Norway Edition 01

We proudly announce the first event to take place in Oslo!

In September 2018 three well-known architects from Norway and Denmark will be on stage at the Vulkan Arena, Oslo. They will talk about their personal experiences and important creative periods within their work and, as always at „Architects, not Architecture“, not a word may be lost about their projects themselves.

„Architects, not Architecture“ – as the name suggests – provides a glimpse on great personalities of architecture. The event series is not about the projects of the architects, but the people behind, their professional backgrounds and formative individual experiences, that shaped the projects we all know.

The three following architects will present themselves on stage in the Vulkan Arena with a 20mins. lecture. After each speech the wonderful host Fermín will welcome his guests for a short interview:

  • Kjetil Thorsen, co-Founder of Snøhetta, Oslo/New York/Innsbruck/San Francisco,
  • Siv Helene Stangeland, co-Founder of Helen&Hard, Stavanger/Oslo,
  • Dan Stubbergaard, Founder of COBE, Copenhagen,

Let´s spend a wonderful evening together, seizing the opportunity to get inspired and gain some new perspectives!

This event is kindly supported by our partners Schüco, Jung, Grohe 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 questions and round table.
9:30 pm – 11 pm ​ Get together

Information about the speakers

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen was born on the Norwegian coastal island of Karmøy. After several years in Germany and England, he studied architecture in Graz, Austria. When he completed his studies in 1985, he co-founded the office Snøhetta with his founding partners Craig Dykers and Christoph Kapeller.

Today, Snøhetta is an internationally known practice of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, product- and brand design, with more than 200 employees from 30 different nations and subsidiaries in Oslo, New York, Innsbruck, San Francisco, Singapore, Adelaide, Paris and Stockholm. Thorsen leads the office in Oslo.

The studio has completed a diverse range of international prize-winning projects, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the National Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City. 

As a member of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL), Thorsen has served on their design competition committee and also as a juror on other various design competitions in Europe. From 2004 until 2008, he has been a professor at the Institute for Experimental Studies in Architecture of the University of Innsbruck.

Siv Helene Stangeland was born in Stavanger, Norway. Before she started studying architecture in AHO Oslo, she studied French and Art in Bordeaux for a year.  She spent 3 years in Barcelona during her architectural studies, following classes at the ETSAB, the Technical University in Barcelona, and the art school in Massana, Andorra, where she finally decided to become an architect.

With completing her architectural studies at AHO in 1996, she and her partner, the Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf, founded the office HELEN & HARD in her hometown Stavanger, Norway. The office now has around 30 employees from 10 different nations and another subsidiary in Oslo.

Stangeland and Kropf design a wide range of projects, from domestic to public buildings and also architectural installations in open spaces. One of their core topics is probably the exploration of sustainable design, as they describe their philosophy with „relational design“ and „creating architectural solutions that shall serve and inspire people to a sustainable life“.

HELEN & HARD also completed a diverse range of prize-winning projects, such as the Norway Pavilion at the Expo Shanghai (2010) and the student housing in Soerhauggata (2015).

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, after working at MVRDV in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and PLOT in Copenhagen, Denmark, 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. They were awarded for example with 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.