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NEWS

NOV 24TH,2017 - SPEND BLACK FRIDAY ON FRIDAY: GO KEYLESS

Future proof your home by going keyless with Friday Lock. The world's smallest smart lock designed by BIG Ideas and Friday Labs can now ship and retrofit to any door, anywhere in the world. Get to know Friday’s advanced, tech-integrated features including bluetooth, wifi and Apple HomeKit for a peace of mind holiday, discounted for a limited time at Bestbuy and fridaylabs.net.

NOV 21ST,2017 - GOOGLE'S EUROPEAN HQ BREAKS GROUND IN LONDON

Following unanimous support from Camden Council this summer, Google's new 81,000 m2 office breaks ground today with Director of Real Estate and Construction Joe Borrett, Google's CFO Ruth Porat, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and UK Managing Director Ronan Harris. The £1bn London HQ in King's Cross will accommodate 7,000 staff with amenities including sleeping pods, sports pitches and rooftop running track.

NOV 21ST,2017 - BIG SPECIAL FEATURE IN CLAD MAGAZINE

CLAD Magazine's latest issue gives readers a rare look into the making of BIG through the lens of Bjarke Ingels, CEO Sheela Søgaard and BIG's growing Partners team. Who is BIG's culture ambassador? Who carved the path from internship to partnership? From play space of the recently completed LEGO House to outer space with Mars Science City, how have BIG's design philosophies materialized in our latest built projects today and how will they inform our projects of tomorrow? Read the full story online here.

NOV 20TH,2017 - CNN STYLE LISTS VIA AS 21ST CENTURY BUILDING TRANSFORMING NYC SKYLINE

VIA 57 West is featured in CNN Style's list of 21st century buildings redrawing the New York City streets and skylines. The residential courtscraper is also included in the recently published book by Prestel, New New York Architecture.

NOV 16TH,2017 - HOME FOR DENMARK'S FUTURE PANDAS BREAKS GROUND

Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Copenhagen Zoo, the design team and donors from 16 Danish companies and foundations gathered today to celebrate the start of construction for a new panda habitat in Denmark. Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen and China's Ambassador to Denmark Ms. Deng Ying marked the special occasion with a symbolic handoff of toy pandas to schoolchildren who joined the ceremony. We look forward to celebrating the housewarming for pandas Mao Sun and He Xing in the next years.

 

NOV 16TH,2017 - BIG PRESENTS BAY AREA SOCIAL ECOSYSTEM FOR RESILIENT BY DESIGN

For the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, BIG proposes a Social Ecosystem to create a more resilient, sustainable and equitable Islai Creek and South Bay. Together with One Architecture and Sherwood Engineers, we are thinking of ecology, people, infrastructure and transit working together as self-enforcing systems. We're excited to continue the conversation in not only saving the bay, but growing the bay for nature, people and changing climates.

NOV 15TH,2017 - BIG TIME PREMIERES IN NEW YORK

Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder's film shadowing BIG and Bjarke over seven years arrives to New York with a premiere at America's largest documentary festival, DOC NYC. BIG Time unveils the intimate and authentic moments in building buildings and a global architecture firm. Get your tickets for the screening at Cinepolis Chelsea tonight or the IFC Center tomorrow.

NOV 14TH,2017 - FAST COMPANY FEATURES BIG CEO SHEELA SØGAARD’S TOP BUSINESS OF DESIGN INSIGHTS

In a collection of Fast Company Innovation Festival stories, Fast Company headlines BIG CEO and Partner Sheela Søgaard’s business perspectives on cultivating BIG’s creative culture during a period of growth. Co.Design’s deputy editor Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan shares Sheela’s insider tips relevant to business professionals managing or working with creatives, from ingraining positivity in principle, approach and culture to broadening the definition of a business. Read the full insights here.

NOV 6TH,2017 - BIG TEAMS WITH WEWORK FOR NEW MICRO SCHOOL: WEGROW

Following the recent opening of LEGO House for reinventing the future of play, BIG joins WeWork to design a new micro school for the future of learning. BIG’s design for WeGrow seeks to undo the compartmentalization often found in traditional school environments and reinforces the significance of engaging kids in an interactive environment. As such, the design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child: a field of super-elliptic objects forms a learning landscape that’s dense and rational – yet free and fluid. Modular classrooms, tree houses, digital portals and a vertical farm promote an inclusive and collaborative teaching environment. Concurrently, acoustic clouds, natural materials and neutral colors create a calm setting for the child’s focused study. Playful and transparent, yet homelike and structured, WeGrow nurtures the child’s education through introspection, exploration and discovery.

OCT 20TH,2017 - BIG CEO SHEELA SØGAARD JOINS FASTCO INNOVATION FESTIVAL

As part of the Fast Company Innovation Festival, BIG CEO and Partner Sheela Søgaard takes business professionals behind-the-scenes for an intimate visit at BIG. In a fireside chat with Co.Design's Deputy Editor Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Sheela will explore the topic of managing a creative studio and cultivating culture in the design industry.

OCT 20TH,2017 - TIME CAPSULE MARKS BIG'S WILSON SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA

BIG celebrates the start of construction for the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia with a Time Capsule ceremony where students from two county-wide secondary programs buried artefacts representatuve of this year. The new and expanded 15,800 m2 building expected to house 775 students, maintains the impression and efficiency of a 1-story building by rotating each floor along a single hinge. Resulting in cascading green terraces, students can travel outdoors from the classrooms into the recreation field, while strengthening the connection between the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor neighborhood and the school.

OCT 19TH,2017 - EAST 126TH RESIDENCE IN EAST HARLEM TOPS OUT

The north façade of the mixed-use East 126th residence celebrated a topping out milestone this week. By gently sloping the top portion of the façade inward, the building is contained within the allowed zoning envelope while allowing more sunlight to reach the residential streets of East Harlem. The curved façade will soon be cladded in blackened stainless steel. Photo by Field Condition.

OCT 18TH,2017 - BIG CEO & PARTNER SHEELA SØGAARD NAMED IN "100 WOMEN AT THE TOP"

Sheela Søgaard is recognized by one of the largest Danish newspaper Berlingske Business in the list of Top 100 Female Executives in Denmark. Since beginning her career as a Consultant in McKinsey & Company nearly two decades ago, today Sheela is the CEO and Partner at BIG, overseeing the 400+ people office in New York, Copenhagen and London.

OCT 17TH,2017 - BIG CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF RESILIENCY EDUCATION CENTER SOLAR TWO

BIG, Solar One, NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick and other community leaders gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of Solar Two, the city's first resiliency education center aimed to engage and educate the five boroughs on preparing for climate change. Located in Stuyvesant Cove Park and integrated with BIG's East Side Coastal Resiliency Design, Solar Two is the new, sustainably upgraded and expanded Environmental Education Center that will replace the existing Solar One. The net zero building equipped with photovoltaic solar and battery storage to accommodate the Green Design Lab, Clean Tech K-12 Education Program, summer outdoor programs and more, will begin construction in 2018.

 

OCT 13TH,2017 - FAST CO.DESIGN EXCLUSIVE ON BIG'S MARS SCIENCE CITY

Having recently attended the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange speak with Fast Co.Design on the full plan to build a prototype Martian settlement in Dubai. Initiated by the UAE government to lead the global scientific mission to reach and colonize Mars by 2117, the world’s largest space simulation, Mars Science City, will serve as a test bed for the materials and techniques that could feasibly be used to build on the red planet. The exclusive interview examines the vernacular architecture specific to Mars, guiding principles for living qualities in the Martian environment, and more. See the full project page here.

OCT 12TH,2017 - HYPERLOOP ONE PARTNERS WITH VIRGIN GROUP TO ACCELERATE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY ON LAND

Hyperloop One raised $85 million in new funding that includes the investment from Virgin Group, leading to a rebrand of Virgin Hyperloop One in the coming months. The global partnership, with Richard Branson joining the board of directors, will see a focus in the technology behind the passenger experience and mixed-use cargo service, as well as accelerate projects underway in the UAE, U.S., Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and India.

OCT 4TH,2017 - FINANCING SECURED FOR PANDA HOUSE TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION

Panda House received generous funding from Danfoss, Lundbeck, Vestas, VELUX and more donors, clearing way for construction to begin immediately. The 2,450 m2 habitat at Copenhagen Zoo forms the freest and most naturalistic possible environment for pandas to roam about and live within ideal conditions to mate. The two giant pandas Mao Sun and He Xing can expect their new home to be ready in a few years.

SEP 28TH,2017 - THE HOME OF THE LEGO BRICK OPENS IN DENMARK – BIG & LEGO REINVENT THE FUTURE OF PLAY

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and LEGO bring the toy scale of the classic LEGO brick to architectural scale with LEGO House, forming vast exhibition spaces and public squares that embody the culture and values at the heart of all LEGO experiences. Photo by Iwan Baan.

 

LEGO house is a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the LEGO brick – one that embodies the notion of systematic creativity and allows children of all ages countless opportunities to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play. At its finest – that is what architecture – and LEGO play – is all about: empowering people to imagine new worlds that are more exciting and expressive than the status quo – and to provide them with the tools and the skills to make them reality. This is what children do every day with LEGO bricks – and this is what we have done today at LEGO House with actual bricks, taking Billund a step closer towards becoming the Capital for Children.Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

SEP 27TH,2017 - BIG TO BUILD WORLD'S LARGEST MARS SIMULATOR IN UAE

United Arab Emirates leaders have selected BIG to build the largest ever space simulation city in the UAE desert, a destination which will mimic the conditions of life on Mars. Covering 1.9 million square feet, ‘Mars Science City' project will provide a realistic model to simulate life on the surface of the red planet. A series of domed structures will host laboratories for food, energy and water, agricultural testing and studies about food security, and a museum displaying humanity’s greatest space achievements. The Mars Science City project falls within the UAE’s objectives to lead the global scientific race to take people to Mars. It is also part of the Mars 2117 Strategy, launched during the fifth World Government Summit, which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years. 

SEP 14TH,2017 - BIG FC PLAYS FOR SUSTAINABILITY AT 2017 GLOBAL GOALS WORLD CUP

BIG FC is excited to play at the 2017 Global Goals World Cup to advocate for the successful implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The team will be playing for Goal #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, and welcomes all friends and families to join at 5pm on Tuesday, September 19 at Transmitter Park, Greenpoint for an evening of soccer, music, awards and celebrations.

ABOUT

BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

BIG is a Copenhagen, New York and London based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.

BIG PARTNERS

BIG is led by 12 partners – Bjarke Ingels, Sheela Maini Søgaard, Finn Nørkjær, Thomas Christoffersen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Andreas Klok Pedersen, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Beat Schenk, Daniel Sundlin, Brian Yang and Jakob Sand. In addition, BIG has named 7 Associates at BIG NYC, including Agustin Perez-Torres, Jakob Henke, Leon Rost, Doug Stechschulte, Martin Voelkle, Ziad Shehab, Sören Grünert  and 6 Associates at BIG CPH, including Cat Huang, Frederik Lyng, Gabrielle Nadeau, Hanna Johansson, João Albuquerque, Ole Elkjær-Larsen.

FOUNDING PARTNER - BJARKE INGELS

Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including Wall Street Journal's Innovator of the Year Award, the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.

PARTNER & CEO - SHEELA MAINI SØGAARD

As Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Sheela Maini Søgaard manages the overall health and growth of BIG globally, allowing the studio’s 400+ designers, thinkers, urbanists and innovators to focus on what they do best. She oversees finances, operations and business development, and is responsible for optimizing BIG’s cash flow, developing the organization and executing strategic priorities. Prior to joining BIG in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer, Sheela led Business Development efforts for Danish culinary entrepreneur and NOMA co-founder Claus Meyer and developed strategic solutions at McKinsey & Company. Sheela is also an Advisory Board Member for the National Gallery of Denmark and on the Board of Directors at Maj Bank. Most recently, Sheela was named a Top 100 Female Executive in Denmark. Having roots in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Denmark, Sheela holds a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.

PARTNER - FINN NØRKJÆR

Finn Nørkjær is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since he won the competition on his very first project for the Aquatic Centre in 2001. Finn was instrumental in translating Bjarke’s visionary architecture into projects which could be built by bringing his extensive experience to the table. In addition to the Aquatic Centre, Finn has worked extensively on most of BIG’s built projects, eg. the VM Houses and The Mountain which was completed in 2008. Only with his thorough attention to detail and ability to work within the given budget was this breakthrough project able to see the light of day. Finn’s latest projects include the 8 House and the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, which have been completed in Copenhagen, Denmark and Shanghai, China respectively.  Currently Finn is working on a 20.000m2 Education Centre in MagnakIl on Faroe Islands. 

PARTNER - THOMAS CHRISTOFFERSEN

Thomas Christoffersen began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2001 when PLOT was first formed. Thomas has worked on every notable project from the VM Houses to one of our most global developments, Astana National Library. He is currently overseeing the detail design and construction of the 75.000m2 mixed-used West 57 building in Manhattan. Other accomplishments include the design for Iceland’s National Bank and Stavanger Concert house in Norway. In addition to his long standing participation in all things BIG, Thomas took a sabbatical year to work in New York City with WORK Architects and has also worked with Stan Allen, David Ling in NYC and Henning Larsen Architects.

PARTNER - KAI-UWE BERGMANN

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in over 20 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states) and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan The Dryline to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG.

PARTNER - ANDREAS KLOK PEDERSEN

Andreas Klok Pedersen is Partner and Design Director of BIG Copenhagen. He is Partner-in-Charge of a number of BIG’s competitions, master plans and large-scale projects in Europe and Asia. Most recently, Andreas has led the prize-winning competitions for the PARC research center in Paris, Basel Transitlager, Greenland National Gallery of Art and the Shenzhen Energy Mansion as well as the ongoing regional planning project the Loop City. His projects also count the Urban Future Award research project for Audi, the carbon neutral Zira Island in Azerbaijan, Tamayo Museum, Ren People’s Building, Lego Towers, Kløvermark, Scala Library, Arlanda Hotel and BIG’s contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2004 and 2010. In addition to managing competitions and concept development at BIG, Andreas runs an Architecture studio at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and lectures internationally on BIG’s current research and projects. Andreas was Guest-Professor at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo Norway in the fall 2011.

PARTNER - DAVID ZAHLE

David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and has been Project and Design Architect for many of BIG’s award-winning and built projects. David’s most recently completed project is the Danish Maritime Museum, a museum designed around an abandoned dry dock next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsingør, Denmark. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences; in the same year, as a project leader he won the competition for the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital which he followed through to its completion in 2006. David oversees the design of many prominent cultural and mixed-use projects including Kistefos Museum, a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, Västerås Travel Center in Sweden, and the Amager Resource Centre, a new Waste-toEnergy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope, Panda House, Berlin Towers and Cloud City in Aalborg. David lectures in Denmark and abroad about BIG’s works and methods. He is also host of the program series ’Mesterlige ombygninger’, or ‘Masterful conversions’ on Denmark’s TV2. Since the start of 2015 David has been responsible for Business Development of BIG’s office in Copenhagen.

PARTNER - JAKOB LANGE

Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As the lead for several prize winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental in winning some of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of the Mountain residences in Copenhagen (2008) and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award in 2011. He is currently Partner in Charge of Stettin 7, a 20,000 m2 high-end green residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with precise data rather than style or aesthetics – information driven design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized lamps and building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.

PARTNER - JAKOB SAND

Jakob Sand joined BIG in 2011 to lead the team for the prize-winning Paris PARC project for the Jussieu Campus of the Univerité Pierre et Marie Curie. During his career Jakob has worked in the field between conception and realization; as Project Leader on several prominent developments, he has won many competitions in Denmark and abroad. Working in both Paris and Copenhagen for many years has given him an excellent knowledge of European culture and building practice. For 5 years he worked closely with Dominique Perrault where he participated on prize-winning projects including the Palais des Sports de Rouen, which he led through all phases to construction, as well as the French Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2010 for which Jakob was Project Leader. Together with Perrault, he also developed several large-scale competitions including the Headquarters for EDF- Paris, Tours de Pont des Sevres - Paris, University ARTEM -Nancy, Seoul Opera House - South Korea and the University in Belval- Luxembourg.

PARTNER - BEAT SCHENK

Beat Schenk joined BIG in 2010 as Senior Project Manager, and is now the Director of Detail Design. Prior to his current role, he worked on a variety of healthcare, educational, and cultural projects around the globe. Beat has more than 20 years of experience as Project Architect and Designer and has sharpened his skills while working on many notable buildings in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. While at Frank O. Gehry Partners, he worked on a number of museum projects – including the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Lower Manhattan, NYC – besides working on the Vitra Chair Museum Expansion in Weil, Germany. Beat’s collaboration with BIG dates back to 2000, where he worked alongside Bjarke on the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington while at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). 

PARTNER - DANIEL SUNDLIN

Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and has worked on many of BIG’s most prominent projects and winning competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, Astana Library in Kazakhstan, Qingdao Bridge in China and the international competition for a new entrance pavilion at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Daniel was one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Maison Des Fondateurs Audemars Piguet (Audemars Piguet Museum) in Le Brassus, Switzerland and the PARC Jussieu Campus in Paris. Recently, he worked as Project Leader for VIA 57 West, a mixed-use residential building in New York City. Daniel currently oversees the expansion of the Google Campus (Google North Bayshore and Google Charleston East) in Mountain View, California; the Audemars Piguet Hotel also in Le Brassus, Switzerland; the Spiral high-rise and the Eastside Costal Resiliency project (BIG U) both in Manhattan, New York; and the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia. With a background as a photographer and graphic designer, Daniel is a strong communicator, leading visualization and graphical representation at BIG. Daniel moved to New York City in 2010.

PARTNER - BRIAN YANG

Brian Yang joined BIG in 2007 and has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels on a wide range of projects from the 8 House, a residential building in Copenhagen, to the conceptual design of a mobile gallery for the Tate Modern in London. He has been the Project Leader on a number of competition winning proposals, including a new Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, a contemporary art museum in Norway that bridges across a river, and a sustainable multifamily residential development in Finland. Most recently he has been the design leader for The LEGO House, a new LEGO experience center in Denmark opening in the second half of 2017. With a background in energy efficiency research as well as undergraduate studies in economics, Brian brings additional focus on environmental and economic sustainability into all of his projects. Prior to joining BIG, Brian worked at a number of practices internationally, and while at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, led a project team for a pavilion exhibited at the 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.

AWARDS

BIG

Børsen Gazelle, 2015, 2013

Architizer Firm of the Year Award, 2014

French Academy of Architecture Prix Delarue Award, 2011

Crown Prince of Denmark Culture Prize, 2011

The Dreyer Foundation Grant Prize of Honor, 2011

Wall Street Journal Architectural Innovator of the Year Award, 2011

Nykredits Architecture Prize, 2002

Young Architect of the Year 2nd Place Award, 2002

Henning Larsen Foundation Grant, 2001
 

 

MCB - TIRPITZ

Nordic Architecture Fair Award, Finalist, 2017

 

ARC - AMAGER RESOURCE CENTER

European Steen Design Award, 2017

Tekla Global BIM Awards, 2015

P/A Progressive Architecture Awards, Citation, 2015

MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards, 2012

 

PITT - Pittsburgh Lower Hill Master Plan

ASLA Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter Honor Award for Program Analysis & Planning, 2016

 

LECTURES

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NOV 13TH,2017 - FROM HOT TO COLD: BIG’s TOWERS

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Tel Aviv, Israel
time:
 

NOV 8TH,2017 - Fenestration BAU China

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Shanghai, China
time: 4:00 PM
 

OCT 23RD,2017 - How to Use—Not Crush—Creativity for the Business of Design

speaker:
Sheela Søgaard
location: New York, NY
time: 4:00
 

OCT 9TH,2017 - Lunch with an Architect

speaker:
Jakob Sand
location: Brussels, Belgium
time: 12.00 PM
 

SEP 29TH,2017 -  Columbia University Real Estate Development Conference

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York, NY
time: 1:05 PM
 

SEP 23RD,2017 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Anchorage, Alaska
time: 6.00 PM
 

SEP 18TH,2017 - DFC Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
time: 6.30 PM
 

SEP 14TH,2017 - Quinzaine de l'Urbanisme 2017

speaker:
Jakob Sand
location: Geneva, Switzerland
time: 6:00 PM
 

SEP 12TH,2017 - BIG + SMALL

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Zürich, Switzerland
time: 5:00 PM
 

JUN 27TH,2017 - Executive Talk: Business of Design

speaker:
Sheela Søgaard
location: London, UK
time: 6:00 PM
 

JUN 22ND,2017 - 47th Annual Architecture Awards

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Los Angeles, CA
time: 12:30 PM
 

JUN 15TH,2017 - The People's Political Festival

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Bornholm, DK
time: 2:00 PM
 

JUN 1ST,2017 - AIA Omaha

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Omaha, Nebraska
time: 6:00 PM
 

MAY 19TH,2017 - Material Immaterial 2017

speaker:
Daniel Sundlin and Francesca Portesine
location: New York, NY
time: 6:00 PM
 

MAY 10TH,2017 - BIG + SMALL

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Brussels, Belgium
time: 7:00 PM
 

APR 26TH,2017 - Dallas Architecture Forum

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Dallas, Texas
time: 7:00 PM
 

APR 20TH,2017 - 2017 World Strategic Forum

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Miami, Florida
time: 10:30 AM
 

APR 12TH,2017 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Palo Alto, California
time: 6:30 PM
 

MAR 23RD,2017 - 2017 Graphisoft BIM Conference

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Las Vegas, NV
time: 10:00 AM
 

MAR 14TH,2017 - The Belgian Conference at MIPIM 2017

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Cannes, France
time: 5:30 PM
 

MEDIA

 

BIG PRESENTS BAY AREA SOCIAL ECOSYSTEM FOR RESILIENT BY DESIGN

For the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, BIG proposes a Social Ecosystem to create a more resilient, sustainable and equitable Islai Creek and South Bay. Together with One Architecture and Sherwood Engineers, we are thinking of ecology, people, infrastructure and transit working together as self-enforcing systems. We're excited to continue the conversation in not only saving the bay, but growing the bay for nature, people and changing climates.

 

DRONE PREVIEW OF LEGO HOUSE: OPENING SEPTEMBER 2017

A drone footage of the soon-to-be-completed LEGO House shows 21 stacked white bricks crowned with the 2x4 Lego block keystone. The grand opening for the 'Home of the Brick' in Billund, Denmark is scheduled for September 28.

 

BIG TIME INTERNATIONAL TRAILER

Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder paints an intimate portrait of Bjarke and BIG's development over the past seven years - the unveiling documentary has premiered in Denmark, and will screen in theatres across the country until June. Stay tuned for international premiere dates.

 

BIG'S ALPHABET OF LIGHT AT 2017 MILAN DESIGN WEEK

BIG's Alphabet of Light for Artemide is installed at Interni's Material Immaterial event as part of the Salone del Mobile.Milano design fair for Milan Design Week. The installation is open to the public from April 3 - 15 in Università degli Studi di Milano.

 

ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN - BY NETFLIX

The Netflix original docu-series, Abstract: The Art of Design, takes viewers inside the minds and behind-the-scenes of our creative process. The series is created by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Morgan Neville and WIRED's Scott Dadich.

 

DRONE FILMING OF THE SERPENTINE PAVILION

The Serpentine Pavilion 2016 is captured via drone in London's Kensington Gardens. The structure designed by BIG and engineered by AKT II is on display as part of the Serpentine Galleries Summer Architecture Programme now through October 9, 2016. Aerial filming by Halo Aerial Image. 

 

DRONE FOOTAGE OF THE VIA COURTSCRAPER

The drone captures the latest construction progress at West 57th Street, providing images of the building’s soaring vertical elevations and glimpses of the faceted walls of glass that permit further views toward the water. Rising up at the northeast corner, the building’s highest point is 450 feet high, making it BIG’s tallest topped-out building to date. Aerial photography by darkhorse.work

 

DRONE FLIGHT THROUGH HOT TO COLD

Cinematography by Yeah Drones. Soundtrack by Mikkel Metal

 
 

2 WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY

200 Greenwich Street / 2 WTC is the capstone in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the final component of the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. The 80-plus story building is developed by Silverstein Properties and will serve as the new headquarters for 21st Century Fox and News Corp. The tower will rise to 1,340 feet, respectfully framing the 9/11 Memorial Park alongside One WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC.

 

THE INFINITE HAPPINESS - BY BEKA FILMS

Filmmakers Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine look under the skin of BIG's 8 House in Copenhagen. The ∞ Happiness explores the inner workings of the building documented by the Bekas through their month-long stay as the buildings residents. The film can be seen at HOT TO COLD, National Building Museum in Washington D.C until August 30th, 2015.

 
 
 
 
 
 

BIG INSIGHT: BJARKE ON MECA & PUBLIC SPACE

Bjarke explains the public space of Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine in Montpellier.

 

BIG UNVEILS THE LEGO HOUSE

BIG 's design for “The LEGO House”, the experience and education centre in Billund, Denmark.

 

 

MIAMI BEACH SQUARE

BIG together with West 8, Fentress, JPA and developers Portman CMC proposes Miami Beach Square as the centerpiece of their 52 acre Convention Center.

 

Miami Beach is a unique city in so many ways. It is one of the youngest cities in America – and perhaps right now one of the most vibrant and dynamic. Its streetscape is characterized by a lively walkable urban fabric with a friendly human scaled environment under the cool shade of tropical trees and art deco canopies - except at the convention center. It is a dead black hole of asphalt in the heart of one the most beautiful and lively cities in America. Our mission is to bring Miami Beach back to the Convention Center – and to imagine an architecture and an urban space unique to the climate and culture of Miami Beach.

 

We propose to roll out an urban fabric of paths and plazas, parks and gardens that forms an archipelago of urban oases throughout the site. At the heart of it – we introduce a central square to become the pivoting point of the entire neighborhood. Becoming the front door to the convention center, and the convention hotel, a front lawn to the revitalized Jackie Gleason Theatre, a town square for the city hall, an outdoor arena for the Latin American Cultural Museum, and the red carpet for the big botanical ball room.

 

SMOKE RINGS IN 2016

BIG and Berlin-based artist group realities:united envision the city of Copenhagen by 2016 in a new animation which shows a completed Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant, consolidating Denmark as a world leader in waste-to-energy conversion, allowing Copenhageners to ski near downtown Copenhagen while blowing giant smoke rings for each quarter ton C02 the facility produces to serve as a gentle reminder of the impact of consumption - turning the smokestack traditionally the symbol of the industrial era into a symbol for the future.

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HOT TO COLD

Through the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings.

 

MUSEUM IN THE DOCK

BIG has designed an extraordinary museum to revive Denmark’s proud maritime history. The Danish Maritime Museum is placed underground, just outside the wall of a dry dock in a formerly abandoned shipyard. Author Bruce Peter takes us on a tour of the new museum in Helsingør, Denmark. In text, photographs and architectural drawings, Peter documents this remarkable adventure in architecture, civil and structural engineering.

 

 

 

SUPERKILEN BOOK

The book Superkilen celebrates the dawn of a new type of urban public space. Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and SUPERFLEX, Superkilen is a kilometre-long urban park wedged within one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenging neighbourhoods in Denmark. Click on the image and read more about the book and how to buy it.

 

AV MONOGRAPH BIG

BIG is proud to announce the publication of the BIG monograph by Arquitectura Viva. In Spanish and English, this monograph includes 25 projects by BIG from 2001 until 2013, alongside Bjarke's essay on Pragmatic Pleasures - BIG’s perception on an unprejudiced way of designing that combines hedonism and pragmatism.

 

BEING BIG BY ABITARE

After an intense year of following BIG and Bjarke in design, travels, construction sites and celebrations, Italian-based magazine ABITARE presents the most extensive and dynamic profile of the studio so far, providing insight and in depth interviews with Bjarke Ingels on Clients, Academy, Juries, Politicians, Media and the life of BIGsters.

 

BIG RED BOOK

Published by the Japanese publisher GA, BIG – RECENT PROJECT is a monograph that documents 28 recent projects developed by the BIG CPH and BIG NYC offices . In addition the book also includes an interview with Bjarke Ingels by Yoshio Futgawa and an essay on Social Infrastructure.

 

BIG PINK BOOK

Published by the Korean publisher Archilife, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is a monograph that provides an overview of the past 10 years worth of work. In addition the book also includes an essay by Geoff Manaugh and an interview with Bjarke Ingels by Jeffrey Inaba. Introduction by Boris Broman Jensen.

 

BIG: BJARKE INGELS GROUP PROJECTS 2001-2010

Published by the Chinese publisher Liaoning, this book is a collection of more than forty projects completed by BIG between 2001 and 2010. 

 

YES IS MORE - AN ARCHICOMIC ON ARCHITECTURAL EVOLUTION FOR IPAD

BIG's first monograph, YES IS MORE, now available on iTunes App Store

 

YES IS MORE IN DANISH

YES IS MORE is now available by the Danish publisher Gyldendal.

 

YES IS MORE - AN ARCHICOMIC ON ARCHITECTURAL EVOLUTION IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, SPANISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN AND PORTUGUESE

BIG's first monograph, YES IS MORE, now available from Taschen in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

 

YES IS MORE IN KOREAN

YES IS MORE is now available by The Korean publisher Archilife.

 

YES IS MORE IN CHINESE

YES IS MORE is now available by the Chinese publisher Liaoning.

 

MY PLAYGROUND DVD

The free-running documentary MY PLAYGROUND by Kaspar Astrup Schröder from BIG's Mountain in Copenhagen. Buy the DVD including 45 minutes of bonus material.

 

THE BIG LAB - ARKITEKTUR DK’S ISSUE ON BIG

A special bilingual issue on the latest projects by BIG brought to you by one of Denmark’s leading architectural publications ARKITEKTUR DK. Essays by Boris Brormann Jensen and Jens-Thomas Arnfred critically investigate the work of BIG in the larger Danish context.

 

AV PROYECTOS 074: DOSSIER BIG

BIG is thrilled to share the publication of a special BIG dossier by Arquitectura Viva's AV Proyectos. In English and Spanish, the issue presents 16 of our newest projects all over the world, organized in a thermodynamic itinerary from hot to cold.

 

A+U

BIG is incredibly proud to present our latest publication BIG + SMALL in collaboration with Japanese A+U. The special issue highlights BIG's latest projects ranging from the large-scale urban projects to smaller residences worldwide, including recent pictures from construction sites in Miami, Copenhagen, NYC, Shenzhen, Bahamas, Mexico and many more. Antón García-Abril's essay Everything is Possible and Jeffrey Inaba's thought provoking interview with Bjarke Ingels provide fresh insights into his philosophy and design thinking.

 

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STAFF

Bjarke Ingels
Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2016, Time Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 most influential people in the world today.    Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.
Founding Partner +45 72 21 72 27  
Andreas Klok Pedersen
Andreas Klok Pedersen is Partner and Design Director of BIG Copenhagen. He is Partner-in-Charge of many competitions, master plans and large-scale projects across Europe and Asia. Most recently, Andreas led the prize-winning competitions for the 186-metre-high Metzler Tower in Frankfurt currently under construction, Battersea Power Station Malaysia Square in London, MECA cultural House in Bordeaux, and the PARC research centre in Paris. He has led the Transitlager mixed-use warehouse project in Basel, as well as Shenzhen Energy mansion office tower in China; both projects are currently under construction. Alongside his architectural practice, Andreas lectures internationally on BIG's most recent projects and ideas, and has taught at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo, and was Studio Director at the Strelka Institute for Architecture and Urbanism in Moscow. 
Partner +45 72 21 72 27  
Beat Schenk
Beat Schenk is a licensed architect who joined BIG in 2010 as Senior Project Manager, and is now the Director of Detail Design. In 2015, he was made Partner. Prior to his current role, he worked on a variety of healthcare, educational, and cultural projects around the globe. Beat has more than 20 years of experience as Project Architect and Designer and has sharpened his skills while working on many notable buildings in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. While at Frank O. Gehry Partners, he worked on a number of museum projects – including the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Lower Manhattan, NYC – in addition to working on the Vitra Chair Museum Expansion in Weil, Germany. Beat’s collaboration with BIG dates back to 2000, where he worked alongside Bjarke on the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington while at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
Partner +1 617 519 3879  
Brian Yang
Brian Yang joined BIG in 2007 and has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels across a wide range of projects and typologies such as an energy efficient skyscraper currently under construction in Shenzhen, the 8 House, a residential building in Copenhagen, and the conceptual design of a mobile gallery for the Tate Modern in London. He has been the Project Leader on a number of competition winning proposals, including a Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, a contemporary art museum in Norway that bridges across a river, and a sustainable wood construction multifamily residential development in Finland. Most recently he has been the design leader for The LEGO House, a new LEGO experience center in Denmark opening in the second half of 2017. With a background in energy efficiency research as well as undergraduate studies in economics, Brian brings additional focus on environmental and economic sustainability into all of his projects. Prior to joining BIG, Brian worked at a number of practices internationally, and while at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, led a project team for a pavilion exhibited at the 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.
Partner +45 25 10 44 79  
Daniel Sundlin
Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and has has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG’s most prominent projects and prize-winning competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, Astana Library in Kazakhstan, Qingdao Bridge in China and the international competition for a new entrance pavilion at Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. Recently Daniel was one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Jussieu Campus in Paris. With a background as a photographer and graphic designer Daniel has a strong talent in communicating architecture and has been the go-to person for visualizations and graphical representation at BIG.
Partner +1 347 673 4967  
David Zahle
David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and has been Project and Design Architect for many of BIG' s award-winning and built projects. David's most recently completed project is the Danish Maritime Museum, a museum designed around an abandoned dry dock next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsingør, Denmark. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences; in the same year, he won the competition for the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital which he followed through to its completion in 2006. David oversees the design of many prominent cultural and mixed-use projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, Västerås Travel Center in Sweden, and the Amager Resource Centre, a new Waste-to-Energy Plant with in an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope. The project is currently under construction. In addition to his architectural practice, David has been juror for numerous architectural and cultural awards committees and frequently travels across Europe and Scandinavia to speak on BIG's projects and ideas. 
Partner +45 26 12 14 45  
Finn Nørkjær
Finn Nørkjær is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since he won the competition on his very first project for the Aquatic Centre in 2001. Finn was instrumental in translating Bjarke’s visionary architecture into buildable projects; his thorough attention to detail and ability to work within a given budget has ensured the success of BIG's built work: the award-winning VM Houses, the Mountain residences, the 8 House, and the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, which won the prestigious DETAIL Steel Award. Some of his latest projects include Bassin 7 at the Aarhus harbor, and Gamml Hellerup School multi-purpose hall, teaching building and sports fields. He is currently Partner-in-Charge of the 18,600 m2 Faroe Islands Education Center, Lego House, and the Museum Center Blåvand, all currently under construction. 
Partner +45 29 63 16 10  
Jakob Lange
Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a Project Leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental in several of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of the innovative and multi-award-winning Mountain mixed-use residences, completed in 2008,  and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award 2011. He is currently the design partner in charge of Stettin 7, a 20,000 M2 sustainable luxury residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG's technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG's design decisions with research-based information — Information Driven Design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized furniture, and innovative building systems support the studio's work from small details to the BIG picture.   
Partner +45 26 27 97 87  
Jakob Sand
Jakob Sand joined BIG in 2011. During his career, Jakob has worked in the field between conception and realization; as Partner-in-Charge at BIG he has won many competitions in primarily France, as well as Denmark, Sweden and United Kingdom. Working in both Paris and Copenhagen for many years has given him an excellent knowledge of European culture and building practice. As Partner-in-Charge, Jakob has led cultural projects such as the MÉCA Cultural Center, a cultural and arts education center in Bordeaux, France, currently in construction. Jakob has also developed large-scale competitions, including the Europa City Masterplan in Paris, France and Pont de Bondy, an iconic metro station in Paris, France. Prior to BIG, over the course of five years, he worked closely with Dominique Perrault on several prize-winning projects.
Partner +45 25 10 44 69  
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in over 20 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states) and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan to protect 8 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG.
Partner +1 917 318 6323  
Sheela Maini Søgaard
Sheela Maini Søgaard is a Partner of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and as CEO, is responsible for the general management of BIG. Her responsibilities include operations, finances, business development and organization development as well as client relationships and studio vision. Since joining BIG in August 2008, her focus has been on optimizing the operations of BIG to create a sustainable company poised for growth with an agenda to contribute positively to architectural and urban development. Sheela’s focus at BIG has evolved over the past years from running a small office of 45 employees in Copenhagen to managing production and over 300 employees spread across locations in Denmark, New York, and London. With a background in the commercial side of the business, Sheela’s main focus is on the overall performance of BIG rather than on specific and individual projects in the studio. Sheela’s professional experience covers, amongst other things, process optimization, cost control and business development - skills gained from her experience as Business Development Manager at Meyers ApS, International Product Manager at GN ReSound, and Strategy Consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Partner, CEO +45 72 21 72 27  
Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2001. He has selected experience on every notable BIG project including the multi-award winning VM Houses and the 8 House, which was awarded the 2012 AIA National Honor Award for Architecture. Thomas currently oversees the detail design and construction of the 750-unit residential West 57th building in Manhattan which will strive for LEED Gold Certification. His other notable projects include the Vancouver House tower in Vancouver, the Telus Sky in Calgary, the Kimball Art Center, and the Smithsonian Institution Campus Masterplan in DC.
Partner +1 718 964 7654  
COPENHAGEN
Abigail Kelly
Executive Assistant to Partners CPH +45 24 29 83 63  
Aina Medina Girones
Business Development Coordinator + 45 21 67 30 48  
Alberto Menegazzo
Senior Architect +45 21 68 58 59  
Alex Ritivoi
Constructing Architect + 45 24 29 83 41  
Ana-Maria Cojocaru
Architect +45 24 29 83 36  
Anders Kofod
Project Manager +45 25 10 44 58  
Andreas Bak
Structural Engineer + 45 23 33 38 92  
Andy Coward
Structures Team Leader + 45 23 33 39 01  
Anja Sønderby Nørgård
Business Development Coordinator + 45 24 29 82 97  
Annette Jensen
Senior Architect +45 25 10 44 68  
Athena Morella
Architect +45 24 79 83 42  
Birgitte Villadsen
Technical Director +45 25 10 44 88  
Bjarke Koch-Ørvad
Structural BIM Technician + 45 23 26 68 73  
Borko Nikolic
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 80  
Camilla Miehs
HR Manager + 45 23 33 38 94  
Carlos Ramos Tenorio
Architect +45 24 29 83 37  
Catherine Huang
Catherine Huang joined BIG in 2007 and has since collaborated with the partners on numerous award-winning projects such as the new headquarters for the Icelandic bank Landsbankinn, the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo and most recently the Shenzhen Energy Mansion in Shenzhen, China. During her time at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design she conducted research into new models of sustainability for the built environment, with a focus on understanding what buildings can learn from biology. Catherine has also worked successfully in various international offices such as MoPing Atelier in Beijing, China and the Harvard University Planning Department.
Associate / Architect +45 25 10 44 56  
Catherine Lun
Operations Change Manager + 45 24 29 82 90  
Cecilie Søs Brandt-Olsen
Engineer + 21 68 29 82  
Christian Eugenius Kuczynski
Senior landscape Architect +45 40 29 14 18  
Dag Præstegaard
Senior Constructing Architect + 45 21 70 21 08  
Dalma Ujvari
Architect + 45 21 69 36 40  
David Vega Y Rojo
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 99  
Dimitrie Grigorescu
Architect +45 24 29 83 19  
Dina Braendstrup
Landscape Architect + 45 24 29 83 69  
Dominic James Black
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 85  
Duncan Horswill
Director, BIG Engineering +45 21 68 58 87  
Enea Michelesio
Architect +45 2429 8287  
Eric Li
Architect +886 984 350 067  
Eskild Schack Pedersen
Architect +45 25 10 44 57  
Eva Seo-Andersen
Eva is one of BIGs most experienced architects. Prior to joining BIG in 2014 Eva gained a wealth of international experience working in London, New York, Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen for large scale architectural offices including Foster+Partners, Wilkinson Eyre, SOM and Dorte Mandrup. Eva’s main focus whilst at Foster+ Partners was the Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre, a 410 m high end office tower in Philadelphia. She held a key role in the design development of the project and took on the leadership of the hotel project team, developing a 13 floor luxury hotel within the building. Previously she has worked on projects like Gemini Residence in Copenhagen for JJW together with MVRDV and the prize winning Jægersborg Water Tower whilst at Dorte Mandrup. Furthermore she has detail designed scyscrapers at SOM and high end housing at Tsao&McKown Architects. With many years of experience as a Project Leader / Project Architect, Eva has strong problem solving skills on both a conceptual and practical level. Furthermore, she is a strong and confident architect and designer and a LEED BD+C professional.
Architect / Project Manager +45 24 29 82 88  
Francisco Castellanos
Architect +45 24 29 83 38  
Frederik Lyng
Frederik Lyng joined BIG in 2008 and is currently a Project Architect. He has worked closely with the Partners on numerous competitions - with a specific focus on projects in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. These include competition entries for the Middelfart and Aabenraa psychiatric hospitals, the detailed design of the Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium sports hall, scheduled for completion in 2012, and the design and development of the highly successful Yes Is More exhibition and book. With experience in both small scale design and large scale concept development, Frederik brings great versatility and proficient problem solving skills to any project team. During his studies at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Frederik received the KAB grant for outstanding and selfless commitment and worked as a teaching assistant in several courses focusing on Rhino, Vray and Grasshopper.
Associate / Architect +45 31 19 27 58  
Frederik Skou Jensen
Senior Constructing Architect + 45 24 29 83 05  
Gabrielle Nadeau
Gabrielle Nadeau began her collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group in 2008. She completed her professional Masters of Architecture at the School of Architecture at Laval University in Québec City in spring 2008. After graduating, she was included on the honor roll of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, which recognizes those with an outstanding academic record. At BIG, Gabrielle regularly works on competitions and works effectively in a creative environment while under pressure. She has been part of all of BIG’s recent successful endeavors in France - she led the winning project Europa City, a 80 Ha master plan for a commercial and entertainment center that is blended into its urban texture; Paris PARC, a new research facility for La Sorbonne in Paris; and MÉCA, a cultural center that hosts three regional institutions: a museum, a multipurpose theater and offices. Gabrielle was also a key player in the first publication of Yes is More, with both the exhibition and monograph enjoying great success worldwide. Currently, Gabrielle is the project leader on MÉCA and is responsible for developing the project from the initial competition phase right through to delivery.
Associate / Architect +45 25 10 44 54  
Gerhard Pfeiler
Project Manager / Senior Architect + 45 23 33 39 03  
Gorka Calzada Medina
Architect +45 24 29 83 55  
Grit Stenderup
Project Controlling Manager +45 25 10 44 63  
Gül Ertekin
Architect +45 24 29 83 40  
Günther Weber
Project Manager +45 72 21 72 27  
Hanna Johansson
Hanna Johansson joined BIG in 2008. She functions as a an architect and project leader and has contributed to some of BIG’s most prominent projects including the award-winning Tallinn Town Hall and Taipei City Gate , and the Battery, which includes the design and construction of Denmark’s first mosque. Most recently, Hanna lead the competitions for a new super hospital in Northern Zealand in Denmark, the first phase of the competition for a Nobel Center in Stockholm, a ski resort in the north of Finland - Koutalaki Ski Village - and the Stockholm City Gate, a 58 hectare ‘Energy Valley’ in the outskirts of Stockholm which aims to re-connect the surrounding neighbourhoods currently separated by converging highways. Hanna confidently balances her expertise in planning, concept development and construction documentation at BIG.
Associate / Architect +45 25 10 44 59  
Heidi Lykke Sørensen
Group Financial Controller +45 29 17 12 36  
Helen Chen
Architect +45 24 29 83 09  
Henrik Jacobsen
Architect + 45 25 10 44 49  
Hugo Soo
Designer +45 72 21 72 27  
Høgni Laksafoss
Høgni Laksafoss joined BIG as an architect in 2013. He works on projects at various scales - from buildings to master planning - with the aim of creating high cultural quality designs emphasising comfort, climate conditions and resources. Høgni’s primary focus at BIG has been a 20,000 m2 education center. Høgni is also a constructing architect and has valuable experience in detail design, enabling him to take part in every project phase. As a student of architecture, he gained experience at Witraz Arkitekter and 3XN.
Architect +45 24 29 82 91  
Ivana Stancic
Architect +45 24 29 83 03  
Jacob Aaen
Senior Constructing Architect +45 25 10 44 72  
Jakob Andreassen
Jakob joined big in 2013 as BIM (Builing Information Model) manager. With a background as a trained architect with broad experience including detailed design and construction as well as conceptual phases, Jakob has continuously developed digital tools and workflows for all phases. Since 2007 he has worked exclusively in BIM environments based on the BIM platform Revit with workflows for conceptual exploration, detail documentation and building operation- and optimization modelling. Jakob has extensive experience in implementing Revit and developing BIM. As BIM manager Jakob was responsible for the successful transition from 2D to 3D project planning at two Danish architectural firms prior to joining BIG. In 2008 Jakob won the open Nordic championships in Autodesk Revit conducted by NTI. Jakob is continuously focusing on the growing potential of BIM as a tool for exploration, communication and building performance optimization in all phases.
BIM Manager + 45 25 10 44 94  
Jakub Wlodarczyk
Jakub Wlodarczyk joined BIG in 2015 and as a architect. Jakub has an extensive experience with commercial, educational, residential, cultural buildings in Denmark, Holland, South Korea and Poland. Prior to joining BIG, Jakub was the Architect at PIG Architects on Lech Walesa Airport project in Gdansk, Poland where he also designed and led a project for the Appellate court headquarter in Wroclaw, Poland. Prior to joining PIG Architects, Jakub was working as a design assistant at various architecture companies like EFFEKT, Tredje Nature or DMP partners. Jakub received his Master Degree with honors from Cracow University of Technology in Cracow, Poland.
Architect +45 51 96 42 24  
Jan Magasanik
Jan Magasanik is a Design Architect from the Czech Republic who began his collaboration with BIG in 2006 with the National Library in Prague competition, followed by the competitions for the Asplund Library Addition, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the detailing for the 8 House’s outer facade. Jan has been working on several small scale projects and exhibitions, e.g. BIG Ideas which traveled through the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2007; CPH Experiments which traveled through the Storefront for Art & Architecture in New York, the Graham Foundation in Chicago, and Architecture Week in London in 2007 and 2008; the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo; and the Little Mermaid duty free shop in the Copenhagen Airport. Jan has also been instrumental in larger scale projects of cultural or administrative buildings, e.g. Shenzhen Energy Mention and the MECA Cultural Centre in Bordeaux. At the moment, Jan continues to work on projects of various scales and typologies in different project roles.
Architect +45 25 10 44 90  
Jennifer Zitner
Business Development Director EMEA +45 25 10 44 61  
Jeppe Langer
Senior Architect +45 24 29 83 31  
Jeppe Lorentsen
Workshop Manager + 45 24 29 83 66  
Jesper Bo Jensen
Senior Project Manager +45 20 72 99 11  
Jesper Boye Andersen
Jesper Boye Andersen is a Project Manager at BIG who is currently working on the new Amager Bakke Waste to Energy Plant in Copenhagen. He previously worked on the Rose Rock International Finance Centre - a 588 metre high tower in Tianjin, China. The main focus of Jesper’s work is the design of the facades. Previous to joining BIG, Jesper worked as a Constructing Architect at the drawing office Svalebæk ApS for four years. Jesper is well versed in the fields of architectural technology and construction management and previously worked at BIG in 2007 when he assisted in the detailing of the 8 House, an award-winning project, which was completed in 2010.
Project Manager +45 24 29 82 84  
Jinho Lee
Architect +45 24 29 83 18  
Joanna Anna Jakubowska
Architect +45 24 29 83 13  
João Albuquerque
Joao Albuquerque began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group in 2008. As a Project Architect he has worked on The Battery, Oresundsparken, Kenny Heights, Shenzhen Energy Mansion and Nice Hotel. Joao has been instrumental on incisive approaches exploring digital technologies into architecture, ranging from design conceptuatization to fabrication and construction. Joao is also very skilled with computation, teaching courses in programming and parametrics.
Associate / Senior Architect +45 25 10 44 78  
Johan Bergstrøm
Architect +45 24 29 82 89  
Jonas Aarsøe Larsen
Architect +45 72 21 72 27  
Joos Jerne
Project Manager +45 24 29 82 94  
Joseph James Haberl
Joseph James Haberl joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect. Joseph has extensive experience with commercial, educational, residential, cultural and urban scale projects in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining BIG, Joseph was a Project Director at Leeser Architecture in New York where he also led project teams in major international commissions and competitions. Joseph received his Master of Architecture Degree with honors from Columbia University in New York, New York, USA and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture with honors from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
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Kamilla Heskje
In 2011 Kamilla joined BIG, where she currently works on the prize winning Amagerforbrænding; Copenhagen’s new Waste-to-Energy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope and the Battery, a mixed-use master plan consisting of 9 multi-story buildings in Copenhagen. Kamilla was born and raised in Stavanger, Norway. She has been living in Denmark since 2001 where she studied architecture, and worked as project manager at JDS Architects for 5 years. At JDS Architects she worked on a number of large international projects; among others a harbour bath in Dublin, housing complex in Montreal, multifunctional block in Athens, and the latest Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo. Kamilla was the project leader of Holmenkollen ski jump from its start in 2007 to its completion in 2011. She was responsible for client contact, project and team management, design and drawing production.
Senior Architect +45 25 10 44 46  
Kasper Worsøe Pejtersen
Constructing Architect +45 24 29 83 61  
Katrine Juul
Katrine Juul joined BIG in 2014 as Senior Architect, and has been a key person on the documentation team of both the project Ø4, a development area of housing, commercial and cultural facilities on the harbor of Aarhus DK, as well as Battersea Powerstation. Katrine has an extensive experience with Housing, Commercial, Urban Planning and Cultural buildings in Denmark, Greenland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Prior to joining BIG, Katrine was the architect and partner at 5D arkitekter ApS , working on  a big range of commercial/housing and cultural buildings in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the projects through the entire process from design to constructing. Prior to joining 5D arkitekter ApS, Katrine has worked with several offices in both Denmark and The Netherlands, such as KHR A/S and Jo Coenen & CO.  Katrine received her degree fromThe School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark in 2000.
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Katrine Sandstrøm
Senior Landscape Architect +45 23 69 57 84  
Kekoa Charlot
Kekoa Charlot joined BIG in March 2013 as a Project Architect. He is curently working on the Danske Bank Branch Concept project. During his career he has taken responsibility for the implementation of major construction projects from competition stage to completed building. He has experience in the development and sketching of Housing, Community Centres, Institutes, and Industrial construction. Primary qualifications include sketching, project development, design and architectural competitions. Kekoa has an artistic background in history, sculpture and painting and this is a main theme in his work. He is able to work on and strengthen the architectural project through all phases, with an inherent ability to integrate physical constraints such as time, budgets and construction process as positive aspects during the architectural process.
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Kim Christensen
Structural Engineer + 45 24 29 83 33  
Kirsty Badenoch
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Kristian Palsmar
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Kristoffer Negendahl
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Laurent de Carnière
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Lene Meyer
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Liliana Cruz-Grimm
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Lisbeth Fritze Christensen
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Lone Fenger Albrechtsen
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Lucas Carriere
Architect +45 24 29 83 14  
Lucian Racovitan
Architect + 45 24 29 83 11  
Mads Bjarrum
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Mads Enggaard Stidsen
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Mads Klestrup
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Mads Mathias Pedersen
Constructing Architect +45 24 29 83 47  
Maiken Højgaard
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Maria Beyer Skydt
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Maria Kragh
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Mariana de Soares
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Marie Hedegaard Jensen
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Marie Lancon
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Martin Olsen
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Martino Hutz
Architect +45 24 29 82 98  
Mette Aagaard
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Michael Kepke
Constructing Architect + 45 24 29 83 57  
Michael Leef
Architect +45 23 33 38 89  
Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard
Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard has been at BIG since 2007, and has worked as senior architect on several projects at BIG. He has worked on the detailed proposal for BIG’s largest realised building project, the 62.000m2 8 House in Ørestaden, Copenhagen. Mikkel worked on Superkilen, which has made Nørrebro the centre of an innovative urban space of international caliber. Lately he has been working on Transitlager, a transformation of a unused warehouse into offices and apartments. Mikkel is capable of working through all phases of a project from sketch design to detailed design. Mikkel Stubgaard has work experience both locally and abroad. Prior to his time at BIG, he worked at Benish & Partners in Stuttgart and Dissing & Weitlings department for German projects.
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Nicolas Kastbjerg
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Nynne Brynjolf Madsen
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Ole Elkjær-Larsen
Ole Elkjær-Larsen has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since they began working together on the VM Houses in 2003. At that time the VM Houses was continuing from conceptual design stage into a detailing phase. Ole has a natural ability to solve even the toughest issues, especially constructual problems. After the VM Houses he has put his can do know-how into the Mountain project which was completed successfully in 2008 and the 8 House that has recently been completed, both of which are placed in the Ørestad region of Copenhagen. He is also one of the most knowledgeable at BIG regarding Fire & Safety issues, and has used his expertise in this field in several projects. He began his architectural career apprenticing as a stonemason KG Byg in Grindsted.
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Ou Lin
Project Controller + 45 23 33 39 00  
Ovidiu Munteanu
Architect +45 25 10 44 51  
Patrick Nyangkori
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Pawel Bussold
Architect +45 24 29 83 49  
Per Bo Madsen
Per Bo Madsen is an Architect MAA and Project Manager with extensive experience in design projects from initial design concept to construction in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. His main focus is build-ability, coordination and communication with all parts of the process. Per has been working directly with many clients, collaborators and authorities in Scandinavia and also in Asia. He spent 4 years working for a small Norwegian architects office in Oslo and 7 years at Juul and Frost Architects in Copenhagen on various housing, innovative office spaces and educational projects, mainly as project manager. Since starting at BIG Per has worked on numerous projects including a 120.000m2 Residential project in Hualien, Taiwan.
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Philip Rufus Knauf
Architect +45 24 29 83 44  
Pia Møller-Holst
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Quentin Blaising
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Raphael Ciriani
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Richard Burns
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Richard Howis
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Robert Grimm
Senior Architect + 45 23 72 70 89  
Roberto Fabbri
Facade Specialist + 45 24 29 82 78  
Ross O Connell
Bid Manager +45 25 10 44 97  
Ryohei Koike
Ryohei Koike joined BIG in 2010 as an architect at BIG in Copenhagen. Most recently he has been a project architect for The LEGO House, a new LEGO experience center in Denmark opening in the second half of 2017. Ryohei has been the Project Leader on a number of competitions and commissions, including Arhus Cultural Development design, a master plan competition in Sydney, a cultural house complex competition in Norway, and a historical hotel renovation project in Copenhagen. Prior to joining BIG, Ryohei worked at several acclaimed international practices in both Japan and USA while he was at Southern California Institute of Architecture, where he received his professional Bachelor of Architecture.
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Sara Tarp
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Sarah Leth
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Sarkis Sarkisyan
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Sascha Leth Rasmussen
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Sean Rezaie
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Sergiu Calacean
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Sidsel Sinding Andersen
HR Coordinator +45 24 29 83 58  
Simone Grau
HR Coordinator +45 25 10 44 71  
Snorre Nash
Senior Architect +45 25 10 44 65  
Song He
Song joined BIG in 2011 and has since then shown his versatility and worked on a large range of projects that differ a lot in scale; from a 1 m2 automower house for Husqvarna, to Rose Rock a 361.200 m2 tall 360.000 m2 Fnancial Center landmark tower and master plan in China. Song has through these projects proven his strengths in the concept design phase, by working on several winning proposals for the office, latest as a project leader of the winning concept for the Malaysia Square by the Battersea Power Station in London. Besides his strengths in the conceptual phase by making great design solutions that meet our clients’ needs and challenges, he has a keen eye for detail and is currently working as BIG’s key person on the 96.000 m2 Shenzhen Energy Headquarters in China, which is currently under construction.
Architect +45 24 29 82 95  
Sorcha Burke
Architect +45 23 70 46 05  
Steen Kortbæk Svendsen
Constructing Architect +45 25 10 44 92  
Stefan Plugaru
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Stine Sandstrøm Christensen
Contract Manager and In-House Legal Advisor +45 24 29 83 00  
Søren Aagaard
Senior Architect +45 21 68 25 10  
Søren Martinussen
Søren Martinussen joined BIG in 2010 as an Architect and Urban Planner and has since been involved in a series of projects and competitions as project leader. Before joining BIG Søren worked at EFFEKT in Copenhagen. During his studies he had an internship at OMA in Rotterdam and at CEBRA in Aarhus. He has been involved in a large number of national and international projects and has an extensive professional experience. Søren holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Aarhus School of Architecture, Department of City and Landscape and brings to BIG a great expertise within urban planning, urban strategies, research projects, building design and concept development.
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Talia Fatte
Architect +45 23 33 38 90  
Tamilla Mahmudova
Administration +45 72 21 72 27  
Teodor Fratila
Architect +45 24 29 83 52  
Timo Harboe Nielsen
Engineer + 45 23 33 38 93  
Tine Kaspersen
Tine Kaspersen joined BIG in August 2012 as Operations Director, forming part of the BIG management team. Tine’s main focus at BIG is improving internal operations globally. Recently Tine has also taken on the daily management of the Copenhagen office. Prior to joining BIG Tine spent 8 years at Danish shipping company A.P Moller – Maersk in various roles mainly focused on finance, strategy, project management & change management. During her time at Maersk, Tine spent two years in China.
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Tobias Hjortdal
Tobias Hjortdal is a Constructing Architect who is currently involved in the integration of 3-D construction documentation into BIG’s list of services. The 128 unit Wings Residences is the first BIG project that is entirely detailed in a continually updated 3-D model, which is then shared with all the consultants on the project. Tobias is well versed in the fields of architectural technology. Recently he assisted in the completion of the Permit Review Set for the Wings Residences. Tobias also played a big role as Coordinary Constructor on the Danish Expo Pavilion, which were completed in 2010, in Shanghai.
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Tommy Bjørnstrup
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Tore Banke
Tore Banke joined BIG in 2014 as a Computational Design Specialist in the area of building performance simulation. Tore’s vast experience in parametric software development allows him to customize digital toolsets and workflows in BIGs projects. Tore’s knowledge enables us to integrate building performance as part of our concept design and handle design problems and geometries of great complexity. Tore has performed a wide range of building simulations e.g. energy-, solar radiation-, wind-, daylight- and artificial lighting simulations on a number of BIGs key projects. In the autumn 2013 Tore defended his PhD dissertation in parametric design, done in collaboration with CITA (Center for IT and Architecture) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture and 3XN Architects. Through his PhD, Tore was closely involved in a large number of building projects at 3XN, where he lead the development of building performance simulations and parametric tool development. Besides working at BIG, Tore teaches at the CITA.Studio Masters Program, which is specialized in new computational tools and processes at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture.
Architect +45 25 10 44 82  
Tyrone Cobcroft
Architect +45 24 29 83 67  
Ulla Hornsyld
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Vinish Sethi
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 86  
LONDON
Andy Young
Technical Director +44 7496384673  
Cadence Bayley
Cadence joined BIG in 2013 after graduating from Caliornia Polytechnic University: San Luis Obispo with her Bachelors in Architecture. She has worked on numerous projects since she has been at BIG including the Google Campus, 2 World Trade Center, the Tishman Speyer Spiral, University of Chicago Residence Hall, Wilson Secondary School, and the Smithsonian Masterplan in Washington DC. In addition to her experience at BIG she has numerous internships in Los Angeles, California where she worked on competition, residential, and cultural projects.
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Chris Falla
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Claire Thomas
Claire Thomas joined BIG in 2014 and is currently a Designer. Whilst at BIG she has worked on the masterplan for Google in Mountain View, a hotel and museum for Audemars Piguet in Switzerland, and worked as a part of the team designing the prestigious Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens. Prior to joining BIG, Claire worked at Penoyre & Prasad on a research laboratory for St George’s University, London and NRAP Architects on various educational and residential projects across the UK. Claire was awarded a fellowship to attend Princeton University, where she received an M.Arch and has an MA from the University Of Cambridge. Whist at Princeton she won the Howard Crosby Butler travel award to research contemporary Croatian architecture and the Stanley J.Seeger Award to study urbanism in Athens. She has taught at Princeton University and exhibited at the New Museum in NYC.
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Deyan Nenov
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Ewa Szajda
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Ioannis Gio
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Ioannis Gkasialis
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Kiley Feickert
Kiley Feickert joined BIG in 2013 as a Design Assistant after graduating from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo where she received her Bachelors of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude. While completing her degree, Kiley worked on a 2,600 SF residential development at Griffin Enright Architecture in Los Angeles, CA. She began her collaboration with BIG working on the Kimball Art Center and has been involved in the conceptual development of projects ranging in scale from single family residential to Art + Cultural Centers, Office headquarters, and an Urban Master Plan. Currently, Kiley is working on the design of the 3.5 million SF Google Campus project. She is responsible for coordinating procurement and supervising and assisting the construction of prototypes for the various Google projects.
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Lauren Connell
Lauren Connell joined BIG in 2016 and as an Architect. She is a licensed in New York with extensive experience in commercial high rise, and healthcare buildings in New York City and Shenzhen, China. Prior to joining BIG, Lauren was an Associate at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners where she worked extensively on the facade and canopies of 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story commercial office building in Midtown Manhattan and the Minmetals Tower in Shenzhen, China. Lauren also served as job captain on New York Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center now under construction on the upper east side of Manhattan. Prior to joining Pei Cobb Freed she spent a year in Doha, Qatar where she completed her architectural thesis and worked for a short time. Lauren received her Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
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Lorenzo Boddi
Lorenzo Boddi joined BIG in 2012. He has been a part of several winning competitions, including the MÉCA arts cultural center in Bordeaux, France, and the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, which is currently under construction. As a Project Manager, Lorenzo has worked on residential projects in Scandinavia as well as a 1 mil SF mixed-use and residential tower in Seoul, Korea. Lorenzo received his Master of Architecture from the University of Florence, Italy, where he complemented his studies with teaching positions in Architectural Design.
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Mike Yin
Architect +44 7496386981  
Ming Cheong
Senior Architect +44 7496387612  
Richard Keys
Senior Architect +44 7732074485  
Troels Soerensen
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Ziad Shehab
Ziad Shehab joined BIG in 2012 as a Senior Project Manager and was made an Associate in 2015. He is a licensed architect with extensive project management and design experience, particularly in overseeing complex projects in the United States and Europe with collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams. His work includes custom residential, high profile academic facilities, museums, libraries, and renovations. Ziad is currently overseeing the Smithsonian Campus Master Plan in DC, the Google Campus Master Plan in Mountain View, and the Grove at Grand Bay, a luxury residential project in Miami. Prior to joining BIG, Ziad was the Project Manager and Associate-in-Charge at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) for the 47,000 SF LEED Gold addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the project from concept design through construction including primary client contact, contract, schedule and budget management, coordination of all consultants and direction of design documents. He also maintained the primary role during construction reviewing submittals and shop drawings, coordinating with the owner’s representatives, contractor, executive architect and performing bi-weekly site observations to maintain oversight of the design and quality of the project.
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NEW YORK
Aaron Mark
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Agla Egilsdottir
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Agne Rapkeviciute
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Agustin Perez-Torres
An Associate and Senior Designer, Agustin Perez-Torres first worked at BIG in Copenhagen from 2006 to 2008, during which he worked on a number of international projects, including the 8 House and the Landsbanki HQ in Reykjavik. He returned to BIG in 2011 as a project leader in the New York office where he lead the team on the development of the Vancouver House as well as the  FC Barcelona Stadium Competition. In addition to his design work, he has also worked as an architectural journalist and has assisted with architectural exhibitions. Agustin has also worked for OMA in Rotterdam and Carme Pinos Studio in Barcelona where he worked on projects in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
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Alana Goldweit
Alana Goldweit is a Designer at BIG. She has collaborated on numerous cultural and residential projects, including the multi-award-winning Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan and the Grove at Grand Bay, a luxury residential project in Miami. Most recently, Alana served as Co-Project Leader on BIG’s feature exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, and led the team to design and curate the large scale exhibition that received 100,000 visitors in its first two months. She spearheaded the design and publication of Hot to Cold, a 700 page book published by Taschen, which highlights 60 of BIG’s latest architecture projects. Alana brings to BIG experience gained at several New York City architecture firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), where she worked on international projects including Vertical Medina, an award-winning high-end mixed use residential project currently in construction. Alana received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where her work was exhibited, published, and recognized with honors.
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Alex Wu
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Alexander Bøegh
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Alexandra Gezelle
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Allison Wicks
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Alvaro Velosa
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Alyssa Alimurung
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Amir Mikhaeil
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Andrea Zalewski
Andrea Zalewski joined BIG in 2017 as a Senior Architect. She is a licensed Architect in the state of New York with extensive experience with cultural, residential, and commercial buildings in China, Europe, and the US. Prior to joining BIG, Andrea was an architect at OMA where she managed coordination of the Audrey Irmas Pavilion at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles California; she also led the facade detailing and construction of 122 East 23rd Street, OMA’s first built tower in New York. Prior to joining OMA, Andrea was senior associate in charge of architecture at Global Cultural Asset Management, where she consulted on programming and design of art museums by Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Gehry, and managed collaborations with internationally-renowned artsists, including Cai Guo Qiang and Anselm Kiefer.
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Andreas Buettner
Andreas Buettner joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Designer. Andreas has over 15 years of experience and has been an integral part of the design teams for domestic and international projects spanning from institutional to commercial and residential projects. He is currently the project architect for a high-profile residential development on Manhattan’s West side. Previously, Andreas was the project architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s main exhibit floors, the museum shop and the Garden project. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the project from concept exhibit design through construction including client contract, schedule and budget management. He coordinated the design with the consultants and the Smithsonian OFEO. The museum opened in December 2014.
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Anna Katrina Lockwood
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Anton Bashkaev
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Aran Coakley
Aran Coakley is a Senior Architect at BIG who is licensed in New York State. He has extensive experience managing collaborative multi-disciplinary teams and overseeing the construction of high profile institutional projects; including museums, performance venues, and visitor centers. Currently, Aran is leading the architectural component of the public review process for the Smithsonian Campus Master Plan in DC, directing the documentation of the Vancouver House luxury residential project, managing the construction administration of the Philadelphia Navy Yard commercial development, and providing technical oversight for the New York Police Department’s 40th Precinct station house. Prior to joining BIG, Aran has been responsible for coordinating projects from schematic design through construction completion. His responsibilities have ranged from client contact, contract, schedule, budget management, consultant coordination, document development, and managing construction administration.
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Ariel Diaz
Senior Project Controller +1 347 549 4141  
Arielle Cruz
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Armen Menendian
Armen began his collaboration with BIG in 2007 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. As a designer, Armen integrates traditional methods of architectural design with a computational approach using his fluency in programming and parametrics. In addition to his experience in a wide range of competition sketches, Armen has been a primary driver behind BIG’s complex geometry projects, including the award-winning Danish Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010. He also provides support for a variety of other projects, including the ongoing Maritime Museum in Helsingør, Denmark and the Educational Center on the Faroe Islands. Recently Armen completed schematic design of the Rose Rock International Finance Center, a 1,929 feet (590 meters) skyscraper in Tianjin, China.
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Autumn Visconti
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Ava Nourbaran
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Bell Cai
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Ben Caldwell
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Benjamin Novacinski
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Benson Chien
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Bernard Peng
Bernard Peng  joined BIG in 2016. He is a licensed Architect in New York with extensive experience with commercial buildings in USA, China, & Dubai. Prior to joining BIG, Bernard worked as a designer at A+I on theMART renovation, a commercial building in Chicago. Prior to joining A+I, Bernard worked at SOM designing mixed use towers across China and the Middle East. He also worked briefly in London with FMA on the publication, Function of Style. Bernard received his M.Arch from Harvard GSD and  B.S.Arch from University of Michigan.
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Bethanie Zucker
Office Assistant +1 347 549 4141  
Blake Smith
Blake is a designer and Project Leader at Bjarke Ingels Group. He began his collaboration with BIG in 2011 at the Copenhagen office where he worked on a number of international projects including the Kuala Lumpur Signature Tower (KLT), the Amager Bakke Waste to Energy Plant (ARC), the Stockholm World Trade Center, and the sauna extension to the Copenhagen Harbor Bath (VIN). In 2012, he joined BIG NYC where he has worked on projects in various stages of design. He contributed to Schematic Design and Design Development for the Beach and Howe Tower in Vancouver (VAN), the award winning competition entry for 970 Market St in San Francisco, the Miami Beach Convention Center competition (MBCC), and most recently and extensively the brand new Google HQ in Silicon Valley (GCCP). Blake led the design of the interiors concept for the first submission to Google and is currently Project Leader for another site in the Google Campus.
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Carl MacDonald
Senior Project Manager +1 347 549 4141  
Casey Tucker
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Catalina Rivera
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Cathy Edwards
Cathy joined BIG in 2012 as Senior Accountant. She is an accountant with more than 10 years experience working with various financial systems. She is distinguished for her accuracy, efficiency, timeliness and strong communication skills. Cathy has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to rapidly learn new software and systems. In her past experience, she has reduced oustanding accounts receivables by more than 26.05% by improving the collections process, as well as creating and implementing a credit control risk database to closely monitor payment trends, financial health of customers, and AR Trade accounts through assessment of D&B reports, SEC filings among others, resulting in a decrease in AR valuation allowances of more than 19%. In all previous experiences, she has been responsible for processing all Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable functions as well as assisting with operational budgets, financial statements, and expense reporting.
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Christopher Tron
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Corliss Ng
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Dana Sporbert
Bookkeeper +1 347 549 4141  
Daria Pahhota
Head of Communications +1 646 5411 411  
David Iseri
David Iseri joined BIG in 2015 and as a senior designer currently working on the Google Mountain View Headquarters. David has an extensive architectural experience with a range of commercial, hospitality, residential and cultural buildings as well as rebranding work for several corporations in New York City. Prior to joining BIG, David was the senior designer at Slade Architecture, a small design focused studio, working on multiple projects as in various capacities. He was a project manager on the Virgin Atlantic 1st Class Lounge at JFK Airport in NYC , the Staten Island Zoo Leopard Enclosure and Carousel, as well as various high end private residences in NYC, and one in Jackson, Wyoming. Previous to Slade, David worked as a designer at Daniel Goldner Architects and Konyk Architecture on various projects in NYC. David is originally from Japan but grew up in northern California. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (USA).
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Deb Campbell
QA/QC Manager +1 347 461 3292  
Dominyka Voelkle
Dominyka Voelkle returned to BIG in 2015 as a Senior Designer. She has an extensive experience with building envelope design and planning for commercial and cultural buildings in United States and Europe. Prior to joining BIG, Dominyka was a Design Architect at REX where she oversaw the enclosure design for Mercedes-Benz Extension and Future Center, a cultural building in Stuttgart, Germany as well as led the facade team for the winning entry to design the Performing Arts Center at World Trade Center in New York.
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Dong-Joo Kim
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Doug Stechschulte
Doug Stechschulte began his collaboration with BIG in 2007 in the Copenhagen office where he was a part of the design team for a number of projects including luxury residential development Strandpromenaden, Arlanda Airport Hotel, and The Copenhagen Experiments. He then served as Project Leader for projects such as the mixed use development Holy Road, Hotel 88, and the Baku Villas. Doug re-joined the BIG team to work as a Designer and Project Leader in the New York office. Most recently, Doug worked on a 6,500 SF private residential project in Mexico City, Mexico. In 2015, he was named Associate.
Associate / Senior Designer +1 347 558 5290  
Douglass Alligood
Douglass Alligood is a licensed architect in the State of New York with 30 years of experience who is currently Technical Director in the New York office of BIG. Project experience include large scale hospitals, science research buildings and small laboratories, mixed-use towers, master plans and interiors projects. Douglass is involved in all phases of a project, from concept design through construction administration. At BIG, his responsibilities include code, zoning, life safety and accessibility compliance reviews, developing consultant scopes of work, consultant coordination, work plans, project scheduling, space planning, architectural detailing, building systems research, project budget analysis, construction administration and client presentations. Douglass is dedicated to mentoring younger staff members and has a passion for learning. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.
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Dylan Hames
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Emily Bauer
Landscape Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Emily Chen
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Emine Halefoglu
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Emmett Walker
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Erik Berg Kreider
Senior Industrial Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Everett Hollander
Everett Hollander is the Operations Director at BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. In this role, Everett is responsible for the general management and daily office operation of BIG’s New York City office. His responsibilities include operations, human resources, legal coordination, business development and organization development as well as client relationships and studio vision alignment. Since joining BIG in January 2013, his focus has been on streamlining operations at the high-growth, global firm; BIG NYC has grown from 50 to more than 190 employees since Everett’s start date. With a background in architectural design and 5 years of operations experience, Everett’s focus is on the overall performance of BIG NYC rather than on specific and individual projects in the studio.
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Fabian Lorenz
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Florencia Kratsman
Florencia Kratsman is the Director of Space Planning at BIG. Her work spans corporate, cultural, residential and hospitality, for clients in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. She brings a versatile background in programming and strategic planning, space planning, design, and project process. She has completed projects for law firms, media companies, corporate headquarters, and financial service firms. She collaborates closely with teams from the architecture studio to design buildings from the inside out, working together to establish an integrated design approach from the beginning of the project. Her projects have been published in Interior Design, the New York Times, Contract, and other national magazines and press. All of her projects have a unifying emphasis on progressive design, high performance and sustainability. Most of these projects are registered LEED Silver at a minimum, and she has completed several LEED Gold certified projects as well.
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Francesca Portesine
Francesca Portesine joined BIG in 2013 as a Senior Designer to lead the interior design team for a 600,000 SF residential tower in Vancouver, Canada, and in 2016 became the Director of Interiors after overseeing several interiors projects. Francesca has previously worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and New York from 2007 to 2013, at Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates in 2009, at Metra et Associés (Atelier Jean Nouvel) from 2006 to 2007, at Fuksas Architecture in Paris from 2004 to 2006, and Ibos & Vitart Architects in Paris in 2004. She has worked on different design processes on both large and small scale projects from Eastern Asia to the Middle East, from Europe to North America. She has been the Project Leader and Consultant Coordinator for several projects and she has developed a specialty not only in architecture, but also in interior design.
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Gabriel Hernandez Solano
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Guillaume Evain
Guillaume Evain joined BIG in 2014 as a Designer and is currently working on the Google campus in Mountain View. He is a Designer and Engineer with extensive experience on challenging structures, complex geometries and computational design. Prior to joining BIG, Guillaume was an Engineer at Knippers Helbig, where he joined the structural engineering design team for a variety of cultural and commercial projects such as the King Abdulaziz Centre for Work Culture in Saudi Arabia or the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Viewing Platform in New York. Guillaume is originally from Nantes, France, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon and a Master of Science from École Centrale de Lyon.
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Haochen Yu
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Hector Romero
Hector Romero joined BIG in 2015 as a Designer. He is currently working on a high profile residential development in Manhattan. Prior to joining BIG, Hector Romero worked for Grimshaw Architects as an Architectural Designer, where he contributed greatly to the design and development of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Headquarters (40,000 sq m) in Doha, Qatar, along with other transportation, cultural, commercial, and master planning projects at various design phases in the Middle East and Asia. Prior to Grimshaw, Hector worked at Leeser Architecture in Dumbo, Brooklyn where he focused on the facade development for EM Quarters, a high-end retail complex in Bangkok, Thailand. Hector also worked at FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprises where he develop various concepts for a plethora of cultural and commercial projects. In addition to his professional work, he has participated in competitions where he has received first place and merit awarding. Hector received his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University of Pomona.
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Hsiao Rou Huang
Molly Huang Hsiao Rou joined BIG in 2012 as a designer. She has extensive design experience in Europe and East Asia on collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams. Her work includes cultural projects, office high-rises, residential (including the award-winning Hualien Residences in Hualien, Taiwan), infrastructure planning and master planning. Molly is currently a designer on a mixed-use tower development in California, USA. Prior to joining BIG, Molly was a project designer at Shu Chang & Associates where she worked on various high-profile cultural projects in Taiwan and China, including the Sanchong Metro Station Reisdential Complex project which won 1st Prize.
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Hung Kai Liao
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Jakob Henke
Jakob Henke joined BIG in 2008 and in 2015 was named an Associate. He has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG´s greatest projects, including the Audi Headquarters in Ingolstadt where he played a major role in the design of the project. During his studies at the Technical University Aachen Jacob was a teaching assistant in various computer courses giving him strengths in a mix of different media. Since 2010 Jakob has been project leader on various competitions like the German Reunification Monument in Berlin, Natural History Museum in Copenhagen and Greenland National Gallery in Nuuk, which won first prize in early 2011 and now is under application for funding from various foundations. 
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Jennifer Dudgeon
Jenny recently joined BIG bringing with her over 13 years of architectural experience, along with 2 yearsas a research consultant in sustainable building and materials. Her professional journey has focused strongly on the relationship between good design and sustainable development, and has spanned grassroots community development through to complex high-tec architectural projects. Project areas of experience include education, residential (social, affordable and high end) commercial, master planning, institutional and infrastructure. Her core interest however is to be involved with projects that have a strong social relevance, design and structural purity, and application of strategic environmental thinking with a view towards high quality design outcomes regardless of budget. Recent projects of interest include the new Nexus Innovation Center for the University of Florida, Miami Science Museum, Croton Water Treatment Plant and Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Headquarters.
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Jeremy Alain Siegel
Jeremy Alain Siegel directed the BIG team in its winning proposal for the Rebuild by Design competition, and now leads urban design of the subsequent East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. He has been working with BIG since the establishment of the New York office in 2010, and has been involved in a wide range of masterplanning and conceptual design projects – including the Smithsonian Institution Masterplan in Washington D.C., Rose Rock International Financial Center in Tianjin, China, Chicago Southworks, and most recently Google’s master development and expansion plan in Mountain View, California. Jeremy brings a focus on issues of cities, landscape, and the complexities of large-scale building types, and has taught design as a Teaching Associate at Cornell University as well as at the Parsons School of Constructed Environments with Bjarke Ingels. He has lectured internationally on issues of resiliency, and currently co-teaches an urban design studio at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Ji-Young Yoon
Ji-young Yoon began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group in 2010 as a design assistant at BIG in Copenhagen, Denmark. After his studies at Yale University Ji-young joined BIG's New York office in 2012 as a designer. He has collaborated closely with the Partners on some of BIG´s greatest projects, including the National Gallery for Art in Greenland, The Grove at Grand Bay in Miami, Faroe Islands Education Center in the Faroe Islands, and Audemars Piguet Watch Museum in Switzerland.
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Kristian Hindsberg
Kristian Hindsberg began his collaboration with BIG in 2013, where he contributed to a wide range of cultural projects, such as the Museum for Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet and the Nobel Center in Stockholm. Prior to joining BIG, Kristian was a Designer and Project Manager at WE architecture, where he was leading a number of international competitions, among others a 10.000m2 private hospital in the center of Moscow. His body of work includes Health Care, Master Planning, Housing projects on various scales, Tower projects, and Cultural buildings across the globe. At BIG, Kristian brings strong capabilities into the conceptual development face with extensive experience as a project leader in numerous architectural competitions. In addition to his professional work, he has been a guest critic at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, US.
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Kurt Nieminen
Kurt Nieminen joined BIG in 2013 after graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Design where he collaborated with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture on research and exhibition concepts for the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. Before his graduate studies, he worked at Architecture Research Office on the design of a new performance venue for the Flea Theater Company in Tribeca. He has also worked at REX Architects on the design of a new facade for the 1,700,000 SF office tower at 450W 33rd St, and before that at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects on the design of a 1,500,000 SF corporate headquarters in São Paulo. He received his Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Syracuse University in 2010 and graduated with distinction from Harvard University in 2013.
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Lawrence-Olivier Mahadoo
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Leon Rost
Leon Rost began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2005 as a design assistant at PLOT in Copenhagen, Denmark. After completing Architectural studies at California Polytechnic University and working for renowned offices in Japan, Scandinavia and Portugal, Leon took on the role of Project Leader at BIG’s New York office in 2011. In 2015, he was named Associate. Currently, Leon is leading the design of the 3.5 million SF Google Campus Project. He has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG´s greatest projects, including the successfully completed Mountain Dwellings and Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital. He also led the winning competition teams for both the Kimball Art Center in Park City and the Tirana Cultural Center & Museum for Religious Harmony. Prior to his current role Leon worked on a variety of cultural, residential and masterplanning projects around the globe, including the New Oslo Central Station and the Ginza Swatch Building in Tokyo.
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Linus Saavedra
Linus Saavedra joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect. He is a licensed architect with LEED credentials and extensive experience in overseeing complex projects with collaborative multi-disciplinary teams. His work includes high rise tower, commercial retail, and custom residential in multiple global markets. Currently, he is working in BIG’s New York office as the Project Architect for 2 WTC, the capstone 80-story commercial tower in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center complex. Prior to joining BIG, Linus was an Associate with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in New York, where he served as the lead Technical Designer for several high profile projects including supertalls Busan Lotte Town and GCP Tower. He was responsible for coordinating and overseeing all technical aspects of the sliver tower located at 34 East 51st in NYC including permitting and LEED documentation through construction administration. Linus was also an active participant in the development of SOM knowledge through presentations to the Senior Technical Group as well as participating in the White Paper Initiative including leading the entire team’s effort in 2014. Additionally, he was part of the Revit Standards group tasked with creating office standards for BIM.
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Liz McDonald
Liz McDonald joined BIG in the beginning of 2015 to work on the 40th Precinct Station House in the Bronx. She has worked extensively on New York City based projects, as well cultural institutions along the East Coast. Prior to joining BIG she was a Project Architect at Adjaye Associates where she worked on cultural institutions such as the Colgate Art Center at Colgate University and the Cooper Gallery at Harvard University. Prior to working at Adjaye Associates, Liz McDonald was at Kohn Pederson Fox where she worked on a renovation office project for Realogy’s new headquarters in Madison, NJ. Liz received her Master of Architecture from Yale University.
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Lola Coleman
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Lucio Santos
Lúcio Santos joined BIG in 2014 as a Senior Architect. He is a registered architect in the state of New York, New Jersey and a LEED Green Associate, with extensive experience working on a variety of projects in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to joining BIG, Lúcio was an Associate with FXFOWLE Architects, where he worked on several large scale mixed-use, infrastructure, and cultural projects in New York and the Middle East. He was the lead designer for the Museum of the Built Environment (MoBE) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, LEED Silver anticipated, awarded a Gold Award institutional category by the International Design Awards. Lúcio was job captain of a 990,000 SF mixed-use development in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Lúcio was the lead designer of a VIP lounge for the Miami Project Art Fair which consisted of a faceted pavilion made entirely from folded components of museum board, generated through Rhino scripting, selected by Interior Design Magazine as one of the “100 big ideas” of 2012. Before moving to FXFOWLE Architects, Lúcio was a Senior Designer at SOM, where he led design teams on several hospitality projects, including a Four Seasons Hotel Resort & Residences, part of the new Bahrain Bay master plan for the city of Manama, Bahrain. Prior to joining SOM, Lúcio worked as a designer at Zaha Hadid Architects in London, where he was responsible for the overall design development and structural coordination of the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion for the 2008 World Expo, in Spain.
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Luke Lu
Luke Lu joined BIG in 2015 as a Designer. He has 7 years of working experience globally since 2008 on a wide range of projects from the Dream Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in downtown New York, to the Tencent Beijing Headquarter, a high-profile mega office in Z Park Beijing. Luke has been the design leader on a number of  projects currently under construction in China, including Huangshan Mountain village, a residential complex, in Anhui at MAD and Prince Plaza, an office/commercial tower, in Shenzhen at OMA. Luke is currently working on the Google Headquarters project, focusing on the site development and design. Prior to joining BIG, he was an associate at Aedas leading the Bravo Pazhou complex in Guangzhou China, an award winning project for best commercial high-rise architecture in Asia Pacific which will be completed in 2017. With the working experience in both architecture design and corporate offices, Luke Lu is able to push the design in all perspectives and communicate efficiently with different parties along the design process.
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Ma Ning
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Maki Matsubayashi
Maki Matsubayashi joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect. Prior to joining BIG, Maki was a Senior Designer and Project Architect at Steven Holl Architects and worked on variety of projects including a 35,000 SF private residential complex in New York, a 3 million SF mixed-use project in China, and an 80,000 SF art school in Texas. She has taken projects from Concept Phases through Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration phases, and has been responsible for developing detail designs and reviewing shop drawings in close collaboration with consultants, specialists, and contractors. She is a licensed Architect in New York State.
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Manon Otto
Manon Otto joined BIG NYC in 2014 as an Urban Designer, and is now the Director of Landscape. Holding two masters degrees, in environmental sciences and urban design, she has been an asset on several of BIG’s landscape and urban design-related projects thanks to her knowledge in environmental systemic, green infrastructure, climate sensitive urban design and landscape performance/poetry.  Manon has been leading the landscape design of Google’s Campus in California through SD. More recently, she led the concept design of a 240 hectares masterplan for on off-grid eco-community in Tulum, Mexico.  Prior to joining BIG, Manon worked as Landscape Designer at SLA Copenhagen, where she partook in collaborations with OMA, COBE, 3XN & NORDIC.
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Margaret Kim
Margaret Kim joined BIG in 2014 as a Senior Architect. She is a licensed Architect in New York State with extensive experience in all phases of design and construction. She has worked as a Project Architect and Project Manager on a wide range of projects including commercial spaces, educational institutions, restaurants, and high-end residences. Prior to joining BIG, she worked at Stephanie Goto, Guggenheimer Architects, and SOM cultivating a strong understanding of architectural detailing, finishes, coordination of MEP and building codes. Significant projects that have expanded her experience include a Penthouse Gallery for the Calder Foundation, West Perry Penthouse with John Pawson; Morimoto Restaurant with Tadao Ando, and the Lester B. Pearson International Airport with SOM.
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Maria Sole Bravo
Maria Solé Bravo joined BIG CPH in 2006 -07 as a Designer and in 2015 at BIG NYC as a Senior Designer. She is a licensed Architect in Spain with extensive experience in residential, commercial, cultural buildings, architectural installations, public space and urban planning projects, as well as furniture and graphic design. In her own architecture practice she has won multiple competitions including a Sports Hall and a Civic Center in Spain. Maria is able to deftly work on all scales. Her prize-winning furniture design work includes a multi-functional modular set of furniture for the Public Libray of Ixelles. She has also engaged in several community and self-managed projects, pro-actively engaging citizens through workshops and participatory processes. Maria has served as a program director, guest lecturer and guest juror for various institutions and organizations, including the Elisava Design School (Barcelona), the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC, Barcelona) and the World Architecture Festival.
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Martin Voelkle
Martin Voelkle joined BIG’s Copenhagen office in 2010 as a Designer for the Shenzhen Energy Mansion. In 2015, he was named Associate. He led a large team through all design phases and oversaw construction of the sustainable high-rise complex that will be the headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Group in Shenzhen, China. Martin has also lead numerous competitions in close collaboration with Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen, and completed an installation for Audi automobiles at Design Miami 2011. Martin moved to New York City in 2012, when he became a key member of the project team for the Vancouver House mixed use development in Vancouver, Canada. He also led several international high profile competitions, a private residence project in Mexico, a viewing platform in Brooklyn as Project Manager and was in charge of the design of the 2 World Trade Center as Project Designer.   Prior to joining BIG, Martin worked as Senior Architect at Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) in Stuttgart, Germany. He led the design of a sports complex in the UAE and was Project Manager for two large-scale projects in Mexico. Martin also worked at Studio Scholz, a design firm in Stuttgart, Germany, and completed various interior design projects independently. Before studying architecture, he was originally trained as a carpenter.
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Matthew Oravec
Matt Oravec joined BIG in 2015 as a Designer and is currently working on the Audemars Piguet Museum in Le Brassus. Matt has extensive experience with commercial, cultural, residential, and hospitality projects in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining BIG, Matt was the Architect at Herzog & de Meuron on CCDC, a mixed-use/hotel development in Washington DC. He also was a member of the project team on the Jade Signature condominium tower in Sunny Isles, Florida, where he assisted in bringing the tower to the construction phase. Prior to Herzog, Matt was a member of the lead design team at Arquitectonica Miami, working on numerous international projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami.
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Mattie Kennedy
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Max Moriyama
Max joined BIG in 2015 as a designer with a strong background in climate-adaptive design. Previously, Max worked at Tredje Natur, a Copenhagen-based architecture and landscape office where he contributed to a number of resiliency projects, including first-prize competitions now under construction: flood-resiliency for the historic Enghave Park in Copenhagen, and a train station and city center in Vinge, Denmark. He received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon while researching and consulting professionals on energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. After earning his Bachelor’s in Biology from UC Berkeley, he published leading research in the field of Architectural-Microbiology, investigating the interaction between buildings, microorganisms and human health. While at BIG, Max has worked on the East Side Coastal Resiliency project for the City of New York as well as the 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
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Megan Ng
Megan F. M. Ng joined BIG in 2015. She has solid international experience on a wide range of project types from commercial, office, cultural, transportation, mixed-use development to interior design. Prior to joining BIG, Megan was an architect at Wilkinson Eyre and a key member of the founding crew of the Asia-Pacific office, where she worked closely with the Directors on a number of towers and mixed-use projects, including the 45/141 Bay Redevelopment in Toronto and Beiyuan Plot 1-10, a mixed-use project under construction in Beijing, which she was also project managing.  Before Wilkinson Eyre, Megan has worked as an Architect with a number of other award-winning architectural practices in Europe and North America. Projects include Raffles City (UNStudio, Amsterdam), comprising two 250m twisted towers and 9-storey retail podium in Hangzhou, which is under construction; and Jiangbei International Airport Terminal 3 (Massimiliano Fuksas, Rome) in Chongqing, on which her role was to develop the envelope and the structure in collaboration with Knippers Helbig.  Megan holds a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Delft University of Technology and is a registered architect in the Netherlands.
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Megan Van Artsdalen
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Meghan Bean
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Melissa Jones
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Michael Rene Hansen
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Michael Zhang
Michael Zhang joined BIG in 2012 and is currently an Architect. He is licensed in New York State and is currently leading the construction phase of Telus Sky, a mixed-use skyscraper in Calgary. Michael is also working on a commercial tower in NYC and has previously contributed to various other BIG projects, including proposals in Las Vegas, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Prior to joining BIG, Michael gained experience at other internationally renowned offices, the most recent being MAD in Beijing and Schimdt Hammer Lassen in Copenhagen. At MAD, he worked on the office’s first European project, an adaptive-reuse residential project in Rome, and a commercial office tower in Beijing, both of which are under construction. Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
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Michelle Stromsta
Michelle Stromsta joined BIG in 2014 as a Senior Architect. She is a licensed Architect in New York State with extensive experience in delivering custom, high-end residential, commercial and cultural buildings in both Europe and North America. Prior to joining BIG, Michelle was the Project Architect on Aldgate Tower, a 17 story commercial building in London, UK (Wilkinson Eyre Architects) where she managed a design team throughout its construction. Prior to Wilkinson Eyre, she worked at Foster + Partners as an Associate, managing varying-sized teams developing luxury villas from concept to construction.
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Nereida Trujillo
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Nicholas Potts
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Nick Flutter
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Nicole Passarella
Nicole Passarella has been working with BIG since 2014, focusing on the areas of urban and natural landscapes. She has been involved in Google’s master development and expansion plan in Mountain View, California and she is currently Assistant Project Designer of the BIG-One Architecture collaboration for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project that resulted from the Rebuild by Design competition. She has contributed to many aspects of the project including urban design and community engagement, working closely with the neighboring residents, New York City agencies and technical consultants.
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Nilee Barfield
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Otilia Pupezeanu
Otilia Pupezeanu joined BIG NYC in 2013, and has contributed to widely published projects and competitions of various scales and programs, like the Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan in Washington DC, Google North Bayshore in Mountain View, The Spiral, and 2 World Trade Center in New York City. Since January 2015, Otilia has been the Project Leader for the Audemars Piguet Museum and Exhibition in Le Brassus, Switzerland. She has followed the project throughout all design stages, from the competition at the beginning of 2014 to the current design development phase. Most recently, Otilia led the concept design for a new hotel in completion of the Audemars Piguet Museum Campus in Switzerland. Originally from Romania, Otilia received a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture and Mathematics, with Honors, from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where her work was rewarded with honors and exhibited in the 2012 Venice Biennale.
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Pantea Tehrani
Pantea joined BIG in 2015 to lead Interior Design for the Google Campus in Mountain View. Prior to joining BIG, Pantea has headed and been integral in the development of Interior Design departments at firms including OMA & SHoP Architects. Combining her background in architecture and personal interest with what happens inside the shell, Pantea has focused on interiors and system design for more than half of her career, working on renowned and award winning projects such as the National Museum of African American Art & Culture, Park Grove in Miami and the Opencase Wall System.
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Patrick Hyland
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Pauline Lavie
Pauline Lavie began her collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group in 2008 in the Copenhagen office where she contributed to a wide range of projects, including the carbon neutral Zira Island plan in Azerbaijan, the Tamayo Cultural Center in Mexico, the Chongqing Circus City in China, and the publication of Yes is More. After completing her architectural studies at the National Superior School of Architecture of Versailles, Pauline worked at Xaveer de Geyter Architects (XDGA) for 3 years. At XDGA, she worked on a number of international projects including the urban study for the new scientific campus of Paris-Saclay, the Geneva airport extension competition, the winning proposal for the Schuman Square in Brussels, Belgium, and the development phase of a mixed use building in Leuven, Belgium. In parallel to her work at XDGA, Pauline completed her French Architect Licensure. Pauline re-joined BIG as a Designer in the New York office in 2013, and has since contributed to a number of mixed-use housing projects and a private residence on Little Cayman, in the Cayman Islands, among others.
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Peter Sepassi
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Phillip MacDougall
Phillip MacDougall joined BIG in 2014 and is now a Designer. He has gained extensive experience working on Residential buildings in North America, museums in Europe, as well as an NFL stadium in Washington DC and the FCB soccer stadium in Barcelona.   Before joining BIG, Phillip worked in Montreal and in Rotterdam, where he received an honourable mention for the Aalto University 2015 competition.
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Richard Elbert
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Rita Sio
Rita Sio joined BIG in 2015 as an Architect and is currently working on Google Campus in Mountain View. She is a Licensed Architect in New York and a LEED Accredited Professional. Rita has diverse professional experience, ranging from a 2.8 million SF company headquarters with LEED Platinum rating in Brazil at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects to several high-end residential projects completed in California and New York. She has also contributed to a full scale installation at the 10th International Venice Architecture Biennale and worked in architectural offices in San Francisco, NY and Beijing. Rita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s with Advanced Placement in Architecture from Harvard University.
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Ryan Duval
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Ryan Harvey
Ryan Harvey joined BIG in 2014 as a Senior Architect. He is a licensed Architect in New York State with extensive residential, institutional, and cultural experience in the US, UAE, and China. Prior to joining BIG, Ryan was the Project Architect at Gluckman Mayner Architects on the Shanghai Regional Art Museum, a museum and cultural building in Shanghai. He also led the design team for the Nanmu Family Retreat, a residential and hospitality compound located in Beijing. Prior to joining Gluckman Mayner Architects Ryan held a senior technical position at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, working on the Sheikh Kalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. Ryan received his Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architectural Technology with Honors from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada. From 2008 to 2010, Ryan relocated to the Turks and Caicos Islands to design and construct a 3,000 SF ocean-front home.
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Samantha Okolita
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Sanam Salek
Sanam Salek joined BIG in 2014 as a Designer and has recently worked on a competition to renovate the Camp Nou stadium for the Spanish team FC Barcelona. Her body of work includes concept proposals for a theater in New York as well as residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings both in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining BIG, Sanam was a Client Representative for a cultural urban development called New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, Russia. Simultaneously, she founded Mass Studio, a design firm based in LA. She worked as a designer on the Bayliss Residence and the Crescent Residence, residential projects in Los Angeles, as well as a concept proposal for the Treehouse, a hospitality project in St. Barts. In addition to her professional work Sanam has served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design.
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Sean Franklin
Sean Franklin joined BIG in January 2013 and is currently an Architect. He has worked closely with project leaders and partners on a variety of projects ranging from a masterplan in Toronto to a pair of residential towers in Ft Lauderdale. He has been a Project Leader and Manager for Smithsonian Institution’s South Mall Campus Masterplan and a new Secondary School for Arlington Public Schools in VA. Prior to working at BIG, Sean was part of design and documentation teams responsible for large and complex buildings including hospitals and research laboratories.
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Sebastian Claussnitzer
Sebastian Claussnitzer joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Designer and is currently working on 2 World Trade Center. Sebastian has extensive architectural experience with a range of commercial, residential, and educational buildings in New York City, China, Germany, and the Middle East. Prior to joining BIG, Sebastian was a Senior Architectural Professional at SOM New York, where he was a core member of the Digital Design Group and worked on buildings such as the 252 East 57th Street Residential Tower and Guiyang Culture Tower. Before SOM, he worked as a designer at OX2architekten on various projects in Germany. Sebastian has expertise in strategic design and computation; he has taught advanced scripting and research methodologies as a Research Consultant for Harvard University as well as presented at various conferences, including SimAUD, ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA, ACADIA and Thornton Tomasetti AEC Technology Symposium. Sebastian studied at the Architecture Department at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany, and as an interdisciplinary student in the College of Architecture, the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
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Sebastian Grogaard
Sebastian Grogaard joined BIG in 2015 as a designer and is currently working on the Google Charleston East project. Prior to joining BIG, Sebastian was an Associate/Project Designer at Laguarda.Low Architects, where he gained a broad experience in mixed use/commercial building typologies. Sebastian has collaborated on multiple projects in China, Japan, Brazil, and Russia, and was the project lead for the winning competition proposal for the cultural center of Jining, China as well as the lead for the central courtyard and Pergola roof design of the Iguatemi commercial center in Fortaleza, Brazil. Prior to joining LLA, Sebastian has freelanced and interned in New York, Madrid, and Puerto Rico. He received his Master of Advanced Architectural Design with honors from GSAPP, Columbia University in New York City and his Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Politècnica de Puerto Rico.
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Seo Young Shin
Seo Young Shin joined BIG in 2015 as a Designer on 2 World Trade Center and is currently working on The Spiral in NYC. She has extensive experience with cultural, residential, commercial, and urban scale projects in the US, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to joining BIG, she was an architectural professional at SOM in New York, contributing to several cultural and commercial projects, including the JW Marriott Marquis Shanghai, as well as several transportation projects such as the Moynihan Station in New York, and the Baltimore Washington Int’l Airport in Maryland where she managed all phases from Concept Design through to Construction Documentation. Prior to SOM, Seo Young gained work experience from SANAA, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Salottobuono, Yamasaki Associates, and the Atelier KOMA. She received her M. Arch from Yale University and B. Arch from Hongik University in Seoul. In parallel, Seo Young’s passion for the arts is manifested in her active contribution to diverse artistic projects in Seoul, London, Venice, New Haven, and New York.
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Seth Byrum
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Shane Dalke
Shane Dalke joined BIG in 2015 as a Designer after previously working at NL Architects and Dus Architects in Amsterdam. Since his time at BIG he has been working on the Google Campus. Shane has worked extensively in the Netherlands on a wide range of projects and competitions.
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Simon David
Simon David joined BIG in 2015 as an Urban Designer. Simon has extensive interdisciplinary experience in both architecture and landscape architecture, with an emphasis on urban design and sustainability. Prior to joining BIG, Simon was Project Designer and Senior Project Manager at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) in NYC, where he led the design on urban master plans, plazas and parks. Projects included an 80 Acre Master Plan for a major NY sports coliseum development, the Miami Convention Center Competition, and Tulsa Riverfront Park, which he was heavily involved in from schematic design to documentation, and the coordination with a large team of subconsultants. Prior to MVVA, Simon was project designer for the Hudson Yards Open Space, at NBWLA in NYC, and the Guggenheim Museum Sculpture Garden in Venice, Italy. He has worked as an architect in Virginia, Los Angeles, and Thailand, designing schools, residences and master plans. Simon received a B.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and an M.Arch from The University of Virginia.
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Simon Lee
Simon Lee joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Designer and is currently working on 2 World Trade Center and The Spiral. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience in Exterior Enclosure. His body of work includes super tall mixed-use commercial towers, multi-family residential, hospitality and residential interiors. Prior to joining BIG, Simon was a Lead Designer at Goldstein Hill & West Architects on the 86 Fleet Place project, a 440 unit apartment tower in downtown Brooklyn, NY. Before Goldstein Hill & West Architects, Simon worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, where he was a key member on large commercial projects such as Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, Zhongshan Exhibition Center, and the Peaks Resort in Telluride Colorado. Simon is originally from Hong Kong. He received his Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Ecological Architecture from University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture studies from University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Simon Scheller
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Stephanie Choi
Stephanie Choi joined BIG in 2013 as a Senior Designer to lead the façade team for a 750,000 SF tower in Calgary, Canada. Currently she is leading concept design for a project with Google. Prior to joining, she collaborated with BIG on projects in China and Kazakhstan. Before coming to BIG she was recently an Architecture Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as a Design Fellow at Urbanus Research Lab in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Stephanie led the master plan design for an urban village redevelopment and the concept design for a tower in Shenzhen and was part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Bi-City Biennale in Hong Kong. She worked at Front from 2007 - 2012 in New York and Hong Kong as a façade consultant for Ateliers Jean Nouvel, OMA, BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren, REX and Omnivore + Popular Architecture. Her project experience ranges from urban design to high-rise towers in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul and Astana to small design-build installations in New York City. She has also served as an invited design critic internationally at architecture schools including Columbia University, Princeton University, Cooper Union, and University of Hong Kong since 2007.
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Stephen Kwok
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Sören Grünert
Sören Grünert joined BIG in 2010 and is currently a Senior Designer and Project Manager in the New York office. In 2015, he was named an Associate. Prior to joining BIG Sören worked as an architect in Berlin on a range of architectural and research projects, collaborating with numerous different companies and people. Sören has professional experience from working as a project architect at GMP international in Beijing and NL Architects in Amsterdam where he managed a wide range of international projects. Sören holds a Diploma of Engineering in Architecture from the Technical University of Dresden. He brings extensive experience with building design and urban scale projects, including both concepts and research to BIG, and has been a key team member for both West 57th and the Rose Rock International Financial Center.
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Tal Mor
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Taylor Fulton
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Thomas Smith
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Tianqi Zhang
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Tony-Saba Shiber
Tony-Saba Shiber is a licensed Architect in the state of New York and is currently working on the Wilson School project, a 165,000 SF secondary school in Arlington, VA. Tony has extensive experience with residential projects in New York, Hong Kong, and Arizona. His body of work includes high-end residential, mixed-use/commercial, educational, cultural, and interior renovations.  Prior to joining BIG, Tony was a Project Designer/Assistant Project Manager at nARCHITECTS, where he oversaw the design and construction of My Micro NY, New York City’s first modular micro-housing building, achieving a LEED Silver rating. He was also part of the design team for M2, a mixed-use project in Calgary, Sai Yuen Lane, a 250-unit micro housing tower in Hong Kong, and the Wyckoff House Museum located in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to his professional work, he is a returning guest reviewer and lecturer at Pratt Institute and Cornell University. Tony holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
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Tracy Sodder
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Tran Le
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Ute Rinnebach
Ute joined BIG in 2014 as a Senior Designer. She is a designer with extensive project management and design experience, particularly in overseeing complex projects in Europe with collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams. Her body of work is greatly varied, encompassing residential, hospitality, office, mixed-use, academic, and cultural projects. Prior to joining BIG, she was Partner at OFF Architecture in Paris where she collaborated with BIG on the winning the Paris Parc project, a 161,000 SF academic building for the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. During her three years at OFF she worked on a variety of other projects including the Jean Moulin Boarding School and a cultural center in Cugnaux, France. Prior to OFF Architecture, she was Project Manager at Ateliers Jean Nouvel for a series of important projects including their celebrated Serpentine Pavilion design in 2010, on which she worked from concept through completion.
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Veronica Acosta
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Vincenzo Polsinelli
Vincenzo Polsinelli joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Designer / Project Manager. Vincenzo has an extensive design and management background working with an array of project types ranging from museums, cultural and educational institutions, to government and commercial developments. Most recently Vincenzo worked in Milan, Italy as a Design Project Manager, but the majority of his experience comes from working at established international architectural design firms in New York; including, Richard Meier & Partners, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Cooper Robertson & Partners. As a Design Project Manager, Vincenzo leads with practical knowledge and in-depth understanding of the project design process, mentoring and sharing knowledge through team participation. Areas of expertise are providing technical support; technical detailing support; and managing the work of team members within and across cultural boundaries.
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Yaziel Juarbe
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Yiwei Li
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Youngjin Yoon
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Yu Inamoto
Yu Inamoto joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect and has an extensive experience in cultural, institutional, residential and mixed-use projects in the United States and Japan. He is a Licensed Architect in New York State and is currently working on the 2 World Trade Center project in downtown New York City. Prior to joining BIG, Yu was an Associate at Ennead Architects (formerly known as Polshek Partnership) in New York where he worked on projects for Stanford University, Kansas State University and Weill Cornell Medical College among others. He was Project Leader for the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, a 33,000 SF art museum which won a 2015 Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects New York chapter. Yu was also in charge of the design efforts for a 200,000 SF renovation and new construction project for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University and led the project as the primary contact for the client and the design team.
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Zachary Walters
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Zhonghan Huang
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BIG IDEAS

BIG IDEAS - Information Driven Design

BIG’s design process always starts by identifying the key criteria of a project: What is the biggest problem – what is the greatest potential? Rather than arbitrary aesthetic or stylistic prejudice, all decisions are based on project specific information - Information Driven Design. 
 

Our effort as architects is sandwiched in the window of opportunity between analysis and implementation. And our influence happens in the translation from information to material. In an attempt to increase our sphere of influence on our built environment, we have established BIG IDEAS.  
 

BIG IDEAS is an internal technology driven special projects unit, expanding the traditional scope of the architect into the realm of information and material. BIG IDEAS explores new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm through three specific areas. 

PRODUCT DESIGN

On the other end of the spectrum where the design intelligence gets manifested into the material world, we have increasingly encountered that our imagination was limited to what was already on the shelves. Through our collaboration as part of KiBiSi – our design partnership with Kilo Design and Skibsted Ideation – we have explored personal technology, urban mobility and furniture. With BIG IDEAS we feel we can close the gap and really make our interest in product design a literal extension of our efforts in architecture. The Friday Smart Lock is the latest product developed in partnership with Friday Labs.  

TECHNICAL SIMULATION

As daylight analysis directly influences the building geometry and as studies of thermal exposure, conditions the building envelope, we are increasingly relying on technical simulations that would traditionally be part of the engineering scope. To speed up the feedback loop between design and analysis, between trial and error, we have internalized the environmental analysis into our own office. Daylight, sunshine, thermal exposure, airflow, turbulence, wind, space syntax and traffic flow are technical simulations we now control to enable ourselves to make designs that are literally shaped by the forces that surround them. We still collaborate with the best technical experts to tap into the cutting edge at the horizon of the profession, but we have found it necessary to educate ourselves to wield the digital tools of design. Not just building information management or digitally aided design but also environmental simulation must become part of our architectural tool kit.   

Our line of investigations from the Shenzhen Energy Headquarters to the Hanwha PV Plant to the Cité du Corps Humain, has provided us with a parametric design engine that allows us to tailor building envelopes and façade geometries to respond to different climate conditions across the globe. Our expanded parametric design tools are helping us start to formulate a vernacular architecture 2.0 through engineering without engines.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Rather than accepting the inhibitions from the architectural scope starting too late and leaving too early – missing out on both research and production – with BIG IDEAS were are starting a new journey to explore new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm. 

In collaboration with Danish Technical University BIG IDEAS resurrected the idea of the giant smoke rings for the Copenhagen Power plant.