Bjarke Ingels Photo: Ulrik Jantzen

Photo: Ulrik Jantzen

Bjarke Ingels is the founding partner of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. He studied at Technical University of Barcelona’s School of Architecture and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen in 1999. After working for OMA in Rotterdam, Bjarke returned to Copenhagen where he co-founded PLOT Architects in 2001. In 2005, Bjarke founded BIG, which has grown to 160 people with offices in Copenhagen and New York City. BIG’s completed projects include the 8 House, the Danish Pavilion in Shanghai’s World Expo and The Mountain. 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. In 2010, Fast Company declared him one of the 100 most innovative people in business, and in 2011 named BIG one of the 10 most innovative companies in architecture. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. Bjarke is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.

Office presentation

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is a leading international partnership 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 and Asia. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes, not least due to the influence of multicultural exchange, global economic flows and communication technologies that together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. BIG is led by partners – Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Nørkjær, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Thomas Christoffersen and Managing Partners, Sheela Maini Søgaard and Kai-Uwe Bergmann – with offices in Copenhagen and New York. Through a series of award-winning design projects, BIG has developed a practice designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Like a form of programmatic alchemy, BIG creates architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working and shopping to realize symbiotic synergies in the form of new, reproducible urban typologies. We advocate the idea of “hedonistic sustainability,” which presents sustainability as a design challenge to combine environmental performance with increased life quality – rather than a moral dilemma where you have to compromise between either or.