Denmark Edition 02

One year after Architects, not Architecture held their first event in Copenhagen, this uncommon event format will be back in Denmark at Queen’s Hall, Royal Library, on 10th October. Architects, not Architecture or “AnA” – as the name suggests – provides a glimpse into the intellectual biography of great personalities of architecture. The event series is not built around the architects’ projects, but around them as individuals, their professional backgrounds and formative individual experiences that shaped the projects we all know.

On 10th October, two well-known Danish architects and one special guest are going to talk about their personal experiences and important creative periods in their lives and, as always at “AnA“, not a word may be lost about their projects:

  • Dan Stubbergaard, founder of COBE, Copenhagen, www.cobe.dk
  • Sheila O’Donnell, founder of O’Donnell+Tuomey, Dublin, www.odonnell-tuomey.ie
  • Morten Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Aarhus, www.shl.dk

The event will be held in English.

The Irish architect Sheila O’Donnell’s work has continued to develop the spirit of architectural, social and cultural investigation which characterized her exploratory activities in the early 1980s. She was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2015, given for a lifetime’s work and in the same year received the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, given for significant contribution to architecture as an art. Morten Schmidt’s early education in a Waldorf school, which emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, is a foundation for the spirituality, creativity and artistic freedom that permeate his work. His expertise includes creating and communicating compelling design visions, advocating for design excellence, and building for enduring quality. Dan Stubbergaard founded COBE in 2006 in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, where architecture is not a matter of a certain style or form, but more importantly its adaptability to the local context, its social life and its users. COBE has created numerous award-winning projects and currently employs approximately 130 people.

This event is kindly supported by our partners BoConceptSchücoJUNG and FSB.

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06:00 p.m. – 07:00 p.m. Entrance and get-together with finger-food
07:00 p.m. – 07:15 p.m. Welcome
07:15 p.m. – 07:45 p.m. First speaker
07:45 p.m. – 08:15 p.m. Second speaker
08:15 p.m. – 08:30 p.m. Break
08:30 p.m. – 09:00 p.m. Third speaker
09:00 p.m. – 09:30 p.m. Round table discussion
09:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Get-together

Information about the speakers:

Dan Stubbergaard is trained as an architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dan founded COBE in 2006 and has since then been the driving force behind all of COBE’s projects – from strong building icons to complex masterplans. Since its establishment, COBE has created numerous award-winning projects. For example, they were awarded with the Iconic Award and Dreyer Foundation’s Honorary Award in 2015, Nykredit’s Architecture Prize 2012, Copenhagen Award for Architecture 2011 for the Best Public Building and Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. The company currently employs about 130 dedicated architects, urban planners, and landscape architects of different nationalities. Alongside his architectural practice, Dan has taught at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen, and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, in Seattle, US.

Sheila O’Donnell is an Irish architect and founded O’Donnell+Tuomey together with John Tuomey in 1988. She graduated from University College Dublin in 1976, when she moved to London. She was awarded an MA in Environmental Design from the Royal College of Art in London. In the early 1980s, with like-minded colleagues, she set up the Blue Studio Architecture Gallery which exhibited and published the work of European Rationalists as well as their own ambitious design proposals for the regeneration and repopulation of Dublin’s Docklands. In 1991, known as Group 91, they won the competition for the urban regeneration of Temple Bar in the centre of Dublin. This cultural quarter was completed in 1996 and includes two buildings by O’Donnell+Tuomey. Her watercolour drawings have been exhibited in the Royal Academy and the Royal Irish Academy. She is an Honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2009, she was elected a member of Asodána, an affiliation of Irish Artists.

Morten Schmidt co-founded Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in 1987 and has developed a diverse portfolio of work and expertise in the planning and design of major libraries and cultural facilities across the globe, bringing an innovative, rational and clear design leadership to many of the practice’s highest profile projects. He has amassed extensive experience as lead design architect for public architecture, responding to complex briefs, collaborating with multiple stakeholders, and consulting with both client groups and the public as part of the design development process, all while navigating within these complex processes with a unique brand of imaginative brilliance. Morten continues to participate as a jury member, guest lecturer and critic on issues of architecture, future libraries, urbanism and sustainable design.