Denmark Edition 01

Our first AnA-Event in Denmark!

Every architect knows famous buildings – but do you know the people, who design and build them? Who are they and how did they become what they are today? Discover it at our lecture series ‘Architects, not Architecture.’ Come to the Queen’s Hall in the Royal Library at the 11th of October and meet Kim Herforth Nielsen, Amanda Levete and Louis Becker. They are allowed to talk about anything but their work.

In the past two years the event ‘Architects, not Architects’ ran successfully in Germany and inspired hundreds of architects in various cities. Now it comes to Denmark, Copenhagen. Fermín Tribaldos, Spanish architect and initiator of ‘Architects, not Architecture’ says: “The concept is always the same. The three guest speakers have twenty minutes each to talk about their ideas of architecture and (professional) biography as well as their personal visions and goals. But they are not allowed to talk about any of their projects.”

In Copenhagen two Danish architects and one British architect will share their ideas and experiences with us. All three are experienced professionals, who build award winning projects around the world.

  •  Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder and Creative Director at 3XN Architects,
  • Amanda Levete, Founding Principal of London-based architecture studio AL_A,
  • Louis Becker, Design Principal and partner at Henning Larsen,

Kim Herforth Nielson is the driving force behind 3XN since the foundation in 1986. For him the art of architecture is to build a sculpture around the patterns of movement and the synergies that arise between people. Amanda Levete founded her office AL_A in 2009, which since then refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design. Earlier this year she was awarded with the Jane Drew Prize for architects who have strengthened the progress of women in the industry. Third speaker is Louis Becker from Henning Larsen. Over the three decades at the office, he has played an integral role in the internationalization of Henning Larsen and is spearheading Henning Larsen’s successful entry and positioning in the North American market. He believes that architecture must speak directly to users and give back to the society in which it exists.

Look forward to exciting lectures and discussions with our inspiring guest speakers. The open and personal atmosphere creates an evening ideal for networking and exchange.

This event is kindly supported by our partners Schüco, Jung, Delux/Hess GmbH Licht + Form and BoConcept.


6 pm ​​​Doors open and get together
7 pm – 7:15 pm​ ​ Introductions
7:15 pm – 8:45 pm ​ Lectures (20min per person followed by 10min interview)
8:45 pm – 9:15 pm ​ Open question time
9:30 pm – 11 pm ​ Get together

About the speakers

Kim Herforth Nielsen graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 1981. 1986 he founded 3XN in Aarhus together with Lars Frank Nielsen and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen. Today 3XN runs offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York and Sydney and employs architects from over 20 nations. Nielson has been involved in all the practice’s major projects, including The Blue Planet, Kubus in Berlin, Museum of Liverpool, Ørestad College, Muziekgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, the Danish Embassy in Berlin and the Architects’ House in Copenhagen. 

Beside his work in the office he is often called upon as a jury member in international architectural competitions, and as lecturer at art academies and universities around the world. He is a Knight of Dannebrog and has received Denmark’s highest architectural honor, the C.F. Hansen Medaille.


Amanda Levete studied architecture at the AA in London and worked for well-known architects such as Will Aslop and Richard Rogers before she became co-founder of the firm Powis & Levete. In 1985 she was nominated for the RIBA’s “40 under 40” exhibition. Four years later she joined Future Systems, one of the UK’s most innovative practice. It was her credit, that the organic and conceptual design became reality, for example the Lord’s Media Centre, which won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize in 1999. 

2011 Levete founded her own studio AL_A (Amanda Levete Architecture). Since then she realised a number of project, that were much attended such as the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London; MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon and the Central Embassy project, a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok.


Louis Becker graduated from Aarhus Architectural School in 1989 and ever since worked with Henning Larsen. Today he comprises half of the executive management at Henning Larsen, together with CEO Mette Kynne Frandsen. During three decades at Henning Larsen, he has cultivated a wide spectrum of international experience. His context-driven approach to architecture is recognisable in projects such as the Siemens’ new global headquarters in Munich, Germany, HarpaConcert Hall and Conference Center (winner of the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award) in Reykjavík, Iceland, and King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

In 2008, Becker was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Aalborg University Institute of Architecture, Design and Media Technology. In 2011, he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in recognition of his excellent contributions to elevating the global presence of Danish architecture.