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FEB 10TH,2016 - BIG DESIGNS GALERIES LAFAYETTE FLAGSHIP STORE IN PARIS

Business of Fashion today unveiled the first visuals of BIG's new concept store for Galeries Lafayette in a historical Art Deco building on Champs-Élysées.

 

FEB 10TH,2016 - BIG TO DESIGN THE SERPENTINE PAVILION 2016

BIG is selected to design this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, while four other studios will create accompanying summerhouses on the lawn. The 300 m2 Pavilion is to be used as a café by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night.

FEB 8TH,2016 - THE SPIRAL SET TO RISE NEAR THE HIGHLINE IN NEW YORK CITY

Located at the intersection of the High Line Park and the newly developed Hudson Boulevard Park on Manhattan’s new western frontier, the 1005 feet high rise extends the green space of the former train tracks in a spiraling motion towards the sky – from High Line to the skyline.

FEB 5TH,2016 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

BIG wishes everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! 

FEB 3RD,2016 - DISCUSSION: NEW YORK'S FUTURE SKYLINE

92Y gathered Richard Meier, Bjarke, Annabelle Selldorf and Rick Cook to discuss the projects that now epitomize the city's skyline, the ever-evolving real estate market and what’s next for New York’s neighborhoods.

FEB 1ST,2016 - BIG IN THE BRONX

BIG designs a three-story, 59-foot-tall, NYPD station for the 40th Precinct in the Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood. The 43,500-square-foot building takes shape after it's basic requirements, where individual volumes contain specific elements of program. From the outside, the 40th Precinct resembles a stack of bricks, referencing the rusticated bases of early NYC Police Stations. Inside, the station is enhanced with amenities that encourage dialogue with the community while providing spaces for officers to reduce stress and promote physical activity. 

JAN 26TH,2016 - CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 1200 INTREPID

The double curved pre-cast concrete panel installation at 1200 Intrepid in Philadelphia is almost complete. Bowing inwards, the facade will create a generous urban canopy that responds to the adjacent circular park designed by Field Operations. 

JAN 19TH,2016 - BIG RATED #2 MOST ADMIRED ARCHITECTS IN THE WORLD

The annual World Architecture 100 survey by Building Design Magazine is out, rating BIG as the 2nd Most Admired architectural practice in the world alongside Foster + Partners and Herzog & de Meuron. Photo credit: John Godwin

JAN 15TH,2016 - SMITHSONIAN CAMPUS MASTER PLAN WINS NATIONAL AIA HONOR AWARD

The AIA announced today the winners of its 2016 Honor Awards. Our Smithsonian Campus Master Plan won a Regional and Urban Design Award for being a comprehensive plan for enhancing the visitors' ability to flow through and among the Smithsonian Institution's South Campus museums. The AIA Jury stated "This all connects so beautifully - absolutely astounding. How they made this work on so many levels is brilliant. This is going to be a world destination."

JAN 8TH,2016 - SHENZHEN ENERGY HQ FACADE PROGRESS

Engineering without Engines! The undulating facade of Shenzhen Energy Headquarters combines maximum daylight exposure with minimal sunshine exposure, using integrated ways of limiting the need for cooling. 

DEC 15TH,2015 - BIG REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE

BIG now has over 700,000+ m2 under construction in 11 countries – Denmark, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Germany, Switzerland, Bahamas, USA, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan. 

DEC 9TH,2015 - VIA NAMED 6SQFT'S 2015 BUILDING OF THE YEAR

6sqft asked their readers which building deserves the title of 2015 Building of the Year.  12 new buildings in NYC, noteworthy for their design, record-breaking prices, or unprecedented height competed for the title. VIA is today announced as the winner. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!  

DEC 3RD,2015 - VIA ON THE COVER OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The December issue of National Geographic Italy looks at new buildings in NYC featuring Via at West 57th Street on the cover shot by photographer George Steinmetz. 

DEC 2ND,2015 - VANCOUVER HOUSE RECEIVES 2015 CANADIAN ARCHITECT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

BIG + DIALOG + James KM Cheng Architects are today announced as the winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence by Canadian Architect, given each year since 1968 to architects for buildings in the design stage.

DEC 2ND,2015 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BIG

BIG wishes you happy holidays this festive season! If you haven't already, grab a copy of Hot to Cold - it makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

DEC 1ST,2015 - THE BIG U IN "FLOODS CHALLENGING OUR FUTURE"

Just in time for COP21 - the Big U features in Floods Challenging Our Future, shedding light on the vulnerability our cities are facing now and in the future - and the initiatives and strategies to overcome the challenges.

NOV 18TH,2015 - BIG RESHAPES PITTSBURGH WITH MASTER PLAN FOR LOWER HILL DISTRICT

BIG + West 8 + Atelier Ten's vision for a new master plan in Pittsburgh covers 28 acres, including 1,200 units of housing as well as 1+million sq ft of retail and commerce
providing accessibility across Pittsburgh's unique topography and creating a vibrant new open space for the city’s residents to enjoy.

NOV 13TH,2015 - BIG + GOODY CLANCY TO DESIGN ISENBERG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT ADDITION

The Isenberg School of Management has tapped BIG and Goody Clancy to complete a renovation and addition to the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst. The $61 million project will add 70,000 sf of classrooms, innovation centers and offices to the #14 ranked public university in the U.S. 

 

NOV 13TH,2015 - BIG SHORTLISTS FOR NEW AARHUS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Aarhus School of Architecture announces BIG as one of three candidates to design a new school building at the former Railway Yards in the heart of Aarhus. A total of 42 international teams applied for the design competition of the new building planned to be completed by 2020. 

NOV 12TH,2015 - BIG VALENTINE'S HEART STARS IN NEW HOLLYWOOD TRAILER

BIG Valentine's Heart on Times Square makes a brief cameo in the official trailer for London Has Fallen starring Gerald Butler and Morgan Freeman.

ABOUT

BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. 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 11 Associates at BIG NYC, including Agustin Perez-Torres, Iben Falconer, Christopher White, Daniel Kidd, David Brown, 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 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 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it “a complex and exemplary project of a new typology.”
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

Sheela Maini Søgaard’s primary responsibility is the general management of BIG, with special focus on finances. Since she joined BIG in August 2008 her focus has been on optimizing cashflow, formalizing contract policy and worked with the organizational structure, the latter of which has most notably resulted in a re-alignment in the Business Development area at BIG. Sheela’s professional experience covers, among other things, process optimization, cost control and business development, skills which she has accumulated from her time as Business Development Manager at Meyers ApS, a long commitment with GN ReSound, where she had several managing roles, latest as International Product Manager, as well as her time as Strategy consultant at McKinsey.

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 the Project and Design Architect responsible for many of BIG´s award winning projects. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences in Copenhagen. During the same year David won the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital and subsequently followed it through to completion in 2006. He also led the design of the Stavanger Concert House, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2004 for the world’s best concert house, the Magnakil Education Centre in the Faroe Islands and the Danish Maritime Museum from its concept stage in 2007 to completion in 2012. Recently David has overseen the design of many prominent projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, the Quingdao Science Museum, the Experimentarium competition in Copenhagen and the prize winning Amagerforbrænding; Copenhagen’s new Waste-to-Energy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope. In addition to his design success, David has lectured on BIG’s works throughout Europe and taught throughout Scandinavia.

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 - 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 West 57th, a mixed-use residential building in New York City. 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.

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.

AWARDS

BIG

Børsen Gazelle, 2015

Architizer Firm of the Year Award, 2014

Børsen Gazelle, 2013

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
 

 

MTN - THE MOUNTAIN

Jørn Utzon Statuette Concrete Element Award, 2011

Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, 2009

Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, 2009

MIPIM Award, Best Housing, 2009

Forum Aid Award for Best Nordic Architecture, 2008

World Architecture Festival Best Housing Winner, 2008

Træprisen Danish Wood Award, 2008

Mies van der Rohe Award Honourable Mention, 2009

 

VM - VM HOUSES

Mies van der Rohe Award Honourable Mention, 2007

Forum Award for Best Building in Scandinavia, 2006

Copenhagen Municipality Award, 2006

 

SJA - SJAKKET COMMUNITY BUILDING

International Olympic Committee Award Silver Medal, 2011

Contract World Award for Best Interior in Education, 2008

 

MAR - MARITIME YOUTH HOUSE

AR+D Emerging Architecture Award 1st Place, 2004
Copenhagen Award for Architecture, 2004
European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza, 2004
Træprisen Danish Wood Award, 2008

Mies van der Rohe Award Honorable Mention, 2005

 

BAD - COPENHAGEN HARBOUR BATH

European Prize for Urban Public Space, 2004

International Olympic Committee Award Honourable Mention for Best Public Recreational Facility, 2007

 

LECTURES

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MAR 10TH,2016 - Siemens Technology Forum

speaker:
Jakob Andreassen
location: Denmark
time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 

MAR 8TH,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: New York, NY
time: 2:30 - 3:00 PM
 

MAR 4TH,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Philadelphia, PA
time: TBD
 

FEB 22ND,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
time: 2:55pm
 

FEB 18TH,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: London, England
time: 7:30 PM
 

FEB 2ND,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Tampa, FL
time: TBD
 

JAN 28TH,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Pittsburgh, PA
time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 

JAN 21ST,2016 - Public Participation Extreme

speaker:
Iben Falconer
location: Philadelphia, PA
time: TBD
 

JAN 18TH,2016 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Manila, Philippines
time: 6:00pm
 

NOV 25TH,2015 - Lecture

speaker:
Martin Voelkle
location: Stuttgart, Germany
time: 7:00 PM
 

NOV 23RD,2015 - Lecture

speaker:
Martin Voelkle
location: Biberach, Germany
time: 7:00 PM
 

NOV 18TH,2015 - Big to Boutique: How Diverse Practices Approach Resiliency

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA
time: TBA
 

NOV 17TH,2015 - Business of Design

speaker:
Sheela Maini Søgaard
location: Harvard Club of New York
time: 3:00 - 3:45 PM
 

NOV 13TH,2015 - Design Guidelines for Robust Engagement Advisory Session

speaker:
Jeremy Alain Siegel
location: New York, NY
time: 8:00-10:15 AM & 2:00-4:30PM
 

NOV 13TH,2015 - BIG Distortion

speaker:
Jakob Sand
location: Paris, France
time: 19:00
 

NOV 10TH,2015 - Architekturgespräch

speaker:
Jakob Lange
location: Neumühlequai 38, Zurich, Switzerland
time: 19:00
 

NOV 6TH,2015 - HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: MAX Atria Singapore EXPO, Singapore
time: 9:35 - 10:10
 

NOV 5TH,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
time: 4:20 - 5:00 PM
 

OCT 27TH,2015 - Engineering Without Engines

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Grand Hyatt, New York, NY
time: TBD
 

OCT 21ST,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Kansas City Public Library Truman Forum Auditorium, Kansas City, MO, USA
time: 18:00
 

MEDIA

 

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.

 

A WALK THROUGH SUPERKILEN

2/3 of the Superkilen team, including BIG's Bjarke Ingels and Bjornstjerne Christiansen from Superflex take a walk around the park for a talk on the process and final design.

 

A TRAVEL TO PALESTINE

Superflex follows Palestinian Hiba and Alaa to their home country to bring back a piece of Palestine to Superkilen in Denmark.

 

8 HOUSE IN COPENHAGEN

8-House is located in Ørestad on the edge of Copenhagen. 8-House offers homes for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, singles, families that grow and families that become smaller. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building - for both habitation and retail - into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street.

 

BIG ❤ NYC

A BIG red heart pulses with glowing light in a grove of glass rods. A single person can activate the beating heart but joining hands with others will make the heart beat even faster to create a brighter burning heart.

The 10-foot tall glowing sculpture consists of 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes that form a cube around a suspended heart. The hovering heart pulsates faster reflecting the vibrant human energy in the heart of Times Square.

 

BIG + AUDI REALIZE “URBAN FUTURE” AT DESIGN MIAMI 2011

BIG + Kollision + Schmidhuber & Partner team up to bring BIG’s vision of future urban mobility to life for AUDI at Design Miami/ 2011, running from November 30th through December 4th adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach. BIG originally presented the concept as an entry for the 2010 AUDI Urban Future Award introducing a future city paved with a digital surface that liberates the streets from existing boundaries and allows for a new flexibility of public use. The 190 m2 three-dimensional LED installation provides a glimpse of the future city where the public space is shared between pedestrians and driverless cars. The entire surface would be infused with a continuous flow of information allowing for real-time interaction between vehicles and their environment. Mounted above the Design Miami installation, 3D cameras track the movement of passers-by processing the data into a generative artwork that feeds back into the LED panels. The installation sets the stage for Audi’s showcar, Audi A2 concept, which has its U.S debut at the design fair and is dedicated to future urban mobility, capable of communicating with its environment. The exhibition car continuously emits arrows showing its driving path, navigating real-time between visitors at the stand. "Our pavilion for AUDI renders visible the invisible forces that flow through our city – the driverless car is relying on sophisticated sensory and computational technology that constantly observes and calculates the dynamic space that the living city constitutes. The result is an architecture of movement whose forms have not been predetermined by the architect but are constantly being recomposed by the people populating the pavilion.” BIG

 

VIA RESIDENCES ON W57TH STREET IN NEW YORK CITY

VIA introduces an entirely new residential typology to New York City that will add an inviting twist to the Manhattan Skyline. The building is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise, combining the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of inti¬macy and security, with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper.

SHOP

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.

 

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BIG is an architecture company, characterized by an entrepreneurial spirit, team-work across expertise areas and new ways of approaching conventional tasks. We have an informal work environment where collegial support is highly valued and where ambition, high work morale and dedication to being the innovators of our field unify the staff. Our firm is characterized by creativity, high energy and a team spirit. We now number 300 employees between Copenhagen and New York. 

 

We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a cool workplace where we want to be and we continuously work at becoming better and better at what we do. 

 

If you have a general inquiry or a question regarding the available positions below, please contact BIGs People department at people@big.dk. Please note that applications sent to people@big.dk will not be considered.

 

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Phone: +45.7221.7227 
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General Inquiries: big@big.dk
Press Inquiries: press@big.dk / +1 646 541 1411
 

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61 Broadway, Suite 3300
New York, NY 10006

USA
Phone: +1 347.549.4141
Fax: +1 866.738.4336

 

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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 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it “a complex and exemplary project of a new typology.” 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.
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Andreas Klok Pedersen
Andreas Klok Pedersen is Partner and Design Director of BIG Copenhagen. He is partner-incharge of a large 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 Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, Europa City masterplan in Paris, MECA cultural center in Bordeaux, 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 Loop City. His projects also count the Urban Future Award research project for Audi, the carbon neutral Zira Island in Azerbaijan, Tamayo Museum in Mexico, Ren People’s Building in China, Lego Towers, Kløvermark, Scala Library, Arlanda Hotel and BIG’s contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2004, 2010 and 2012. Andreas has been teaching at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo Norway and is currently Studio director at the Strelka Institute for architecture and urbanism in Moscow. He furthermore lectures internationally on BIG’s current research and projects.
Partner +45 72 21 72 27 cv
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 cv
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 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 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 cv
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 cv
David Zahle
David Zahle is Partner and responsible for many of BIG’s award winning projects from concept design through construction. He has extensive experience in all phases of a project and has through his work focus on management and on creating results through teamwork. David’s overview and good understanding of economics and the client and user needs is a strength that allows him to quickly get to the core of a project with rational, innovative and visionary results. David’s most recently completed project is the Danish Maritime Museum. David led the competition team in 2007 and was subsequently both the design responsible and the project manager of this unique building that opened up to the public in 2013. David played a big role in designing the winning proposal for the Psychiatric Hospital in Helsingør where he also served as the project architect until the project got inaugurated in 2006. In addition, David has overseen the design of many prominent projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, Västerås Travel Center, an Education Center in Faroe Islands and the prize winning Amager Resource Center. David furthermore lectures in Denmark and abroad on BIG projects and working methods.
Partner +45 26 12 14 45 cv
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. Finn has worked extensively on most of BIG’s built projects including the multi-award winning VM Houses, the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo which was awarded the prestigious Detail Steel Award, the Mountain residences and the 8 House, both of which are the recipients of the World Architecture Festival Award in the housing category. Only with his thorough attention to detail and ability to work within the given budget were these breakthrough projects able to see the light of day. Currently Finn is working on a 20,000m2 Education Centre in Marknagil on the Faroe Islands.
Partner +45 29 63 16 10 cv
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 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 and will be completed in 2016. Most recently, Jakob led the winning design team for the Koutalaki Ski Village in Finland and the Stockholm City Gate in Sweden. He is currently the design partner in charge of Stettin 7, a 215,000 SF luxury green condominium commissioned by Oscar Properties in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as BIG’s projects in Taiwan, including the Hualien Beach Resort. He is also leading BIG IDEAS, a unique research platform aiming to fill the gap between its conceptual tinkering to its eventual realization through research, optimization and materialization. Jakob also manages BIG’s relationship with sister company and award-winning product designers KiBiSi.
Partner +45 26 27 97 87 cv
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 +45 25 10 44 69 cv
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.
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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 200 employees spread across locations in Denmark, New York, and Beijing. 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 cv
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 cv
COPENHAGEN
Adrienne Peñaloza
Business Development Coordinator +45 24 29 83 05  
Aleksander Wadas
Architect +45 24 29 82 78  
Andrew Lo
Project Manager / Senior Architect +45 24 29 83 04  
Annette Jensen
Annette Jensen began working with Bjarke Ingels back in 2002, when his first projects were entering the stage of realization. Annette’s talent for detailing has made her instrumental for most of BIGs built projects, which all demand creative solutions because of their innovative character. Annette is known for her thoroughness and serious approach to every assignment. She is currently working on the Danish Maritime Museum, set for completion in 2013. As always, she insists on being immersed in her work, which ensures results at a very high level. Throughout her career Annette has worked in several wellreputed architectural offices among these are: Holm & Gruth, Kieler Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and Mangor & Nagel.
Senior Architect +45 25 10 44 68  
Axel Hellriegel
Axel’s main tasks are the overall management of the Copenhagen office and operations, contracts, project execution and profit/loss at BIG A/S. Raised and educated in Germany, Axel is a trained carpenter and civil engineer who has spent the last 15 years working in project management roles on infrastructure projects worldwide, mostly in Asia and Middle East. He has lived in Denmark for 4 years.
Operations Director +45 24 83 34 69  
Birgitte Villadsen
Technical Director +45 25 10 44 88  
Borko Nikolic
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 80  
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  
Charlotte Fischer
Controller +45 25 10 44 70  
Claus Hermansen
Claus Hermansen is a Project Director at BIG. He joined BIG in 2010 bringing a wealth of knowledge from his 15 years of experience at Claus Hermansen Architects. He has particular experience with detailed design, project management, setting up contracts and project scopes. Claus specializes in construction projects of great complexity with high demands on design quality. He possesses the necessary skills for the overall implementation of projects and is able to advise the client throughout the design and construction process based on his broad experience. He is currently Project Director on the Amager Waste to Energy Plant in Copenhagen. Previously, he worked on the first prize winning Tallinn Town Hall and Astana National Library.
Project Director ARC +45 25 10 44 52  
David Vega Y Rojo
Senior Architect +45 72 21 72 27  
Dimitrie Grigorescu
Architect +45 24 29 83 19  
Dominic James Black
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 85  
Enea Michelesio
Architect +45 2429 8287  
Eric Li
Architect +886 984 350 067  
Espen Vik
Architect +45 24 29 82 83  
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  
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 25 10 44 97  
Gabrielè Ubareviciutè
Architect +45 72 21 72 27  
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  
Giedrius Mamavicius
Architect +45 72 21 72 27  
Grit Stenderup
Project Controlling Manager +45 25 10 44 63  
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  
Helen Chen
Architect +45 24 29 83 09  
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  
Ioannis Gkasialis
Front Office Manager / Workshop Manager +45 24 29 82 81  
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  
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  
Jesper Bo Jensen
Senior Project Manager +45 20 72 99 11  
Jesper Boye Andersen
Jesper Boye Andersen is a Constructing Architect at BIG who is currently working on the new Amagerforbrændingen 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.
Constructing Architect +45 24 29 82 84  
Jinho Lee
Architect +45 24 29 83 18  
Joanna Anna Jakubowska
Architect +45 24 29 83 13  
Joanna 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 24 29 83 21  
Joos Jerne
Project Manager / QM 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.
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 96  
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  
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.
Architect +45 72 21 72 27  
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.
Architect +45 25 10 44 93  
Kirsty Badenoch
Architect +45 24 29 83 12  
Kristian Palsmar
IT Manager +45 72 21 72 27  
Kristoffer Negendahl
Engineer +45 24 29 83 02  
Lise Jessen
Lise joined BIG in 2013 and has since worked as a part project manager on the ARC Administration Building. Lise’s experience in project management and planning in all phases of construction is vast; she enjoys coordinating technically complex multiparty projects, understanding the value that lies in integrating future users and operations into the project from the start. Lise’s extensive experience particularly focuses on extension and conversion projects for housing the administrative functions, including the interiors. Lise’s strength lies in the development of an artistic whilst functional concept based on location, function and economy. Whether it is a new construction or a listed building Lise guards the project’s main idea and intentions throughout the process.
Architect +45 25 10 44 45  
Lone Fenger Albrechtsen
Senior Constructing Architect +45 24 29 83 20  
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.
Architect +45 25 10 44 55  
Louise Baagøe
Project Controller +45 25 10 44 74  
Lucas Carriere
Architect +45 24 29 83 14  
Lucas Carriere
Architect +45 24 29 83 14  
Lucian Racovitan
Architect + 45 24 29 83 11  
Mads Enggaard Stidsen
Constructing Architect +45 25 10 44 91  
Maria Beyer Skydt
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Maria Kragh
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Maria Teresa Fernandez Rojo
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Marie Lancon
Architect +45 24 29 82 93  
Martin Gøtzsche Pedersen
CFO +45 24 29 82 97  
Michael Rene Hansen
Group Financial Controller  
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.
Senior Architect +45 25 10 44 73  
Min Ter Lim
Architect +886 972 771 981  
Nanna Gyldholm Møller
Senior Architect +45 21 70 79 73  
Neeta Maini Bay Rasmussen
People Manager +45 25 10 44 95  
Ole Bruhn Pedersen
Senior Constructing Architect / QM Manager +45 41 21 71 13  
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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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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Raphael Ciriani
Architect +45 25 10 45 03  
Roberto Outumuro
Senior Architect +45 24 29 83 16  
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
Architect +45 24 29 83 06  
Sebastian Liszka
Constructing Architect +45 24 29 83 07  
Sergiu Calacean
Constructing Architect +45 24 29 83 08  
Simone Grau
People Coordinator +45 25 10 44 71  
Snorre Nash
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  
Stine Sandstrøm Christensen
Contract Manager and In-House Legal Advisor +45 24 29 83 00  
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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Tamilla Mahmudova
Administration +45 72 21 72 27  
Therese Sejr
Executive Assistant to Partners CPH +45 25 10 44 80  
Tiago Sá
Architect +45 24 29 83 17  
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.
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Vinish Sethi
Senior Architect +45 24 29 82 86  
NEW YORK
Aaron Mark
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Aaron Powers
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Adam Sheraden
Adam Sheraden joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect and is currently working on the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia in addition to a confidential tower in New York City. He is a registered architect in the state of New York and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in educational and cultural buildings throughout the USA. Prior to joining BIG, Adam was a designer and project architect at Ennead Architects where he participated in projects such as the Arizona State University Law School and Belfer Research Building for Weill Cornell Medical College. Before joining Ennead, Adam worked on numerous projects in the USA with Ayers Saint Gross Architects & Planners. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.
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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 NYC office and is currently leading the team for a 600,000 sf residential tower in Vancouver, Canada. 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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Aiden Bowman
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Alan Tansey
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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 Guerrero
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Alexander Bøegh
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Alexis Manrodt
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Ali Chen
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Alvaro Velosa
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Amina Blacksher
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Amir Mikhaeil
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Ana Fonceva
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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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Anita Wong
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Anna Katrina Lockwood
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Annette Miller
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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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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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Bryan Maddock
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Cadence Bayley
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Carl MacDonald
Senior Project Manager +1 347 549 4141  
Carolien Schippers
Carolien first worked for BIG in Copenhagen in 2007 as a trainee, working on a number of international projects, including the 8 House and several competitions in Germany and the United Kingdom. After obtaining her Master of Science degree from Delft University of Technology in 2009, she worked for Foster + Partners in London and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. She has experience on large-scale high-rise and mixed use projects in all phases of the design process. Examples of such include the City Hall in Rotterdam project by OMA currently under construction and the India Tower by Foster + Partners, a 2,290 feet (700 meter) tall mixed use tower in Mumbai, India. Furthermore, Carolien has received several nominations and awards for her independent projects, many of which have been featured in publication and exhibitions. Carolien returned to BIG in 2013 as designer in the NYC office and has since worked on the competition for the Miami Beach Convention Center and is currently working on residential tower in Calgary, Canada.
Designer +1 917 808 5300  
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.
Accounting Manager +1 917 287 4326  
Cheyne Owens
Cheyne Owens is a designer who joined big in 2015. His previous work experience has focused primarily on residential and commercial projects in the New York area. He has also worked on a variety of transportation and residential projects in the Middle East and India. Cheyne earned a bachelor of Art and Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Architecture Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Christi Farrell
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Christopher Farmer
Chris Farmer joined BIG in June 2015 as a Senior Designer. He is licensed with the RIBA, having worked at Foster + Partners in the UK before moving to the New York F+P office to work on residential and commercial projects in Argentina, Brazil and more recently in New York City, overseeing the final year of construction for 50 United Nations Plaza and leading the cladding package through to fabrication for 610 Lexington. Chris was responsible for reviewing shop drawings and submittals, answering RFI’s, leading weekly consultant and on site construction meetings, overseeing quality of construction and adherence to set design standards. Chris brings to BIG his New York construction and design knowledge to work on the a confidential tower project overseeing the development of the cladding and structure packages with the projects consultants and client team.
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Christopher White
Christopher White joined BIG in 2012 with a background in large scale, mixed-use, urban projects in international contexts such as China, South Korea, and India. Chris first worked in BIG CPH for one year as project manager for the Rose Rock International Finance Center, a 588m tall, 360,000 m2 tower in Tianjin, China including retail, office, residential and hotel functions. He returned to BIG NYC in 2013 to lead the Telus Sky project, a 60-story, 760,000 square foot office and residential tower in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, currently under construction.  Chris is also the project manager for a luxury condominium development in New York City, and has been involved in competitions and concept designs for residential and office towers in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Prior to joining BIG, Chris was an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in New York, where he was a member of the winning competition team for the Lotte supertall tower in Seoul, South Korea, now under construction. Other built work includes a 600,000 square foot commercial tower in Mumbai, and an 860,000 square foot, 4-building corporate campus in Harbin, China. Chris is a licensed architect in New York State and was named Associate in 2015.
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Claire Thomas
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Cristian Sergio Lera Silva
Cristian Lera joined BIG in 2014 and as a Designer. He is a licensed Architect in Mexico with extensive experience with cultural and residential buildings in Latinoamerica. Prior to joining BIG, Cristian was the Project Leader at FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprises in Mexico City on Museo Morelos, a cultural building in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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Daisy Zhong
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Dana Sporbert
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Daniel Kidd
Daniel Kidd joined BIG in 2010 and is an Associate and Architect. Serving as Project Leader, Daniel has worked closely with Bjarke and the partners on cultural, residential, and urban design projects. After six months in the Copenhagen office, Daniel arrived in New York City to help start the new office. In New York City, Daniel has worked on a number of important projects, including the Chicago Navy Pier competition and Marina Lofts. In addition to his design work, Daniel was Teaching Assistant for the 2010 Rio Studio at Harvard co-taught by Bjarke Ingels and Paul Nakazawa. Prior to joining BIG, Daniel was the Design Team Leader for ”Pole Dance,” SO-IL’s 2009 Young Architects Program installation at MoMA PS1.
Associate / Architect +1 917 972 5433  
Daria Pahhota
Head of Communications +1 646 5411 411  
David Brown
David Brown joined BIG in 2010 and is an Associate and Senior Architect. Native to the United States, he currently works in BIG’s New York office where he most recently worked on the West 57th, a mixed-use high rise in Manhattan, and a new office building in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Prior to joining BIG, David worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in both Rotterdam and Beijing, where he worked on The Interlace, a large-scale residential project in Singapore, the first-prize winning competition scheme for the Shenzhen Crystal Island masterplan, and the Hamburg Science Center in Germany. David moved to New York City in 2011.
Associate / Senior Architect +1 678 670 6729  
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
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Dong-Joo Kim
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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.
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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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Elena Bresciani
Elena Bresciani began working at BIG in the New York City office in 2013 as Senior Architect on the Vancouver House mixed-use residential tower development in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to working at BIG, Elena gained international experience as a job captain at SOM working on a large scale mixed-use complex in China, and as a project architect and facade consultant at Front, working on projects in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Previous to that, Elena worked as a designer on various domestic and international projects ranging from low-income housing to skyscrapers.
Project Manager +1 917 742 6163  
Elizabeth 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.
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Emily Wilde
People Manager +1 347 549 4141  
Evan Wiskup
Designer +1 347 549 4141  
Everald Colas
Everald Colas joined BIG in 2014 as a Senior Designer. He is a designer and educator with experience in commercial and institutional buildings in the US, China, and Middle East. He is currently working on the E126 Gotham Residential project in New York City. Prior to joining BIG, Everald was a specialist at Grimshaw’s New York office for quality assurance in BIM project delivery and design. He worked on The Qatar Civil Aviation Building in Doha as part of Doha New Airport City. Prior to joining Grimshaw, Everald was a project manager at Kliment Halsband Architects, where he completed several New York projects. Everald received a Master of Science in Architectural Pedagogy and Master of Architecture degrees from University of Florida.
Senior Architect +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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Florencia Kratsman
Florencia Kratsman is a Senior Project Manager 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. 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 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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Greg Knobloch
Greg Knobloch joined BIG’s New York office in 2012 and is currently working on The Grove at Grand Bay, two luxury residential towers in Miami. During his time at BIG, Greg also taught a graduate-level visual studies course focused on design and representation methods at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining BIG, Greg was a member of the competition team for the 2012 winning MOMA PS1 entry, “Wendy”, with HWKN and spent the previous summer in Beijing working for MAD. During his time at MAD, he gained valuable international experience working on design, development, and construction phases for a hotel and recreation center in Harbin, China. Greg received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University and his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Guillaume Evain
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Haochen Yu
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Hector Garcia
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Hector Romero
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Helen Chen
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Iannis Kandyliaris
Iannis Kandyliaris joined BIG in 2012 and is a Senior Designer and Project Leader. While at BIG, he has led a number of projects, including the new Observation Tower in Phoenix and the Telus Sky Tower, which is currently under construction. In 2015 he led the design of the exhibit and the accompanying catalog, “Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation,” which displayed the past five years of BIG’s work at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Prior to joining BIG, Iannis was an associate principal with Brooklyn based SO-IL, contributing and leading numerous award winning and widely published projects, including Pole Dance for the MoMA PS1, the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea, and recently the Frieze Art Fair in New York. He has also worked as a research assistant at Harvard, a fabricator for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and interned at OMA in New York. He holds a diploma from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and an M.Arch II degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Iben Falconer
Iben Falconer is an Associate and the Business Development Director, Americas for BIG’s office in New York City, where she has worked since 2010. Prior to joining BIG, she was the Director of Business Development for Steven Holl Architects. Iben completed her graduate work at the Yale School of Architecture in the Master of Environmental Design program, a two-year research-based program in advanced architectural studies. Her thesis project examined the relationship between national identity and promotion in contemporary Danish architecture. Her articles have been published in Pidgin, Design & Culture, Another Pamphlet, and Conditions, and she was an editor of Perspecta 45: AGENCY, which was published by MIT Press in 2012. Iben has presented her research at conferences at Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In addition to her work at BIG, Iben was the co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for the New York Chapter of the Urban Land Institute from 2014 - 2015.
Associate / Business Development Director Americas +1 646 660 2205  
Iva Ulam
Iva Filipovic Ulam joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect and is currently working on 2 World Trade Center. She is a Licensed Architect in New York State and a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience in cultural, educational, high-end residential, hospitality, and retail buildings throughout the USA, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining BIG, Iva was a Senior Architect at Snohetta, working on San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion project, where she also managed the enclosure design team. Before Snohetta, she worked at Woods Bagot, Rogers Marvel Architects, Robert A.M. Stern, Thierry Despont, and WXY studio. She also worked as a sustainability consultant on various projects for the United Nations Development Programme, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. She received her Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York City and she holds Master of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Belgrade and Certificates in Real Estate Development and Construction Management from New York University.
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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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Jennifer Ng
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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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John Hilmes
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Jonathan Fournier
Jonathan Fournier joined BIG as a Senior Architect in 2014. He is a licensed architect with extensive experience leading high profile international projects of various scales from concept design through construction. His work includes master planning, multi-family residential, high-rise towers, complex science facilities, academic, and exhibition spaces. Jonathan is currently co-managing the Google Campus applications to the City of Mountain View. Prior to joining BIG, Jonathan was a project architect for Daniel Libeskind where he managed the recently completed Citylife residences that are part of the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the project from Schematic design through construction including coordinating with the executive architect, reviewing submittals, shop drawings, and managing overall artistic direction.
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Jose Jimenez
Jose Jimenez joined BIG in 2015 as a Senior Architect and is currently working on the East 126 project, a mixed-use building in Harlem, New York. He is a Licensed Architect in New York State and a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience in Interior Architecture. His body of work includes high-end residential, hospitality, commercial and interior renovations. Prior to joining BIG, Jose was a Senior Project Director at Clodagh Design International, where he oversaw the design and construction of the East Hotel in Miami, the Miraval Spa in Arizona, and the Abington House in New York. Before Clodagh Design, Jose worked at Rodriguez Studio, a boutique architecture firm specializing on high-end residential renovations and commercial interiors, such as the Jeremy Argyle store and Sam Brocato Salon, both in New York City. In addition to his professional work, he is a returning guest critic at Pratt Institute and the New York School of Interior Design. Jose is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
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Juan David Ramirez
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Ku Hun Chung
Ku Hun Chung joined BIG in 2015 and as a BIM Specialist. Ku Hun Chung has an extensive experience with educational, residential and office buildings using Revit in the United States and Korea. Prior to joining BIG, Ku Hun was an Architectural Designer at Rafael Viñoly Architects, where he oversaw the design and coordination of the Rockefeller University River Campus, a laboratory building in East Manhattan, New York. Before Rafael Viñoly Architects, Ku Hun worked as a Revit Expert and Project Architect at Samoo Architects and Engineers, the largest architectural firm in Korea. He was responsible for coordinating diverse phases of BIM projects and participated in building BIM standard and BIM Execution Plan of company. Ku Hun received his MS in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York, USA and MS in Architecture, B.Arch from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. In addition to his professional work, he is a returning guest critic at Columbia University’s Urban Design Studio.
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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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Lauren Connell
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Lauren McGee
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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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Lina Bondarenko
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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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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
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Magdelis Santos
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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
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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, and public space and urban planning projects throughout Europe. 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 experience also includes furniture and graphic design. 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 Shool (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 is currently in charge of the design of the 2 World Trade Center as Project Designer.
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Matthew Oravec
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Mattie Kennedy
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Max Moriyama
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Meredith Zanotta
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Michael Zhang
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Michelle Stromsta
Michelle Stromsta joined BIG in 2014 as 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 commercial building in London, UK (Wilkinson Eyre Architects) where she managed a design team during the construction of a 17 floor office building. Prior to Wilkinson Eyre, in the role of Associate (Foster + Partners), she managed varying-sized teams developing luxury villas from concept to construction.
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Nereida Trujillo
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Pablo Costa
Pablo Costa joined BIG in 2015 as a Designer and is currently working on the 2 World Trade Center Tower. He is a Licensed Architect in Spain with experience both in Europe and the US on award winning international projects. Prior to joining BIG, Pablo worked for Richard Meier & Partners, where he designed high-end mixed-use and residential buildings in Germany, New York and Miami, coordinating the façade, entrance experience and public spaces. Prior to that, Pablo worked at Eisenman Architects, and was involved in Concept Design to Construction Administration on several cultural and urban projects, such as the City of Culture of Galicia, Spain and the Yenikapi Project in Turkey, among others. Pablo is originally from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and holds a Master Degree from Columbia University and an architectural bachelor from the Universidad Europea de Madrid. He has been invited as a guest critic at Pratt Institute, GSAPP, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Coruna, where he also recieved a Master in Construction and Restoration.
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Pantea Tehrani
Pantea joined BIG in 2015 to lead the Interior Architecture for the Google Campus in Mountain View. Prior to joining BIG, Pantea has both headed and been integral in the developments of the Interior Design departments at firms such as OMA & SHoP Architects. Combining her background in Architecture and personal interest on what happens inside the shell, Pantea has been focusing 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 Opencase Wall System. Prior to joining BIG Pantea has worked with developers on a variety of office & residential projects as well as cultural buildings throughout the US.
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Patricia Correa Velasquez
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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 in Azerbaijan, the Tamayo Cultural Center in Mexico, the Chongqing Circus City in China, as well as 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. Currently, Pauline is designing a private residence on Little Cayman, in the Cayman Islands.
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Phillip MacDougall
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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. Prior to joining BIG, Rita has had diverse professional experiences ranging from a 2.8 million SF headquarters office building project with LEED Platinum rating under construction in Brazil at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, to several high-end residential projects completed in California and New York, to a full scale installation at the 10th International Venice Architecture Biennale while working for architectural offices in San Francisco, NY and Beijing. Rita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Master with Advanced Placement in Architecture from Harvard University.
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Rune Hansen
Rune Hansen worked at BIG Copenhagen from 2006-11. During this time, Rune was a Lead Design Architect on the 8-house and a Project Manager for the Maritime Museum. In 2015, he rejoined BIG in New York City where he is currently working as Senior Project Manager on the Audemars Piguets watch museum in Switzerland, 2 World Trade Center, and several other projects as an internal advisor. He is a licensed architect in Europe, MAA CEEC. His body of work includes high-end residential, social housing, educational, cultural, industrial buildings, Biochemical productions plants, master planning, industrial design, high rise, naval architecture, laboratories, and interior design.
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Ryan Duval
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Ryan Harvey
Ryan Harvey joined BIG in 2014 and as a Senior Architect. He is a licensed Architect in New York State with extensive residential, institutional, and cultural experience in New York, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, and Shanghai. 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, where 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 Masters or 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 oceanfront home.
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Sanam Salek
Sanam Salek joined BIG in 2014 as a Designer and is currently working on a competition to renovate the Camp Nou stadium for the FC Barcelona football club in Barcelona, Spain. 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 worked at Mass Studio Inc., 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 been 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 a Designer. He has worked closely with project leaders and partners on a variety of projects ranging from a Master Plan in Toronto, to a pair of residential towers in Ft Lauderdale. He is currently working on the Smithsonian Institution’s South Mall Campus Master Plan 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 such as 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 bulidings in New York City, China, Germany, and the Middle East. Prior to joining BIG, Sebastian was a Senior Architectural Professional at SOM New York. At SOM, 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, LLC. (LLA), 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 MSc 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. Sebastian is originally from Oslo, Norway and is fluent in Norwegian, Spanish, and English.
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Seo Young Shin
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Shane Dalke
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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 currently works on 2WTC. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience in Exterior Enclosure. His body of work includes super tall mixed used 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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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 had collaborated with BIG on projects in China and Kazakhstan. She was recently an Architecture Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. She was also a Design Fellow at Urbanus Research Lab in Hong Kong and Shenzhen from 2012 - 2013. She led the master plan design for an urban village redevelopment in Shenzhen, the concept design for a tower in Shenzhen and was part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Bi-City Biennale (HK). Previously Stephanie 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. Before completing her M. Arch, she worked at Eisenman Architects. 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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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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Terrence Chew
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Thomas McMurtrie
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Tianqi Zhang
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Tony-Saba Shiber
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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 work has great variety and includes residential, hospitality, office, mixed-use, academic, and cultural projects. Prior to joining BIG, she was Partner of OFF Architecture in Paris and collaborated BIG with on the winning the Paris Parc project, a 161,000 SF academic building for the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. During her three years as Partner of OFF Architecture, she worked on a variety of other projects including the Jean Moulin Boarding School and a cultural center in Cugnaux, FR. Prior to OFF Architecture, she was Project Manager at Ateliers Jean Nouvel for a series of important projects including the well-know Serpentine Pavilion, which she worked on from concept through completion in London in 2010.
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Valentina Mele
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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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Wells Barber
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Yaziel Juarbe
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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 the 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. He oversaw and managed a wide range of aspects of the project from concept design through construction completion. Yu was also in charge of the design efforts for a 200,000 SF renovation / new construction project for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design for Kansas State University and led the project as the primary contact for the client and the design team.
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Zhonghan Huang
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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 both the Smithsonian Campus Masterplan in DC 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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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. 

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.

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. 

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 and Raket Madsen BIG IDEAS resurrected the idea of the giant smoke rings for the Copenhagen Power plant.