Gert Wingårdh, born in Skövde in 1951, Gert Wingårdh spent his early years in Gothenburg. After studying history and theory of art he quickly settled on architecture. Soon after graduation in 1975 he started his own practice. It has grown steadily, and Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB today is one of the largest architect practices in Sweden, with about 169 employees and with projects in several continents. The firm’s high artistic aspirations have earned it numerous accolades. Parallel to his architectural practice, Gert Wingårdh has also taken part in the public discussion of architectural issues and has been actively involved in teaching as Artistic Professor at the School of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology.
Jonas Edblad, Architect SAR/MSA, has extensive experience in urban design and planning of public buildings, universities, schools, cultural centers, commercial complexes and offices. As project architect for the award-winning projects such as Aula Medica, Spira performace arts center, the Chalmers student union building and Aranäs high school, he has a great importance for the project implementation. He is particularly involved in issues of logistics, efficiency and customer satisfaction. Edblad is currently chairman for the Academy of Architecture at the Association of Swedish Architects.
Wingårdhs is an innovative architecture practice that has presented benchmark buildings for sustainable, sensual and efficient design during more than thirty years. A staff of circa 170 architects, engineers, model makers and several different kinds of experts all operate under the company’s founder Gert Wingårdh. The office has pioneered thru a wide range of design, from masterplans, housing schemes, civic buildings and transport facilities to private homes, interiors and product design. In a process of dialogue the architects work intimately together not only with clients, but also with superior specialists in every stage of the design process.
The internationally operating office is based in Göteborg, Stockholm and Malmö. Among the numerous awarded projects can be mentioned Victoria Tower in Stockholm, Kuggen in Göteborg and House of Sweden in Washington D C. No other Swedish firm has been bestowed with more Kasper Salin Awards, the main national prize, presented by the association of Swedish architects.
The approach combines sensitivity for place and culture with an ambition to apply achievements in technology. The knowledge-driven firm is also actively involved in enhancing the common concern for the built environment through numerous publications and lectures.