most recently tasked with heading the practice’s business activities in Scandinavia, with a special focus on the Danish market.
We talked about:
- Signe’s studies in New York and her first architecture studio
- Why did she apply to Henning Larsen and how did the networking look like 20 years ago?
- What has changed in the architect profession through the last 20 years?
- Why did she introduce sustainability in the office?
- How did sustainability change architecture?
- What can you learn from working in a different context: from Iceland to Saudi Arabia?
- How to use the weather in the design?
- How to glue architecture, landscape and urbanism?
- How many application does Henning Larsen Architect office get each month?
- What is the most important thing when you start your career as an architect?
- What is the role of podcasting in communicating architecture?
However, Signe did not recommend a book, she emphasized the role of the new media (including podcasts!) in communicating architecture, climate challenges and other current happenings (on Danish market especially):
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